Action Comics vol.1 #53 – Cover date October 1942
The Class of 1942 has no member more dedicated to the archetypal super-villainous behavior of “committing to your theme” than THE NIGHT OWL, a gangly, bald-headed figure in coke-bottle glasses who commands his criminal empire crouched on a swinging perch. His weapons – the ability to plunge even the sunniest day into abject blackness, and the freedom to move confidently through it by dint of his specially treated goggles. He also commands trained attack owls. There was certainly still steam in the concept – perhaps The Night Owl could have returned with owl-like talons instead of hands, sort of some robot owls, owl-themed henchmen – you know, the usual. Too bad he never made it past this first appearance.
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