This story contains spoilers for the first episode of HBO’s Watchmen.The first issue of Watchmen, written by Alan Moore and penciled by Dave Gibbons, was released in September 1986 by DC Comics. It came out in the final years of the Cold War and told an alternative history of nuclear fears curdling into fascism; the story was set in a world where caped vigilantes once walked the streets freely but now could exist only in the employment of the U.S. government. In Watchmen, Richard Nixon won the Vietnam War decisively and extended his presidency permanently because of the superheroes under his command. But Moore was also contending with the end of the “Silver Age” of comic books, which had begun in the ’50s. His series pondered America’s love for supermen who fought crime, defeated bad guys, and always lived on the right side of justice.HBO’s Watchmen, created by Damon Lindelof, accepts Moore’s original story as canon and advances the clock. The new show, which premiered Sunday, is set not in an alternative 1986, but in an alternative 2019 where all the events of the comic transpired. Moore’s book occasionally included scenes of President Nixon (serving his fifth term) mulling nuclear… Read full this story
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