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Remember: There's not really a vehicle around now to carry on the innovations Eisner was reaching for. I mean, even Eisner doesn't do The Spirit anymore! There's really no vehicle around now where you can do those wildly experimental stories within that kind of framework. So that became something I enjoyed exploring, and continue to enjoy, with "Greyshirt." -- Alan Moore

Tomorrow Stories Special #1 )

Also, since I might as well include it here as anywhere, here's the Cobweb episode that was originally intended for TOMORROW STORIES but ultimately got pulled by DC over worry that the lawsuit-happy Church of Scientology would go after them for dissing L. Ron Hubbard. It was eventually published by Top Shelf, unchanged save for a name and palette swap for Cobweb for copyright reasons.

La Toile The Cobweb in 'Brighter Than You Think' )
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A lot of Tomorrow Stories was taking characters who didn't seem to me to have modern equivalents, who weren't really standard superheroes, and who I thought had still got something interesting in them. -- Alan Moore

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The main thing I wanted to do was not pastiche or do a homage to The Spirit but to do a homage to the spirit of The Spirit, if you like. The very best thing about Eisner's Spirit was the incredible experimentation, the constant attempts at new storytelling techniques. -- Alan Moore

It's just a pity that those old "Phantom Lady" stories, other than the fact that she's got such wonderful cleavage, there was nothing else to recommend those stories at all; they weren't at all interesting. So with "Cobweb," what I decided to do was to take this kitsch, camp, '50s glamorous crime-fighter character, like the Blonde Phantom or the Black Cat or the Phantom Lady, any of those, and to use it playfully, so that we could do whatever we wanted, where we could jump around and show, I dunno, a five-year-old Li'l Cobweb if we wanted to. -- Alan Moore

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Some modern science is so bizarre they are almost like a Lewis Carroll logic children have. It didn't seem like a huge step to have this ten-year-old boy with all of the mad, ludicrous ideas that ten-year-old boys have, but to actually make it so that, yes, in terms of science as we now understand it, as it turns out, he's absolutely right and is just a complete genius. -- Alan Moore

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Another one of my favorite archetypal comic characters is Fighting American. It's one of my favorite pieces of Jack Kirby and Joe Simon's work, and one aspect I like is that it clearly started out as a serious patriotic strip with its first issue. Then, I presume because it was published during the McCarthy era, Simon and Kirby were at least smart enough to realize you couldn't really take this kind of stuff seriously, so they changed their character from a Red-baiting, serious, patriotic hero to this incredible satire upon the whole idea, with these ludicrous Communist villains like Hotsky Trotsky and Poison Ivan. I was thinking, "Yeah, that's really good. The idea of a patriotic super-hero who is a satire on issues that were contemporary at that time." -- Alan Moore

Trigger warning: rape

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I decided to take that boy inventor character, last seen messing around with '50s and '60s science, and bring him up to date, at least scientifically. Still keep him in this rural, Kansas, timeless, bygone American period. But this kind of science he's talking about, it's this ridiculous quantum science we have today. -- Alan Moore

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As regards nostalgia in general terms, according to a recent issue of New Scientist, a little of it can be good for us, psychologically and neurologically. It was, however, initially diagnosed as a potentially fatal illness, something elegantly demonstrated by the South Park clip that John Higgs showed everyone at the recent Hexagram 23 event, with the ’Memberberries, or the Private Eye cover around eighteen months ago, with a UKIP candidate standing by a UKIP-decorated taxi cab, the driver of which is asking “Where to, guv?” and the candidate is replying “The 1950s, and step on it”. -- Alan Moore

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I used to love Kellogg's Variety Packs when I was a kid, because you could have Cocoa Puffs one morning and Sugar pops the next. There was variety. I like variety. In some of the old comics, you'd get two stories, four stories, eight stories, all of different sorts and different lengths between the covers. You got a sense of having had a full meal, a full five-course dinner or something. That was something I wanted to try and instill into Tomorrow Stories. -- Alan Moore

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Another Hellboy one-shot came out today.

The art was good, the story... well, it didn't rise to the occasion.

But one page of comic naughtiness that "just made my eyes go wide".
Curse you, shark-topus, I mean scans_daily!

In space no one can hear you scream. )
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Sorry for the delay. On this very special edition of Marvel/DC mash-up, we have the two greatest magicians of their respective houses, Drs. Strange and Fate (and a little Charles Xavier via secret ID thrown in for good measure). Join us for this (slightly) crossover-plot relevant issue of...



Meka Leka Hi Meka Hiney Ho )
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Little late here due to an unexpected nap, but holiday times keep marching on with these two shorts featuring Alfred and the Joker!

Stories from DCU Holiday Bash #'s 1 and 3, plus some bonus material from #2! )

Tomorrow (well, later tonight): We've seen how Apokolips reacts to holiday times, next we take a look at New Genesis!

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