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Black Owl (1)

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The Black Owl (1)
Prize 10
Prize Comics #10

Real Name

Doug Danville

First Appearance

(as K the Unknown) Prize Comics #1 (Mar 1940); (as the Black Owl) Prize Comics #2 (Apr 1940)

Original Publisher

Prize Comics

Created by

Robert Turner & Pete Riss

Golden Age Origin


Doug Danville as K the Unknown.

Doug Danville, a wealthy New York playboy who decided to fight crime. He put on a costume and began his career as K the Unknown. He later changed his costume and adopted the moniker of the Black Owl. Sometime after he gave up the K the Unknown identity, Doug got involved with Terry Dane, a private investigator, True to tradition, she admired the Black Owl and belittled Doug Danville for being useless. He continued fighting criminals in this guise until he enlists in the Army and handed down his costume to Walt Walters, the father of Yank and Doodle.

His enemies included Chief Skullface, the Fox, Frankenstein, Funnibone, the Green Mummy, the Tiger Lady, the Laughing Head and the Terrible Midge, among others.

Black Owl - V1

Original Black Owl costume

Golden Age Appearances

  • (as K the Unknown) Prize Comics #1
  • (as the Black Owl) Prize Comics #2-33


The Black Owl feature was briefly worked on by the superstar team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, with Kirby designing the Black Owl costume in Prize Comics #7.

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