Blink and you’ll miss it. The silhouette image of a man and woman embracing is one type of graffiti art depicted in the comics and referred to as “Hiroshima Lovers.”
Sure, newsstands still exist, but none as popular as the one depicted in this episode, reminiscent of the newsstand seen throughout the comics.
Looking Glass (Tim Blake Nelson) may not be wearing Rorschach’s mask, nor does he seem to be part of the Seventh Kavalry, but the way he lifts his mask and asks for snacks is certainly a Rorschach quality.
When the Tulsa police department begins their investigation into Judd’s (Don Johnson) death, reporters fly onto the scene using wings similar to those of the Minutemen’s Mothman.
Angela’s (Regina King) daughters are dressed up like an owl and pirate. These costumes are direct callbacks to Nite Owl and the swashbucklers of the comic within the Watchmen comics — The Black Freighter.
Before Angela arrives in Topher’s (Dylan Schombing) room, he’s seen playing with a toy building set. And according to the box, this set is called Magna-hattan Blocks — a reference to Dr. Manhattan.
The show within the show, American Hero Story, tells the history of the world’s first costumed crusaders. In this episode, viewers got a peek at the show’s Hooded Justice. The character was part of the original Minutemen and was known for his ruthless ways.
Angela investigates the Chief’s bedroom after faking a fainting spell and uses a familiar set of goggles. Viewers and fans will recognize the device as something used by Nite Owl in the comics, providing the user with special vision capabilities.
It may not have been a KKK robe that Rorschach found in the comics, but The Comedian’s closet and costume were found in a similar way to how Angela uncovered Chief Crawford’s secret attire.
Viewers were given a crash course in Dr. Manhattan’s origin story through the Lord’s (Jeremy Irons) play — The Watchmaker’s Son — put on by his servants Mr, Phillips (Tom Mison) and Ms. Crookshanks (Sara Vickers). Despite the shotty dialogue, the play definitely captures the basics when it comes to the tale of how Jon Osterman became Dr. Manhattan.
[Warning: This article contains MAJOR spoilers for Season 1, Episode 2, of Watchmen, "Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship."]
HBO's Watchmen debuted another rousing installment as the series dove deeper into the canon of the comics.
There were more than enough easter eggs for fans of the graphic novel to get giddy over and we're rounding up a few of them in the gallery above. From characters and origin stories to tech and everything in between, there was no shortage of blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments to unpack.