History Comicbook / Watchmen

23rd Jun '17 1:41:27 PM CynicalBastardo
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** Dr. Manhatten's physical appearance is basically a naked ''ComicBook/RogueTrooper''. Dave Gibbons was one of Rogue's co-creators in addition to ''Watchmen''.
20th Jun '17 7:55:41 AM neander7hal
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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: The flag at Comedian's funeral is folded into a rectangle shape instead of the proper triangle.
18th Jun '17 4:55:46 PM nombretomado
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* {{Filler}}: One of the weirdest examples of filler in the history of the term. According to ThatOtherWiki Moore and Gibbons were contracted for a 12-issue run of the comic, but the plot that Moore had envisioned would take up, at most, six. He decided to get around by this by devoting several chapters to closely examining the characters and the world in which they live. However, as Moore began to write the series, he realized that "the plot itself is of no great consequence...it just really isn't the most interesting thing about Watchmen."

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* {{Filler}}: One of the weirdest examples of filler in the history of the term. According to ThatOtherWiki Wiki/ThatOtherWiki Moore and Gibbons were contracted for a 12-issue run of the comic, but the plot that Moore had envisioned would take up, at most, six. He decided to get around by this by devoting several chapters to closely examining the characters and the world in which they live. However, as Moore began to write the series, he realized that "the plot itself is of no great consequence...it just really isn't the most interesting thing about Watchmen."
16th Jun '17 9:56:20 AM nombretomado
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** [[WheresWaldo Keep an eye out for]] the round yellow bloodstained electrical outlet in the same scene, mirroring the identical looking smiley in the first chapter.

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** [[WheresWaldo [[Literature/WheresWaldo Keep an eye out for]] the round yellow bloodstained electrical outlet in the same scene, mirroring the identical looking smiley in the first chapter.
14th Jun '17 8:57:22 PM neander7hal
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* HauledBeforeASenateSubcommittee: Several of the original Minutemen were dragged in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Hooded Justice refused to participate and vanished without trace. To the story's modern day (1985) nobody knows who he was.

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* HauledBeforeASenateSubcommittee: Several of the original Minutemen were dragged in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Hooded Justice refused to participate and vanished without trace. To a trace, leading the story's modern day (1985) nobody knows public to assume he was a Soviet spy who'd been silenced. (The background materials *heavily* imply that HJ was actually a Polish circus strongman who was killed by Comedian just as the latter was beginning his government service. It's left more ambiguous whether Comedian did it because the government told him to, because he was.was still bitter about HJ from their Minutemen days, or both.
13th Jun '17 4:04:57 PM neander7hal
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* AnimatedAdaptation: [[AffectionateParody Parodied]] with HarryPartridge's ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/485797 Saturday Morning Watchmen]]'' Played with by the Watchmen "motion comic" DVD.

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* AnimatedAdaptation: In-universe, the memo from Veidt's marketing department (included between chapters) mentions that they've been working on a SaturdayMorningCartoon starring Ozymandias, Bubastis, and unlicensed versions of Rorschach, Nite Owl II and Moloch; the show is expected to tie into Veidt's new line of action figures. Out-of-universe, the concept's been [[AffectionateParody Parodied]] parodied]] with HarryPartridge's ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/485797 Saturday Morning Watchmen]]'' Played and played with by the Watchmen "motion comic" DVD.
30th May '17 12:10:08 AM JulianLapostat
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For the first 25 years of its publication history, ''Watchmen'' was a standalone work, albeit one that has become highly influential on the storytelling of the main DC Comics continuities. In 2012, DC Comics announced and published a prequel series titled ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' that [[LooseCanon did not involve Alan Moore or Dave Gibbons]]. In 2016, ComicBook/DCRebirth announced and hinted that some aspects of the story may actually be incorporated into the normal DC universe. Meanwhile, Moore maintains that the original graphic novel is the canon of the story, which he only ever created to stand on its own. Gibbons has taken a more relaxed approach, expressing interest in seeing what new talent would do with the property, as with Before Watchmen.

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For the first 25 years of its publication history, ''Watchmen'' was a standalone work, albeit one that has become highly influential on the storytelling of the main DC Comics continuities. In 2012, DC Comics announced and published a prequel series titled ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' that [[LooseCanon did not involve Alan Moore or Dave Gibbons]]. In 2016, ComicBook/DCRebirth announced and hinted that some aspects of the story may actually be incorporated into the normal DC universe. Meanwhile, Both Moore maintains and Gibbons maintain that the original graphic novel is the canon of the story, which he only ever created they conceived to stand on its own. Gibbons has taken a more relaxed approach, expressing interest in seeing what new talent would do with the property, as with Before Watchmen.
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29th May '17 9:26:50 PM eaglescorch
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For the first 25 years of its publication history, ''Watchmen'' was a standalone work, albeit one that has become highly influential on the storytelling of the main DC Comics continuities. In 2012, DC Comics announced and published a prequel series titled ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' that [[LooseCanon did not involve Alan Moore or Dave Gibbons]]. In 2016, ComicBook/DCRebirth announced and hinted that some aspects of the story may actually be incorporated into the normal DC universe. Meanwhile, both Moore and Gibbons maintain that the original graphic novel is the canon of the story, which they only ever created to stand on its own.

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For the first 25 years of its publication history, ''Watchmen'' was a standalone work, albeit one that has become highly influential on the storytelling of the main DC Comics continuities. In 2012, DC Comics announced and published a prequel series titled ''ComicBook/BeforeWatchmen'' that [[LooseCanon did not involve Alan Moore or Dave Gibbons]]. In 2016, ComicBook/DCRebirth announced and hinted that some aspects of the story may actually be incorporated into the normal DC universe. Meanwhile, both Moore and Gibbons maintain maintains that the original graphic novel is the canon of the story, which they he only ever created to stand on its own.
own. Gibbons has taken a more relaxed approach, expressing interest in seeing what new talent would do with the property, as with Before Watchmen.
27th May '17 2:06:03 PM nombretomado
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A group called the Minutemen (a [[Main/CaptainErsatz Captain Ersatz]] of DC's Justice Society) operate as heroes in post-WWII America, but then the world is drastically altered in the early 60's with the arrival of Dr. Manhattan, an actual ''super-powered'' being, the result of a FreakLabAccident. The latter half of the 20th Century sees the US, with Dr. Manhattan's help, winning the VietnamWar which then leads a greatly escalated UsefulNotes/ColdWar. At the start of the story, most of the original Minutemen are retired or dead, and their successors, the Crimebusters, are now forbidden from crime-fighting by the passage of [[SuperRegistrationAct the Keene Act]] [[note]] ratified in 1977 during Nixon's ''third'' term[[/note]], with most retreating back to their private identities, though a few (including Dr. Manhattan) become notable public figures. Only the emotionally unstable Rorschach carries on crime-fighting, although his violent tactics paint him to most as a vigilante rather than a hero.

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A group called the Minutemen (a [[Main/CaptainErsatz Captain Ersatz]] of DC's Justice Society) operate as heroes in post-WWII America, but then the world is drastically altered in the early 60's with the arrival of Dr. Manhattan, an actual ''super-powered'' being, the result of a FreakLabAccident. The latter half of the 20th Century sees the US, with Dr. Manhattan's help, winning the VietnamWar UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar which then leads a greatly escalated UsefulNotes/ColdWar. At the start of the story, most of the original Minutemen are retired or dead, and their successors, the Crimebusters, are now forbidden from crime-fighting by the passage of [[SuperRegistrationAct the Keene Act]] [[note]] ratified in 1977 during Nixon's ''third'' term[[/note]], with most retreating back to their private identities, though a few (including Dr. Manhattan) become notable public figures. Only the emotionally unstable Rorschach carries on crime-fighting, although his violent tactics paint him to most as a vigilante rather than a hero.
24th May '17 12:08:42 PM DustSnitch
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It's FilmNoir. It's RaygunGothic. It's a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] superhero story. It's a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] superhero story. It's a [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] superhero story -- some say it ''launched'' UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}}. It's SciFi. It's CyberPunk. It's The Music/PirateJenny. It's AlternateHistory. It's [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical Political]]. It's a {{Deconstruction}} of superheroes. It's [[GenreBusting a lot of things.]] It's ''Watchmen'' and it's, according to some, one of the most influential pieces of literature ever.

In 1983, Creator/DCComics acquired the rights to the character lineup of the defunct Creator/CharltonComics. In an effort to reintroduce these characters in a big way, DC approached veteran ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' scribe Creator/AlanMoore and asked him to write a story around these characters that was set in Franchise/TheDCU. Upon reading his initial outline, however, DC higher-ups changed their minds and asked Moore to either create new characters (and a new [[TheVerse 'verse]]) or write a story that ''wouldn't'' render all of the characters completely unusable going forward. Moore chose to create [[Main/CaptainErsatz Captain Ersatzs]] of the Charlton characters instead, and with artist Dave Gibbons doing illustrating chores, the classic {{Deconstruction}} of the superhero genre made its debut in 1986, its original run comprising of a twelve-issue MiniSeries that ran from September, 1986 to October, 1987. It was collected in softcover shortly after (with a few hardcover special editions appearing over time) and has remained in print ever since.

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It's FilmNoir. It's RaygunGothic. It's a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] superhero story. It's a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] superhero story. It's a [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks Dark Age]] superhero story -- some say it ''launched'' UsefulNotes/{{the Dark Age|of Comic Books}}. It's SciFi. It's CyberPunk. It's The Music/PirateJenny. It's AlternateHistory. It's [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical Political]]. It's a {{Deconstruction}} of superheroes. It's [[GenreBusting a lot of things.]] It's ''Watchmen'' and it's, according to some, one of the most influential pieces of literature ever.

In 1983, Creator/DCComics acquired the rights to the character lineup of the defunct Creator/CharltonComics. In an effort to reintroduce these characters in a big way, DC approached veteran ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' scribe Creator/AlanMoore and asked him to write a story around these characters that was set in Franchise/TheDCU. Upon reading his initial outline, however, DC higher-ups changed their minds and asked Moore to either create new characters (and a new [[TheVerse 'verse]]) or write a story that ''wouldn't'' render all of the characters completely unusable going forward. Moore chose to create [[Main/CaptainErsatz Captain Ersatzs]] of the Charlton characters instead, and with artist Dave Gibbons doing illustrating chores,
''Watchmen'', the classic {{Deconstruction}} of the superhero genre made its debut that debuted in 1986, its 1986 with writing from Creator/AlanMoore and art by Dave Gibbons. Its original run comprising of a twelve-issue MiniSeries that ran from September, 1986 to October, 1987. It was collected in softcover shortly after (with a few hardcover special editions appearing over time) and has remained in print ever since.
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The graphic novel was adapted (after several attempts that all spiraled into DevelopmentHell) in 2009 into the film [[Film/{{Watchmen}} Watchmen]], which also spawned a tie-in prequel game, ''Watchmen: The End is Nigh'', that focuses on Nite Owl II and Rorschach. Although it was a meticulously faithful adaptation of the comic book (save for some tweaking of its final act), it received a decidedly mixed reception. Two longer cuts of the film (the "Director's Cut" and the ''three-and-a-half hour'' "Ultimate Cut") made for home video adapt even more of the book. While Dave Gibbons served as a creative consultant on the film, Moore (as he has done with the film adaptations of his work) had no involvement and remains uncredited.

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The graphic novel was adapted (after several attempts that all spiraled into DevelopmentHell) in 2009 into the film [[Film/{{Watchmen}} Watchmen]], which also spawned a tie-in prequel game, ''Watchmen: The End is Nigh'', that focuses on Nite Owl II and Rorschach. Although it was a meticulously faithful adaptation of the comic book (save for some tweaking of its final act), it received a decidedly mixed reception. Two longer cuts of the film (the "Director's Cut" and the ''three-and-a-half hour'' "Ultimate Cut") made for home video adapt even more of the book. While Dave Gibbons served as a creative consultant on the film, Moore (as he has done with the film adaptations of his work) had no involvement and remains uncredited.
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