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Comics Legend Alan Moore's Rare Artwork Depicted A Terrifying Godzilla

Most comic fans are aware of Alan Moore, but only a fraction of them are aware that not only can he write, but he can draw as well, and one time he drew a terrifying Godzilla. Moore is an unabashed fan of the atomic Kaiju, even writing a song about him once. So it's no surprise that one of the few times Moore has had his art published in American comics, it was a Godzilla pin-up in the back of a Steven Bissette Godzilla one-shot, 1987's Godzilla, King of the Monsters Special.

Alan Moore is a legendary comic writer, having penned such immortal classics as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke, and a litany of others. One of Alan Moore's most celebrated works is his run on Swamp Thing with artists Steve Bissette, Rick Veitch, John Totleben. Bissette is a big fan of big monsters, with his self-published comic Tyrant telling the ambitious tale of the life of a T-Rex from birth till death. So it's no surprise that one of the early Dark Horse Godzilla comics would be drawn by Bissette, but in what must have been a big surprise to the one shot's writer - Alien vs. Predator creator Randy Stradley - Alan Moore would draw an original pinup for them to include in the back of the book.

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The pin-up can be found in 1987's black and white Godzilla, King of the Monsters Special, which is unfortunately hard to find. The story, drawn by Bissette and written by Stradley, was colored and rereleased in 1992, but gone were the pinups by Alan Moore, Keith Giffen, Paul Chadwick, Rick Veitch, and others. In the amazingly rendered image, Moore depicts Godzilla classically rampaging through a city, but with some fun details that are easy to miss at first glance. From the woman who cartoonishly doesn't know where to look to the handful of people squashed and stuck under Godzilla's foot, to the people burning alive in Godzilla's atomic breath, this image is as fun to look at as Moore presumably had drawing it.

Before Moore penned his many essential works he had tried to break into comics as an artist before his focus shifted entirely to writing. Moore's art was published in a sizable number of British comics for almost a decade, and even drew some pages for Harvey Pekar's American Splendor. While Moore isn't widely known as an artist, he still draws to this day, albeit privately.

Godzilla is a monster that many artists have fun drawing, sometimes taking the kaiju to weird and dark places. While Alan Moore's published art is rare, this Godzilla piece is a fun reminder that some of the best creators have more than a few tricks up their sleeve. It's also a good reminder to check local dollar bins and flip through older comics that stand out. There are often fun surprises hidden in the pages of forgotten comics, maybe even more Alan Moore art.

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