Sally Juspeczyk was the first Silk Spectre and founding member of the Minutemen.
Sally Juspeczyk was born on June 9th, 1920 in Warsaw, Poland. Sally ran away from her abusive home at age 16. After lying about her age, Sally found work as a waitress and burlesque dancer for a couple of years. She would change her surname to hide her Polish heritage whenever it interfered with her ambitions of fame and fortune. She met Laurence Schexnayder during her travels in Europe, with him offering to represent her. Once they were broke in Warsaw and Larry found a job for her at the Moritz. As proof of his ability as a talent scout, Larry landed Sally a gig as an entertainer to a prince, who commented that Sally was the most beautiful woman in Europe.
Impressed by Larry's work, Sally agreed to travel with him to America where she took on the stage name of Sally Jupiter. As she and Larry were looking for a market for Sally to make her big splash in, Larry read an article about Hooded Justice and wondered if there were commercial opportunities to be exploited in costumed crimefighting. Sally entered into action in 1938 as an adventurer at 18 years old, using it to boost her modeling career, and possibly pave the way to Hollywood films.
Larry saw the costumed adventurers as a social fad on which he could cash in. He staged criminal assaults with retired actors, hindered by the Silk Spectre. The police were also in on the trick. Sally was seen as a sex symbol whom villains and criminals didn't really mind getting caught by. She had arrested Claude Boke while robbing a liquor store, and he mentioned that he preferred to be beaten by her than two old fat cops. The magazine Daily World had an article about her shortly before the founding of Minutemen.
Captain Metropolis sent a letter to Larry with an invitation to join the Minutemen, a group of costumed heroes. Although at first, Sally thought it was a ridiculous idea, Larry thought it would be a good move P.R.-wise.
More celebrity than a vigilante, Silk Spectre provided a cover for Hooded Justice's homosexuality by being his glamorous girlfriend and started going out with him after their Christmas party.
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, Larry, persuaded her not to press charges against the Comedian for fear of damaging the group's image. In retrospect, she thought that she also contributed to this event.
In an interview, she admitted that she didn't really like The Silhouette, a.k.a. Ursula Zandt, 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. In retrospect she thought it was unjust, as she wasn't the only homosexual in the group.
Sometime around 1948 Larry sent her a note expressing his concerns about the decline of the Minutemen, CM and HJ's relationship that comes out to the public, the drinking problems of Mothman, and Nite Owl becoming like "a big bouncy boy scout"; and his wish to quit the team and cooperate together - essentially, a marriage proposal.
Ursula was soon murdered by the Liquidator and Sally held themselves responsible. Sally, having her own source, proceeded alone to his hideout. She killed him and disposed of his body in the bathtub. She waited for C.M. and H.J. and after scolding for their hypocrisy (both of them being homosexuals and still voting Silhouette out), she announced her wish to quit.
After Ursula's funeral, Sally visited her grave and confessed her hatred for her, her guilt 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.
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, and 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.
In 1960, with the arrival of Doctor Manhattan considered the birth of the real super-hero, Sally and other former adventurers were asked their opinion. Sally expressed skepticism about his abilities and wished to see herself.
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 the book Sally scolded Hollis, and how she appeared vain and shallow in her youth.
When Laurie was 13 years old, she invited her old friends, Nelson, Hollis and Byron home. She was angry at Hollis who asked Laurie if she had read the book and said that her daughter was too young for it and Hollis held an apologetic stance. They were joined by Byron who took a leave from the institute and seeing his condition, Laurie asked if this is her future as well.
Events of Watchmen
After her retirement, was able to move to an upscale retirement community in California, Nepenthe Gardens, and maintain an upper-class lifestyle. She read about the Comedian's death. She was visited by her daughter who did not wish to attend the funeral.
When the news mentioned that two mysterious costumed adventurers rescued tenants from a building fire, Hollis Mason called her after many years. That moment a woman of Acme Manicure tended her nails. 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 that she felt responsible for the Comedian assaulting her and she was pleased to learn that a Tijuana bible that was based on her, despite her daughter's disapproval of it for being highly demeaning.
During her entry to the Minutemen, Mason noted that her lifestyle (drinking, swearing and mode of dress) would embarrass polite and reserved Captain Metropolis. 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 in 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 for wanting her become her "heir" of sorts. Sally convinced her to exercise so that she would mature and take her place, but Laurie was reluctant to take up this career and used to bitch about it. 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, and Rorschach was anti-sexual. Also, he didn't approve of her accusing the Comedian, whom he considered a patriot; he just called the rape a "moral lapse". He didn't think much about her daughter, Laurie.
- Sally is noted to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. She has medium length auburn hair that is normally pinned up in front, blue eyes, fair skin, long legs, and the big bap.
- Her measurements were 36-24-36.
- Before Watchmen: Minutemen 01
- Under the Hood: Chapter IV
- Sally Jupiter's Scrapbook Portfolio
- Under the Hood: Chapter III
- Chapter II: Absent Friends
- Under the Hood: Chapter IV
- The date conflicts with the fact that Sally had quit and married Larry the previous year
- Before Watchmen: Minutemen 04
- Before Watchmen: Minutemen 05
- Under the Hood: Chapter V
- Chapter I: At Midnight, All the Agents...
- Chapter IV
- Chapter VIII