Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Silk Spectre - DC Comics

Silk Spectre (or I guess Silk Spectres?) from the Watchmen.
Two of the hottest superheroines to grace the big screen so far.
Yeah I know that their backgrounds were fraught with tragedy....
But Carla Gugino and Malin Akerman were just so hot!

Silk Spectre - DC Comics

Talk about a female superhero with a messed up past, Watchmen's Silk Spectre had it rough. Though in all fairness, she was supposed to. Alan Moore gave her a lot of heavy baggage because that's what the comic book industry had done to superheroines in the first place. He was just holding up a mirror.

The first Silk Spectre was Sally Jupiter (Sally Juspeczyk). She was a founding member of the superhero group the Minutemen in 1939. Sally possessed no superpowers but was a pin-up girl of Betty Grable status. I guess the villains were a kinder lot back then. The villains may have been but the heroes were not. Sally was raped by Edward Blake, the "superhero" known as The Comedian. The result of that rape was Laurie Juspeczyk.

Carla Gugino plays Silk Spectre in the Watchmen film.

The second Silk Spectre was Laurie Juspeczyk. Like her mother, Laurie possessed no superpowers, but had been trained to a high level as a hand to hand combatant. She was the girlfriend of first Dr. Manhattan and then later Nite Owl. I much prefer the "ending" of Nite Owl and Silk Spectre's tale in the Watchmen book as opposed to the movie. Alan Moore gave us an unusually (for him) happy ending.

In the movie, Malin Akerman played Silk Spectre 2.

Silk Spectre - DC Comics

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