Owlship on the cover of Chapter VII

Night-Owl Poster

Film depiction

The Owlship was the primary vehicle used by Dreiberg as the second Nite Owl. It was nicknamed "Archie", after Archimedes, Merlin's pet owl.[1]


Archie was constructed by Dreiberg thanks to his knowledge on aerodynamics. It stayed in the Owl's Nest (his basement) and would go out through a unused subway tunnel that Dreiberg had converted, and exited from an abandoned warehouse building, also of Dreiberg's property.[2]

Archie saw action during the 60s as it is seen in flashbacks of Nite Owl with Rorscach[3] and was outside the Crimebusters meeting.[4] Nite Owl and the Comedian used Archie during the riots.[5]

After the Keene Act Archie goes unused because Dreiberg has been in retirement, but he still maintains it to keep his nostalgia and memories alive. That is until Dreiberg and Laurie Juspeczyk have the crazy thought of getting it out, subsequently rescuing the occupants of a burning tenement.[2] The ship also plays a significant role in Dreiberg's plan to free Rorschach from prison. Later, Rorschach and Dreiberg travel to Antarctica in it to confront Adrian Veidt.

Technical description

It resembles a giant owl's head, it had the power to fly, hover and submerge under water. It is designed fully in curves and without corners, with concealed vents and turbines, so as to be radar invisible. It has central and rear entrances.[2]

It could be remotely controlled with a console that Nite Owl held in his belt.[6][7]

Dreiberg complained that it always gives a lurch when starting up, and couldn't manage to fix it.[2]

Though Archie was a formidable weapon in the Nite Owl's arsenal, it was susceptible to engine seizure when the engines were subjected to freezing ice: shortly after finishing their investigation in New York City, where Archie was submerged in a river for several hours, the water contained in its housing freezes quickly upon arrival in Antarctica. The engines stall, forcing a crash landing. Nite Owl and Rorschach are forced to finish the journey on Dreiberg's hoverbikes.


It was outfitted with defensive and offensive weapons:

  • Screechers[2] that emitted a powerful high-pitched sound which could distract or pacify enemies.[6]
  • Blowers that produced concealing fog (from dry ice).
  • Radiation Shields[2]

For offensive capability it had

  • Air-to-Air missiles,[2]
  • A flamethrower[2]
  • Water cannons[2]
  • EM systems[2]
  • Machine gun[8]

Other facilities

Archie also contained several facilities inside.

  • Many screens linked to several external cameras.[2]
  • Computer with a public address system.[2]
  • Water sprouts for the windows.[2]
  • In-ship music stereo.[2]
  • Coffee machines (behind a panel on the starboard wall)[2]
  • Movable pilot chairs.[2]
  • A portable "steering column" which can be plugged into receptors around the ship, like the cockpit or (when need be) on its roof so that the ship can be piloted from the exterior.[2]
  • Compartments for equipment, like hoverbikes, or closets with additional suits.[2]
  • Extendable ramps from the rear exits.[2]


  1. Chapter VII
  2. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named seven
  3. Chapter VI
  4. Chapter IV
  5. Chapter II
  6. 6.0 6.1 Chapter VIII
  7. Chapter X
  8. Not seen or mentioned in the comic; seen in the film only
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