Real Name: Oliver Queen
First Appearance: More Fun Comics #73 (November, 1941)
Powers: Master Archer
Affiliation: Justice League of America, Outsiders
Love Interests: Black Canary
Enemies: Count Vertigo, Merlin, Deathstroke
Did You Know: The original Green Arrow was a baby face and it wasn’t until Neal Adams took over that he would get his trademark beard.
A Little History
Wait a second! Where is Friar Tuck? Little John? Maid Marian?
The Green Arrow was introduced in More Fun Comic #73, which conveniently was the exact same comic that introduced Aquaman. Right away, Green Arrow was hit with comic fans. What’s not to like? He was based on a classic story, came along much earlier than Hawkeye and didn’t wear a goofy purple outfit.
Oliver Queen was an orphan and playboy (not the kind that works with Hef) millionaire, who, while travelling the world, fell from his yacht. Luckily for him, he was able to safely make it to Gilligan’s Island.
Using his smarts, he crafted a bow and arrow from wood, stone, and nearby vines. He quickly became an expert with his bow and would learn to make trick arrows. These arrows included a Net Arrow to catch fish and a Drill Arrow, fashioned from Stone, Vines, Wood and the Elastic from his Socks (I’m not making this up) to get into coconuts.
Finally, realizing that the fish might know his secret identity, he made a green outfit out of the tree leaves.
After months of isolation and suddenly without Wilson, he saw a ship that had docked at his island. Upon closer inspection, he noticed that a mutiny threatened the lives of its crew and took it upon himself to save them. He proceeded to smear anchor grease around his eyes (as a mask) and then, using his special arrows, saved the crew. As repayment for his efforts, the crew took him back to the mainland where he devoted his life to serving society as the Green Arrow.
In 2006, this story slightly changed. While still ending up on the island, he found that he shared his island with some drug lords. To stop them, he crafted a bow from a generator. From there he took their ship and used it to return home.
Once home, he used his resources to create trick arrows and vehicles to fight crime. Eventually, he would find out that his company, Queen Industries, manufactured weapons. This caused him to give up his fortune and take to the street life to protect the working class.
- Travels the world
- Falls from yacht
- Ends up on Gilligan’s Island
- Makes bow and arrow and a snazzy costume
- Makes trick arrows
- Sees a ship
- Saves crew from mutiny
- Returns home
- Notices that he runs a horrible company
- Lives life on the street