The acclaimed creator hit out at allegations that he agreed to the project for financial gain, insisting that the "challenge" alone is what drew him to the book.
"People say, 'Oh, money this, money that'. If it was about money I'd still be in LA doing cartoons," he told The Washington Post. "This was an enormous challenge for me, and I took it knowing I was just as apt to fail.
"It puts me out there, and that's the only way to be going after something like this. And frankly I appreciate being a part of the things where the challenge is great."
Cooke is understood to have turned down the project initially, only to make a U-turn months later and agree to shoulder the Minutemen and Silk Spectre miniseries.
Before Watchmen commenced this week with the release of Minutemen #1.
> Read Digital Spy's review of Minutemen #1
> Read Digital Spy's Before Watchmen interview with Dan DiDio
Watch a trailer for Before Watchmen below: