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Larance, Jeremy. "Alan Moore’s Miracleman: Harbinger of the modern age of comics." Works & Days 32. (2014–15): 117–38. 
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Language: en: English
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Keywords: "Miracleman", Moore. Alan, United Kingdom
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Collection: Works & Days
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Two of the most influential graphic novels of the twentieth century, Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and Alan Moore’s Watchmen (both published in 1986) played key roles in altering the public’s perception of “comic book” superheroes while simultaneously winning over the respect of critics who hitherto may have had little, if any, interest in the medium. In contrast, one work that has garnered very little critical attention is Moore’s Marvelman (later >Miracleman), which ran from 1982-1989. Miracleman’s relative obscurity stems from the legal limbo of the Miracleman canon since its original publication. Readers and critics alike have had few opportunities to read what is arguably one of the most significant series from the early years of the Modern Age of Comic Books (alternately referred to as the Dark Age). This essay explores the ways in which the "real world logic" of Moore's Marvelman/Miracleman comics likely influenced Miller’s reconstruction of the superhero genre in DKR as well as the more obvious influences on Moore’s own work in Watchmen. In examining the Miracleman series in this way, I will argue that Miracleman is a true forerunner of comic’s Modern Age.
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