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Daniel "Dan" Dreiberg is the second former costumed vigilante known as Nite Owl, and a member of the Crimebusters. Following his relationship with fellow vigilante the Comedienne, he was taken into custody by the FBI.


Costumed Career

Joining the Crimebusters

Dan Dreiberg succeeded the original Nite Owl, Hollis Mason, during the second generation of costumed vigilantes. He joined with other heroes to form the Crimebusters, but the team never to fruition. Dreiberg continue to fight crime alongside his former partner Rorschach until he was forced into retirement due to the Keene Act which made costumed vigilantism illegal.

Return to Vigilantism

Prison Break

In October 1985, however, Dreiberg ignored the warnings of the Keene Act and at one point he and Silk Spectre II broke Rorschach out of police custody.[1][2]


Forming MerlinCorp

Dreiberg continued his career as a costumed vigilante following the 11/2 Psychic Shockwave and secretly started his own company MerlinCorp, providing him and Laurie Juspeczyk, and several law enforcement agencies throughout the country with their own versions of Nite Owl II's high tech vehicles and equipment to fight crime.

Breaking Up

Sometime in the early 1990s, he and Laurie Juspeczyk, now going by the Comedienne, had broken up due to irreconcilable differences. He had sent a mocking gift for Laurie in the form of "Excalibur", a vibrator modelled after Doctor Manhattan.


Oklahoma City Terrorist Attack and Arrest

In 1995, Dreiberg and Laurie Juspeczyk put aside their differences and worked together to stop the Oklahoma City Bombing and killed the perpetrator Timothy McVeigh. In violation of the Keene Act, they were both arrested by the police.

Refusing to Cooperate

While Laurie Juspeczyk chose to cooperate and ended up working for the FBI's anti-vigilante unit, Dreiberg refused to speak to the authorities and accepted the thirty year maximum sentence mandated by the Keene Act. In response to his imprisonment, he issued a blunt statement: "Never compromise, never surrender", quoting his late partner Rorschach. Dan's ex-lover Laurie was given ownership of Dan's pet owl, Who, while he was in jail, and his technological designs, such as his Owlship, were co-opted by police departments in the United States, including Tulsa PD. Dreiberg remains behind bars as of 2019.[3]

Possible Pardon

Laurie Juspeczyk, now going by Laurie Blake, agreed to investigate the murder of Judd Crawford and the reemergence of the domestic terrorist group the Seventh Kavalry in Tulsa with the promise that, if Oklahoma's senator Joe Keene become the next president, he would pardon Dreiberg for her in return.[3]