The mask of Guy Fawkes
The real Guy Fawkes was the most public member of a plot to kill King James I in 1605 by blowing up England’s House of Parliament.
Detail of Guido (Guy) Fawkes and fellow
co-conspirators in a 17th Century illustration by
Crispijn van de Passe the Elder
The mask, a rough likeness of Mr. Fawkes, was created over 400
years later for the movie V for Vendetta, based on a comic book series
by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, who imagined an anarchist character using a Fawkes mask in a
dystopian future, fighting government fascism and tyranny.
The cover of the graphic novel
V for Vendetta
The group Anonymous used the mask in a protest against Scientology in 2008. Said Mr. Lloyd, the image’s creator:
"The Guy Fawkes mask has now become a common brand and a convenient placard to use in protest against tyranny – and I’m happy with people using it, it seems quite unique, an icon of popular culture being used this way… My feeling is the Anonymous group needed an all-purpose image to hide their identity and also symbolise that they stand for individualism – V for Vendetta is a story about one person against the system."
Ironically, the image for Mr. Fawkes is based on vintage illustrations of him – none of which are likely based on his real face.
Read more: V for Vendetta masks: Who’s behind them?
– Gunpowder Plot conspirators illustration, Wikipedia>>
– The film "V for Vendetta" at IMDB>>