Edgar William Jacobi, also known as Moloch the Mystic, was a retired supervillain and former crime lord who fought the Minutemen and other superheroes such as Doctor Manhattan and Ozymandias for several decades.
Edgar was born with a physical deformity, a skinny ugly face and large pointed ears that made him look like a goblin.
Jacobi became a vaudevillian and adopted the name Moloch the Mystic. Moving from town to town he performed 3 times a day but even then the money was not enough, as he had to pay any assistants he could find. He then resorted to bank robberies. Wanting to make a statement and use some style he wore a tuxedo and used his tricks to come and go. As he was making more money that way, he became a full-time criminal, and a boss of his own gang.
Moloch staged bank robberies, hijackings and kidnappings. He also opened his own opium den, and while the trade was declining, he used it to introduce new drugs. His den was also a source of information as the intoxicated costumers talked too much, and addicted women would have sex with him for more. He used his money to buy or steal more impressive and lethal tricks from scientists, such as the ability to use electric lightning with his hands, and the Solar Mirror Weapon. The Weapon enabled him to stage larger heists. But it also attracted the attention of the Minutemen who became his frequent nemesis. They often foiled his plans and sent him to prison.
In 1960 he had his first encounter with Doctor Manhattan. He escaped again and spent the decade against the Comedian and Ozymandias. Dr. Manhattan showed up in his vice-den, Dante's to stop his exploits.
Exiting prison, Jacobi was given a job in Dimensional Developments. Unknown to Jacobi, he had become a pawn to Adrian Veidt's master plan to get rid of Doctor Manhattan and secretly gave him cancer. Eventually his health started to deteriorate, and was diagnosed with cancer, he started trying Laetrile.
When Eddie Blake discovered Veidt's plan to end the Cold War, he found the list of infected people and realized that Jacobi was one of the few people he could be certain was not a part of Veidt's plan. Drunk and hysterical, Blake broke into Jacobi's home at night and told him about the list, knowing that Jacobi would not understand. It was this that prompted Veidt to kill the Comedian.
At the Comedian's funeral, he attended incognito and put some flowers on his grave. Dr. Manhattan saw him but did not realize (or care) that it was his old enemy - unlike Rorschach who was also there without his mask.
Rorschach followed him to his house and threatened him. Jacobi told Rorschach that he has cancer and the story about the mysterious visit by the Comedian shortly before his death. This was witnessed by one of the guards working for Veidt so he decided to dispose of Rorschach as well.
In October 21 Rorschach again visited Jacobi and demanded that should he have any information regarding discrediting Dr. Manhattan, to leave a note in the trashcan opposite Gunga Diner. Later that day, Rorschach saw a figure dropping a message in that trashcan and visited Jacobi's house.
Veidt arrived at Jacobi house in the middle of the night and killed him.
There, Rorschach found Jacobi murdered, and was framed for the crime.
- Moloch is named after an ancient Canaanite god associated with child sacrifice, through fire or war. Moloch has been featured in John Milton’s Paradise Lost and Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, as a symbol of sacrifice. In particular, in “Howl,” Moloch is called “the heavy judger of men.” As Watchmen progresses, we learn part of Adrian Veidt’s plot involved giving former associates of Doctor Manhattan cancer in order to compel him into exile to further Veidt's plan. Moloch is one of the victims. Ultimately, Moloch himself is a sacrifice in more ways than one, and Veidt shoots him to frame Rorschach. His death is one of the millions Veidt committed as a “judger of men.”
- In Alan Moore's original script, Edgar Jacobi's physical appearance is described as "something like William Burroughs, if you happen to know what he looks like...a sinister old junkie with a massive intellect".