Steve Moore (comics)

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Steve Moore
Born (1949-06-11)11 June 1949
United Kingdom
Died 16 March 2014(2014-03-16) (aged 64)
Nationality British
Area(s) Writer
Pseudonym(s) Pedro Henry
Notable works
Axel Pressbutton
Future Shocks
Tom Strong's Terrific Tales

Steve Moore (11 June 1949 – 16 March 2014) was a British comics writer.[1]

Moore was credited with showing acclaimed writer Alan Moore (no relation), then a struggling cartoonist, how to write comic scripts. His career has subsequently been quite closely linked with the more famous Moore – the pair collaborated under pseudonyms (Steve's pseudonym was "Pedro Henry", Alan's was "Curt Vile") on strips for Sounds magazine, including one which introduced the character Axel Pressbutton, who was later to feature in the Warrior anthology comic, as well as a standalone series published by Eclipse Comics.

Biography[edit]

Moore has long been linked to Alan Moore, who has known him "since he [Alan] was fourteen" referring to him as "a friend... fellow comic writer [and] a fellow occultist",[2] Moore and Moore have so often been linked together that Alan joked that Steve would have 'no relation' engraved on his tombstone [3]

Moore was an editor of Bob Rickard's long-running UK-based "Journal of the Unexplained," Fortean Times. In later years, he also edited that publication's more academic sister-publication Fortean Studies. He is listed as a 'specialist contributor' to the Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained, which also notes that he compiled the Fortean Times' General Index, and several derivative books. He was a freelance writer on diverse topics, and said he "lives in London [where he] interests himself mainly in ancient and oriental subjects".[4]

UK comics work[edit]

Steve Moore began working for Odhams Press' comics division while still in his teens and in 1971 he created the UK's first comics fanzine, Orpheus. Moore's comics work has featured in most of the major British comics, particularly in anthologies. He has been involved with 2000 AD from its earliest days, writing the second story-arc of their Dan Dare-revival "Hollow World" (Progs 12–23), and devising the Future Shocks format for Prog #25 with his "King of the World".

Later work for 2000 AD includes "Red Fang" (with artist Steve Yeowell), "Valkyries" (with American artist John Lucas) and a series of one-off short fantasy stories collected under the name Tales of Telguuth (with multiple artists).

He wrote the earliest adventures of the Doctor for Doctor Who Weekly (later Doctor Who Magazine), as well as co-creating the character Abslom Daak (with artist Steve Dillon) for the same publication. (Many stories were reprinted by Marvel and Marvel UK, including as back-up features to Jamie Delano's Captain Britain in The Daredevils.) Also for Marvel UK he wrote Hulk and Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. stories in Hulk Comic.

He also wrote several stories in Warrior, including, as Pedro Henry, a revival of his Axel Pressbutton character from Sounds.

He was featured in the anthology A1 (including a strip with fellow-Fortean Hunt Emerson on "Fortean Times" in #2), alongside comics luminaries.

Alan Moore-related work[edit]

He wrote "Young Tom Strong" and "Jonni Future" in Tom Strong's Terrific Tales, a 12 issue anthology series from Alan Moore's America's Best Comics line.

He wrote the novelisation of the film V for Vendetta, based on the comics of the same name, by Alan Moore and David Lloyd.

In 2006 Alan Moore released a biographical essay on Moore called Unearthing, which in 2010 became an audiobook.

At the time of his death, he was co-writing The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic with Alan Moore, planned to be published by Top Shelf.[5]

Oriental themes[edit]

Steve Moore had an abiding, and scholarly, interest in the history and mythology of China. Somehow, in the early 1980s this came to the attention of Bob Guccione who commissioned a three-part series on 'Brothels of the Orient' for his soft-porn magazine, Penthouse. Steve objected that he had never even been to the Far East, let alone resorted to its brothels. Guccione's advice was to 'just make it up.' While Moore found the subject matter distasteful, he was promised a very substantial fee. Consequently, Moore accepted the commission on condition that it be published under the pseudonym 'Pedro Henry.' This somewhat improbable name was an amalgam of Pedro McGregor (author of 'Brazilian Magic,' a book which he was reading at the time) and O. Henry, the short-story writer. Unfortunately, the articles appeared under Moore's own name, causing him no little embarrassment. He claimed that his subsequent use of the 'Pedro Henry' pseudonym was an attempt to distance himself from Steve Moore the lascivious denizen of oriental houses of ill-repute.[6]

Moore was also a dedicated student and practitioner of the I Ching and consulted it every morning, without fail, from 1969 onwards, recording the results in his 'I Ching diary'.[7] In 1988, he published "The Trigrams of Han: Inner Structures of the I Ching". This scholarly work was sufficiently impressive that it led to his induction into The Royal Asiatic Society as a Fellow.

From 1995 until its final issue in 2002, Steve edited 'The Oracle, The Journal of Yijing Studies.'[8]

Other[edit]

He scripted Marvel Comics' adaptation of the James Bond film Octopussy, published in Marvel Comics Super Special #26 (1983).

His work has been published by Eclipse Comics in the US, much of it reprinted from Warrior. He wrote most of the stories for John Bolton's Halls of Horror, as well as Axel Pressbutton and Laser Eraser and Pressbutton.

Alan Moore wrote a long biographical essay about him, entitled "Unearthing", which is included in the Iain Sinclair-edited anthology London: City of Disappearances.[9] In early 2008, it was reported that this essay was being adapted into a "photo-illustrated hardcover novel, with some fumetti elements and visuals by Mitch Jenkins," to be published by Top Shelf Comics.[10]

Later work includes Hercules: The Thracian Wars at Radical Comics which Peter Berg has optioned in conjunction with Universal Studios and Spyglass Entertainment.[11] He is following that with Hercules: The Knives of Kush, a 5-issue limited series set in Egypt.[12] Moore said this was his final comics work for now, although he was still writing in other areas:

for the last couple of years I had to care for a disabled relative, which meant that I had little time for any other work than Hercules. As he’s recently passed away, I now find myself in a position where I can retire from writing mainstream comics, so once I’ve seen Knives of Kush through the press, I’ll be gone.

...

as far as comics are concerned, I’m hanging up my hat and turning to non-fiction. A couple of short pieces for Fortean Times, hopefully dusting off my research for a book on Selene, maybe some more stuff on the Yijing.[13]

In October 2011, Moore released a novel, Somnium: A Fantastic Romance. The book was published by nthposition press, and released as a Kindle e-book through Amazon.com on 22 Oct. The story follows a young man who is trying to write a book based on the legendary romance of Endymion and the moon goddess Selene. What follows is a metaphysical and metafictional adventure which asked the question, is everything a dream within a dream?

Bibliography[edit]

Comics[edit]

Comics work includes:

2000 AD[edit]

Work for 2000 AD include:

  • Tharg's Future Shocks:
    • "King of the World" (with Blasquez, in 2000 AD #25, 1977)
    • "Food for Thought" (with Horacio Lalia, in 2000 AD #26, 1977)
    • "The Runts" (with Pat Wright, in 2000 AD #41, 1977)
    • "Fly Guy" (with Jose Luis Ferrer, in 2000 AD #49, 1978)
    • "Brain Drain" (with Ron Tiner, in 2000 AD #95, 1979)
    • "Fish in a Barrel" (with Eric Bradbury, in 2000 AD #208, 1981)
    • "Slashman, Kowalski and Rat" (with Mike White, in 2000 AD #213, 1981)
    • "New Cruise Blues" (with Steve Kyte, in 2000 AD #218, 1981)
    • "Hen-pecked Henry" (with Jose Casanovas, in 2000 AD #220, 1981)
    • "The Red House" (with Jesus Redondo, in 2000 AD #231, 1981)
    • "Once Upon an Atom" (with Alan Langford, in 2000 AD #235, 1981)
    • "A Little Problem" (with Johnny Johnstone, in 2000 AD #237, 1981)
    • "The Masks of Arazzor" (with Jose Casanovas, in 2000 AD #241, 1981)
    • "The Last Supper" (with Frazer Irving, in 2000 AD #1205, 2000)
    • "Dwellers in the Depths" (with Wayne Reynolds, in 2000 AD #1206, 2000)
    • "Home from the War" (with Boo Cook, in 2000 AD #1208, 2000)
    • "Skeleton Crew" (with Frazer Irving, in 2000 AD #1209, 2000)
    • "The World Next Door" (with Andrew Chiu, in 2000 AD #1210, 2000)
    • "Escape Ship" (with Dylan Teague, in 2000 AD #1211, 2000)
    • "War Games" (with Graham Higgins, in 2000 AD #1265, 2001)
    • "Skin Game" (with Boo Cook, in 2000 AD #1268, 2001)
    • "Decontamination Procedure" (with Anthony Williams, in 2000 AD #1269, 2001)
    • "Property Rights" (with John Charles, in 2000 AD #1272, 2001)
    • "Marooned" (with Shaun Bryan, in 2000 AD #1278, 2002)
    • "Warped" (with pencils by Ben McCloud and inks by Cliff Robinson, in 2000 AD #1295, 2002)
    • "Black Jack's Revenge" (with pencils by Ben McCloud and inks by Cliff Robinson, in 2000 AD #1457, 2005)
  • Tales of Telguuth:
    • "A Little Knowledge" (with Greg Staples, in 2000 AD #1191, 2000)
    • "Talking Heads" (with Paul Johnson, in 2000 AD #1192, 2000)
    • "Music of the Spheres" (with Siku, in 2000 AD #1193, 2000)
    • "The Eternal Bliss of Zebba Horath" (with Simon Davis, in 2000 AD #1194, 2000)
    • "To Become a God" (with Paul Johnson, in 2000 AD #1195, 2000)
    • "The Bride of Ballakruz-Krim" (with Dean Ormston, in 2000 AD #1196, 2000)
    • "Men of Snakewood" (with Siku, in 2000 AD #1197, 2000)
    • "Uhuros the Horrendous" (with Carl Critchlow, in 2000 AD #1198, 2000)
    • "The Conqueror Wummb" (with Paul Johnson, in 2000 AD #1199, 2000)
    • "The Transfiguration of Tesro Karnik" (with Siku, in 2000 AD #1227–1229, 2001)
    • "The Oscillations of Taramasellion" (with Siku, in 2000 AD #1235–1236, 2001)
    • "The Caverns of Garnek-Spay" (with Carl Critchlow, in 2000 AD #1240–1242, 2001)
    • "The Hunting of the Veks" (with Siku, in 2000 AD #1249, 2001)
    • "The Vileness of Scromyx" (with Siku, in 2000 AD #1258–1260, 2001)
    • "The Infinite Return of Varkor Gan" (with Siku, in 2000 AD # 1263, 2001)
    • "The Atrocities of Pagafruuz Jeel" (with Siku, in 2000 AD #1283, 2002)
    • "The Colossal Wealth of Karn Foul-Eye" (with Stefano Cardoselli, in 2000 AD #1284, 2002)
    • "The Wheels of Fortune" (with Jon Haward/John Stokes, in 2000 AD #1285–1286, 2002)
    • "The Rousing of Rezik" (with Jon Haward, in 2000 AD #1287–1288, 2002)
    • "The Black Arts of Skrixlan Nort" (with Jon Haward, in 2000 AD #1329, 2003)
    • "Pagrok the Infallible" (with Jon Haward, in 2000 AD #1330–31, 2003)
    • "One Cold Winter Night…" (with Jon Haward, in 2000 AD #1332, 20030)
    • "The Iniquities of Snedron" (with Jon Haward, in 2000 AD #1333–1334, 2003)
    • "Holding the Fort" (with Jon Haward/John Stokes, in 2000 AD #1369, 2003)
    • "The Eternal Life of Emperor Ygg" (with Dave Kendall, in 2000 AD #1370, 2003)

Marvel UK[edit]

Marvel UK work includes:

  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Return of the Daleks" (with pencils by Paul Neary and inks by David Lloyd, in Doctor Who Weekly #1–4, 1979)
    • "Throwback: The Soul of a Cyberman" (with Steve Dillon, in "Doctor Who Weekly" #5-7, 1979)
    • "The Final Quest" (with Paul Neary, in Doctor Who Weekly #8, 1979)
    • "The Stolen TARDIS - a tale of Time Lords" (with Steve Dillon, in Doctor Who Weekly #9-11, 1979)
    • "K-9's Finest Hour" (with Paul Neary, in Doctor Who Weekly #12, 1980)
    • "Warlord of the Ogrons" (with Steve Dillon, in Doctor Who Weekly #13–14, 1980)
    • "Deathworld" (with David Lloyd, in Doctor Who Weekly #15–16, 1980)
    • Abslom Daak (96 pages, Marvel Comics, ISBN 1-85400-113-2)
      • "Abslom Daak—Dalek Killer" (with Steve Dillon, in Doctor Who Weekly #17–20, 1980)
      • "Star Tigers" (with Steve Dillon, in Doctor Who Weekly #27–30, 1980)
      • "Star Tigers, Part Two" (with David Lloyd, in Doctor Who Weekly #44–46, 1980)
    • "Twilight of the Silurians" (with David Lloyd, in Doctor Who Weekly #21–22, 1980)
    • "The Ship of Fools" (with Steve Dillon, in Doctor Who Weekly #23–24, 1980)
    • "The Outsider" (with Steve Dillon, in Doctor Who Weekly #25–26, 1980)
    • "Yonder . . . the Yeti" (with David Lloyd, in Doctor Who Weekly #31–34, 1980)
    • "The Time Witch" (with Dave Gibbons, in Doctor Who Weekly #35–38, 1980, collected in The Iron Legion, 164 pages, 2004, ISBN 1-904159-37-0)
    • Dragon's Claw (with Dave Gibbons, 164 pages, 2005, ISBN 1-904159-81-8) includes:
      • "Dragon’s Claw" (in Doctor Who Weekly/Doctor Who Monthly #39–45, 1980)
      • "The Collector" (in Doctor Who Monthly #46, 9180)
      • "Dreamers of Death" (in Doctor Who Monthly #47–48, 1980–1981)
      • "The Life Bringer" (in Doctor Who Monthly #49–50, 1981)
      • "The War of Words" (in Doctor Who Monthly #51, 1981)
      • "Crisis on Kaldor" (in Doctor Who Monthly #51, 1981)
      • "Spider-God" (in Doctor Who Monthly #52, 1981)

Warrior[edit]

Comics work in Warrior includes:

Other[edit]

Books[edit]

  • The Trigrams of Han: Inner Structures of the I Ching, Thorsons Publishers, 1989. ISBN 978-0850308082
  • Somnium: A Fantastic Romance. Strange Attractor Press (2011), afterword by Alan Moore. ISBN 978-1907222061

Fortean Times[edit]

Work done at the Fortean Times includes editing and writing the following.

Fortean Tomes[edit]
Fortean Studies[edit]
  • Fortean Studies: Volume 1 (as editor, John Brown Publishing Ltd, 1994, paperback, ISBN 1-870870-55-7)
  • Fortean Studies: Volume 2 (as editor, John Brown Publishing Ltd, 1995, paperback, ISBN 1-870870-70-0)
  • Fortean Studies: Volume 3 (as editor, John Brown Publishing Ltd, 1996, paperback, ISBN 1-870870-82-4)
  • Fortean Studies: Volume 4 (as editor, John Brown Publishing Ltd, 1998, paperback, ISBN 1-870870-96-4)
  • Fortean Studies: Volume 5 (as editor, John Brown Publishing Ltd, 1998, paperback, ISBN 1-902212-14-2)
  • Fortean Studies: Volume 6 (as editor, John Brown Publishing Ltd, 1998, paperback, ISBN 1-902212-20-7)
Other[edit]

Notes[edit]

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