Friday, August 30, 2013

Today in Comics History: Jon Osterman is declared dead ten days after his body was vaporized

So, as we saw here, Jon "Dr. Manhattan" Osterman "died" on August 20, 1959.


Panels from Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1 (October 2012), script by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils and inks by Adam Hughes, colors by Laura Martin, letters by Steve Wands

Which means, of course, that since his body was atomized on August 20th, his tombstone will of course read that he died on August 20th. Right, comics? Wrong.


Panels from Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #4 (April 2013), script by J. Michael Straczynski, pencils and inks by Adam Hughes, colors by Laura Martin, letters by Steve Wands

That's the slowest coroner in any comic book universe.

4 comments:

Robt Seda-Schreiber said...

Either I'm dense & missing some subtle difference or you, my dear friend, posted the same page twice. Just thought you might like to know...
(As always thanks for all the good stuff.)

Bully said...

You're not dense, good Robt., I posted the same page twice! Corrected now, so enjoy!

Robt Seda-Schreiber said...

Bully called me good. My day is made!

Blam said...


Relativity! From Jon O.'s perspective, he was vaporized instantly, but to those observing the process it took ten days.

No? The quantum uncertainty principle then: Since we see Doctor Manhattan at the funeral, we can't be sure when he died.