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Dashing and debonair as any Hollywood swashbuckling hero, The Green Arrow has enjoyed a long and illustrious run in the DC Universe. Created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, he has endured to this day. According to Wikipedia:
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"Green Arrow is an archer, who invents trick arrows with various special functions, such as a glue arrow, a net arrow, explosive arrow, time bomb arrow, grappling arrow, fire extinguishing arrow, flash arrow, tear gas arrow, cryonic arrow, a boxing-glove arrow, and even a kryptonite arrow."

Aside from the obvious allusions to Robin Hood, the Green Arrow character itself was inspired by a few different sources, including Edgar Wallace's novel The Green Archer (and the 1940 Columbia Pictures serial of the


More Fun Comics #78 / Apr '42
Cover Art by Paul Norris
same name based on the novel), and Fawcett Publications' earlier archery-themed hero Golden Arrow. Green Arrow's Arrowcar was yellow in color and shaped reminiscent of the land speed record-holder from 1929, the British Golden Arrow. The name Oliver Queen likely alluded to Ellery Queen, a popular fictional detective (and mystery writer) of the time.
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Green Arrow was also created as an archery-themed version of the earlier character Batman, as several similarities between the two characters can be spotted, especially in Green Arrow's earlier incarnation: Green Arrow had a teen-aged sidekick named Speedy just as Batman had Robin; Green Arrow and Batman were/are both billionaire playboys in their secret identities; Green Arrow had an Arrowcar and an Arrowplane similar to Batman's Batmobile and Batplane; Green Arrow had the Arrowcave while Batman had the Batcave; Green Arrow was summoned by the Arrow-signal, just as Batman is summoned to police headquarters by the Bat-signal; in the Golden Age stories, Green Arrow had a clown-like arch-foe named Bull's-Eye who was a thinly-disguised version of Batman's arch-foe, the Joker. Some of these similarities have been explained in-continuity as inspired by a meeting between Green Arrow and Batman in their early careers, after which Green Arrow looked toward Batman as an inspiration (which has been parodied in the story arc "Quiver," when Batman asks whether Ollie ever had "an original idea in his life")
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The model I've designed is patterned directly from the cover above featuring one of Green Arrow's early appearances.. If you build it, please send a pic or two, and and have fun building this adventurous archer!

Happy Modeling!!
The Professor.

 

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