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Sally Jupiter's scrapbook clippings include two news articles—one is about her debut in the crime-fighting world, the other about her alleged romantic relationship with Hooded Justice. A letter from King Taylor Productions updates Sally and Laurence Schexnayder, her agent and future husband, on the progress of her biopic; a subsequent clipping reviews the final film. There is also an introductory letter from Nelson Gardner, aka Captain Metropolis, inviting Sally to join the Minutemen, as well as a letter from Schexnayder advising her it's time to get out of the business. The final article is a 1976 interview with Probe magazine about "the seamier side of her crime fighting career," including her feelings about Silhouette's departure from the Minutemen and her own relationship with the Comedian.

Analysis

For Sally Jupiter, aka Silk Spectre, becoming a masked vigilante was "a money thing." She didn't really care about protecting society from thugs and crooks—she just wanted to boost her own career from that of burlesque dancer and model to something even more fabulous. Her main goal was to be publicly recognized, which is at odds with the notion of a "masked" crime fighter. That's one reason Sally is never seen wearing a mask. She wants people to know her as Sally Jupiter, not Silk Spectre. Unfortunately, Sally's notoriety doesn't pan out the way she planned. The so-called biopic about her life ends up being nothing more than poorly filmed pornography, in which footage of her crime fighting is barely used (and the film review misspells her last name). By the 1970s once-famous Sally was all but forgotten.

Sally's scrapbook clippings include multiple mentions of homosexuality. Silhouette was kicked out of the Minutemen when it was revealed she was a lesbian, but Sally says Silhouette wasn't the only gay crime fighter. According to clues from the various clippings and letters, it is clear Hooded Justice was gay and Sally was his "beard," or pretend girlfriend. Hooded Justice's lover was none other than "Nelly," aka Nelson Gardner/Captain Metropolis. At a time where homosexuality was reviled, it was important for Hooded Justice, Captain Metropolis, and Silhouette to hide their sexual orientation. Sally was willing to help Hooded Justice and Captain Metropolis, but she didn't support Silhouette when Schexnayder suggested she be booted from the group. Sally didn't want to risk her own reputation by standing up for Silhouette, and she was probably delighted to be the sole woman in the group after Silhouette's departure. Sally was all about her image, even when it meant hurting someone else.

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