Alan Moore was born November 18, 1953 in Northampton, England, an industrial town between London and Birmingham. The oldest son of brewery worker Ernest Moore and printer Sylvia Doreen, Moore's childhood and youth were influenced by the poverty of his family and their environment (as well as the eccentricities of his highly religious and superstitious grandmother). Moore married in 1974, eventually having two daughters.
Moore's early contributions were to Doctor Who Weekly and the famous science-fiction title 2000 AD, under which Moore created several popular series, such as The Ballad of Halo Jones, Skizz, and D.R. & Quinch. Moore then worked for Warrior, a British anthology magazine. It was on this title that Moore began two important series: Marvelman (known in the United States as Miracleman), a revisionist superhero series, and V For Vendetta, Moore's groundbreaking tale of the fight for freedom and dignity in a fascist and dystopian Britain, both of which earned him the British Eagle Awards for Best Comics Writer in 1982 and 1983.
In 1986 Moore finished Watchmen. This became the first comic book to be a recipient of the prestigious Hugo Award.
Later, Moore finished his run on Swamp Thing, completed the V For Vendetta storyline and wrote quite possibly the best Joker story ever in Batman: The Killing Joke.
Currently, Moore has his own imprint under which he's once again paving new territory with several new series: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Promethea, Tom Strong, Tom Strong's Terrific Tales, Tomorrow Stories and Top Ten.
In the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England's Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district's narrative among its saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts a different kind of human time is happening, a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between the petrolcolored puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them. Fiends last mentioned in the second-century Book of Tobit wait in urine-scented stairwells, the delinquent specters of unlucky children undermine a century with tunnels, and in upstairs parlors laborers with golden blood reduce fate to a snooker tournament. An opulent mythology for those without a pot to piss in, through the labyrinthine streets and pages of Jerusalem tread ghosts that sing of wealth and poverty; of Africa, and hymns, and our threadbare millennium. They discuss English as a visionary language from John Bunyan to James Joyce, hold forth on the illusion of mortality post-Einstein, and insist upon the meanest slum as Blake's eternal holy city. Fierce in its imagining and stupefying in its scope, Alan Moore's epic novel, Jerusalem, is the tale of Everything, told from a vanished gutter.