The Doors get their own comic to celebrate the 50th anniversary of 'Morrison Hotel'

News 16/06/2020

Comic writer, Leah Moore, will be writing the history of The Doors in a brand new comic in honour of the 50th anniversary of the 1970 record, Morrison Hotel.

Moore recalled the first time hearing the band via the 1987 'The Lost Boys'. Later in 1992, she managed to convince her physics teacher to take her school class to visit Morrison's grave during a class jaunt to Paris.

"It was pouring with rain, absolutely battering it down, and there was us, a really unpromising gang of nerdy 13- or 14-year-old kids in raincoats, but standing there at his grave felt monumental, truly epic," she told Rolling Stone. "All the flowers, and the incense sticks, and the graffiti."

Fast forward to today, the comic writer has been tasked with writing the history of her favourite band in a form of a comic book.

The Z2 Comics graphic novel promises to cover the Morrison Hotel album and the band's history before it including the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, the moon landing, the Charles Manson murders plus the gigs that the band played and the numerous times when they were arrested. A number of iconic musicians will also make a cameo in the graphic novel, including Beatle John Lennon.

The official summary of the 144 paged novel reads, "the graphic novel weaves the band's influence into some of the lore that led to their status as the architects of counterculture, influencing artists, poets, and outsiders for generations to come, set against the backdrop of the close of the free spirit of the 1960s into the tumultuous 1970s."

Moore will also focus on the surviving members of the band, Robby Krieger and John Densmore. "If I'm honest with you, the idea of meeting those guys blows my mind," she said. "They're incredible, legendary people and artists, so just walking up and saying hi…yeah, I'm not sure that's even sunk in as a possibility. I know if it happens I'm likely to gibber about being 14 in the rain in a cagoule and that's so not cool."

"The Doors have so much theatre, and swagger and storytelling, they're a totally natural fit for a comic. The lyrics they wrote, and the energy they played with — I think the songs don't just lend themselves to the medium, they actually cry out to be comics."

The comic is due to be released on 13th October and is available for pre-order now for $19.99 USD.