Character Bios


Rorschach, a.k.a Walter Kovacs, is a vigilante who lives by his own rules. The son of an abusive mother, Sylvia Joanna Kovacs, who had lived most her life as a prostitute, he grew up not knowing his father but fantasized that he was U.S. President Truman.

In 1951, the young Kovacs was removed from his mother's care and put into a home for problem children after he attacked two older boys who were bullying him, partially blinding one with a lit cigarette. During his stay in the children's home, he was found to be a bright child who excelled in literature, boxing and gymnastics. Once he moved out of foster care, Kovacs got a job in the garment district where he stumbled upon a specialized synthetic fabric, which he later transformed into the inkblot mask he wears for his crime-fighting alter ego.

As the vigilante crime fighter Rorschach, he is a notorious nemesis of New York criminals and police officers. He is ruthless, extremely strong, a master at picking locks and known to use improvised weapons such as a hairspray can and a lighter. At each crime scene Rorschach leaves a piece of paper with an inkblot that when folded in half becomes a smeared pattern (in homage to his namesake, Hermann Rorschach, who created the Rorschach inkblot psychiatric test)...

After his investigation into the death of a costumed hero, he is framed for murder, ap-prehended by police and imprisoned. He escapes with the help of Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II, and together they investigate his theory that someone is out to kill and dis-credit all past and present superheroes.