The Keene Act of 1977 is a fictional American law that outlaws all vigilantes and caped crusaders except for the Comedian (Edward Blake) and Dr. Manhattan (Jon Osterman), who work on behalf of the American government.
The Keene Act of 1977 Term Timeline in Watchmen
The timeline below shows where the term The Keene Act of 1977 appears in Watchmen. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: At Midnight, All the Agents…
...investigation discreetly so that “masked avengers” don’t get involved. One of them remarks that the Keene Act of 1977 outlawed most vigilantes, but Rorschach is still out in the streets, acting on... (full context)
Chapter 4: Watchmaker