Under the Hood is the autobiography of Hollis Mason published in 1963, where he explains the events leading up to the time when he became the masked adventurer Nite Owl, and discusses the formation of the Minutemen.

The first five chapters of the autobiography are printed along with the first three chapters of the Watchmen series to coincide with Alan Moore's depiction of the alternate reality he has created.

Reference is made to the book in the DC comic Kingdom Come on page 17 of chapter 1- Strange Visitor. Under the Hood is on sale in the shop window.


Chapter IEdit

The first chapter details his friend Denise and his speculation of his father's actions. And in an attempt to explain the "saddest thing" he can remember, he reiterates his time in Moe Vernon's auto repair shop and the "Ride of the Valkyries".

Chapter IIEdit

Mason ponders his career choice as a New York City policeman by sourcing it to his time with his grandfather who taught him moral values, thus his instant disgust toward the people of New York. While expressing his excitement toward the release of comic books he reveals his early desire to become a super-hero of sorts himself. The true trigger of his entry into night-time crime fighting is an article about the first live super-hero, Hooded Justice.

Chapter IIIEdit

He decides upon the name 'Nite Owl' and details the rigorous task of creating a costume. He then gives brief information and opinion about each of the other masked adventurers who came about around the same time as him. Afterward he reflects about who they were as people, and what people thought of them.

Chapter IVEdit

In the shortest chapter he sums up the beginning and the end of the Minutemen. Starting with Captain Metropolis mailing Silk Spectre to the Comedian's dismissal (and a lot of Hollis' distaste for him), to the deaths of the Silhouette and Dollar Bill.

Chapter VEdit

In his largest chapter he discusses the relentless dilemmas of the '50s, due to Sally's child, Hooded Justice's disappearance and the lack of costumed villains. Then the '60s opened with the arrival of Doctor Manhattan and the true super hero. Marking his retirement and the rise of Ozymandias, he looks to the future of his auto repair shop and the new Nite Owl.

Legacy Edit

Decades after its publication Under the Hood continues to be a popular read for many costume adventurer enthusiasts and law enforcement officials including Dale Petey and Judd Crawford. Much of the history of the Minutemen including the disappearance of Hooded Justice is still being discussed.

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