Study Guide

Bernard and Bernie in Watchmen

By Alan Moore

Bernard and Bernie

From here on out, we’ll refer to these two as the Odd Couple. One is old, white, and obsessed with political affairs and the end of the world. The other is young, black, and locked into his comic book, Tales from the Black Freighter. Neither appears without the other, and the newsstand is practically their home… until they die together in Veidt’s NYC attack. Why does Moore spend so much time with Bernard and Bernie? Each offers a flawed way of looking at the world. One is Chicken Little (the sky is falling), the other an ostrich with his head in the sand. What is this, National Bird Day?