Captain Marvel 1939. C. C. Beck, Bill Parker
Marvelman 1954. Mick Anglo
Swamp Thing 1971. Bernie Wrightson, Len Wein
Jack the Ripper, his poor victims, William Gull, Inspector Abberline et al. 1800s. God or Jah-Bul-On or whatever
The basic premise 1976. Stephen Knight
Thor Ye olden days. Some Viking dudes with ZZ Top beards, presumably
The Avengers 1963. Jack Kirby, Stan Lee
Spider-Man 1962. Steve Ditko, Stan Lee
Doctor Strange 1963. Steve Ditko, Stan Lee
The Hulk 1962. Jack Kirby, Stan Lee
The Fantastic Four 1961. Jack Kirby, Stan Lee
Captain America 1941. Joe Simon, Jack Kirby
Assorted other Marvel characters 1961-1970. Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Stan Lee et al.
Superman 1938. Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel
Assorted other DC characters 1938-1970(ish). A whole heap of people but particularly (for Moore’s purposes) Mort Weisinger and Curt Swan
seriously? okay [deep breath]
Mina Murray 1897. Bram Stoker
Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde 1886. Robert Louis Stevenson
Allan Quatermain 1885. H. Rider Haggard
The Invisible Man 1897. H.G. Wells
Captain Nemo 1870. Jules Verne
Sherlock Holmes 1887. Arthur Conan Doyle
Professor Moriarty 1893. Arthur Conan Doyle
Fu Manchu 1913. Sax Rohmer
The martians from the War of the Worlds 1898. H.G. Wells
Dr Moreau 1896. H.G. Wells
Orlando 1928. Virginia Woolf
Prospero c.1610, according to wikipedia. Francis Bacon
James Bond 1953. Ian Fleming
Bulldog Drummond 1920. “Sapper”
Emma Peel 1965. The writers of The Avengers, Diana Rigg
The cast of the Threepenny Opera 1728. John Gay
Everyone else in the history of fiction c. 10,000BCE-present Every artist ever
…and, while we’re at it:
Wold Newton 1972. Philip Jose Farmer
Wonder Woman 1941. William Moulton Marston, H. G. Peter
The Spirit 1940. Will Eisner, plus a bunch of ghosts who still aren’t properly acknowledged in the goddamn Spirit Archives
Plastic Man 1941. Jack Cole
Various Standard characters 1940s. various creators
Assorted Lovecraft nonsense 1928. H.P. Lovecraft
Wendy Darling 1904. J.M. Barrie
Alice 1865. Lewis Carroll.
Dorothy Gale 1900. L. Frank Baum
I’m not sure but I think I might have forgotten something?
Let there be no doubt: DC has treated, and continues to treat, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons unjustly. They’ve exploited unforeseen changes in the market to violate the spirit, if not the letter, of their contract with the artists. And it should go without saying that Watchmen 2: The Watchmening will be wretched.
Still, again, creators like J.M. Barrie, L. Frank Baum and Lewis Carroll might have been just a little bit unhappy with having their own work turned into hardcore pornography featuring rape, incest, bestiality, miscegenation, self-abuse, sex outside marriage, and vigorous hand-holding.
Well, Baum might have been, anyway.
(All images ripped off comics.org)