"[color:red]From Hell</font color=red>" was a Detective Story set it Victorian England<br>about the quirky, drug-addicted (absinthe) detective that<br>pursued the case of 'Jack the Ripper'.<br><br>VERY Dark Stuff.<br><br><br>I'm not exactly "in the loop" myself.<br>I grew out of "comic books" by the time I was 12 or so.<br>I got reintroduced to "Graphic Novels" in my mid twenties<br>while attending art school. One of my teachers used to <br>illustrate for such as "Creepy", "Eerie", and "Heavy Metal"<br><br>The art was GREAT---in fact LEGENDARY--- but the stories<br>were shallow shock-value crap, so I soon lost interest.<br><br>In my mid forties, someone forced a copy of The Watchmen<br>on me and I was extremely impressed at how the genre <br>had matured. <br><br>...but I still don't follow what's out there all that much.<br>There's just too much noise. (crap on the racks) It's a<br>business like any other. The really good stuff rises to the<br>surface, and I manage to skim it off when I find the time.<br><br>
I can't imagine ever wanting to see Watchmen made into a movie. Even if it were any good, they would have to take so much stuff out to make it work, and that would be gutting it right there. I truly hope that project never gets off the ground.<br><br>We are what we repeatedly do. -Aristotle
_________________________ We are what we repeatedly do - Aristotle
oooooooooooooooonnn the other hand............<br><br>Did you know <br>that Alan Moore's FIRST PICK to direct the Watchmen<br>was Terry Gilliam? ("12 Monkeys" & "Time Bandits" )<br>The second pick was Ridley Scott ("Blade Runner")<br><br>When neither of them was able to pare down the script<br>without exactly as you say "gutting it" they continued<br>to keep tossing the project to one director after another<br>with increasingly poor results. <br><br>It had become the like "The Philosopher's Stone" or<br>"The Quest For the Holy Grail" just chasing something<br>that was always just beyond reach.<br><br>Like you said. 'Better to just leave it be.'<br><br>
Who was your teacher? I loved all that old Creepy and Eerie stuff from the 60s.<br><br>Watchmen would be better as a mini-series on HBO. Condensing it to fit into a 2-hour movie is near-impossible, IMO.<br><br>Instead of Watchmen, I wish someone would make a movie of Moore's Miracleman. Much better story than Watchmen (again, IMO) and the first six issues would condense down to a 2-hour movie pretty easily. <br><br>The biggest flaw with Watchmen is it's let's-create-a-common-enemy-so-we'll-all-stop-fighting ending. Such a great buildup to a rather cliched ending. Moore's usually better than that. But it IS a fun ride.<br><br>
<br>My teacher wasn't one of the biggies (like Frank Frazetta or Rich Corbin or Bernie Wrightson)<br>Gosh it's been so long that I even forgot his first name. OH YEAH! "MISTER"! Mr, Brown <br><br>MiracleMen WAS made into a movie, wasn't it? I seem to remember Wm. F. Macey<br>but I didn't read the Graphic Novels, someone just told me that Alan Moore wrote those<br>when he was in his early teens.<br><br>Actually, the Common-Enemy-Premise was redone from an old Outer Limits episode<br>that starred David McCallum if I recall. The Premise was a sound one, even though it had <br>been done before (In fact, BUSH is using it NOW! as "The Necessary Pearl Harbor") <br><br>But Moore was using it merely as a vehicle to create a complete alter. universe. One that<br>diverged from ours when The Comedian assassinated heads of state during the Vietnam<br>War, and even the Watergate Break-In never came to light, since Woodward & Bernstein<br>were also "eliminated" and Nixon was elected to an unprecedented 3rd term in office.<br> And even The Comedian said, ...Just don't ask him where he was when JFK "got it". <br><br>So the line between the good guys and the bad were never clearly delineated.<br><br>Without a doubt, that kidnapper fed that little girl to the dogs, but Walter Kovacs <br>took the law into his own hands when he handcuffed him to the radiator and burned the<br> building down. As the kidnapper died Rorscah was born.<br><br>Insecure, cross-dressing rapists that needed latex to get it up. Very Weird Stuff indeed.<br><br>Ever since then many relationships that were here to fore taken for granted, such as the <br>one between the Batman & "the Boy Wonder" has raised an eyebrow or two. y<br><br>ANYWAY, Go back and pull it out again, I think you'll see parallels between their world<br>and ours that didn't ring quite true until the convert actions that we see swirling around<br>us in the past few years. What happened in that 20 year old book parallels OUR Universe<br>as closely as theirs did to the Ghost Ship in the 'comic within the comic'. <br><br>Watching The Popular Media is us hanging around the NewsStand.<br><br>Suddenly you'll find yourself asking "Quis Custodiet ipsos Custodes?" <br><h2>"Who Watches the Watchmen"</h2><br><br>
I'll have to dig out some old issues and see if a "Brown" is listed. Those magazines were resurrected a couple of times so he may have worked on a later incarnation.<br><br>So far, no Miracleman movie has been made. Considering how convoluted the ownership issue is, I doubt it ever will.<br><br>If you enjoyed Watchmen, look it up. Moore takes Captain Marvel's incredibly stupid origin (yeah, how many superhero origins weren't incredibly stupid?) and actually turns in a plausible explanation, at least from a science-fiction point of view.<br><br>
Someone on an Alternative Forum <~DA~DUM~<br>said just last night, that she was shocked to have enjoyed<br>the New Batman Movie "Batman Begins" because she'd previously<br>never known the origin of the Batman, even though he's been around since the 1930's<br><br>
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