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Richard Nixon's fourth term (1986)


Watchmen art by Dave Gibbons, from blogspot.com

Following the Watergate scandal, our nation's 37th president probably doomed himself to being one of the most convenient punching bags in the history of fiction. Like the Nazis, pre-glasnost Soviet Union, and Prohibition-era mobsters, Nixon has joined the ranks of the “easy” badguys that writers can set up, demonize, and dispose of with few repercussions.

That being said, compared to his treatment at Marvel at the height of his term, Nixon fared slightly better at DC Comics. While he has little direct impact upon the story, here Nixon’s fictional impending fourth term in office is a highly prominent and recurring sign of the corrupt, dystopian nature of the Watchmen universe.
 

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