Friday, 20 April 2012


1963 #1-6 (Image Comics, April-October 1993)
by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, Rick Veitch and others
(from Note From The President, Cerebus #173, August 1993)
Someone asked about working for the mainstream companies [Marvel and DC]; something along the lines of ‘what if you have a really good Batman story or X-Force story you want to do.’ I pointed out that 1963 is the answer to that. Everyone knows who the characters are supposed to be. Just change the way they look and the name. It dates back to Watchmen, actually. As soon as a DC executive told Alan Moore to change the original Charlton characters into new characters (DC already had plans for the Fly, Blue Beetle, etc) and as soon as DC trademarked and copyrighted those new characters; well hey, that’s checkmate on the big board. If you change the way the character looks and his name, you’ve created a new character. So if that’s what’s holding you back from self-publishing, just pick a character you’ve always wanted to do, call him something else, change a few things about his appearance and away you go. And you don’t have to worry about some editor with a stick up his or her ass making you conform to company policy. You can do the story exactly the way you want it done. Isn’t that great? Well, I think it is.
1963 #6 (Image Comics, October 1993)
by Alan Moore, Rick Veitch and Dave Gibbons

1 comment:

ChrisW said...

He was probably referring to his panel at the 1993 Chicago Comicon. I don't remember what my question was but it wasn't that and this was his answer. I assume he gave the same answer to multiple people that weekend so maybe it wasn't me but that was his answer to my question at his panel.