8. Watch men #1, pa ge 16 & script , 1986

Comic Heroes - - Feature -

Once read, never for­got­ten, this is in many ways the key page from this land­mark in­ter­ro­ga­tion and de­con­struc­tion of the might-is-right genre. Vig­i­lante su­per­heroes had been punch­ing bad­dies for decades in Amer­i­can Code-ap­proved comics but with no sense of any real ef­fect. Here was psy­chotic loner Rorschach snap­ping a hap­less hood’s pinkie. In comic book terms, a mi­nor act of cru­elty, but a ma­jor shock con­vey­ing gen­uine pain and hor­ror. To ac­com­pany the stun­ning full-scale orig­i­nal art, co-cre­ator Dave Gib­bons gen­er­ously lent scans of his an­no­tated copy of Alan Moore’s script for these nine in­tense pan­els.

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