Nite Owl

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Nite Owl is the name of two superheroes in the graphic novel limited series Watchmen, published by DC Comics. Created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the original Nite Owl, Hollis T. Mason, was a member of the crimefighting team the Minutemen, while the second, Daniel "Dan" Dreiberg, became a member of the vigilante team Crimebusters, also known as the titular Watchmen.

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Nite Owl
Nite Owl II in textless cover of Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1 (June 2012).
Art by Andy Kubert and Joe Kubert.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceWatchmen #1 (September 1986)
Created by
In-story information
Alter egoHollis T. Mason (I)
Daniel “Dan” Dreiberg (II)
Team affiliations(Mason)
Silk Spectre II
Notable aliases(Dreiberg)
Sam Hollis
  • Peak human physicality, strength, agility and durability
  • Highly proficient street-fighter, adept boxer and expert hand-to-hand combatant
  • Skilled detective and experienced crime investigator


  • Genius-level intellect, proficient expertise in mechanical engineering and gifted inventor/gadgeteer, peak human physicality, agility, strength and stamina
  • Master hand-to-hand combatant and expert martial artist

The duo are modified analogues of the first two Blue Beetle characters created for Fox Feature Syndicate and later sold to Charlton Comics. The second Nite Owl parodies the appearance of the iconic popular superhero Batman, while the first parodies The Phantom. The second Nite Owl received a four-part miniseries as part of the Before Watchmen prequel series, and made it to number 115 on Wizard's Top 200 Comic Book Characters list.

Both versions of Nite Owl made their first live-action appearances in the 2009 film Watchmen, with Dreiberg played by Patrick Wilson and Mason played by Stephen McHattie as an old man and Clint Carleton as a young man. Wilson also voices the character in the video game Watchmen: The End Is Nigh.