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Ursula Zandt (Watchmen)

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Quote1 She was the best of us and we helped destroy her. Quote2
-- Silk Spectre (Sally Jupiter) src

Early life and career

Originally from Linz, Austria, Ursula Zandt lost most of her family when her homeland was taken over by the Nazis. Only she and her younger sister survived, and then they were captured by the Nazis and were forced into sexual slavery. She eventually managed to escape and made her way to the United States, but her sister was not so lucky.

In the US, Zandt began calling herself the Silhouette, and waged a one-woman war on child trafficking. At some point, she began seeing a nurse named Gretchen, who treated the physical injuries that she suffered in her work, and tried to heal her emotional trauma through hypnotherapy. The two also became lovers.


In 1939, Silhouette joined the Minutemen, a group of New York City-based costumed crime-fighters organized by retired Marine Lieutenant Nelson Gardner (Watchmen), who called himself Captain Metropolis. Though she disagreed with the team's focus on "headline-grabbing" actions rather than street-level crime-fighting, and disliked the Polish-born Silk Spectre, she became very close to Nite-Owl, who became a frequent companion on her sojourns and once saved her after one of her attacks on a child-trafficking ring backfired and nearly led to her death.


Silhouette's career came to an abrupt and rather insulting end in 1946, when her teammates learned that she was a lesbian and voted to expel her, in part to distract the public from the fact that Captain Metropolis and Hooded Justice were also gay. Six weeks later, she and Gretchen were both killed by an adversary seeking revenge.



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