Who Are Superheroes Meant For?

Stuart Kelly discovers some surprising views from the legendary comic book writer Alan Moore:

When I mention that Geoff Johns has done a whole series of Green Lantern based on his story “Tygers”, he gets tetchy. “Now, see,” he says, “I haven’t read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen. I hate superheroes. I think they’re abominations. They don’t mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their nine- to 13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently. These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not nine to 13, it’s nothing to do with them. It’s an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it; they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal. This is a significant rump of the superhero-addicted, mainstream-addicted audience. I don’t think the superhero stands for anything good. I think it’s a rather alarming sign if we’ve got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s.”

Update from a reader:

We all give thanks for the monster talent of this man, who almost single-handedly recaptured the attention of adults for comics, but who is also famously curmudgeonly to his legions of fans.  Like so many great creators, Moore is a misanthrope who seems ever confused about the motivations, loves and hopes of real people. God love him.

Oh and The Avengers is beneath him, now? Please. Even Kurt Cobain professed his love for the Beatles. Come on Alan!  Live a little!