Study Guide

Watchmen Chapter C

By Alan Moore

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Chapter C

Under the Hood (V) by Hollis Mason

  • Mason brings the superhero saga up through 1962, the year Under the Hood is published.
  • During the dark days of the McCarthy era, they have to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).
  • Hooded Justice refuses to and disappears, as does legendary strongman Rolf Müller. Coincidence?
  • Not only that, but without tons of costumed villains, the whole let’s dress-up to fight crime thing becomes a little embarrassing.
  • By the time Dr. Manhattan comes into existence in 1960, all the rest are has-beens, no longer needed. That is, besides a few next-gen heroes popping up here and there.
  • Now we have Ozymandias (since 1958), not to mention a new Nite Owl, who has Mason’s blessing. This frees the old Nite Owl up to go run the auto repair shop of his dreams.

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