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#3 of 5 Pop Culture Classics Created Out of Laziness

Posted by on Dec. 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM
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Watchmen

Watchmen is the only comic to be included in Time Magazine's 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to present, even topping it at one time. It's widely considered to be the greatest comic ever by millions of sweaty comic fans, about half of which have actually read it. It's also said that the complex and mature nature of the story changed comics forever, and many commend DC Comics for having the balls to publish it in the first place.


The Simpsons have done an episode about every entry on this list, by the way

But it Only Exists Because...

DC Comics didn't have the balls to publish it... not with the original characters anyway. In the 80s, DC bought the rights to an entire set of superhero characters from Charlton Comics. DC was looking for something to do with their new properties, so rising star Alan Moore put together a proposal based on those characters and submitted it to his bosses. To their credit, DC approved the idea. However, they also realized the characters would be rendered useless by the end of the comic (by virtue of being dead, intergalactic nudists or chubby, lovable losers too busy bangin' chicks way out of their league to fight crime). Not willing to lose the guys they had just bought after a single story-arc, they asked Moore to change all the names and tweak the appearances. Bringing his typical respect for authority to the task, Moore put as little effort as possible into disguising the source material. So for example, the guy with the blue suit, the goggles and the ship...

Became the guy with the brown suit, the goggles and the ship:

And the guy with the fedora and no face...

Became the guy with the... fedora and no face:

One can forgive Moore for phoning it in a little; the man was nurturing a decade-spanning hobo beard and a cutting hatred for capitalism; he had other shit on his mind.

by on Dec. 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM
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MamaMandee
by Mandee on Dec. 13, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Must remember to share this with hubby later! 

Chymerra
by on Dec. 14, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Interesting. I saw the movie last weekend and loved it.
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