Will new stories about Nite Owl, Dr. Manhattan and Rorschach live up to the legacy?
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Real names: Various, although key members are Hollis Mason (the original Nite Owl), Sally Jupiter (the original Silk Spectre), and Edward Blake (The Comedian).
What we know from "Watchmen": In the early days of vigilante crimefighting, Mason puts together a team of heroes, similar to DC's own Justice League, which ends up falling apart under the strain of changing times, internal strife and, eventually, the ignominious ends of most of the team's members.
What we might see in "Before Watchmen": While plenty of pages are devoted to Mason's early life and Blake and Jupiter's checkered pasts, the 1986 series doesn't actually show the group in action. There's plenty of room for seemingly innocent 1940s adventure stories, for which writer-artist Darwyn Cooke ("The New Frontier") is perfectly suited.