Most comic book fans are aware of the legendary writer Alan Moore, but not many are aware of his abilities as an artist or when he drew Godzilla.
Most comic book fans are aware of this Alan Moore, but only a fraction of them are aware that he can not only write, but he can also draw, and once he drew a scary Godzilla. Moore is a rude fan of the atomic Kaiju, and he even wrote a song about him once. So it’s no surprise that one of the few times Moore has had his art published in American comics, it was a Godzilla pin-up on the back of a Steven Bissette Godzilla one-shot, 1987’s Godzilla, King of the Monsters Special.
Alan Moore is a legendary cartoonist who has written such immortal classics as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke, and a litany of others. One of Alan Moore’s most famous works is his run Swamp stuff with artists Steve Bissette, Rick Veitch, John Totleben. Bissette is a big fan of big monsters with his self-published cartoon Tyrant tells the ambitious tale of a T-Rex’s life from birth to death. So it’s no surprise that one of the early Dark Horse Godzilla comics would be drawn by Bissette, but in what must have been a big surprise for the one-shot writer – Alien vs. Predator creator Randy Stradley – Alan Moore wanted to draw an original pinup that they could include at the back of the book.
The pin-up can be found in 1987’s black and white Godzilla, the king of monsters Particular, which unfortunately is hard to find. The story, drawn by Bissette and written by Stradley, was colored and republished in 1992, but away were pinups by Alan Moore, Keith Giffen, Paul Chadwick, Rick Veitch and others. In the stunningly rendered image, Moore portrays Godzilla, who classically rages through a city, but with some fun details that are easy to miss at first glance. From the woman who comically does not know where to look to the handful of people trapped and trapped under Godzilla’s foot, to the people who burn alive in Godzilla’s atomic spirit, this picture is just as fun to look at as Moore probably had drawn it.
Before Moore wrote his many significant works, he had tried to break into comics as an artist before his focus shifted completely to writing. Moore’s art was published in a considerable number of British comics for almost a decade and even drew some pages for Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor. Although Moore is not widely known as an artist, he still draws to this day, albeit privately.
Godzilla is a monster that many artists have fun drawing, sometimes taking the kaiju to strange and dark places. While Alan Moore’s published art is rare, this is Godzilla piece is a fun reminder that some of the best creators have more than a few tricks up their sleeve. It’s also a good reminder to check out local dollar buckets and flip through older comics that stand out. There are often funny surprises hidden on the pages of forgotten comics, maybe even more Alan Moore art.
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