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Apr. 21st, 2010 | 08:04 pm





THE UNPUBLISHED MOORE
(incorporating THE UNFINISHED MOORE)


by

Michael Norwitz


with ongoing amendments by

Michael Norwitz, Pádraig Ó Méalóid,

And many others



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With apologies to the bearded magus, as every comic writer on the face of the planet has an equally long or longer list of such; Moore's fans are just obsessive enough to track all of them (although several have been generated by the disintegration of the ABC line and by Rob Liefeld's business practices).

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[Comments are attributed to their authors, except where they are anonymous, in which case they're given as Anon.]

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  • 4D War
    Status: Unfinished Comic Strip


  • Marvel UK Doctor Who series drawn by David Lloyd which was originally intended to be longer series.

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  • 1963 Annual
    Status: Unpublished Comic Annual


  • Possible script from Moore in existence, not to appear largely due to ill-will among the creators.

    Anon says: I think this might be another partially completed script, Moore might have gotten about half way into it. Actually, here's the answer online:

    Rick Veitch: 1963 was Alan's reaction to how insane and awful superhero comics became in the early '90s. He told me he felt somehow responsible by letting the cat out of the bag with Watchmen and wanted to completely reverse course and get back to that 'state of grace' that superheroes existed in during the Silver Age. The point of the series was to be demonstrated in the 80 Page Annual when the sweet and simple 1963 characters battle the pumped and vicious Image superheroes (the basic concept was later lifted for Kingdom Come). 1963 failed because the Annual was never completed. Alan began the script, finishing the first 24 pages, but Jim Lee never started the art. Steve Bissette also pulled out while I was drawing Book 6 and since he was scheduled to handle the production on that issue everything then fell into my lap and it just wasn't possible at that late date to reboot the Annual. In the years following I've tried to organize a number of publishing deals, some of which were built around a new approach to finishing the project. But so far I've never been able to put all the pieces together.

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  • A Grammar
    Status: Unpublished Novel


  • Announced second prose novel. Probably abandoned.

    When I interviewed Moore in 2008, I asked him about this:-

    PÓM: There was to be another novel, wasn’t there? A Grammar?

    AM: Now that fell by the wayside because, it was after I had finished Voice of the Fire. The only reason I did Voice of the Fire with Gollancz was because I liked Faith Brooker. She was a great editor, she was really nice, she looked after all the people who were working for her, and she was treated abominably, and so when Gollancz asked me if I wanted to carry on writing A Grammar I said, “Well actually I was really only doing it for Faith, and she’s not working for you any more, so, nah...” and to tell the truth, I hadn’t really got very far with the concept. It was because Faith wanted another book quickly, I think it would have helped her situation, that I’d come up with it at all, and once Faith was out of the picture I really didn’t feel like making that kind of investment.

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  • ABC A-Z
    Status: Unfinished Comic Series


  • Additional material not written by Alan Moore but likely Steve Moore and Peter Hogan. Probably scripts exist, though unlikely to ever see the light of day after all this time.

    I interviewed Peter Hogan in 2010, and asked him about the likelihood of this being finished:

    PÓM: While I have you, do you know what happened to the ABC A-Z series, which only ran to four of the six issues it was supposed to be?

    PH: The first I knew that there was anything wrong was after they made a printing error in the Terra Obscura issue, leaving the text off one page. So, I said I hoped this would get put right for the trade collection, and was told there wasn’t going to be one, and that not only that, but the series wasn’t going to be completed. Low sales was the reason given.

    The only thing of mine that didn’t appear was the Smax entry, and that was easily the weakest one I did. I’m actually more annoyed that we didn’t get to see Steve Moore’s take on Promethea, which was probably well worth seeing.

    When the series was first mooted it struck me as a bizarre title to publish unless they were planning to do an ABC relaunch after Alan finished up, in which case it made perfect sense. So I assumed that was what was going to happen, but as time went on and nothing was said, it became clear that was the end of it all. Alan had never had any problems with the thing continuing after he left – though I think Wildstorm accepted there was no point doing more Promethea without him – so … I don’t know. Maybe things changed somewhere along the line.

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  • Ace of Shades
    Status: Unpublished Comic Strip


  • This was the original working title for what would eventually become V for Vendetta.

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  • Angel Passage
    Status: Unpublished Comic Book


  • Melinda Gebbie is supposed to be doing a comic book adaptation of the spoken word CD Angel Passage, akin to the two adaptation Eddie Campbell has done, of The Birth Caul and Snakes and Ladders, but hasn't actually started work on it yet, to the best of my knowledge. This may never actually happen.

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  • The Badlander
    Status: Unpublished Comic Strip


  • Intended for 2000 AD, never published for unknown reasons, to be drawn by Mike Collins, five pages scripted for which a section of the first page was reproduced in The Extraordinary Works of Alan Moore. There it will remain, although there's no reason the 2000 AD-intrinsic material couldn't be edited out, probably.

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  • The Ballad of Halo Jones
    Status: Unfinished Comic Series


  • The starship has sailed on this one.

    I interviewed Moore in early 2011, and he told me how The Ballad of Halo Jones would probably have ended:-

    PÓM: I have to say, I was rereading the three volumes of The Ballad of Halo Jones recently, and of all the things that you haven’t finished, I really lament not being able to see what happens in the other six books of Halo Jones. Did you have an idea where it was all going?

    AM: Well, I’d got the idea that she’d go through fabulous adventures, the next adventure would have probably been when she was a female space pirate with Sally Quasar, who was somebody that I’d mentioned, and I would have been basically going through all the decades of her life, with her getting older in each one, because I liked the idea, at the time, of having a strip in 2000 AD with a seventy- or eighty-year-old woman as the title character.

    It would have ended up with Halo Jones upon some planet that is right at the absolute edge of the universe where, beyond that, beyond some sort of spectacular lightshow, there is no space, no time, and it would have ended up with Halo Jones – all the rest of the people on this planetoid because, actually, time is not passing; you could stay there forever, potentially - and what would have happened is that Halo Jones, after spending some time with the rest of the immortals, would have tottered across the landing field, got into her spacecraft, and flown into the psychedelic lightshow, to finally get out. And that would have been the ending. So, you’ve saved me a lot of writing, and you a lot of unnecessary worrying.

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  • Batman/Judge Dredd
    Status: Unpublished Comic Strip


  • Shelved due to lack of cooperation by IPC, to be drawn by Brian Bolland. 8 pages scripted.

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  • Big Numbers
    Status: Unfinished Comic Series


  • Scripted to the fifth issue.

    I interviewed Moore in 2008, and I asked him about Big Numbers:-

    PÓM: Is anything ever going to happen with Big Numbers?

    AM: No. I tried, and I tried, and I tried. The initial comic collapsed, then we tried to get a replacement artist in, and he fled screaming into the night, and then I was working with a guy who was suggesting it as a television programme of twelve hour long episodes, something like Our Friends in the North, maybe, but with more fractal mathematics. There were some people working on a screenplay for that, a teleplay or whatever they call it, but that didn’t really happen, so that time it was three strikes and you’re out. I really wouldn’t be able to summon the energy to finish Big Numbers, although in some ways, a lot of the stuff that I was thinking about with Big Numbers is going to be completely applicable to Jerusalem. Not in the same sense, not the same characters, not the same story, but some of the same spirit. So, I think that Big Numbers is probably going to by Edwin Drood, but everyone should probably have at least one.

    Big Numbers was to be a 12-issue series, but only two of these issues were published. In January 2009 I bought a photocopy of a completed Big Numbers #3. In January 2011 I posted this piece by Bill Sienkiewicz about his response to that issue appearing.

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  • Bizarro
    Status: Unpublished Comic Series


  • According to Alan Moore, from Amazing Heroes #58:

    Me and Kevin O'Neill would really love to do a Bizarro mini-series, examining this whole Bizarro world. I mean, it's square. How do the physics work on a world like that? What about the people who live on the corners? If you look at the pictures of the Bizarro world, there are continents that fold around the corners, so presumably you must have people living at right angles to each other. I just want to see Kevin draw it. I'm sure he'd be up to it.

    And we're going to have the Solid Zone, instead of the Phantom Zone, which is a gigantic block of concrete, and every so often Bizarro Superman will go up and tap on it and say "Am you all right in there, Solid Zone criminals?" And they'd say, "We am fine, Bizarro." And we're going to have the Bizarro Bottle City of Kandor, which is about six times as big as the actual planet, and has to stood [sic] upon some vast constructed platform that reaches into space. And we thought about having a Bizarro Earth-2 which exists in exactly the same continuum as Bizarro Earth-1, and is just another square Earth balanced on the corner of Bizarro Earth so that the inhabitants of these worlds can wave to each other across the gap.

    According to Kevin O'Neill, talking to The Comics Journal:

    Me and Alan [Moore] were going to do a Bizarro series many years ago for DC — that’s one of several things we almost did together. We were talking about the Bizarros, and it was all ready to go for Julius Schwartz, when John Byrne was brought in and revamped Superman. So that went right out the window.

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  • The Bojeffries Saga
    Status: Unpublished Collection


  • A collection of all the Bojeffries stories to date, as well as a new story called After They Were Famous. To be published by Top Shelf at some point in the future.

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  • Brought to Light
    Status: Unpublished Musical Project


  • As far as I know Gary Lloyd's extended re-issue of the CD version of Brought to Light, originally due in 2009, is still theoretically on the cards.

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  • California Girls
    Status: Unpublished Comic Strip


  • According to Trina Robbins, Moore told her that he wanted to write a story for her comic California Girls.

    She also said that he was drunk at the time, and in an exceedingly good mood, and telling nearly everyone who passed by that he wanted to work with them. I doubt he remembered any of it the next day.

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  • Captain Britain
    Status: Unpublished Comic Strip


  • Moore had planned to do a three-part horror story early during his tenure on the Captain Britain, featuring Old Sarah Mumford, but Alan Davis steered him towards sci-fi instead. Probably exists only in the form of a brief summary in a letter written to the artist; I don't even want to speculate about the likelihood of there being a complete script for this out there, as it would only make my head explode.

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  • Captain Britain
    Status: Unpublished Comic Strip


  • Plotline involving Arcade, and appearances by Moira McTaggart, Jamie Madrox and even Havok & Polaris. Just as well.

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  • Captain Empire / Captain Albion
    Status: Unpublished Comic Strip


  • Followups to Captain Airstrip-One. The latter mainly at the urging of the late Steve Whitaker, who was enchanted with the character. Probably only ever existed as a brief whim of Moore's.

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  • Car Ads of the Future
    Status: Unpublished Musical Project


  • Andrew Phillip Smith says: What about Car Ads of the Future, a song collection in collaboration with Tim Perkins? I recall that Alan wasn't going to sing it. Tim Perkins has a track Where Does a Car Go When It Dies? on his website which might belong to that project.

    The singer, Andrea Svajcsik, who did the fire breathing in the Angel Passage
    performance,abandoned the project. In the interview with Eddie Campbell included in A Disease of Language Moore menioned that Perkins had been auditioning for another singer, but the project seems to have been abandoned permanently.

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  • CD-ROM Game
    Status: Unpublished Computer Game


  • kevindh says: There was some sort of CD-ROM game that he was helping a friend (Dave Gibbons, maybe?) to design in the '90s, but which was never completed.

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  • Cerebus #301
    Status: Unpublished Comic


  • I believe a full script exists for this one (which involved Cerebus being summoned during a seance in the modern day), but it was intended to be a Moore/Bisette/Veitch project, and is unlikely to appear now due to ill-will among the creators.

    gavlees adds: Bisette's side of the story is that he did an interview with The Comics Journal where he mentioned money and business affairs that involved Moore. Apparently Moore was sent the transcript to approve and didn't say a word, then after publication phoned Bisette to say, "Right, Steve, we're finished."

    Bob adds: To whatever extent it was seriously considered (I'm not sure it got as far as an actual script) wouldn't it have been Moore/Bissette/Totleben?

    cunning_magee adds: From what I remember, the Zombie Cerebus story was slated to appear in Sim's anthology title about the Aardvark's childhood and earlier years (and of which only one issue ever came out). It was initially planned to be a regular series with collaborations between Sim and other writers/artists, and short Cerebus stories entirely produced by other creators. "After 300" was going to be the title of Moore's contribution, and I think it was only going to be a short story, not a full length issue. If a full script really exists, I find it difficult to believe they couldn't have just gotten Totleben to do the art all by himself, or simply have handed it over to another artist. Hell, Sim could have done the honours. He and Moore and still buddies, right?

    Anon adds: From Note from the President in Cerebus #79

    "I had a chance to meet Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben.... responding to the suggestion of R.A. Jones in a Cerebus Jam review encouraging me to surrender more creative control on the CJ stories, I asked the Unholy Three if they could be interested in doing their own Cerebus story...Steve tells me Alan is still a little bit leery about it....The initial idea for the story is "After Issue Three Hundred" wherein Cerebus is conjured back from the dead and....

    Aw, c'mon Alan, you HAVE to."

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  • Challengers of the Unknown
    Status: Unpublished Comic Series/Whim


  • This may have gotten as far as a formal proposal to DC, but I believe it was just a whim.

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  • Comet Rangers
    Status: Unpublished Graphic Novel


  • Sci-fi graphic novel to be illustrated by Jim Lee. Possibly script exists, though unlikely to ever see the light of day due to Lee's current commitments.

    Anon says: I think I recall Moore saying in an interview that he started on the first page or two, but didn't have time to keep writing it for the time being. I doubt he finished.

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  • Convention Tension
    Status: Unpublished Comic Strip


  • A short strip set at a comic convention.

    cunning_magee says: Some years back, Kim Thompson mentioned on The Comic Journal's online forum that Moore had submitted a lengthy outline for Convention Tension, i.e.the first installment of the never-produced anthology series for Fantagraphics. Thompson said it was (A) really funny, and (B) probably still tucked away somewhere in their files. I'd love to read it.

    [See also the listing for Fantagraphics Anthology]

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  • Cthulhu Calendar
    Status: Unpublished


  • kevindh says: There was a Cthulhu calendar he did with John Couthart. It was solicited but I don't think it was ever published.

    Michael Norwitz says: I believe this had come out but as part of a book. [Possibly in John Coulthart's HP Lovecraft's The Haunter of the Dark and Other Grostesque Visions?]

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  • Demon
    Status: Unpublished Comic Series/Whim


  • This miniseries may have gotten as far as a formal proposal to DC, but I believe it was just a whim.

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  • Disco Cabala
    Status: Unpublished Musical Project


  • A musical project with Tim Perkins, I believe. Moore mentioned it in an interview in The Idler in 1998:

    "But with the Qabalah we are working through numerous different exercises and the information we are getting from these we are channelling into this project we are doing at the moment, the Disco Qabalah, where we are trying to translate these different states as described in the Qabalah into dance tracks. Because there has always been a dance element in my mysticism. We just think 'why not'. Music is imposing a state of consciousness by its very nature. If what this Tree of life is is a hierarchy of different states of consciousness, would it be possible to simulate and stimulate those states of consciousness in the listener by producing the right sorts of music. Is it possible? We don't know, but we're working on it."

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  • Dodgem Logic, take two
    Status: Unpublished Comic


  • According to Kevin O'Neill, talking to The Comics Journal:

    ... and a book for Mike Gold way, way back at the beginning — I should’ve mentioned this — for First Comics, when Mike Gold was first writing about 2000 AD, he approached us — I was going to do the front half of the book, it was going to be two different strips like the old Tales of Suspense or something.

    Mike McMahon was going to draw the second story, both of them were going to be written by Alan, and it was called Dodgem Logic. But Mike Gold said — we had a letter from him saying as a fan, he’s saying yes, but as an editor with financial responsibilities he sadly had to say no. So that never happened — it was never reactivated, that one. [snip] I had a story where — you were condemned to hell if you’d had your tonsils removed, so it was as arbitrary as that. I just wanted to do a story set in hell. There were extra feature things, there would’ve been a contemporary story, and — it’s like what Alan was doing in Supreme, where you had these 1960s versions of the characters and stuff like that, but way before that. It was interesting, but they couldn’t really see a market for it.

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  • Dodgem Logic, take three
    Status: Unpublished Comic


  • Would have included a story calledConvention Tension and a biography of Aubrey Beardsley; I remember reading about a third story but was unable to locate details. Moore has rejected ever publishing the comics convention satire, seeing it as outdated, and the other stories are probably (sadly) abandoned.

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  • Fashion Beast
    Status: Unpublished Graphic Novel


  • According to Bleeding Cool: Next year [2011] Avatar Press, publishers of the Bleeding Cool website, will publish a 250-page graphic novel based on that original Alan Moore screenplay and McLaren’s original story. Adapted for comics by Antony Johnston, it will be drawn by Facundo Percio. This project has been in the works for many years, after Avatar’s William Christensen first met Malcolm McLaren in 2003, with the blessing of both McLaren and Moore.”

    When I interviewed Moore in 2009, I asked him about this:

    PÓM: Every so often I hear rumours that Avatar are going to do something with your Fashion Beast script.

    AM: Well, that has been an ongoing project for a long while. I know that I put, that Malcolm McLaren and the Avatar people are in touch, and I said it was alright by me if they wanted to turn it, I mean, Anthony Johnston always does a great job of the adaptations, so, yeah, I’m sure if anybody can turn it into a comic, then it’d be him. So, I mean, it’s certainly the only way it’s ever going to see the light of day. So, yeah, but as to when and where, don’t know.

    Fashion Beast is an unshot 1985 screenplay by Moore, based on an idea by the late Malcolm McLaren and others. Loosely based on Jean Cocteau’s version of 'Beauty and the Beast' and the life of fashion designer Christian Dior.

    There has as yet been no announcement from Avatar Press about this.

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  • Fossil Angels
    Status: Unpublished Article


  • An article for Joel Biroco's now defunct KAOS magazine, this was to appear in #15, which was never published. With Alan Moore's permission, this is now available on this site, here.

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  • Future American
    Status: Unpublished Comic Strip


  • Actual title unknown, this was Moore's original title for the First American strip, which it may have been recycled as.

    According to Kevin O'Neill:

    There was another one we were going to do many years ago — Titan Books were thinking of doing a comic anthology, and they had a lot of people connected and circling it: it was Alan, they asked Dave Gibbons, Mike McMahon, Brian Bolland, Frank Miller, those people — and that foundered. Me and Alan were going to do a kind of Fighting American-type strip.

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  • Glory
    Status: Unfinished Comic Series


  • Likely scripts exist in Rob Liefeld's filing cabinet.

    Anon says: I think Avatar solicited a 4 issue miniseries, 1 and 2 came out, presumably 2 more were written.

    [Also see the entry on Warchild]

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  • Immortal Love
    Status: Unpublished 7" Single


  • This 45rpm 7" single was to have been included with Absolute edition of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier.

    In an interview with Bill Baker, Moore said:

    AM: And there is a 45 [RPM] vinyl single that is supposedly by a 1950s band on a 1950s American record label, both of which are fictitious, but which are taken from other sources. That's part of the fun of The League, you know? The band is called Eddie Enrico and His Hawaiian Hotshots, which, I believe, were mentioned very briefly by Thomas Pynchon in his excellent The Crying of Lot 49. But it's double-sided, it's a single with two sides. One side of which is Immortal Love, and the other side of which is Home with You, which are kind of League-themed 1950s pop songs.

    And so, yeah, there'll be a lot of little extras in this. It's going to be a very handsomely produced volume....

    BB: Just out of curiosity, who did the music?

    AM: Who did the music? It was me and Tim Perkins, pretending to be a 50s American rock and roll band. I've discovered, at this late stage in my life, that I am, in fact, an Elvis impersonator. But you'll have to wait and listen for yourself, you know? [His voice assumes an Elvis Presley-like drawl] "Uh huh, thank you very much."

    [DC got cold feet, though, and pulled the plug for undisclosed legal reasons, and this never actually appeared. However, it is still possible that this may turn up somewhere else in the future.]

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  • Jerusalem
    Status: Unpublished Novel


  • A novel set in Northampton, currently being written. Will probably be published by Top Shelf.

    KA Laity says: Jerusalem is another geographically focused narrative, centering on an even smaller slice of Northampton.

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  • John Dee Opera
    Status: Unpublished Opera


  • This was originally written at the request of Damon Albarn, who wanted to do something similar to their Monkey stage show, and asked Alan if he could write something for them. He suggested an opera based on the life of Queen Elizabeth the First's court magician, John Dee. Later on, Moore withdrew from the project, and his work on the project was published in Strange Attractor Journal Four in 2011, which is available here.

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  • Judge Dredd story
    Status: Unpublished Comic Strip


  • The Nightmare on Floor Eighteen, a Judge Dredd story written by Moore purely as a writing sample to 2000 AD editor Alan Grant (who rejected it). I don't even know whether Moore knew how he intended to finish it off. The script for part one appeared in The Extraordinary Works of Alan Moore.

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  • Limbo
    Status: Unpublished Comic Strip


  • Intended for Tomorrow Stories, with art by Shane Oakley. Unlikely to appear, but one never knows. Some info on Oakley's website, here.

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  • Lois Lane
    Status: Unpublished Comic Series


  • cunning_magee says: One of the DC projects not mentioned so far is a 2-issue Lois Lane miniseries Moore intended on doing. I remember seeing it mentioned in the old Amazing Heroes fanzine put out by Fantagraphics. It got the chop when Byrne was given the go-ahead to reboot the Superman franchise, and all other versions of Supes (and his supporting cast, obviously) were rendered null and void.

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  • Lux Brevis
    Status: Unpublished Comic Strip


  • Intended for a Tim Truman-edited horror anthology for First Comics which never came to fruition. It was to have been six eight-page episodes, To be drawn by John Totleben. Pencils for first installment appeared in Kimota!, and a script was written for the second episode. Unlikely to appear, but one never knows.

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  • Martian Manhunter
    Status: Unpublished Comic Series/Whim


  • This may have gotten as far as a formal proposal to DC, but I believe it was just a whim.

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  • Marvelman
    Status: Unpublished Graphic Novel


  • "Plus we've had the outlines written for three complete forty-page epics, featuring Marvelman, V and Pressbutton," Dez Skinn in Warrior #8. Proposals buried in a box in Dez's basement. I can't even contemplate what this would consist of, unless it was to be a compressed version of Book Three.


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  • Minutemen
    Status: Unpublished Comic Series


  • Prequel to Watchmen. Possibly got as far as a formal proposal.

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  • Mr Monster/Swamp Thing Crossover
    Status: Unpublished Comic Story


  • According to Michael T Gilbert, he and Moore were going to do a Mr. Monster/Swamp Thing crossover, which failed to happen due to Moore falling out with DC. This was originally published in Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman (Abiogenesis Press, 2003), and reproduced on this blog.

    "Meanwhile, Alan and I worked out a deal with DC and Eclipse to produce a Mr. Monster/Swamp Thing crossover. This was possibly the first such agreement between a mainstream publisher and one of the small independents. Unfortunately, just as we finished plotting the story (a romp through the horror worlds of various old comic book companies), DC and Alan suffered a rancorous divorce and the project was scrapped."

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  • The Moon & Serpent Bumper Book of Magic
    Status: Unpublished Grimoire


  • A 320-page hardcover book about magic, co-written by Alan Moore and Steve Moore, and illustrated by various luminaries from the comic book field, including Rick Veitch and Melinda Gebbie. Still being written.

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  • Once There Were Daemons
    Status: Unfinished Comic Strip


  • Started in the fanzine Embryo #5 in November 1971,when Moore was eighteenteen, it's completely unfair to him that someone has dug them up and put them on the web (here). I once suggested to William Christensen of Avatar Press that he have the episodes redrawn and completed by Antony Johnson, but not very seriously.

    Notable for having an alien race called the Qys, who would later play a major part in Moore's revival of the British superhero Marvelman in the 1980s.

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  • Pearl of the Deep
    Status: Unpublished Comic Strip


  • Intended for Tomorrow Stories. Unlikely to appear, but one never knows.

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  • The Soul
    Status: Unpublished Comic Strip


  • This was a strip that was to appear in Tomorrow Stories, but is now going to be in The Moon & Serpent Bumper Book of Magic.

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  • The Spectre
    Status: Unpublished Comic Series


  • According to Kevin O'Neill, talking to The Comics Journal:

    And before [the Bizarro series] we [O'Neill and Alan Moore] were doing the Spectre, and that didn’t happen.

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  • Supreme
    Status: Unfinished Comic Series


  • Likely scripts exist in Rob Liefeld's filing cabinet.

    Anon says: Likely only one script written but not produced, year Three was probably plotted.

    (It's discussed here in Lying in the Gutters, without any real conclusion being reached.)

    Anon says: There was supposed to be a team-up between Alan Moore and Alex Ross.

    Year 1999: "In an interview with Newsarama, Rob Liefeld recently revealed Alan Moore (Swamp Thing, Watchmen, ABC Comics) and Alex Ross (Marvels, Earth X) are developing a Supreme project together for Liefeld's Awesome Entertainment under the working title of Supreme WW Infinity."

    "Alan Moore and Alex Ross are secretly working for Awesome on a project that will be called Supreme: WW Infinity. Moore's share of this project is limited because he has his hands full with his America's Best Comics, so it can be said that most credit should go toward Ross. Ross has said that it will come sooner than next year."

    This sounds like there may have been some loose affiliation with Awesome after Alan Moore started work upon the ABC line.

    [Also see the entry on Warchild]

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  • Swamp Thing/Mr Monster Crossover
    Status: Unpublished Comic Story


  • See: Mr Monster/Swamp Thing Crossover

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  • Tommy Tomorrow
    Status: Unpublished Comic Strip/Whim


  • To be drawn by Dave Gibbons. I believe only existed as a whim. Gibbons once told me at a con that they liked the fact that he wore short pants, and that may have been all that prompted the idea.

    rab62 adds: Sometime around 1989 or thereabouts, I pitched a Tommy Tomorrow revamp to DC without success. I mentioned this to a fellow named Dave Elliott (then of A1, more recently late of Radical Comics) and his reply was "You know why Tommy Tomorrow sucks? Because he rides through space in his short pants." I thought that was a great response at the time, but now I wonder if this wasn't some kind of running in-joke or other inside reference.

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  • Tomorrow Stories
    Status: Unpublished Comic Strips


  • Various stories were to have appeared in Tomorrow Stories, including: The Soul, Pearl of the Deep, and Limbo (with Shane Oakley).

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  • Top Ten: Season Three
    Status: Unpublished Comic Series


  • It's possible Moore's ideas for this were used by the artists in ongoing Top Ten projects, though the degree to which that is the case has never been made explicit.

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  • Twilight of the Superheroes
    Status: Unpublished Cimic Series


  • A DC Comics crossover maxi-series proposal by Moore that was eventually leaked.

    You can read Moore's original proposal here. A more general discussion about it can be found on the relevant Wikipedia page.

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  • Unearthing
    Status: Unpublished Photographic Project


  • Besides the piece in Iain Sinclair's London: City of Disappearances (Hamish Hamilton, London, 2006), and the spoken-word recording of this, Unearthing is also the title of a fumetti-style photo-illustrated hardcover novel by photographer Mitch Jenkins, and apparently this is still to be published by Top Shelf Comics at some point in the reasonably near future.

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  • V for Vendetta
    Status: Unpublished Graphic Novel


  • "Plus we've had the outlines written for three complete forty-page epics, featuring Marvelman, V and Pressbutton," Dez Skinn in Warrior #8.

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  • Warchild
    Status: Unpublished Graphic Novel


  • A script for a Tarantino-inspired graphic novel exists in Rob Liefeld's filing cabinet, and may appear one day if anyone deigns to purchase it from him.

    In this interview with Rob Liefeld, it says:

    Liefeld goes on to describe a comic book pitched to him by Moore that he still owns the rights to, entitled Warchild. Written shortly after Moore saw Pulp Fiction for the first time, it's a knights-of-the-round-table concept set in a Tarantino-esque inner city gangland setting.

    “I have him on tape for 4 hours just talking about it; it’s my most cherished possession.

    “You haven’t lived until you’ve heard Alan describe the heroes – this is in the near future – getting trapped in an amusement park in Compton, where one of the rides you go on is a drive-by shooting.

    “A couple of the artists I gave it to handed it back. The first ten pages is some of the most difficult, visually, it’s hard to crack. We’ll probably publish it in script form. I can’t crack this, life’s too short.

    “There’s standing atop a building, looking in through the window at a certain angle, while the person is sitting doing their hair looking at themselves in the mirror...and the panel descriptions, you go, how do I shoot this? I could shoot it with a camera, but like all the storyboards? It’s just very difficult.”

    Anon says: From this interview:-

    Michael David Thomas: How many scripts do you have left that are unpublished by him [Alan Moore]?

    Rob Liefeld: Let's see... 4 more Youngbloods, 4 more Glory, 4 more of Warchild (each issue was 48 pages), 3 more Supremes. About 15.

    The Warchilds are substantially fatter. I'd said, 15 at least. It's nice material.

    I feel confident that the stuff I have in the drawer will only appreciate in value in terms of all these guys are more desirable or have more of a voice than they did a few years back. Again, that's one of the reasons I wanted to take a time out before I send all of this stuff into this insanity, which was the comics industry. You got the printer taking a large chunk. Diamond's taking their chunk and you're not getting as much market penetration as you should. Before I put any of it out there, I wanted to rethink the strategy.

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  • Youngblood
    Status: Unfinished Comic Series


  • It's likely that scripts exist in Rob Liefeld's filing cabinet.

    Anon says: Issue 4's script was leaked on the internet. I believe summaries for issues 5-7 or so were also leaked, so presumably the scripts were written as well.

    (You can see the script here.)

    There's some pages from Moore's Awesome Universe Handbook here, which include his future plans for Youngblood.

    [Also see the entry on Warchild]

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  • Yuggoth Cultures
    Status: Unpublished Book


  • This was to have been published by Creation Books, and is listed with an ISBN number in the booklet for the Hexentexts CD. Apparently most of it got lost in the back of a taxi way back when, and only fragments remained, which formed the basis for the Avatar Comics project of the same name.

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  • Xenon
    Status: Nonexistant Novel


  • The title of a book seen in the Sandman's Library of Dream poster by Todd Klein.

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    [This is hopefully going to be an ongoing piece, similar to Jess Nevins’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen annotations, and comments and additions are welcome. I’ll add in the amendations to the main article on an occasional basis, and as time allows.

    Updated on the 27th of April 2011. Updates taken from liveJournal comments, Yahoo! Group mails, interviews, and private correspondence. Many of the comments are anonymous, so I can't credit their writers, unfortunately. PÓM]

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    Jumbo

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    from: jamesb
    date: Apr. 21st, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
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    this is fascinating.
    It would be very good to find out, what are whims, what were actual scripts.

    An amazing list.

    Thanks

    J

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    tinman0

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    from: tinman0
    date: Apr. 21st, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
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    Title: Cerebus #301
    Status: Unpublished

    I believe a full script exists for this one (which involved Cerebus being summoned during a seance in the modern day), but it was intended to be a Moore/Bisette/Veitch project, and is unlikely to appear now due to ill-will among the creators.

    Title: 1963 Annual
    Status: Unpublished

    Possible script from Moore in existence, not to appear largely due to ill-will among the creators.


    for the love of Ghod, does that man get on with anyone?

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    tinman0

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    from: tinman0
    date: Apr. 21st, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
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    and yes, to second JamesB an excellent summary, though too many "what ifs" and "if onlys" for my peace of mind.

    Especially the rest of Halo Jones, sigh

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    from: gavlees
    date: Apr. 22nd, 2010 12:26 am (UTC)
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    Both of those were Bisette/Veitch projects, though - it's the same falling out.

    Bisette's side of the story is that he did an interview with The Comics Journal where he mentioned money and business affairs that involved Moore. Apparently Moore was sent the transcript to approve and didn't say a word, then after publication phoned Bisette to say "Right, Steve, we're finished."

    It would be interesting to hear Moore's take on the situation...but he's probably tired of answering questions like that!

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    rab62

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    from: rab62
    date: Apr. 21st, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
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    "Gibbons once told me at a con that they liked the fact that he wore short pants, and that may have been all that prompted the idea."

    Huh. Sometime around 1989 or thereabouts, I pitched a Tommy Tomorrow revamp to DC without success. I mentioned this to a fellow named Dave Elliott (then of A1, more recently late of Radical Comics) and his reply was "You know why Tommy Tomorrow sucks? Because he rides through space in his short pants." I thought that was a great response at the time, but now I wonder if this wasn't some kind of running in-joke or other inside reference.

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    from: anonymous
    date: Apr. 21st, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
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    Excellent work Michael, and Thank you Padraig for posting this great list.

    There was one other project Moore mentioned in an old, old interview once. My mind is very, very fuzzy on this -- I seem to recall it was supposed to be a comic, but I could even be wrong about that. Somehow I remember him saying he would be collaborating with someone, who was named specifically.

    But I think it was supposed to be called Underworld or Underland or something like that -- though more clever. There was some kind of pun in the title.

    Sorry I'm being so vague. This is driving me nuts. I'm going to have to go back through my 300 Alan Moore interviews to find the reference now. Someone in touch with him might ask him specifically about it.


    KS

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    from: anonymous
    date: Apr. 25th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
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    Wasn't what you have listed as "Wild Thing" called "War Child"? The description seems to match, but I don't think I've heard the former name.

    For "Cerebus #301", to whatever extent it was seriously considered (I'm not sure it got as far as an actual script) wouldn't it have been Moore/Bissette/Totleben?

    Bob

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    glycon

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    from: glycon
    date: Apr. 26th, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
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    "Wild Thing" now changed to "War Child"!

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    Great list!

    from: anonymous
    date: May. 5th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
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    Great list! One suggestion: Instead of putting "unpublished", it might be more interesting to list the actual status of the project. E.g. "Conceptual", "Script", etc. That way "unpublished" would literally mean something unfinished that hasn't ever been printed (if there is such a Moore project).

    Keep up the good work!

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    from: anonymous
    date: May. 19th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
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    "Title: War Child
    Status: Unpublished"

    I seem to recall a Liefeld interview where he said it was recorded as an audio pitch, not written, I could be misremembering though.

    "Title: Comet Rangers
    Status: Unpublished

    Sci-fi gnovel to be illustrated by Jim Lee. Possibly script exists,"

    I think I recall Moore saying in an interview that he started on the first page or two, but didn't have time to keep writing it for the time being. I doubt he finished.

    "Title: Glory
    Status: Unfinished

    Likely scripts exist in Rob Liefeld's filing cabinet. "

    I think Avatar solicited a 4 issue miniseries, 1 and 2 came out, presumably 2 more were written.

    "Title: 1963 Annual
    Status: Unpublished

    Possible script from Moore in existence, not to appear largely due to ill-will among the creators."

    I think this might be another partially completed script, Moore might have gotten about half way into it.


    Actually, here's the answer online:

    "Rick Veitch: 1963 was Alan's reaction to how insane and awful super hero comics became in the early 90's. He told me he felt somehow responsible by letting the cat out of the bag with WATCHMEN and wanted to completely reverse course and get back to that 'state of grace' that super heroes existed in during the Silver Age. The point of the series was to be demonstrated in the 80 Page Annual when the sweet and simple 1963 characters battle the pumped and vicious Image super heroes (the basic concept was later lifted for KINGDOM COME). 1963 failed because the Annual was never completed. Alan began the script, finishing the first 24 pages, but Jim Lee never started the art. Steve Bissette also pulled out while I was drawing Book 6 and since he was scheduled to handle the production on that issue everything then fell into my lap and it just wasn't possible at that late date to reboot the Annual. In the years following I've tried to organize a number of publishing deals, some of which were built around a new approach to finishing the project. But so far I've never been able to put all the pieces together. "

    http://www.popthought.com/display_column.asp?DAID=966

    So, I think Moore at least discussed an alternate ending later on when they were considering revisiting it.

    Does any one know if Moore ever said, anywhere, what would have happened in the final issue? I want to know why Shaft kidnapped Kid Dynamo!

    "Title: Youngblood
    Status: Unfinished

    Likely scripts exist in Rob Liefeld's filing cabinet."

    Issue 4's script was leaked on the internet. I believe summaries for issues 5-7 or so were also leaked, so presumably the scripts were written as well.

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    Title: Supreme
    Status: Unfinished

    Likely scripts exist in Rob Liefeld's filing cabinet. "

    Likely only one script written but not produced, year 3 was probably plotted. Discussed here:

    http://www.comicbookresources.com/?id=18264&page=article

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    Supreme WW: Infinity

    from: anonymous
    date: Nov. 25th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
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    I was just messing around on Google and just came across this.

    This was supposed to be a team-up between Alan Moore and Alex Ross.

    http://comicbookshopper.com/CBEM_1999/CBEM-205.TXT

    Year 1999: "In an interview with NEWSARAMA, Rob Liefeld recently revealed Alan Moore (Swamp Thing, Watchmen, ABC Comics) and Alex Ross (Marvels, Earth X) are developing a SUPREME project together for Liefeld's AWESOME
    Entertainment under the working title of SUPREME: WW INFINITY."

    http://www.comics.nl/news/0208.html
    "Alan Moore and Alex Ross are secretly working for Awesome to a Supreme Supreme WW Infinity project that will be called. Moore's share of this project is limited because he has his hands full with his America's Best Comics, so it can be said that most credit should go toward Ross. Ross has said that it will come sooner than next year."

    This sounds like there may have been some loose affiliation with Awesome after Alan Moore started work upon the ABC line.

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    from: anonymous
    date: Apr. 25th, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
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    from http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=182

    Michael David Thomas: How many scripts do you have left that are unpublished by him [Alan Moore]?

    Rob Liefeld: Let's see... 4 more Youngbloods, 4 more Glory, 4 more of Warchild (each issue was 48 pages), 3 more Supremes. About15.

    The Warchilds are substantially fatter. I'd said, 15 at least. It's nice material and then we have 3 issues of Kurt Busiek's Youngblood. We have 2 issues of a title called Celestine.

    I feel confident that the stuff I have in the drawer will only appreciate in value in terms of all these guys are more desirable or have more of a voice than they did a few years back. Again, that's one of the reasons I wanted to take a time out before I send all of this stuff into this insanity, which was the comics industry. You got the printer taking a large chunk. Diamond's taking their chunk and you're not getting as much market penetration as you should. Before I put any of it out there, I wanted to rethink the strategy.

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    from: anonymous
    date: Dec. 28th, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
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    Great resource and an interesting read. Thanks guys.

    One unfinished thing I've noticed omitted is Nightjar, but the chances are I've just skimmed and missed it. Just saying.

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    glycon

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    from: glycon
    date: Dec. 28th, 2011 10:07 pm (UTC)
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    Yes, good point. I'll add it in.

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    from: anonymous
    date: May. 6th, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
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    To give an update, Alan Moore's last script to Supreme was published by Image in association with Liefeld as Supreme #63, with art by Erik Larsen and Cory Hamscher. You should update this page to reflect this (keep the link to the Lying in the Gutters article, though, that's good).

    JOHN PANNOZZI

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    glycon

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    from: glycon
    date: May. 6th, 2012 11:29 am (UTC)
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    This page need a lot of updating, to be honest! It's on my list of things that need doing.

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