Wired.com: Alan Moore Interview

Wired: What’s the significance of the superhero? What’s interesting about the iconography or the archetypes?

Alan Moore: I don’t actually think that anything is, at the moment. I don’t really think that very much is interesting about the superhero as an archetype. I’ve been distanced from the whole concept for quite a while now, but I’ve been considering it.

It has occurred to me that the superhero really only originates in America. That seems to be the only country that has produced this phenomenon. Yes, we have had knockoffs of American superheroes originating in this country and presumably in other parts of the world, but they’re not natural to this environment. They’re an alien species. And I’ve thought about it and wondered why that was. And I wonder — perhaps this is being too simplistic, I don’t know, but I wonder if the root of the emergence of the superhero in American culture might have something to do with a kind of an ingrained American reluctance to engage in confrontation without massive tactical superiority. I mean — does the term 7/7 mean anything to you at all?