Archie - Watchmen (HBO series)

Laurie Blake and Wade Tillman discovering Archie in Adrian Veidt's hangar in Karnak.

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


Early History Edit

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

As Nite Owl II, Dreiberg used Archie throughout his costumed adventurer career. [3] Nite Owl II used it to travel to Nelson Gardner's mansion during the first the Crimebusters meeting.[4] Nite Owl II and the Comedian used Archie during the riots.[5]

After the Keene Act was passed Dreiberg goes into retirement, and Archie goes unused. However, Dreiberg maintains it to keep his nostalgia and memories alive.

Events of Watchmen Edit


Owlship on the cover of Chapter VII

In 1985, 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.

Watchmen (TV series) Edit

Dan Dreiberg found and secretly ran MerlinCorp, a company which supplied him and Laurie Juspeczyk with gadgets to help them fight crime. It would eventually even fund law enforcement agencies like the Tulsa Police Department, which explains why in 2019 they are in possession of an owl-ship similar to Dreiberg's.

It was revealed that Adrian Veidt recovered Archie, Drieberg's original Owlship, buried in the ice outside of Karnak and successfully repaired it. Laurie and Wade Tillman would use the ship to return to civilization along with Veidt in custody.

Technical descriptionEdit

Night-Owl Poster

Film depiction

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 facilitiesEdit

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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