Ah The Comedian, love him or hate him (probably the latter would suit, he’s not exactly a shining bastion of morality) you have to admit he was a larger than life and rather mesmerising personality. And almost exactly thirty years ago he was murdered, some may say his end was justified through his amoral actions, others would argue that he was just a product of his age who did everything he could to keep society from imploding inwards, I personally believe he couldn’t give a damn what anyone thought of him, he did what he wanted and woe betide anyone who disagreed with his actions.
The Comedian was born Edward Blake in 1918, very little is known of his earlier years, more than likely covered up by one of the many covert Government sponsored black-ops teams he worked with over the decades. What is known though is that he began his costumed crime fighting career in 1939 with the moniker The Comedian, though the rather jolly sounding name and frequent smile masked a violent and unpredictable personality, with a love of brutality and mayhem, in fact Hollis Mason, the first Nite-Owl described him as “A particularly vicious and brutal young man.”
For all his negative qualities though, he was a particularly effective crime fighter, feared and respected by his enemies… though mainly feared. He is also one of only two masked adventurers who was a member of both the original Minutemen and The Crimebusters (the other being Captain Metropolis.)
Blake’s actions were often unethical, and at times downright evil, he was in reality no better than the criminals he fought. His violent end is something he foresaw way in advance, in fact some of his last words to his mysterious assailant (read the comics or watch the movie for the answer to that one my friends) were, “Just a matter of time I suppose,” he understood that violent men ultimately succumb to a violent death.
Edward Blake, The Comedian: Born 1918 – Died October 11, 1985.
“Justice is coming to all of us no matter what we do. You know, Mankind’s been trying to kill each other off since the beginning of time. Now we finally have the power to finish the job, ain’t nothing gonna matter once those nukes start flying, we’ll all be dust. And Ozymandias here will be the smartest man on the cinder” – The Comedian.
To an interminably die-hard Watchmen fan like myself, there can be no greater news than the live action return of Alan Moore’s fabled comic characters, and you know what, it’s looking like we are one step closer to seeing just that. Zack Snyder, director of the fantastic 2009 film adaptation of Moore’s groundbreaking graphic novel, has approached studio HBO with the (really rather marvellous) idea of a weekly Watchmen television series.
As to what form the series may take, it’s rather early to predict at this time, but considering we have already been treated to the original 80’s tale, the series would more than likely take inspiration from the 2012 comic prequel series “Before Watchmen.” These consisted of eight separate mini-series each following one of the main characters from the Watchmen and served as a forerunner to the original Moore series. Of course it could go the other way and create a wholly original story involving our volatile team of heroes, whatever form the show may take however, it is still exciting news. More Rorschach?… oh hell yes!
Watchmen Copyright: DC Comics
Well this is pretty damn profound for a character that everyone believes is just a psychotic, sociopathic masked vigilante, just goes to prove that you should never judge a book by its cover… oh and if you disagree with him, he will literally break every bone in your body!!!
Rorschach; bringing unstable masked vigilantism to the masses since 1986!
Rorschach; Copyright DC Comics.
Are Supervillains getting you down? Tired of having sand kicked in your face by the Joker? Well we have you covered, the next time Bane gets all up in your face just quote a line from Rorschach’s limited vocabulary and watch as those masked SuperVillains run for the hills.
Rorschach: bringing unstable masked vigilantism to the masses since 1986!