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Watchmen Chapter D

By Alan Moore

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Chapter D

Dr. Manhattan: Super-Powers and the Superpowers (Introduction) by Professor Milton Glass

  • Jon’s mentor Professor Glass tells his version of the Dr. Manhattan story, and how it connects to the Cold War.
  • He asks whether Jon Osterman is a man to end wars or a man to end worlds. Is he a man at all, or, is it proof that “God exists and he’s American” (page II)?
  • Glass sets the stage for the ultimate US-Soviet showdown, nuclear style. He appreciates all the benefits of having Dr. Manhattan around: electric cars, airships, and more.
  • But he wonders how the pissing contest (pardon our French) between America and the USSR is supposed to end peacefully.

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