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Real Name
Byron Lewis
First Appearance
Watchmen #1 (August, 1986) [In prose material and in pictures], Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1 (August, 2013) [full appearance]
Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
Team Affliation
Base of Operations
New York City
Skills and Abilities
Fighting Skill
Tools and Weapons

Mothman (Byron Lewis) is a minor character from the comic book Watchmen, specifically the "Under the Hood" segments, as well has having a more central role in the Before Watchmen comics.


A self-made millionaire inspired by the appearance of the first vigilante Hooded Justice, Byron Lewis decided to add some excitement to his life by become the gliding superhero Mothman.



Not much has been revealed about Byron Lewis' youth and rise to power. It is known that he was a self-made millionaire from Conneticut, having made money patenting inventions designed for the aviation industry. Feeling bored with his life and inspired by the tales of the vigilante Hooded Justice, Byron used his resources to create a portable glider that allowed him to float above the city as a superhero named Mothman. Byron enjoyed this life but the nature of both the lifestyle and the nature of his costume glider, Byron was under tremendous pressure to keep in great condition to maintain his crime-fighting lifestyle. This lead to Byron becoming addicted to a number of drugs including aspirin, liniment, and morphine, and eventually became an alcoholic.

Latter Days[]

During World War II, both he and Hollis Mason (the Nite Owl) attempted to enlist, but both of them were classified as 4F and therefore were unfit for service. He then became a conscientious objector during this time and served as a medical aide.  Lewis would also make appearances for another hero, Dollar Bill, who would give public "pep talks" to children, though he would later be replaced by Nite Owl as Byron Lewis would be unavailable.  In 1946, Lewis purchased an abandoned machine shop and converted the massive basement into a workshop, where he worked to improve the flying capabilities on his Mothman costume.