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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 7:55 am 
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Just caught the latest new addition to the site and thought I'd expand upon it a little (discounting that range of proposed DC Direct prototype figures from 2000 that never saw actual release for sale):

Although not included in the actual badge set, DC Comics did in fact release a separate Comedian smiley button on its own which sold in copious amounts through comic stores back in the day, moreso than the set (I own three myself):

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It was mainly this Smiley that DC pushed out as so-called 'promotional items' as opposed to up-front merchandizing thus depriving Moore and Gibbons of creator royalties and so starting the feud that, along with rights to the work itself, would eventually lead to Moore refusing to work for the company again - the actual badge set as pictured was endorsed by them and features copies of their printed signatures on the reverse of the display card when you get your hands on it.


Along with the wristwatch (urgh) an official bedside alarm clock featuring a smiley face was also released (I shit you not). These occasionally show up on eBay.


Three t-shirts came out at the time of original publication as its popularity increased: smiley face (naturally), the Nuclear Kiss skeletons image, and a character group shot in front of an oversized smiley image:

http://bugpowder.com/gallery/tshirts/watchmen.jpg

http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A9iby6GUHe1Gi ... ngroup.jpg


As you say, the six promo posters featuring the individual main characters in original artwork by Gibbons that doesn't feature in the finished comics are included in the Watchmen portfolio that is still widely available through eBay (a while back, John Higgins himself was selling these via his own site, having discovered several sealed boxes from the 80s containing packs all signed by him, Moore, and Gibbons). Originally released as oversized posters which were distributed to specialist comic book stores which would be stocking the comic in advance of its release in 1986, these feature great character poses and quotes, the best being: "You know what I wish? I wish all the scum of the Earth had one throat and I had my hands around it." - Rorschach (1975). If you can track down decent scans of these posters, they really would make a great addition to this site for the Watchmen completist.


With all the talk of a tie-in computer game to accompany the movie, don't forget that back in the day of 1987 Mayfair Games released two adventure modules, and later one supplemental source book, based on Watchmen for its DC Heroes role-playing series. These modules, entitled Who Watches the Watchmen? and Taking out the Trash included background information about the Watchmen universe, actually approved by Alan Moore. The supplemental Watchmen Sourcebook (1990) provided still further background information on the Watchmen universe and its characters. Moore's own approval makes these publications valuable to fans as the only outside source of supplemental information about the characters in the story, especially minor characters such as the Minutemen and Moloch. In 1987, Grenadier Miniatures produced a metal figure set of Watchmen miniatures to be used exclusively with these DC Heroes role-playing games, featuring lead miniatures of The Comedian (with flamethrower), Nite Owl II, Silk Spectre II, Ozymandias, Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, Captain Metropolis, Hooded Justice, Moloch, and Archie the owlship.


To close with, perhaps one of the more unique items of movie merchandizing will in fact turn out to be for the movie that never was - the large metal 3" diameter Comedian smiley badge handed out in limited numbers at Comic Con in 2005 and bearing the printed legends ©2005, Paramount Pictures and the www.watchmenmovie.com addy when Paramount Studios had the domain and ran the site, before their attempt at a Watchmen movie directed by Paul Greengrass fell through and the project finally found a home once more at Warner Bros. Think I'll hang on to my curio Con badge for a while longer... see how much it'll fetch at a later date!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 9:59 am 
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Some of those original 80s Gibbons promotional posters (not the best quality, but worth a look):

http://www.colorguides.com/edad155/watc ... 6_2215.jpg

http://www.colorguides.com/edad155/watc ... 6_2215.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/ ... sterED.jpg


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:03 am 
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... and here's Silk Spectre II (can't find the Dr Manhattan and Ozymandias ones at the moment):

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v291/ ... sterED.jpg


Plus, the covers of the Mayfair Games RPG releases from '87 & 1990:

http://www.4colorheroes.com/watchmenmod.html


... and the lead miniature figures for use with these:

http://bp0.blogger.com/_RZUr1omV7j8/RjO ... _inner.jpg


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CLINT. Thanks for all of this.

If I can get high resolution scans of everything you mentioned CLINT (including the stuff I posted) I will put it all in the merchandise section. If I can get all of the images from the portfolio, I'll give it its own section.

I am aware of all of the DC Heroes stuff. One fan sent me fantastic photos of his miniatures, so I'll be dedicating an entire page of the site to the RPG. Might be up later today.

I guess you guys see what I'm doing. I want this site to have everything Watchmen, no matter how lame, how awesome, or in between. I'm probably about halfway there. I'm trying to get all of the older stuff up becuase when the movie PR machine starts rolling most of my time will be dedicated to keeping that up to date.

I won't be able to do it all without you guys, so thanks for all of the continued help.

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DoomsdayClock wrote:
I am aware of all of the DC Heroes stuff. One fan sent me fantastic photos of his miniatures, so I'll be dedicating an entire page of the site to the RPG. Might be up later today.

The Watchmen Roleplaying Game page is now up, with exclusive miniatures photos not available anywhere else! (thanks, L!)

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:47 am 
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Thanks for that page, D.C!

Very cool to see that stuff.

Just looked at a digital-gamers' site and there's no word yet of any developer slated for a game tie-in for the movie. I know how quiet they keep this stuff under wraps during early days, so there could be a company at it already. Another thing delaying any news would be the fact that the devs need visual/storyline input to be able to mirror the film. There isn't much of that to go on, so who knows. Pretty depressing, though. The fact that any game would more than likely follow the movie rather than following the actual book. :(

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CLINT FLICKER wrote:
With all the talk of a tie-in computer game to accompany the movie, don't forget that back in the day of 1987 Mayfair Games released two adventure modules, and later one supplemental source book, based on Watchmen for its DC Heroes role-playing series. These modules, entitled Who Watches the Watchmen? and Taking out the Trash included background information about the Watchmen universe, actually approved by Alan Moore.

I just purchased a copy of the Who Watches the Watchmen?. As soon as I get it I'll post some details of the gems that may be inside.

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DoomsdayClock wrote:
CLINT FLICKER wrote:
With all the talk of a tie-in computer game to accompany the movie, don't forget that back in the day of 1987 Mayfair Games released two adventure modules, and later one supplemental source book, based on Watchmen for its DC Heroes role-playing series. These modules, entitled Who Watches the Watchmen? and Taking out the Trash included background information about the Watchmen universe, actually approved by Alan Moore.

I just purchased a copy of the Who Watches the Watchmen?. As soon as I get it I'll post some details of the gems that may be inside.

Way to go! Can't wait to see it.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:19 pm 
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Ha ha! I just snagged the Watchmen Sourcebook too!

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And, today, I snagged the Taking Out the Trash Roleplaying Module! That's the hat trick!

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Interesting to hear about the badge. I still have mine, but my smiley offical teeshirt is long dead, as was my Rorschach in the alley unoffical one (same as the first poster above). As this is going to be a major movie, There will be tons of merchandizing, and about time too..I can't wait.
Oh, and has anyone mention the set of lead roleplaying figures that were marketed??
I still have my Dr Manhattan. it was a set of character figures plus the owlship.
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I now have in my hands the Watchmen Sourcebook and the adventure module Who Watches the Watchmen. Some nice tidbits in these babies, some never "really" seen before Gibbon's artwork. Once I sort it all out and get some scans, I'll post them on the site. Might be a while...

Its like finding the Ark of the Covenant... "IT'S BEAUTIFUL!!!"

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 7:22 pm 
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Well I just got the Taking Out The Trash roleplaying module today and it was two copies both sealed. I only need one, so I was thinking, what if there was a contest and winner gets the second copy?

I could program a watchmen quiz and put it on the main site? Or, any other ideas?

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DoomsdayClock wrote:
Well I just got the Taking Out The Trash roleplaying module today and it was two copies both sealed. I only need one, so I was thinking, what if there was a contest and winner gets the second copy?

I could program a watchmen quiz and put it on the main site? Or, any other ideas?

A quiz would be awesome and I love the idea of a contest.

Bring it on! :)

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I am surprised that the "Comics and Books" section still lacks the Watchmen Hardcover (not the Absoute Edition, but the smaller (standard page size) slipcased edition that was released in 1988 by Graphitti Designs. It features a black leather slipcase that simply has "WATCHMEN" in gold block letters on the spine. The book itself has the title, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, and DC Coimcs/Graphitti Designs on its spine. The book is bound in black leather with the smiley face badge with blood splatter embossed in the upper center.

Within this edition, after issue twelve, the first bonus material for "Watchmen" was published. In fact, and I double checked this morning, page for page everything at the back of the Abolute Edition, from Alan Moore's 1988 letter to the photo of the smiley face on Mars, first appeared in this edition.

I will see if I can get a good photo taken of my copy (I own a couple purchased when they were released) which can be posted in the Merchandising section.

I will also be sending along a photo soon of a rare piece of Watchmen merchandise that never happened. I had posted a picture of this piece in the forums on Columbia Pictures' movie website (now long gone) and it created quite a buzz amoungst fans and collectors. Like the images of Dr. Manhatten, this will have to be kept under wraps for now. I just want to be sure to get a picture that will do it justice.


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I will also be sending along a photo soon of a rare piece of Watchmen merchandise that never happened. I had posted a picture of this piece in the forums on Columbia Pictures' movie website (now long gone) and it created quite a buzz amoungst fans and collectors. Like the images of Dr. Manhatten, this will have to be kept under wraps for now. I just want to be sure to get a picture that will do it justice.


Please let me see!! If it's old, why do you need to keep it secret?! :cry:

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