Saturday, 23 July 2011

Alan Moore vs. Grant Morrison

If I had to name two of my all time favourite comics writers it would have to be Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. Their work is always overflowing with imagination, with more ideas thrown at one page than most writers have in a lifetime.   In fact, if we're talking about the ability to cram as many ideas as possible into one comic, then I would argue that the only two creators to match, if not surpass them have been Stan Lee and Jack Kirby with their original Fantastic Four run.

Despite their obvious greatness however, it seems likely that they do not care for each other.  Grant Morrison has been very open about his opinions of Moore over the years, and you can find a few examples over on Duy Tano's Comics Cube in his article 'Grant Morrison Is Wrong about Alan Moore'.  Moore on the other hand has never, to my knowledge, singled out Morrison for criticism, (UPDATE: I have since learned that Alan Moore has had plenty to say about Grant Morrisonbut I can't be the only one who's wondered if there's a bit of Grant Morrison in the Supreme supporting character, Billy Friday, a Jimmy Olsen analog who's depicted as a trendy, grim 'n' gritty British writer.  Of course, knowing Moore and his sense of humour, Friday is probably meant to be a parody of Moore himself as much as he is a parody of Morrison.

Despite their differences, Moore and Morrison also have a lot in common.  Moore is a ceremonial magician who worships the snake god, Glycon.  Morrison claims to have created "holographic voodoo effects" with his writing, specifically with his work on The Invisibles.  There's only one obvious way for them to settle their differences isn't there?


Dumble-Moore vs. Volde-Morrison


  1. I also wondered if Billy Friday was a play on Morrison, but at the end of the day I always just thought it was a play on Moore himself. He specifically says "British." I understand that Scotland is in Great Britain, but the rest of the world kind of takes "British" to mean "English." I'm sure Moore knew that.

  2. Yeah, Friday was probably a broad parody of "cool" British writers in general. including himself.

  3. Just for the record, Britain consists of Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. The English and the rest of the world actually kind of takes "England" to mean all of "Britain", which is like taking "Texas" (or any other US State) as all of "America". If you're ever in any British country outside of England, you won't endear yourself to the natives by referring to it as England. And whatever you do, never refer to Glasgow as Edinburgh (or vice versa) if you want to go home with happy memories.

  4. Comparing Alan Moore with Grant Morrison is akin to comparing Orson Welles and Michael Bay.



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