Writer Of Wrongs wrote:
Certainly an interesting propostion and entirely plausible, although I would question the likelihood of an 18 year old Moore getting his hands on such a particular title in deepest darkest Northampton, certainly at the time of its release: quite difficult to source from a quaint Midlands tobacconist come sweet shop come newsagents I would have thought.
Whilst Moore has gone on record to cite another specific influence
, and has subsequently made a far more obvious Brechtian Pirate Jenny
reference in chapter one of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. III: Century
, it was after all Gibbons who suggested basing the popular comic books of WATCHMEN on a pirate theme as an alternative to superhero stories. If not Alan, then perhaps it was
Dave who remembered the very type of comic you've drawn attention to?
I could, of course, just ask Dave if this was indeed the case... but I don't want to keep pestering the man.
Certainly not. I doubt, actually, anything THIS distinctive would a direct influence per se -- but it's possible that the general atmosphere of comics of this type may have shaped the general approach taken to the "pirate comics" subtext in the watchmen world.
The cover of the Tales of the Black Freighter used as a movie prop was also similar to the cover art on this particular HOM issue. The serendippity is amusing! "Strange phenomena" as Kate Bush sang about. I am reminded of the strange coincidence involving the Titanic. I don't have the book or details with me as I write, but Walter Lord in his A Night to Remember history describes a novel published shortly before the Titanic's voyage that centered around a huge ocean liner (with a similar name, I recall) that hits an iceberg and sinks with great loss of life on her maiden voyage. It was an eerily prescient incident. And finding this particular comic struck me as something in a similar vein.
It's a grand issue in any event, hugely entertaining. All the stories were fun reads. The panel showing the police mistaking a male genie for a hippie and attacking him with their clubs was a riot, (vintage period humor) as was the female genie shown threatening her "master" with a rolling pin, that classic nagging housewife cliche!