The Comic Book Genius Behind ‘Watchmen’ is Retiring

We’ll miss you, Alan Moore.

Comic book legend Alan Moore, the man behind classics such as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, is putting away his pen. 

According to The Guardian, the industry vet spoke candidly during a press conference for his upcoming novel, Jerusalem, stating he had “about 250 pages of comics left” in him, and following that, he’s “pretty much done.”

“I think I have done enough for comics,” Moore said. “I’ve done all that I can. I think if I were to continue to work in comics, inevitably the ideas would suffer, inevitably you’d start to see me retread old ground and I think both you and I probably deserve something better than that.”

Moore’s work had heavy influence on the evolution of comics throughout the ’80s, and he’s won awards for his involvement with DC Comics—particularly for the reimagining of Swamp Thing and overall creation of the chain-smoking, magic-using John Constantine

Despite his call for retirement from comic books, don’t expect Moore’s work to completely fade away. The 62-year old is still up for a challenge. 

“I know I am able to do anything anyone is capable of doing in the comic book medium,” he said. “I don’t need to prove anything to myself or anyone else. Whereas these other fields are much more exciting to me.”

h/t The Verge