One of the biggest differences between the mythos and The CW series comes via Thea (Willa Holland), Oliver's sister. While Oliver never had a sibling in the comics, Thea's nickname, "Speedy," has a deep connection to the comics — the alter-ego of Green Arrow's longtime male sidekick, Roy Harper. Speedy was one of the first characters in comics — especially superhero — to be written as a drug addict. In the comics, after helping form the Teen Titans, Roy Harper joined a band and got addicted to heroin. Arrow nods to that when Oliver later mentions that the nickname is doubly fitting after he catches her hiding cocaine and pills. Bonus fact: Thea's name also rhymes with Mia, which was the name of the newer Speedy that Judd Winick introduced during his run on the Green Arrow comics. Mia is one of the few HIV-positive characters in comics today. All told, Thea appears to be an amalgam of Mia and Roy.
Throughout his first twenty-five years, Green Arrow was not a significant hero. In the late 1960s, however, writer Denny O'Neil chose to have him lose his fortune, giving him the then-unique role of streetwise crusader for the working class and the disadvantaged. In 1970, he was paired with the more law-and-order-oriented hero Green Lantern in a groundbreaking, socially conscious comic book series. Since then, he has been popular among comic book fans and most writers have taken an urban, gritty approach to the character. The character was killed off in the 1990s and replaced by a new character, Oliver's son Connor Hawke, the second Green Arrow; however, Hawke proved a less popular character, and the original Oliver Queen character was resurrected in the 2001 "Quiver" storyline. In the 2000s, the character has been featured in bigger storylines focusing on Green Arrow and the character Black Canary, such as the DC event The Green Arrow/Black Canary Wedding and the high-profile Justice League: Cry for Justice storyline, the climax of which sees Green Arrow becoming a morally ambiguous anti-hero.
This might be the Arrow-iest of the Green Arrow comic book covers that we’ll be posting in our countdown. The issue itself is written by Arrow’s Andrew Kreisberg & Ben Sokolowki, but beyond that, look at some of the people on the cover with Oliver: Felicity Smoak! John Diggle! Katana! Cupid! And… Batman & Lex Luthor! Good times for all.
The hooded superhero known as Green Arrow first appeared in 'More Fun Comics' #73 in 1941. The character was created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp and has been a very popular title ever since. The television series 'Arrow' has caused the character to become even more popular in recent years. Check out our Green Arrow comics, collectibles, and more below!