Also note, unless referring to the actual renaming of the book, I will refer to the character and his respective family as Marvelman. The premiere issue of the British anthology Warrior introduced younger readers to a character that had been forgotten by many: Marvelman. The character had laid dormant for two decades but returned in a blaze of glory. He was penciled spectacularly by Garry Leach with words by a young and already very talented Alan Moore. Who was this blue spandexed Aryan god?
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With one magic word, a long-forgotten legend lives again! Freelance reporter Michael Moran always knew he was meant for something more-now, an unexpected series of events leads him to reclaim his destiny as Miracleman! After nearly two decades away, Miracleman uncovers his origins and their connection to the British military's "Project Zarathustra" - while his alter ego, Michael Moran, must reconcile his life as the lesser half of a god. Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.
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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Alan Moore. Miracleman: The Golden Age. Neil Gaiman. Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book 1. Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? Register a free business account. About the Author Alan Moore is an English writer primarily known for his work in comic books, a medium where he has produced series including "Watchmen," "V for Vendetta," and "From Hell. Don't have a Kindle? Customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings?
The model takes into account factors including the age of a rating, whether the ratings are from verified purchasers, and factors that establish reviewer trustworthiness. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. The night cowers and cannot conceal him Verified Purchase. Before inspired stuff like Swamp Thing, Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Tom Strong solidified Alan Moore as arguably the best comic book writer of his generation, two important early works of his - Miracleman formerly Marvelman and V For Vendetta - did the dirty work in establishing his rep.
Back in the '80s, I had never come across anything like Miracleman, so unlike was it from the other comics I'd been collecting up to that point. Alan Moore hurled with force these stories that were dark and subversive and topsy-turvied the superhero mythos. I wasn't around in the early '60s and so had missed out on Stan Lee and Jack Kirby creating their brand. Fawcett ended up discontinuing the Captain Marvel title. Thing was, this also killed the Captain Marvel reprints in the UK.
The Marvelman comic book had a lengthy nine-year run, ending in , at which point the world forgot him. Until Alan Moore came along with a forceful reminder. Mick Anglo didn't even try to be covert about his mimicking of Captain Marvel. Like the Big Red Cheese, young journalist Micky Moran invokes a magic word to transform himself into a near invincible superhero.
Marvelman would also have sidekicks, Dicky Dauntless a. Young Marvelman and Johnny Bates a. Kid Marvelman. His nemesis, Dr. Gargunza, would be very reminiscent of Dr. The Marvelman family's exploits would be fairly innocuous and standard to superhero storytelling circa the 's. In , in a UK anthology comic book titled Warrior, Alan Moore presented a worn down, middle-aged Mike Moran, freelance journalist and chronic victim of bizarre dreams and excruciating migraines. Moran had been for years grasping at things beyond his ken, seeking a forgotten word, dreaming of flight.
The revelation comes when Moran is endangered during the terrorist take-over of a nuclear facility. It's when he reacquires that one word which is the key harmonic to the universe. And he returns to godhood. It's a basic superhero set-up.
But it's only the start. Alan Moore is about to shake up the establishment in earthquake proportions. So, yeah, son, even before Watchmen, Moore had already redefined the superhero genre, had already had his way with the grim post-modern deconstruction schtick.
It's a given that Marvel Comics' mutantdom is universally feared by ordinary humans. Moore, however, made the public's dread of superheroes a palpable, logical thing. Say you see someone with Marvelman's ridiculous power sets. Say you see him and an equally-endowed adversary facing off, and even playing catch with a baby, and exhibiting all-around recklessness and seeming disdain for bystanders and surroundings.
You just may drop a load in your shorts. Alan Moore gives us the real ramifications of super beings walking in our midst. It's scary stuff. I remember my excitement at Moore's inaugural story arc. It had elements of sublime horror that foreshadowed Moore's stint at Swamp Thing.
The story unfolds with an escalating sense of dread and oppressiveness. It's adult storytelling that firmly shies away from kiddish tropes.
In light of this, it's hard not to snicker at that astrophysicist with the inside track on the key harmonic to the universe so crucial to Marvelman's 's origin. The big bad of Moore's first arc is straight up terrifying and what he's been up to up until blew my mind when I first read it.
Moore also introduces a disturbing triangle amongst Moran, his wife Liz, and Miracleman. The wedge-driving question surfaces as to whether Moran and his alter ego are the same person after all.
To up the cool factor, we learn of the Spookshow, a branch of British Air Force Intelligence that is perhaps intimately tied in to the Miracleman family. Big Ben, on the surface, seems a fun if flaky character. But the plot digs deeper in and informs you of how cloaked in tragedy he really is. The artists are Garry Leach and Alan Davis, and their contributions cannot be spurned. As instrumental as Moore in conveying that sense of realism, Leach and Davis draw characters that look like real people.
Miracleman isn't musclebound, isn't ever caught in over-the-top poses. The naturalness of his gestures and movements captures how effortless it is for him to do these amazing things and gives you an inkling, without beating you over the head, of how powerful he truly is.
The spectacular action beats are staged seamlessly in convincing low-keyed backdrops, and this allows you to buy into the improbable. It's awesome doodling, yo. I do prefer Leach's work by a smidge. His stuff is more gritty, plants you more solidly in reality. Davis' is more stylish. Word is that Davis took over from Leach because Leach was such a perfectionist he was jeopardizing the comic's scheduling release.
How's this for irony? Marvelman became Miracleman, thanks to Marvel Comics getting antsy and crying name infringement. I'd been in an extended sulk over all the infighting within the industry that cast Miracleman in decades of legal limbo, but that's done now. Mainly, because it's a promise to you and me that this series will continue on and that Neil Gaiman, now unmuzzled, can finally finish off that story he'd been rarin' to tell.
This volume from Marvel Comics reprints Miracleman issues , which in turn reprinted stories from Warrior New contents include 3 or 4 back-up stories. I can't remember if "Saturday Morning Pictures" - originally used in Quality's Marvelman Special 1 - was included in Eclipse's trade. It's in this one, though, and acts as a coda to Moore's "A Dream of Flying" arc.
In this story, cleaning personnel tidy up the ruins of the Project Zarathustra bunker and end up viewing video tapes about the Miracleman family. It's essentially a framing device that Quality's Marvelman Special 1 used to reprint material from Mick Anglo's original run.
Further bonus contents heck, half this book is bonus stuff : - a crapload of Garry Leach's pencil preliminary roughs and sketches, concept designs, color originals, pinups, and one promotional flyer - reprints various Warrior covers - reproduces a vellum overlay that provided the printer with instruction on handling the logos and design for the cover of Warrior 2 - reproduces a selection of Leach and Davis's original full-paged artwork for various Warrior issues and Davis' page 1 of "Saturday Morning Pictures" from Marvelman Special 1 in pencil, India ink and Letratone on illustration board - house ads for Marvelman Special 1 reprinted from Warrior 11 and 20 - 2-page layout of Leach's pencil underdrawing to the A1 1 cover, followed by a 2-page layout of the final A1 1 cover painting - reprints covers by Leach, Davis, Mick Austin - reprints variant cover art to Miracleman by a host of other artists.
Still as great as it ever was. I loved the series as a teenager.
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Miracleman originally Marvelman refers to two separate, yet related, creations, the second based on the first, with one of the comics industry's more complicated legal histories. The origin of Marvelman is convoluted. Miller held the rights to reprint the American Comic Book Captain Marvel in the UK but the legal hurdles in America meant the end of material for them to reprint and distribute to the local market. Since the comics were highly popular, they decided to commission a Captain Ersatz of Captain Marvel. Mick Anglo developed Marvelman, his supporting cast and villains in the course of his adventures, which lasted weekly issues, between to
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After decades of legal troubles and back-and-forths and he-said-he-saids, Marvelman is back, baby! But, the man who made Marvelman a worldwide phenomenon isn't getting credit for it - and that may be just how he wants it. Also, this is I'm summing up a lot of history here, if you'd like to hear someone go through it, check out this episode and its follow-up from The Big Picture at The Escapist.
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Marvelman also known as Miracleman , is a fictional superhero appearing in comic books first published by L. Marvelman was created in by writer-artist Mick Anglo for publisher L. The original series ran until It was revived in in a dark, post-modern reboot by writer Alan Moore , with later contributions by Neil Gaiman. In , the American company Fawcett Comics , which was the U. Rather than stopping, he turned to comic packager Mick Anglo for help continuing or replacing the comic.