The second weekly edition of "When Words Collide" is now live at CBR. It's supposed to be titled "The Ballad of Captain Metropolis," but it ran without a title. (Not that you'll have any doubt regarding the subject of the column, once you begin reading.)
And as Chad Nevett has already e-mailed me: I neglected to mention that Nelson Gardner was responsible for the formation of the Minutemen. It was, of course, his letter to Sally Jupiter (or her agent, rather), that led to the beginning of the team. I left that part out on purpose, because frankly I got tired of listing all the reasons why Captain Metropolis was so essential to Watchmen. I think there's more than enough evidence without that fact being included, and I wanted to move on to the more interesting topic: the Watchmen role-playing game. I may even have an interview with Daniel Greenberg and Ray Winninger coming up -- so keep you eye out for that. But, for now, enjoy my tribute to the sad and misguided Captain, and since I don't yet have a CBR forum, tell me how wrong I am in the comments here.