Born Sally Juspeczyk (changed to hide her Polish ancestry) in 1920, the first Silk Spectre was a runaway and former waitress and burlesque dancer. Laurence and Sally were known each in Europe. Once they were broke in Warsow and Larry found a job for her at the Moritz. There, he heard a Prince commenting that Sally is the most beautiful woman in Europe.
She entered into action as an adventurer sometime around 1938 when she was only 18 years old. In her time, she was a sex symbol whom villains and criminals didn't really mind getting caught by. The magazine Daily World had an article about her shortly before the founding of Minutemen.
She was soon invited by Captain Metropolis to join the Minutemen, a group of costumed heroes. On October 2nd, 1940, after a meeting of the Minutemen, she was sexually assaulted by Edward Blake, alias The Comedian. He was stopped by fellow Minuteman Hooded Justice, who posed as her boyfriend, and gave him a vicious beating. The event would have a profound impact on Sally's life; her agent, Laurence Schexnayder, persuaded her not to press charges against the Comedian for fear of damaging the group's image. More celebrity than vigilante, Silk Spectre provided a cover for Hooded Justice's homosexuality by being his glamorous girlfriend (possibly her way of thanking him for intervening when the Comedian attacked her). In an interview, she admitted that she didn't really like The Silhouette, a.k.a. Ursula Vandt, who was pestering her about her Polish heritage.
When Ursula Zandt's lesbianism was outed by the press, and Sally voted her out, feeling happy she left. She was soon murdered by the Liquidator and Sally held themselves responsible. Sally, having her own source she proceeded alone to his hideout. She killed him, and disposed his body in the bathtub. She waited for C.M. and H.J. and after scolding for their hypocricy (being both homosexuals voted Silhouette out), she announced her wish to quit. Later she expressed regret that she was expelled from the group simply because she was a lesbian, especially since there were men on the team who were gay (though she did not identify them).
After Ursula's funeral, Sally visited her grave and confessed her hatred for her, her guilts and what she did to the Liquidator, as she felt she owed it to Ursula. There she met with the Comedian who had returned from the war a bit changed. He narrated his experiences and explained that he had to forgive himself.
Shortly after her retirement, Edmund Taylor intended to make a movie based on her, but her agent Laurence Schexnayder declined.
Having retired from crime-fighting Sally married (or rather "partnering up" with) her agent, Schexnayder, while keeping in touch with Hollis Mason, Byron Lewis and Nelson Gardner. Most importantly she kept in touch with Blake, and shortly after the ceremony they were copulating in the restroom.
In 1949 she gave birth to her daughter Laurel Jane, commonly known as Laurie. It was known to both parents that Laurie was not Laurence's child, but the Comedian's, and this led to conflict in the family, an divorce in 1956. While not explicitly stated, it is implied that Sally's second sexual encounter with the Comedian was consensual, and that, despite it all, she did have feelings for him.
As for Laurie, she came to accept that her mother's incomprehensible affair with her would-be rapist is something she could never understand, but it's something too complicated to condemn her mother about. Her deep devotion to her flawed mother is exemplified by Laurie's insistence on using their real surname of Juspeczyk and not the assumed Jupiter.
By 1962 Sally was living in a Los Angeles villa with her daughter where Hollis would pay them a visit. Concerning the book he was writing, Nelson Gardner called Sally Jupiter at nights "crying his heart out". When Hollis came to discuss about the book Sally scolded Hollis about the book, and how she appeared vain and shallow in her youth.
After her retirement, was able to move to an upscale retirement community in California, Nepenthe Gardens, and maintain an upper-class lifestyle. Her prosperity is shown in contrast to Hollis Mason's working-class circumstances in a phone conversation between them
She was said to have been an action heroine version of a pin-up girl and, even in her old age, she seemed proud of her sex symbol status, apparently enjoying male attention as indicated by her career as a dancer. However, she seems to have some serious self-esteem issues related to this quirk considering she felt responsible for the Comedian assaulting her and her pleased reaction to learning of a Tijuana bible that was based on her, despite her daughter's disapproval of it being highly demeaning of her.
Of all the original Minutemen members, Sally was undoubtedly the most financially savvy. She stated in the Probe interview that her venture as a costumed heroine was motivated almost entirely by money, and she saw the entire act as merely a stepping stone to a lucrative career as a film star and starred at Silk Swingers of Suburbia. Although her hoped-for Hollywood career never materialized, she accumulated enough money from modeling to purchase a luxurious house.
Laurie did not forgive her mother wanting herself become her "heir" of sorts. Sally convinced her to exercise so that she would mature and take her place, but Laurie was reluctant for this career. Eventually, she saw the Keene Act as a redemption, but still considered her 10 years with the Crimebusters to be lost years.
Rorschach did not think much about her and called her a "whore dying in a California rest resort". The reason for this would be because of her sex-symbol status, while Rorschach was anti-sexual. Also, he didn't approve of her accusing the Comedian, whom he considered a patriot; just called the rape a "moral relapse". He didn't think much about her daughter, Laurie.
Carla Gugino plays Silk Spectre in the film.
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- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Before Watchmen: Minutemen 04
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Before Watchmen: Minutemen 05
- ↑ Chapter 8 of the comic
- ↑ Watchmen: The Film Companion
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