Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Miracleman PLUS all the variant covers

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TweetSo today, after decades of arguing and speculation and heartache and anger and perhaps even here and there a little joy, Miracleman #1 has been published by Marvel Comics. It’s the end result of all that arguing, speculation, etc etc etc. If you would like to know more about what I am talking  about, I […]

The Alan Moore/Marvelman Interview: Part III: “I Definitely Wanted My Name Taken Off It”

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TweetThis is the third and final part of a three-part interview I did with Alan Moore in October 2010 about Marvelman, and indeed Miracleman, and his experiences with that character. The first two parts are here: PART I, PART II. As ever, anything in [square brackets] is added by me, just prior to publishing this […]

The Alan Moore/Marvelman Interview Part II: A Crumpled Letter from Archie Goodwin

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TweetThe second of three parts of a telephone interview I did with Alan Moore in October 2010 about Marvelman and his later incarnation, Miracleman. The first part is here, if you haven’t already seen it. The bits in [square brackets] are later clarifications added by me in the last few days. Pádraig Ó Méalóid: I […]

Alan Moore Speaks about Marvelman: Part I

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TweetOn the 22nd of October 2010 – three years ago almost to the day – I spent an hour on the phone with Alan Moore, interviewing him about Marvelman. At the time this was meant to be for the book I was writing about the history of the character, which has been serialised here as […]

Poisoned Chalice’s Half-Holiday

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TweetAlthough I’m very nearly at the end of it, I’m temporarily putting Poisoned Chalice on hold. Let me explain… Soon after I seriously began writing Poisoned Chalice as an actual book, which was at some point in late 2009, I ended up with a diagnosis of Prostate Cancer. I had surgery in May 2010, and […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 16: Who Own Marvelman? Part II

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Tweet[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 - The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 - Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 - The Twilight of Eclipse, 12 - All About Angela, 13 - More Angela, More Courtrooms, and Much More Todd, 14 - Back to Marvelman, 14.1 - Updates and Clarifications on Marvelman, […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 15: Who Owns Marvelman? Part I

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Tweet[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 - The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 - Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 - The Twilight of Eclipse, 12 - All About Angela, 13 - More Angela, More Courtrooms, and Much More Todd, 14 - Back to Marvelman, 14.1 - Updates and Clarifications on Marvelman] […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 14.1: Updates and Clarifications on Marvelman

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Tweet[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 - The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 - Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 - The Twilight of Eclipse, 12 - All About Angela, 13 - More Angela, More Courtrooms, and Much More Todd, 14 - Back to Marvelman] Before I get around to doing a […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 14: Back to Marvelman

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Tweet[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 - The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 - Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 - The Twilight of Eclipse, 12 - All About Angela, 13 - More Angela, More Courtrooms, and Much More Todd] In Prince of Stories, towards the end of the chapter on Neil […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 13: More Angela, More Courtrooms, and Much More Todd

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Tweet[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 - The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 - Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 - The Twilight of Eclipse, 12 - All About Angela] Despite having lost both the original Angela court case with Neil Gaiman in 2002 and then the appeal in 2004, Todd McFarlane […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 12: All About Angela

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Tweet[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 - The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 - Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 - The Twilight of Eclipse] In February 1992 Todd McFarlane, along with six others, announced the founding of Image Comics, after having failed to negotiate more favourable terms for themselves at Marvel […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 11: The Twilight of Eclipse

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TweetAlthough Alan Moore had finished with Miracleman, it wasn’t the end of the character, or the comic. Knowing he was nearing the end of his story, Moore had rung up Neil Gaiman and asked him if he wanted to take over the title. Talking to Kurt Amacker of the Mania.com website in September 2009, Moore […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 10: Alan Moore at Eclipse

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Tweet[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 - The Dawn of Eclipse] The original contract between Quality Communications Ltd and Eclipse Comics called for Quality to provide enough material for twelve issues, but this ran into trouble, as Dez Skinn explained in Speakeasy #57: According to our contract, Quality has to […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 9: The Dawn of Eclipse

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Tweet[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup] Although Marvelman last appeared in Warrior #21 in August 1984, and the last issue of the magazine, #26, appeared in February 1985, this wasn’t the end of the Marvelman strip. From the beginning Dez Skinn had wanted to sell the Warrior strips further afield, with […]

Poison Chalice Interlude: 1953 – 1985 Roundup and Some Notes on Copyright

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TweetSo far, this history of Marvelman – more correctly called Poisoned Chalice: The Extremely Long and Incredibly Complex Story of Marvelman – has taken nine chapters – well, eight chapters plus an introduction – to tell the story of the events that led up to the creation of Marvelman; the story of the actual creation […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 8: A Warrior Falls

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Tweet[Previous chapters: Introduction, 1 - Prehistory, 2 - Marvelman Rises, 3 - Marvelman Falls, 4 - Intermission: 1963 to 1982, 5 - Prologue to Warrior, 6 - A Warrior is Born, 7 - A Warrior Stumbles] By 1984, things were starting to fall apart at Warrior. Alan Moore’s Marvelman is threatened by Dez Skinn’s Big […]