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Character Template Character Template
Real Name
Current Alias

Identity

Alignment

Affiliation
former partner of Speedy; former member of the All-Star Squadron; former member of the Seven Soldiers of Victory of Earth-Two; former reserve member of Justice Society of America of Earth-Two

Relatives
Former legal guardian of Roy Harper when Harper was a minor

Universe

Base Of Operations
Star City, later New York City of Earth-Two

Characteristics
Gender

Height
6' 1"

Weight
180

Eyes

Hair

Unusual Features
None

Status
Citizenship

Marital Status

Occupation
None

Origin
Origin
Noted Indian historian Oliver Queen sought to rebuild his vast and prized Indian relic collection from theives and in the process took up his bow for the first time against evil doers. Deciding to continue on -- as noting the actions of then emerging hero Batman of Earth-Two -- Queen became the master archer known as the Green Arrow for the rest of his life.

Place of Birth
United States

Place of Death
Chicago


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History

In the now destroyed dimensional reality known as the Pre-Crisis Earth-Two, Oliver Queen was born to an average family in the western United States soon after World War I. Living alongside native Indians on reservation land, Queen began a life-long appreciation of the tribal lifestyle of the native Indians, even developing a proficiency with archery. Queen had spent his lifetime becoming an expert on American Indian culture and lore which resulted in Queen amassed a large collection of artifacts and relics of the Native Americans which he would lend out to various museums, which afforded him a large personal fortune.

It would be in the initial loss of his collection that would cause Queen to become Green Arrow, as Queen had clumsily prevented a robbery attempt of the bulk of his collection of Indian artifacts which caused a fire that burned everything.

Queen was inspired by one of his friends to restart again by exploring supposed Indian remains at Lost Mesa, which is supposed to be a "hidden gold mine" of artifacts. After piloting his own plane to this so-called Lost Mesa, Queen was ambushed by the criminal from the earlier Museum robbery as they were seeking to recoup their losses. Forcing Queen, alongside of the earlier trapped Harper into a cave and corning them Queen and Harper both armed themselves with bow and arrow and discovered a rear exit out of the cave. Upon the way out they stumble on a hidden gold mine recapturing Queen's fortune and the basis for their later costumed careers. It was during this fight with the Indian artifact stealing criminals, Harper quickly weaves back and forth from the cave causing one of the criminals to comment "Boy, that kid is really speedy!" and later another one of the gang warns off his cohorts with the statement "Watch out for the big guy! He shoots a mean green arrow! " These names would obviously be adapted by Queen and Harper in their costumed identities.

Earth-Two Queen and Harper being named in their first adventure together (More Fun #89)

After successfully fending off the criminal (who are accidently crushed to death by a massive Indian idol top falling onto them which Queen comments as just punishment for them killing Harper's Indian man-servant Quoag) Queen takes the now family lost Harper home with him as his new ward. Neither Queen nor Harper would not find out that he had surviving family until much later, namely his uncle, police officer James "Jim" Harper who was the World War II hero known as the Guardian.

Queen, as Green Arrow, would be later inducted into the US Government sponsored All-Star Squadron as was all so-called "mystery men". Both Queen and Harper would serve as occasional members in the ranks of the All-Star during World War II.

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1950s onwards

After World War II and the disbanding of the All-Star Squadron, Queen and Harper were invited to join the reformed Justice Society of American thought in a reserve capacity. Though reserve members of the Justice Society, Queen and Speedy both preferred to join the mostly non-superpowered Seven Soldiers of Victory, which they both remained active members of, despite the legal banning of most of the masked heroes of Earth-Two by the United States' House of Un-American Activities Commission (H.U.A.C.). Though many of Queens's and Harper's costumed battles were not as elaborate as the few remaining active costumed heroes of Earth-Two, Queen and and his now adult partner continued on in their costumed identities until Queen and Harper and the other Seven Soldier members where all kidnapped and dispersed throughout time by the Nebula, then known as the Iron Hand (as shown in Justice League of America Vol 1 #100-102).

With the defeat of Nebula (Iron Hand) Queen and the other Seven Soldier members were then returned to the then-current time. While Queen had aged well as an active combatant -- who was now considered the inspiration for Robin Hood who he had temporarily replaced for a time while he was in 12th century England -- there was no doubt that Queen was now an older man in a world that had caught up to his trick arrows and non-lethal combat techniques. Most of the other Seven Soldiers had decided to retire from active combat upon being brought back to the then-current time, though Queen continued on for a period of time and was seen on occasion as an active member of the Earth-Two Justice Society though usually not as a featured member of the team as during the later Batman/Per Degaton adventure.

Later Life and Death

Despite being in his 70s, the elder Queen rose up to fight against the Anti-Monitor at the battle at the "Dawn of Time" and survived the reformat and elimination that several other duplicate heroes did not, including his younger partner, the Earth-Two Speedy. Seeing that the Anti-Monitor was releasing his murderous Thunderers to randomly attack and kill people on the resulting single Earth, Queen once again rose up as Green Arrow. But despite Queen's best efforts, Queen's advanced age proved to be his downfall as he was no longer swift enough to avoid the Anti-Monitor's Thunderers' attacks and was killed in that first battle on New Earth.

The Earth-Two Green Arrow's death reported along with his surviving original Earth-Two allies' injuries

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Queen had no known superhuman powers or abilities though a far beyond average concenetration and eye hand coordination which accounted for his almost perfect archery skill and markmanship in many weapon usage.

Abilities

Queen had no known superhuman powers or abilities though a far beyond average concenetration and eye hand coordination which accounted for his almost perfect archery skill and markmanship in many weapon usage

Strength level

Queen had above average strength during his prime. His strength level decreased as he aged.

Weaknesses

Queen had all of the normal weaknesses of most human males (will fail from oxygen deprevation, lack of food and sleep, etc.) though has obviously higher than average tolerances during his prime

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Many exotic devices that he would usually carry and have formed into his array of trick and speciality arrows

Transportation

Arrowmobile and Arrowcopter among others

Weapons

Many speciality arrows and bows along with other speciality weapons many which were based on Native American warriors such as knives and staffs though Queen almost always preferred his arrows and bows as the primary weapons

Notes

  • This version of Oliver Queen (Earth-Two), including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the Multiverse in the 1985-86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series and is now considered apocryphal.

Originally Indian warrior, not Robin Hood wannabe

Original Indian inspired origin of Green Arrow that was later abandoned for controversary (More Fun #89)

As recounted in More Fun #89 "The Birth of the Battling Bowmen" unlike most of the later origins of the Green Arrow, the original Golden Age (and later Earth-Two) origin of Oliver Queen was written as being interested and focused on Native Americans as the source of his heroic inspiration and archery usage rather than the later more popular Robin Hood. The warrior indian was noted to be the basis of his original archery and climbing training which took place on a western USA cowboy mesa rather than the remote deserted island of drug runners of the later origin stories of Queen as Green Arrow. Though Roy Harper, in both the Golden Age and later incarnations, maintained Harper's original focus on being of Native American background and influence, though with far less stereotypes such as Harper's original Native American man-servant Quoag as shown in More Fun #89.

The original Indian basis would be changed as co-creator Weisinger later stated the Green Arrow character was indeed meant to be a play on Robin Hood despite the original origin of More Fun #89 as recounted in later revisions of Green Arrow's origin in "SECRET ORIGINS OF THE DC SUPERHEROES" (1976) by his declaration of

"My Green Arrow was a streamlined Robin Hood -- a law-abiding Robin Hood. Then I added props -- the Arrowmobile, for one, and I got into the business of creating new kinds of arrows."

Trivia

Queen was occasionally depicted with brown hair

See Also

Recommended Reading

Links and References

Footnotes


This article uses material from the "Oliver Queen (Earth-Two)" article on the DC Comics wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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