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Tom Strong is the comic you never read as a kid, that’s even better than you remember it being. (Okay, that sounded confusing, put that way. I’ll try again.) In the adventures of “science hero” Tom Strong, Alan Moore and Chris Sprouse have created the perfect all-ages adventure comic, and when you read it you’ll wish that it had been around when you’d been a kid the first time around. -- Chris Roberson

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With the lead strip itself, it took me a while to hit my stride, which I'm only just starting to do in these last two or three stories. -- Alan Moore

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So Terrific Tales gives me a vehicle where I can try these odd little ideas for things that perhaps aren't even technically stories, but where I can just play with things. "Yeah, let's do a cartoon! Let's do some bubble gum cards! Let's do a children's story!” -- Alan Moore

Trigger warning: Sexual assault

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A big influence on Tom Strong was Tintin. I wanted a story that had fantastic lands and exotic adventures. Natives with paint on their faces and volcanoes erupting. -- Alan Moore

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Batman was no longer your jolly uncle who dressed up as a bat, and I felt partly guilty because of that. So with Tom Strong, what I thought was: All right, let's see if we can come up with a character that would still appeal to 11-year-old boys or 13-year-old boys -- and it did -- and yet will be intelligent and fun enough for older readers to relate to as well. -- Alan Moore

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Tom Strong was an attempt, with all due respect to Siegel and Shuster, to pretend that they had never happened. How might those original thoughts evolve? -- Alan Moore

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The idea is that Terrific Tales is to Tom Strong what Action Comics is to Superman. I used to like Action Comics back when you had a couple of Superman stories in the front and at the back you had Aquaman, Green Arrow or another character. -- Alan Moore

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I thought, "What would Jack Kirby do?" And I thought, "Yeah, Jack Kirby. He'd probably, like, create two or three memorable characters in as many issues and have some huge cosmic war going on," and yeah, that gave us a good little story arc. -- Alan Moore

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Married superheroes are somehow sexier. -- Alan Moore

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There's an issue where we're kind of doing a tribute to the old Captain Marvel line of comics, which I think were wonderful. They were whimsical. They've got talking tigers who wore suits. That's fantastic. That's the range of ideas that comics should be using. -- Alan Moore

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The original idea for the whole thing came when somebody, it may have been Rick Veitch, told me that there had been, back in the '40s, an America's Best Comics which I wasn't aware of. I thought it was a striking coincidence that we had America's Best Comics, and there was a series by the same name in the '40s. I asked [ABC editor] Scott Dunbier to check it out and see if he could find out anything about this comic, and whether there were any interesting characters.

For all I knew, it might have been a Western comic book, but I asked him to tell me if there were any interesting characters, with an eye to possibly reviving them if they were sort of old, forgotten characters, in the current America's Best Comics as a kind of instant 1940s continuity. I left it with Scott, and he got back to me, along with some other people who sent me covers from the original comics - it was then I realized that Doc Strange looked very much like Tom Strong - he had the same kind of bizarrely muscled physique. He wore a red t-shirt, and these jodhpurs, and boots. I realized that we wouldn't be able to do a character with the name Doc Strange. I though that maybe we could change the name to Tom Strange, because at that point, I though that his first name had never been given. I found out later that it was Hugo, so I think that the current orthodoxy at ABC is that his name is Thomas Hugo Strange.


-- Alan Moore

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Fusing it with a progressive sensibility -- something that can be retrograde and avant-garde at the same time. So you get the best of what comics were, sort of distilled in some way to make the fuel for what comics will be. Not to sound too highfalutin about something that's just a crap superhero book. -- Alan Moore

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I wanted to do something sweet. It's lazy writing. Something about simplicity which seems to be what people enjoy. Surprisingly, I keep getting these bravery letters for putting in an interracial marriage. There aren't many mixed relations in comics. Since 1939, apart from the X-men, which was ambiguous, it hasn't happened. I hadn't thought about that. How shameful that is. How backward this medium is. -- Alan Moore

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What I could do is what everyone wants me to do, and to ignore the fact the popular market is going down the toilet. I could do something really obscure. I'd get critical appeal and sell 1,500 copies and incidentally go broke and earn the respect of Gary Groth, and the comics industry would completely fall to pieces. Even if it all happens, and comics does fall to pieces, at least I did my best. -- Alan Moore, on doing the ABC line instead of more indy fare

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