Dynamite Achieves The Best 'Before Watchmen' Trolling EVER With 'Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt'

Ozymandias by Jae Lee, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt by Dave Gibbons

In case you're not aware of the origins of Alan Moore's classic "Watchmen" series, each character on the team was based on a different old Charlton Comics hero. Charlton was a publisher from the 50s and 60s that DC Comics bought the rights to their superheroes from. Moore decided to (very loosely) base Rorschach on The Question, Nite Owl on Blue Beetle, and Ozymandias on the garishly-attired Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.

So how is Dynamite trolling "Before Watchmen" ? They've just announced their own "Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt" comic book. With variant covers drawn by original "Watchmen" artist Dave Gibbons and current "Before Watchmen: Ozymandias" artist Jae Lee.

"Ozymandias" "Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt" variant cover by Jae Lee

That the rights were up for grabs with Peter Cannon was news to me. I assumed that DC had those rights locked-up along with the rest of the Charlton gang. But according to the press email from Dynamite, the character's original creator Pete Morisi retained the rights:

"And while the Charlton characters were sold to DC Comics, Pete Morisi kept his rights to Peter Cannon. After Will Eisner, Pete Morisi was one of the first creators who created and owned his characters. We're proud to have entered into our agreement with the Morisi family to launch Peter Cannon with as much promotion as possible."

Issue #1 of the 1992 DC miniseries "Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt"

Peter Cannon has made several appearances in the DC Universe, most notably in "Crisis On Infinite Earths" and his own 12-issue mini-series in the early 1990s. The new "Peter Cannon:  Thunderbolt" will hit stores in September and feature not only writing by Alex Ross and Steve Darnell, and art by Jonathan Lau...but a never-before published origin story by Morisi as well as an intro by Mark "Kingdom Come" Waid. In addition to Gibbons and Lee, Ross, John Cassaday and Ardian Syaf also will be contributing variant cover art.

After all the angst over Alan Moore's rights to "Watchmen," seeing the inspiration for one of its characters get spirited away to another publisher is quite ironic. Well played, Dynamite...well played.

Check out a bunch of "Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt" images from Dynamite below:

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