Watchmen Portraits - Seymour

Seymour David is a former editorial assistant at the New Frontiersman.

He is a minor recurring character in Watchmen. In the film adaptation, he is portrayed by Chris Gauthier.


New Frontiersman Edit

In 1985 Seymour David worked at the New Frontiersman as an editorial assistant to Hector Godfrey. At times David would deliver newspapers to Bernard's newsstand where Walter Kovacs bought issues of the New Frontiersman from. David is partially seen behind Godfrey when he appears on the TV news.[1] David is also seen with Godfrey preparing a New Frontiersman draft, continuing the story about Max Shea's disappearance and put a filler from the crank file.[2]

After the alien monster attack, David buys lunch from Burgers 'N Borscht while going to work. David is eating a hamburger, and ketchup spills on his smiley shirt resembling the blood-spilled Comedian's badge. Godfrey tells him that they got nothing to write about since the world went to peace. David suggests writing a piece regarding Robert Redford's intent on running for President of the United States in '88, but Godfrey dismisses the pitch. David then suggested finding something in the crank file he could write. The final image is of him reaching for Rorschach's journal.[3]

Academic career Edit

After Rorschach's journal was published in 1986 David used the fame from discovering the journal to launch a career as a scholar of post-modern culture. He went on to become a historian, lecturer, and author.

David became a fellow at the Douglas Roth School for Media and Popular Culture at New Columbia University. His books include Happy Face: The Button Art of Big Blue Dick and The Making of Martin Scorsese's Knot Top. For Charlton's Cancel Culture Classics series he has written essays for Suction Cups for Strings by Linette Paley and Eating My Way Out by Womb Goof.

Dale Petey met Davis on several occasions at conferences and was not impressed by him in the slightest.

He moved to Greenwich Village and married acclaimed vegan chef, Philip Bourquin.

In 2019 David wrote an essay for the release of Sons of Pale Horse's album The Book of Rorschach in which he portrays the band as misunderstood misfits who made a “masterpiece” that deserves to be re-discovered and appreciated anew.[4]

In Doomsday Clock (Series) Edit

He is revealed to have been killed after he published Rorschach's journal and his killer is on the loose.[5]


Designed by Moore to be "the ordinary common slob". He is the final character shown in Watchmen, playing a pivotal role in the final pages, whom Moore describes as "the most low-life, worthless, nerdy sort of character in the entire book who finally has the fate of the world resting in his pudging fingers".




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