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Capes On the Couch - Where Comics Get Counseling

Dec 4, 2019

We continue the run on archers and focus on OLIVER QUEEN, the Green Arrow! How did he go from "Batman with a bow" to danger-seeking social justice warrior? Listen in and find out!


  • Intro

  • Background (4:15)

    • Created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp in More Fun Comics #73 (Nov. 1941)

    • Created as modern day Robin Hood but a business owner

    • Spent first 25 years as basically Batman with a bow & arrow – this includes a ward, Roy Harper, aka Speedy

    • In 1969, started hanging out with Green Lantern and got “woke” before woke was a thing

    • Speedy gets addicted to heroin and Ollie kicks him out

    • Falls in love with Black Canary (Dinah Lance) – it’s on-again/off-again for several years

    • Revealed to have a son, Connor Hawke, from a previous relationship, who takes up Green Arrow mantle after Ollie sacrifices himself to save Metropolis

    • Revived in 2003 by Kevin Smith and works under the radar for a while before returning to the Green Arrow name

    • Later becomes Mayor of Star City, but resigns because he can’t stop being Arrow in the meantime

    • Marries Dinah and they work together with the Justice League

    • New 52 – same basic beginning, but no romantic history with Dinah, and Roy was never his ward

    • Rebirth – reintroduces social justice into the character

  • Issues (8:29)

    • Affinity for dangerous women – Dinah, Shado, Sandra Hawke

    • Cavalier attitude towards serious problems (16:00)

    • Focus on societal problems at expense of personal relationships (24:00)

  • Break

  • Treatment (34:56)

    • In-universe

    • Out of universe (37:32)

  • Skit

  • Ending


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