The Alan Moore plagiarism scandal
The Alan Moore trolls – every comments section has one – have got their schtick pretty much down by now. He never created a character in his life. He doesn’t want other people doing Watchmen but he made Peter Pan’s Wendy do Alice in Wonderland. He supports Occupy wearing V masks which is hypocritical because he didn’t like the V film. He doesn’t even read comics now, so how can he criticise them?
Only the problem is that these stock criticisms are getting a bit too familiar. They’re not hitting the nerve points anymore; they don’t muster the levels of outrage trolls live for. So, in my generosity, I give those trolls a gift: proof that Alan didn’t just steal the Charlton characters for Watchmen, he also plagiarised another book. Yes, Moore stole from a fellow author. Or authors, because the book in question was written by three men: The Goodies.
If you’re young or not British or both, you probably won’t remember The Goodies. Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden were, in the 1970s, Monty Python for kids, with a TV show and records and books of their surreal comedy. The second of those books, The Goodies’ Book of Criminal Records, was like most British comedy books a collection of documents about the characters.The most unhinged Goodie, Bill Oddie, is represented with a few pages of psychiatric notes from his time in an asylum.
Check out this page, about a dream he had:
And then there’s this page. Note the twisted little line drawing at the bottom left.
Take the typewritten notes about a dream, add in a twisted little drawing, and what do you get? This page, from chapter six of Watchmen.
Case closed. Moore busted. Trolls: you’re welcome.