Over 30 years ago, writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons shook up the comic book industry with Watchmen. In 1986, the 12-issue Watchmen limited series wowed fans and critics with its dark and literary approach to superheroes. It was simply unlike anything DC Comics had published up to that point. Many comics have attempted to replicate the tone of Watchmen, but the original story remains an unmatched classic. It was turned into a feature film in 2009 under the direction of Zack Snyder.
In light of HBO’s upcoming Watchmen TV series, SYFY WIRE is taking a look back at some of Watchmen’s lesser known aspects. It's fairly well known that Moore took his inspiration for the series' heroes from the Charlton Comics characters owned by DC. But did you know about the unexpected connection between Watchmen and Young Justice? Or that Moore wasn't always opposed to expanding the world of his comic beyond the miniseries? The Watchmen Sourcebook for DC's roleplaying game featured input from Moore that further fleshed out the history only hinted at in the original series.
Gibbons' meticulous artwork is also examined, and the series wouldn't have been the same without him. Gibbons' attention to detail is so thorough that Watchmen reveals new layers upon each read-through. Moore and Gibbons also furthered their narrative with ancillary content at the back of each issue.
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