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Walter Joseph Kovacs




Rorshach Alias: Rorshach


Date of birth: Marts 21. 1940
Place of birth: Ohio
Date of death: Nov. 1985
Place of death: Antarctica


Eyes: Brown
Hair: Red
Height: 1,67 m
Weight: 63 kg
Race: Human


Occupation: Adventurer
Legal Status: U.S. citizen with a criminal record
Marital Status: Single
Identity: Secret
Known relatives: Sylvia Kovacs (mother, deceased)


Story: 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 with a cigarette, Kovacs was send to Charltons Home for Problematic Children. At 16 Kovacs left the home and started working at a clothing-manufacturer.

One day in 1962 a special order came in. 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.

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 watching.

Kovacs 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.


Skills & abilities: Kovacs has no powers except for those of a well-trained man.


Continuity: DC Universe, Watchmen Elseworld
Company: DC Comics
First app.: Watchmen (vol. 1) #1 (1986)
Creator(s): Alan Moore
Dave Gibbons
Country of origin: USA USA


Related links/characters:
- DC Comics characters
- Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias
- Daniel Dreiberg/Nightowl
- Edward Morgan Blake/Comedian
- Hollis Mason/Nightowl
- Jonathan Osterman/Dr. Manhattan
- Laurie Jupeczyk/Silk Spectre