I was sorry to hear today of the passing of Steve Moore, a familiar name in British comics. Steve began his comic career in 1967, as the office junior at Odhams on such titles as Fantastic and Pow! He was also very active as one of the founders of comics fandom in the UK at that time, publishing the fanzine Orpheus. Together with Phil Clarke and Mike Higgs, Steve organized the very first British comic convention, which was held in Birmingham in 1968. It was even given a plug in Pow!'s News From the Floor of 64 feature at the time...
Having honed his writing skills working at Odhams and IPC, Steve went freelance in 1972. He produced scripts for Dez Skinn's House of Hammer, as well as for Tornado, 2000AD, Doctor Who Magazine, Hulk Comic, various annuals, and more.
Some of his best remembered work was for Warrior comic in 1982 on Father Shandor (with artist David Jackson) and, under the pseudonym of Pedro Henry, writing Laser Eraser and Pressbutton.
With an interest in the strange and paranormal, Steve was one of the founders of Fortean Times in the early seventies. Amongst his closest friends was the writer Alan Moore (no relation) who he had known for over 40 years. Alan has always said that Steve Moore was a mentor to him, teaching him the craft of writing. For the past few years, Steve and Alan had been collaborating on The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic for Top Shelf Productions.
Back when he began his long career, Steve was nicknamed 'Sunny Steve Moore' by the editors at Odhams (who were keen to imitate Marvel's knack of nicknaming creators). Here he is, being a good sport, from the pages of Fantastic No.50, 27th January 1968...
Although he was an organizer of the first comic convention in Britain, Steve rarely attended comic conventions himself. I met him once or twice when he was a guest at a London event in the 1980s and he came across as a very modest and decent person. My sincere condolences to his family and friends on his untimely passing.
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