Watchmen – The Comedian (Edward Morgan Blake) Paper Toy
Posted on Jul 19 2012 at 04:31:34 PM in Artists
This paper toy is The Comedian, also as Edward Morgan Blake, based on the comic book Watchmen. The papercraft is designed by Toy a Day. Edward Morgan Blake, better known to the public as The Comedian is a main character in Watchmen.
He is one of the only masked adventurers to be a member of both the Minutemen and the Crimebusters, and had been active for forty-five years through the aid of government-sponsored activities and the press conjuring him into a patriotic symbol of war and victory. He is a cigar-chomping, gun-toting vigilante-turned-paramilitary agent. He has shown himself to be a nihilist with little regard for morality or human life. He describes the world as a sadistic joke only he understands. As such, Blake could easily be described as a sociopath, that is to say, a sufferer of Antisocial personality disorder.
While in the Minutemen, the Comedian’s costume was extremely gaudy, consisting of a bright yellow and purple boiler suit. He has purple gloves and boots as well a similarly colored domino mask over his eyes to protect his identity. Also, he had a bright red belt buckle in the shape of a laughing face. In 1941, due to an unexplained incident, he was stabbed and decided to convert his armor into something more protective. He then produced the armor that would serve him throughout the rest of his career, made out of thick leather and patriotic shoulder pads, although he kept the same mask for quite some time. On V.V.N. Night in Saigon, he was slashed in the face with a bottle by a girl he had gotten pregnant. Afterward he wore a more protective, concealing mask.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays the Comedian in the film. He is best known as Denny Duquette in the television show Gray’s Anatomy and as John Winchester in Supernatural.
In the film, the Comedian is described as being 67-years-old at the time of his death. This means he was born around 1918, and is therefore about six years older than the Comedian in the graphic novel. His facial scar is not as deep in the movie, being hardly noticeable at all.
Implied actions by the Comedian in the graphic novel are explicit in the film adaptation. Examples include the Kennedy assassination and the assassination of Woodward and Bernstein.
Edward Blake was a skilled hand-to-hand combatant in excellent physical condition, even at the time of his death at the age of 61. In the Under the Hood excerpts it is revealed that the Comedian bested Ozymandias in their first encounter – a fight that Veidt never got over. Never depicted as an “expert” marksman per se, Blake was proficient with a .45 pistol and pump-action shotgun. His participation in World War II and Vietnam suggest that he was skilled in military tactics. He is shown using many forms of weaponry skillfully, such as flamethrowers, explosives and grenade launchers, and gas grenades during the crowd riot control of the 1970s. His government-sanctioned activities suggest that he was very talented in or received training in covert operations and unconventional warfare. It is implied that he was a “Black-Ops/CIA” type agent during the 1960s and 1970s. Blake was fairly slight when he was introduced as a member of the Minutemen, but his physical stature increased over the years, which could be attributed to the fact that he was only a teenager at the time he served with the group. At the time of his death, Blake was quite tall and had a very well-built physique despite being in his sixties.
The Comedian also shows remarkable detective skills. He not only is able to discover Ozymandias’s plot, he also is the first character that recognizes Dr. Manhattan’s growing detachment from humanity. He also correctly deduces Hooded Justice’s sexual orientation.
Watchmen is a twelve-issue comic book limited series created by writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins. The series was published by DC Comics during 1986 and 1987, and has been subsequently reprinted in collected form. Watchmen originated from a story proposal Moore submitted to DC featuring superhero characters that the company had acquired from Charlton Comics. As Moore’s proposed story would have left many of the characters unusable for future stories, managing editor Dick Giordano convinced the writer to create original characters instead.
Moore used the story as a means to reflect contemporary anxieties and to critique the superhero concept. Watchmen depicts an alternate history where masked heroes emerged in the 1940s and 1960s, helping the United States win the Vietnam War. As the story opens, the country is edging toward a nuclear war with the Soviet Union, freelance costumed vigilantes have been outlawed and most former superheroes are in retirement or working for the government. The story focuses on the personal development and struggles of the protagonists as an investigation into the murder of a government-sponsored superhero pulls them out of retirement, and eventually leads them to confront a plot that would stave off global nuclear war, although at a terrible price.
Creatively, the focus of Watchmen is on its structure. Gibbons used a nine-panel grid layout throughout the series and added recurring symbols such as a blood-stained smiley face. All but the last issue feature supplemental fictional documents that add to the series’ backstory, and the narrative is intertwined with that of another story, a fictional pirate comic titled Tales of the Black Freighter, which one of the characters reads. Structured as a nonlinear narrative, the story skips through space, time and plot. Watchmen has received critical acclaim both in the comics and mainstream press, and is regarded by critics as a seminal text of the comics medium. After a number of attempts to adapt the series into a feature film, director Zack Snyder’s Watchmen was released in 2009.
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