Alan Moore's 1963 Not Affable to Marvel

Alan Moore, April 2012
1963 co-creator Alan Moore. Picture by Julian Tysoe (CC BY 2.0)

Image Comics’ 1963 is a entertaining homage to the early Marvel Age. Co-created by Alan Moore, 1963’s roster was based on Marvel’s top heroes: Norse god Thor & Egyptian god Horus, Fantastic Four & Mystery Incorporated, Spider-Man & the Fury, etc. Moore went beyond re-evaluating 1960s adventures, he poked fun at Marvel through his persona “Affable” Al Moore.

Image Comics "1963"
"It's 1963 for me!" Click for full size

“Affable” Al shamelessly uses alliteration and takes credit from deserving like Ed “The Emperor” Evans. Hmm, that’s seems so familiar. All the hard work was done in the smelly Sixty-Three Sweatshop. Through the editorial pages, Moore turns his golden Marvel-like enterprise into gilded ugliness. Moore reminds readers that not everything was fun and games in the comics industry back then.

Affable Al's Column
Meet Al's Ampitheater. © Image Comics

Unfortunately, the out of print 1963 has no finale. The not-Marvels were supposed to meet the 1993 Image Comics lineup. Moore’s divesting himself of his co-creations furthers the incompleteness. If you want a taste of 1963, visit these COMICON.com interviews with the Affable One himself.

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