Manhattan with Laurie. Blake was with a company discussing the deaths of Woodward and Bernstein who were found in a garage, and the publication of underground newspapers that linked them to a conspiracy; Blake joked that the editors of Berkeley Barb took drugs and came up these stories; he also joked about JFK's death.
Then Laurie who had drunk much approached him, accused him as a rapist, leaving Blake petrified. She even threw a glass of drink at his face. Angered, Dr. Manhattan teleported her home. The costumed adventurers faced massive backlash and rioting in the s. During that time, Nite Owl reminisced that the Comedian mistook the Owlship's flamethrower for a lighter and almost caused a disaster. He explained to his mate that there is an Act in the making, but until then the adventurers must protect the people "from themselves". He claimed that he didn't go crazy like the others, and keeps things in proportion, trying to see the funny side.
In response to those events, the Congress passed the Keene Act , requiring all heroes to register with the government if they wished to remain active. The majority of them "retired" in anonymity, while one other, Rorschach , continued his activities in open defiance of the law. Doctor Manhattan and the Comedian were the only two who registered with, and were employed by, the government. The Comedian later resolves the Iranian Hostage Situation around and frees the captives. This action silences many of his critics, though Laurie Juspeczyk still hated him. A panel shows a jubilant Comedian on the stairway of the plane returning the hostages, while the hostages standing near him appear traumatized.
This contrasts with the joyous appearance of the returned hostages; his method of "resolving" the crisis was traumatizing to those involved. Around that time the Comedian had missions against Marxist republics in South America. While on a plane during a mission in , Blake noticed suspicious activity on an uncharted island. He infiltrated the island and learned of its purpose, the realization of which was severely traumatizing. Unable to bear the burden of knowledge alone, Blake broke into the apartment of Edgar Jacobi , who had fought Blake years earlier as Moloch the Mystic, and rambled drunkenly about the island.
Adrian Veidt , who was controlling the island's activity and had bugged Moloch's apartment for his own reasons, responded by attacking Blake in his apartment, beating him up and then throwing him through the apartment window resulting in him falling to his death. The investigation of this incident by both the New York City police and Rorschach opens the graphic novel.
The CIA informed Dr. Manhattan about his death, and theorized that Libya was responsible. Blake was buried in a cemetery under the rain with his coffin covered with the American flag.
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Protestors could be seen outside. When his apartment was broken into, he was writing a note to Laurie Juspeczyk. The note reads as follows:. The story of Watchmen starts with the aftermath of a murder in : a man named Edward Blake was beaten mercilessly and thrown through the window of his apartment, falling several stories to his death.
A " costumed adventurer " named Rorschach begins independently investigating the murder. While searching Blake's apartment, Rorschach discovers a hidden closet containing a costume and other items that indicate that the murdered man was The Comedian. The main plot of Watchmen initially involves Rorschach's suspicion of a plot to kill costumed heroes "masks" ; his continuing investigation into Blake's murder leads to a much larger, more horrifying secret.
The Comedian never appears alive in the present events of Watchmen the first issue begins the morning after his murder , but is seen several times in memories of other characters shown as flashbacks during Chapter II , as well as appearing in documents appended to the end of chapters such as extracts from Hollis Mason 's biography, Under the Hood. In , DC Comics began a new initiative known as Rebirth to retcon the increasingly unpopular New 52 lineup and released a one-shot special to launch the initiative. This special officially incorporated Watchmen into the broader DC Universe continuity.
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Wally West, the original Kid Flash, first attempts to return to the DC universe after being trapped outside of time and space. In doing so he attempts to contact Bruce Wayne, better known as the superhero Batman, but is ultimately unrecognized and pulled back out of the universe. Following Kid Flash's departure, Batman notices something out of place on one of the walls of his cave when light reflects off of it. Investigating further, he discovers something lodged in the rockface, most likely by Kid Flash's attempted incursion. Upon removing the object from the rocks, it is revealed to be the Comedian's pin.
Later, the Flash arrives to bring Bruce up to speed on events after he rescued Wally. Bruce is running the pin through several scans as he arrives, revealing that while he originally thought it might have been left by the Joker, it is becoming clear it is something very different. They both discover it has a unique radiation signature, completely unknown to them, indicating that it was in the possession of Doctor Manhattan prior to its appearance in the Batcave.
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Unable to discern its origins or purpose and seeking to deal with more tangible concerns, for the time being, they put it aside. After Ozymandias and Lex Luthor exchange words in Luthor's private office, Veidt is ambushed by a resurrected Comedian, prepared for a rematch. It is revealed that Dr. Manhattan had used his powers to prevent his death and teleported him to Prime Earth. The two skirmish for a short time before Ozymandias is forced to make an improvised exit and the Comedian retreats.
He begins hunting for Mime and Marionette, eventually confronting them at a meeting of costumed criminals underneath Gotham City.
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He kills the metahuman Typhoon before fighting his way through the rest of the assembled villains to pursue his targets, who wisely flee upon recognizing him. He tracks them down to a motel where he demands information as to the whereabouts of Ozymandias. Before he can receive his answers, he's incapacitated by the Joker.
Blake admits only to being ordered to kill Bubastis, who is the crux of Ozymandias's plan to draw out Manhattan. Blake witnesses this in action when Ozymandias and Rorschach II arrive, triggering a direct confrontation with Manhattan. The revelations of the confrontation dissolve the partnership between Ozymandias and Rorschach II. As the latter brutally assaults the former, Blake remains in the custody of Mine and Marionette, who take him with them as they make their exit.
Edward Blake was an incredibly skilled, self-taught hand-to-hand combatant who was in excellent physical condition, even at the time of his death aged In the Under the Hood excerpts it is revealed that the Comedian defeated Ozymandias in combat during their first encounter - a loss that Adrian Veidt never got over personally. Veidt described Blake as the "perfect fighting man" when he revealed to Nite Owl and Rorschach how the Comedian had stumbled upon his plan to trick the world out of impending disaster and bring an end to all war.
In denigrating his mortal enemy's martial prowess as amounting to little more than a "skillful feint" and "devastating uppercut", Ozymandias perhaps described exactly how Blake had beaten him when they first met. Blake was proficient with virtually all military and non-military grade weaponry and was an expert marksman. As a government-sanctioned agent from onwards, Blake received professional training in special operations, urban and guerrilla warfare, espionage, intelligence gathering, and military tactics. In these covert disciplines, he proved so talented and effective that during the s and s he was a "Black-Ops" type agent for the U.
He fought as an active combatant and government liaison in several wars, most notably World War II and the Vietnam War. Blake was fairly slight but lean and mean when introduced as a member of the Minutemen, but his physical stature greatly 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, muscular physique despite being in his early sixties.
He was described as being pounds, being built like a linebacker, and being in terrific shape despite his age. The Comedian was also highly intelligent and possessed remarkable detective skills of deduction and analysis. He was the first crime-fighter to discover Ozymandias's plot, and the first character to fully recognize Dr. Manhattan 's growing detachment from humanity. He also correctly intuited Hooded Justice 's sexual orientation although he is apparently not the only member who suspects this. Like others in the series, especially in the film, Blake is portrayed as being seemingly superhuman in terms of strength and resilience.
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He has been shown to be strong enough to smash his fist through a stone wall during his final fight with Veidt. This superhuman physicality was not affected at all by his age, as his great youthful vitality followed him to his old age, allowing him to roll, sprint, and fight men only a portion of his age. He could even land on his feet from several feet in the air without being hurt, weakened or slowed down.
However, there are people who have overpowered and beaten him, such as Hooded Justice, who bashed his face to a bloody pulp while restraining him albeit that time, he was caught off guard , and Adrian Veldt, who thoroughly dominated a dispirited Blake in their last confrontation. 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 , 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. 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 and concealing mask. Throughout the work, the Comedian is typically seen wearing or in close proximity to the "smiley-face" button which is closely associated with him.
At the beginning of the series, the button is smeared with a single drop of blood which, if the button is viewed as a clock face, is at the position of the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock at the time of the series, eleven minutes to midnight. However, the smile is constantly appearing when Blake is not present, possibly at important junctures in the story. He was created by Watchmen writer Alan Moore and illustrator Dave Gibbons , although, like all characters in the series, he was based on a Charlton Comics character, in this case Peacemaker , created by writer Joe Gill and artist Pat Boyette.
The Comedian's alter-ego of Edward Blake is a play on the name of movie director Blake Edwards,  best known for the Pink Panther comedies.
His character design is said to have been based on actor Burt Reynolds. Moore also loosely based him on G. Gordon Liddy  , although Liddy himself appears a few times in Watchmen as a separate character: at a banquet in Blake's honor he is mentioned in the text and laughs at Blake's reference to the Kennedy Assassination; he also appears when still-President Nixon arrives at Norad. Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays the Comedian in the film.
Morgan was initially put off about playing the Comedian as the characters dies in the first chapter. His agent convinced him to continue reading the graphic novel to see how important the character was, and Morgan then showed interest.