Real Name: Walter Joseph Kovacs
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Kovacs grew up with his mother, a prostitute, living a life of neglect and frequent beating. At age 10, after assaulting two boys, blinding one in one eye with a cigarette and biting the other in the face. This led to Kovacs being sent to Charlton’s Home for Problematic Children. At 16 Kovacs left the home and started working at a clothing-manufacturer, handling women’s clothes.
One day in 1962 a special order came in for a dress made from heat sensitive liquid between two layers of latex. The costumer thought the dress was ugly and did not want it. Kovacs liked the moving black and white, and saved it for later use. Learning how to cut the material with heated scissors.
Two years later the costumer was found dead. She was raped, tortured and killed in front of her house. Almost 40 people heard the screams and some even saw what happened but no one called the police. Kovacs then understood how people hid behind facades. Ashamed he went home and made a face from the fabric that he could stand to look at.
Kovacs saw himself to begin with as "Kovacs pretending to be Rorschach". This changed when he was working with Nite Owl (2). He had gone to investigate a kid napping of a young girl called Blair Roche in 1975. She was six years old. Gerald Anthony Grice thought she had been connected to the Roche Chemical fortune, yet in reality she was the daughter of a bus driver and so the family had no real wealth.
Kovacs got to the house when Grice had gone out and during investigations in the abandoned dress makers store, found a pair of panties in a stove, knives hung in one kitchen cupboard and two hounds fighting over a bone, and cutting board with deep fresh cuts and blood on it. He realised then, that Grice had butchered the child burned her clothes and fed the remains to his pet dogs. At this point, Kovacs closed his eyes and ceased to be Kovacs and became Rorschach.
Rorschach then took a meat clever to the hounds skulls, and broke all the lights, so when Grice returned, there would be no light. Upon Grice's return, Rorschach hand cuffed a screaming Grice to the stove, leaving a hacksaw near by. He then covered the room in kerosene and pulls out a match, telling Grice its no use trying to saw through the handcuffs, before dropping the lit match and leaving to let the house burn, with Grice still inside.
Rorschach continued as costumed adventurer, even after the anti-hero-law, prohibiting vigilantes, until his death.
Rorshach was killed by Dr. Manhattan, to prevent him from telling the world about the hoax orchestrated by Adrian Veidt to unite the world.
First Appearance: Watchmen (1986) #1
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Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman (2003)
Amazing Heroes (1981)
Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special (1990)
Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan (2012)
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl (2012)
Before Watchmen: Rorschach (2012)
Dan Brereton: The Goddess & The Monster (2010)
HC Harvey Kurtzman's Strange Adventures (1990)
- 'Dan Brereton: The Goddess & The Monster'
OGN HC Kingdom Come (1996)
- 'Harvey Kurtzman's Strange Adventures'
The New Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Stories: From Crumb to Clowes (2004)
HC The Question (1987)
- 'The New Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Stories: From Crumb to Clowes'
#17 Watchmen (1986)
- 'A Dream of Rorschach'
Watchmen - Absolute Edition (2009)
Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
- 'Reaper to Zymyr plus Appendix'
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"Funny Joke. Everyone laugh.
""Not even in the face of Armageddon. Never compromise.""
"None of you understand. I'm not locked up in here with you. You're locked up in here with me."
"Rorschach: Used to come here often, back when we were partners.
Dreiberg: Oh. Uh, yeah... yeah, those were great times, Rorschach. Great times. Whatever happened to them?
Rorschach: [exiting] You quit. "
"Shock of impact ran along my arm. Jet of warmth spattered on chest, like hot faucet. It was Kovacs who said "Mother" then, muffled under latex. It was Kovacs who closed his eyes. It was Rorschach who opened them again. "
"This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face.
"(To the psychiatrist Dr. Malcolm Long) You keep calling me Walter. I don't like you. "
"(Asked to look at an inkblot test and tell what he sees, he pictures a dog with its forehead sliced open) A pretty butterfly."
"By the way, you need a stronger lock. That new one broke after one shove. "
"Heard a joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he's depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says "Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up." Man bursts into tears. Says "But, doctor...I am Pagliacci." Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum. Curtains. "
"The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout "Save us!"... and I will look down and whisper "No.""
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