Alan Moore’s best comics, in complete chronological order.
The Comic Books of Alan Moore
Franchises and Marvel UK
Sadly uncollected, but I’ve linked to a great write-up of these formative issues for Whovians.
Believe it or not, some of Moore’s earliest comics work includes Star Wars stories for Marvel UK. Note that the collected edition features substantially more than just Moore’s work.
Marvel Unlimited readers luck out a bit here, as you can find Moore’s Star Wars stories within the “Classic Star Wars: Devilworlds” issues within the MU catalog.
Alan Moore & Alan Davis teamed up from 1982 to 1984 to renovate Captain Britain for Marvel UK. It’s some fascinating early superhero work from both of the Alans, with Moore exploring many of the themes he would later refine in Watchmen, but with a significantly more lighthearted tone.
The issues are spread across a number of series, making collection a bit tricky, but you can look to read in the following order:
Marvel Super-Heroes #386 to #389
Daredevils #1 to #11
Mighty World of Marvel #7 to #13
Alan Moore’s 2000 AD Comics & Miracleman
Alan Moore quite famously wrote a number of his earliest comics for 2000 AD, and these sci-fi tales are best collected here.
The collection spans 1981 to 1983 and features Moore collaborations with early art from the likes of Steve Dillon, Dave Gibbons, Paul Neary, and Bryan Talbot!
Having started with the likes of Watchmen and V for Vendetta, it’s been consistently surprising to me how humorous, alien, and fun Alan Moore’s early works are, especially when teamed with Alan Davis. The D.R. and Quinch 2000 AD strip collects issues #317, #350 to #359, and #363 to #367.
Likely Moore’s finest 2000 AD work, the Ballad of Halo Jones is criminally underrated within Moore’s bibliography. Collection includes Moore’s collaboration with artist Ian Gibson, issues #376 to #385, #405 to #415, and #451 to #466.
Whether you’re calling it Marvelman (as originally titled in Warrior Comics from 1982 to 1984), or Miracleman, this brilliant work from Moore and the likes of Garry Leach, Alan Davis, and John Totelben is my third favorite comic of all time.
Marvel Comics is currently in the process of reprinting the Miracleman saga (despite Moore’s preference that they don’t), but the collected Miracleman is currently easiest to collect as follows:
The DC Comics of Alan Moore
Although V for Vendetta from Moore and David Lloyd would later be reprinted by DC Comics from 1988 to 1989 (and even later turned into a feature film), it was initially a 26 issue comic run from 1982 to 1985.
Not a DC comic, but published during this time!
Moore’s first and longest run with DC Comics is also his most well-known and beloved sustained run in Big 2 superhero comics.
The full run on Swamp Thing can be collected as follows:
Action Comics #584, Batman Annual #11, Batman: The Killing Joke, Dc Comics Presents #85, Detective Comics #549-550, Green Lantern #188, The Omega Men #26-27, Secret Origins #10, Superman #423, Tales Of The Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 & 3, Superman Annual #11 And Vigilante #17-18
Moore’s masterpiece with Dave Gibbons. It’s only my favorite comic book of all time. Believe the hype.
Enter the 1990’s
The 90’s Image Comics of Alan Moore
Todd McFarlane somehow got Alan Moore to write Spawn #8 as Image Comics bad boy creators took over 1993.
1995 miniseries written by Moore with art by Tony Daniel.
Six issue series from Moore with art by Rick Veitch and Stephen R. Bissette.
A Small Killing (1994)
My favorite Superman comic of the 90’s, and I mean that wholeheartedly.
Collects WildC.A.T.s #21 to #34, and #50.
Enter the 2000’s & Alan Moore’s America’s Best Comics
Alan Moore’s Tom Strong Reading Order
Tom Strong (1999 to 2006)
Promethea (1999 to 2005)
Alan Moore’s Top 10 Reading Order
Top 10 (1999 to 2001)
Smax (2003 to 2004)
The 49ers (2005)
Tomorrow Stories and Albion
Tomorrow Stories (1999 to 2002)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Centuries
Alan Moore Pays Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft
Neonomicon (2010 to 2011)