Comic Book Legends Revealed #562


Last week, one of the legends was about whether Alan Moore liked the Justice League Unlimited adaptation of "For the Man Who Has Everything." And part of that legend is the idea that it was the ONLY adaptation of his work that he liked. Since we showed that he DIDN'T say anything about that one, it opened up the question, then, has he just NEVER liked any adaptation of his work?

Well, readers Allyn Gibson and Rob Hansen both pointed out that Moore IS on the record as liking at least ONE adaptation of his work, a 2006 animated adaptation...

of his Doctor Who Weekly back-up story (with David Lloyd), Black Legacy...

Moore wrote:

First, let me say how much I enjoyed Black Legacy. It is not only the first screen adaptation of my work that I've actually watched more that the first five minutes of before being overcome with rage and disgust, it is the only screen adaptation of my work that I've enjoyed from start to finish and can say I thoroughly approve of. This is clearly a work that is born out of nothing save for a simple love of the material. It has not opted to change elements of the story, give it a less bleak ending or introduce a love interest and cute pet dog for the chief Cyberman protagonist. You have simply adapted the story as faithfully as you were able, without feeling the need to 'improve' it, and the very fact that this approach is almost unique in my experience speaks volumes for the state of contemporary culture.

I can't actually remember whether Black Legacy was my first written or first published story as a comic writer, but it was certainly one of the first two stories that I did. It was the first time I'd worked with David Lloyd and the first time I'd tried to add specific atmospherics to a story that weren't an essential part of the plot... the inclusion of artist Franz Kupka's Black Colossus, for example, which I should point out was a good ten years before Francis Ford Coppola made it the centrepiece of his adaptation of Stoker's Dracula. I should probably also point out that when I named the planet of the Deathsmiths 'Goth', this was some few years before an eponymous youth cult would arise that chose to dress and deport themselves pretty much like the Deathsmiths' ultimate weapon does in this clearly influential story. Coincidence? I think not.

So, bravo for a splendid job, and my congratulations to everyone involved with the project. The music, animation and voice acting were all perfectly in service to the narrative and conveyed the atmosphere of doom and corruption every bit as well as (if not much, much better than) my original fledgling story, written before I had much of a grasp on my craft and was simply trying to learn the ropes and live up to all the excellent Abslom Daak and Star Tigers material than Steve had already made his mark with in the Dr. Who Weekly back-up slot. It does my heart good to know that there are film makers and enthusiasts out there who clearly have a passion for these fondly remembered old yarns and are trying to do their best by them without regard for profit or personal glory. You are an example to your times and to your chosen field of interest, and I salute you.

Yours, a very impressed and grateful Alan Moore.

So there you have that! By the way, since it came out AFTER the JLU episode, it sort of suggests he wasn't a fan of the JLU one, no?

Thanks to Allyn and Rob for the information! And thanks to Alan Moore for the quote!

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