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The Annotated Watchmen

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Author: Doug Atkinson
Published: 1995
Language: English
Wordcount: 23,649 / 79 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.3
LoC Category: A
Downloads: 3,013
Added to site: 2008.11.03 22539
License: ©
Genres: Reference, Post-1930

Watchmen is a trademark of DC Comics Inc., copyright 1995. These annotations copyright 1995 by Doug Atkinson. They may be freely copied and distributed, provided the text is not altered.

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cal beliefs and world-views are radically different.

Panel 2: "Be seeing you" was a common phrase on the British TV show The Prisoner; the feel of the show fits Rorschach's paranoia well.

Panel 3: Rorschach's exit through the window and Veidt's "Have a nice day" is either a very subtle hint, or just coincidence.

Panel 4: The Gazette headline reads, "Nuclear Clock Stands at Five to Twelve, Warn Experts;" below it, "Geneva Talks: U.S. Refuses to Discuss Dr. Manhattan." (See the beginning of the annotation for an explanation of the nuclear clock. Five to twelve is fairly close; the closest it's been in our world is 3 to twelve, during the Cuban Missile Crisis.) The Egyptian-style pen holder fits into Veidt's Egypt obsession.

Page 19, panel 1: "Rockefeller Military Research Center, Founded 1981." The symbol on the left of the sign bears a striking resemblance to Superman's chest logo as it originally appeared.

Either Rorschach's watch is wrong, or the Veidt tow



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