DescriptionDave Gibbons Watchmen #4 "Watchmaker" Doctor Manhattan Raises His City on Mars Pages 26 and 27 Original Art (DC, 1986). What more can be written about the Watchmen that hasn't already been duly noted in the past 26 years? For many, the Watchmen mini-series represented a transcendent work of genius that showed how a comic book narrative could be constructed, as well as a revolutionary take on a post Cold War world that no longer worships superheroes. Watchmen was a turning point in comics history, one of only a handful of stories that shattered the limits of what the medium could achieve. Visionary co-creator Alan Moore used the series to deconstruct the traditional superhero mythos in a nihilistic way, never seen before, in a way that made the film Apocalypse Now look like a picnic.
This awesome double page-spread features the watershed moment when the blue, god-like Doctor Manhattan designs and raises a magnificent jeweled city on Mars, crafted with an interlocking Swiss watch-like perfection. It's an ordered, rational world so airless, so cold -- there's little room left for the uncertainty and chaos of either human emotion or biological life. Both beautiful and terrifying, it sublimely symbolizes the extreme alienation of the former scientist, Dr. Jonathan Osterman, now that he has become the ultimately evolved rational being, born of scientific method -- beyond good, evil, and morality -- Doctor Manhattan.
Quality character pages from Watchmen are scarcely offered in the marketplace and anyone who has seen the cult movie will treasure these scenes which were so impressive on the silver screen. Such an iconic sequence, containing poetic scenes with many subtexts, is a major grail for anyone looking for the perfect Watchmen example.
These pages have a combined image area of 21" x 16". Panel one of page 26 is a photostat; otherwise, they are in Excellent condition. Each museum-quality page has been signed by artist Dave Gibbons and writer Alan Moore in their lower margins.
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