Quote1 I've got amazing fighting skills, serious muscle, incredibly sophisticated weapons, body armor, and a helmet that can probably withstand a nuclear holocaust. Guts are practically overkill... but I got those too. Quote2
-- Hawk-Owl


Growing up a son of privilege, nothing seemed to phase Jack Danner; including the death of his brother in a gardening accident or losing his parents due to his father's drunken driving (though some believed they were murdered). Orphaned, Danner lived at a Catholic orphanage until his aunt returned from Europe to assume custody of the boy and his best friend Daniel Tolliver. Returning to the manor of his youth Danner and Tolliver ran wild until his overwhelmed aunt granted permission to the groundskeeper, Kwi Chi, to teach the boys discipline. Studying the martial arts alongside Chi's son, Lee Chi, Danner matured into a responsible man. Inseparable, the three young men were unstoppable in martial arts tournaments. One night, Jack saw a hawk attack an owl and stepped in to defend it, injuring himself in the process. Kwi said that he was now gifted and cursed, that he became the hawk and owl. Eventually Jack, James, and Lee joined the military and attended college together. Traveling the world to learn from the greatest martial artists, Danner eventually returned to Chicago. When reading about how bad crime had become in Chicago, he decided to use his skills to battle crime as the vigilante Hawk-Owl.

Sidekicks & Superheroes

Jack Danner (Earth-1610) from Ultimate Adventures Vol 1 1 001
Some time after becoming Hawk-Owl, Jack decided he needed a sidekick. He returned to the orphanage he lived at to select one. There he met Hank Kipple. Though brash, assertive, and obnoxious, Jack adopted him anyway. After his first day of school, Hank saw the flying car pass him again and found "the Nest", Hawk-Owl's secret lair. After finding out Jack is Hawk-Owl, Hank was chosen to be his sidekick. Eventually Jack was approached by the Ultimates to join their team. In the process, he managed to insult most of the team and fought with Captain America. Jack declined their offer, saying that his fight was in Chicago.

Enter: Woody

When Principal Morgan Jones lost his mind and attacked Hayman Street High School, Jack donned his costume and headed out to fight him. He was overpowered by the Principal and Miss Willow. The battle left him in a coma, but he awoke from it in time to save Hank and Tolliver. After defeating the principal, Hank decided to become his sidekick Woody. Their first act together was stopping a mugging outside of a movie theater.


No superhuman powers.


Master Martial Artist: Danner is exceptional skilled in hand-to-hand combat. Claiming that he is one of the top experts in the field, this has been somewhat proven by being able to spar equally with Captain America, a known martial arts master.

Skilled Detective: Danner is a good detective with broad knowledge and understanding of the criminal underworld. This has been proven by finding a six month old kidnapped baby that had been missing or weeks and finding a two-hundred million dollar crack distribution plant.

Expert Marksman: He is an exceptional marksman who is depicted as being ambidextrous in this respect. He is skilled in projectile and knife throwing.

Weapons Master: Danner is adept with nearly every weapon ever invented ranging from swords, sticks, chains, projectiles.

Demolitions Expert: He also received U.S. Navy SEAL training.

Expert Tactician: Hawk-Owl has single-handedly stopped four burglaries, two liquor store holdups, seven muggings, and one political kidnapping in one night without a scratch. It is his military training and his attention to detail that allows him to achieve this.


Jack Danner is a normal human being with all the frailties of one.


Hawk-Owl Costume: Kevlar armored combat uniform and a reinforced helmet equipped with night vision goggles.

Utility Belt: Composed of a leather strap and a solid steel buckle, the utility belt houses ten cylinder cartridges, each of them containing various tools.


Hawk-Owl Car: Hovercraft capable of short-distance travel.


Throwing discs, smoke bombs, bolas.

Hawk-Owl is a pastiche of DC Comics' Batman.

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