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Green Arrow: The First Decade

by John Wells

In the absence of any formal Golden Age Green Arrow Index, I've taken it upon myself to lay some of the foundation. What follows is a brief recap of GA and Speedy's adventures in the formative years of their career, at least as far as my collection permits. By 1948, you'll note, I was reduced almost entirely to only citing story titles (courtesy of The Grand Comics Database) and the odd detail that I was aware of. Hope you find it illuminating.

Green Arrow and Black Canary

art by S. Blank

MORE FUN COMICS # 73 (Nov., 1941) "The Case of the Namesake Murders":

Synopsis: After resolving "The Case of the Golden Mummy," Green Arrow and Speedy investigate the murders of historical namesakes in the History Club. The killer was Ezra Samson, the club's treasurer, who was embezzling funds. After GA bursts his tire with an arrow, Samson loses control of car and dies in a crash.

Villain: Ezra Samson

Special Arrows: GA shoots a line arrow between two buildings.

Home Base: An apartment in Manhattan, complete with a trophy room full of souvenirs from past cases.

Devices: The Arrowplane, actually "the fastest car on wheels" with a catapult that enables GA to be rocketed into the air like an arrow.

MORE FUN COMICS # 74 (Dec., 1941) "The Silent City":

Synopsis: Green Arrow and Speedy face a blackmailer called the Voice, equipped with a mysterious belt that blanks out all sound in the city. GA retains the belt for his trophy collection, noting thar "we may want to use the Voice's sound destroyer as a weapon against crime some day."

Villain: The Voice

Supporting Cast: The Mayor, the Police Commissioner.

Special Arrows: Arrow-line, Flare arrows

Home Base: GA's trophy room..

Devices: The Arrowplane

MORE FUN COMICS # 75 (Jan., 1942) "[Professor Merlin's Crime College]":

Synopsis: Green Arrow and Speedy upset the plan of Professor Merlin's "crime college" students car theft racket but the Professor remains a fugitive. Oliver Queen is a weekend guest of millionaire Nicholas Krimby.

Villain: Professor Merlin

Special Arrows: Arrow-line

Home Base: An apartment, with trophy room.

Devices: The Arrowplane

MORE FUN COMICS # 76 (Feb., 1942) "The Secret of the Centuries":

Synopsis: The Wizard Archers help eccentric millionaire Andrew Bowling defend himself against a group of jewel thieves dressed like monks and knights who are seeking a treasure concealed in Bowling's transplanted English castle.

Villain: Kruger, the international jewel thief.

Special Arrows: Arrow-line

Home Base: GA's trophy room.

Devices: The Arrowplane

MORE FUN COMICS # 77 (March, 1942) "Doom Over Gayland":

Synopsis: The Wonder Archers battle a quartet of costumed devils who are murdering stockholders of the Gayland amusement park. The crimson villains prove to be acrobats in the employ of the park's manager, who had learned of a large oil deposit beneath the property.

Villains: The Red Devils, Harlan Sloan

Supporting Cast: The Police Commissioner

Special Arrows: Arrow-line

Home Base: An apartment, with trophy room.

Devices: The Arrowplane

MORE FUN COMICS # 78 (April, 1942) "The Black Raider":

Synopsis: The Battling Bowmen take on the pirate crew of the Black Raider, aided by repentant cabin boy Johnny James. The ship and its crew are accidentally destroyed by their own torpedo because "GA bent the steering vanes. ... I didn't intend it to hit them." Speedy now has blonde hair.

Villain: Cap'n Kilgore and the crew of the Black Raider.

Special Arrows: Arrow-line, GA creates a make-shift flare by setting the tip of a shaft ablaze.

Home Base: An apartment, with trophy room, in "a great seaboard city."

Devices: "The Arrowcraft, swiftest boat afloat, "with a catapult seat for GA.

MORE FUN COMICS # 79 (May, 1942) "The Boomerang":

Synopsis: ???

Villains: The Boomerang

MORE FUN COMICS # 80 (June, 1942) "The Script Calls For Murder":

Synopsis: ???

MORE FUN COMICS # 81 (July, 1942) "Adventure of the Bankrupt Heroes":

Synopsis: ???

MORE FUN COMICS # 82 (August, 1942) "Robin Hood's Revenge":

Synopsis: After defeating Professor Wurm and his insanity pills, GA takes a bottle of "time pills" as a souvenir. Tempted by the pills, Speedy takes one and vanishes back to the days of Robin Hood. Deducing what his partner had done, Green Arrow takes a time pill and follows. When Robin Hood is accused of murder, GA demands that he be taken into custody while Speedy sides with the legendary archer. Robin is ultimately revealed to have been framed by Sir Guy, the hangman, just before the Wizard Archers fade back to 1942. GA's hair is blonde and Speedy's is light-red from this point on unless noted (and this may have occurred in MFC # 79-81).

Villains: Professor Wurm, Sir Guy

Guest Stars: Robin Hood, Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian

Special Arrows: Arrow-line

Home Base: An apartment, with trophy room.

MORE FUN COMICS # 83 (Sept., 1942) "The Five Arrows":

Synopsis: ???

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 7 (Fall, 1942) "Wings of Flame":

Synopsis: A costumed arsonist called the Blaze trains pigeons to carry incendiary devices to various buildings that serve as distractions to his own gang's robberies.

Villains: The Blaze

Special Arrows: Arrow-line

Home Base: An apartment, with trophy room.

Devices: The Arrowplane.

MORE FUN COMICS # 84 (Oct., 1942) "Hunting Headlines":

Synopsis: Millionaire Lamont Morgan offers to donate $50,000 to the U.S.O. if Green Arrow and Speedy "can make the headlines of every paper in the country -- without using a single arrow." Heading to the West Coast, the heroes succeed in their mission by thwarting a Japanese invasion of the mainland.

Home Base: The east coast.

Devices: The Arrowplane.

MORE FUN COMICS # 85 (Nov., 1942) "The Man Who Reclaimed His Face":

Synopsis: Hospital administrator Professor Angel forces a plastic surgeon to hideously alter the features of several men, whom he forces to commit crimes in exchange for the return of their good looks. The plastic surgeon appears to kill Green Arrow and Speedy on the operating table while secretly plotting with them to wreck the scheme. Now a fugitive, Angel demands a new face from the surgeon. When police approach the post-surgery Angel, he panics and pulls a gun only to be cut down in the crossfire. They'd initially approached him because his new face was that of J. Edgar Hoover.

Villains: Professor Angel

Special Arrows: Arrow-line

Home Base: GA's trophy room.

Devices: The Arrowplane

MORE FUN COMICS # 86 (Dec., 1942) "The Man Who Purchased Lives":

Synopsis: A shadowy demonic figure offers a group of bums a fortune and, one month later, threatens to cut off their money if they don't turn to crime. Green Arrow and Speedy attempt to infiltrate the gang but are recognized and gunned down. With the aid of a trio of grateful hobos (one of them now in medical school) , the lives of the Modern Archers are saved and the wounded heroes corner Mr. Mephisto in the woods. Accidentally trapped in quicksand, the villain is revealed to have been a bum named Dogfoot just before he goes under.

Villains: Mr. Mephisto (a.k.a. Dogfoot)

Special Arrows: Arrow-line

Home Base: GA's trophy room. New York City locale established by the presence of Grant's Tomb.

Devices: The Arrowplane

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 8 (Winter, 1942) "The Unluckiest Man In The World":

Synopsis: Frustrated by a lifetime of misfortune that was seemingly preordained by his names, James Luckless turns to crime, using his good luck charms as gimmicks in his robberies. Convinced that he'll get the electric chair for murder, Luckless consumes deadly poison only to be informed by Green Arrow that his victim only received a flesh wound.

Villains: James Luckless

Special Arrows: A makeshift arrow-line, with a plunger serving as the shaft.

Devices: The Arrowplane.

MORE FUN COMICS # 87 (Jan., 1943) "The Case of the Confident Crooks":

Synopsis: A crimeboss named Jagin arranges to silence the jailed members of his gang by arranging escapes for them that are destined to end with their deaths. Clad as convicts, the archers go to prison to stop the murders. Panicked by Green Arrow and Speedy's pursuit, Jagin runs into the path of an oncoming locomotive and dies.

Villains: Jagin

Special Arrows: Arrow-line, Arrow-rockets (a.k.a. flare arrows)

Home Base: GA's trophy room.

Devices: The Arrowplane, the Arrowlamp (a small, luminous tracking device in the shape of an arrow)

MORE FUN COMICS # 88 (Feb., 1943) "The Mystery of the Mathematical Master":

Synopsis: When a benefactor offers $50,000 to James College for a mathematics building if the school produces a matching grant, Professor Million seeks out a gang of thieves, offering to plan mathematically precise crimes that will enable him to reach his $50,000 goal. After he saves Green Arrow and Speedy's lives and his gang becomes more ruthless, Professor Million has a change of heart. Sympathetic, GA agrees not to implicate the teacher and allows him to accept the collective $50,000 reward being offered for his gang members.

Villains: Professor Million

Devices: The Arrowplane

MORE FUN COMICS # 89 (March, 1943) "The Birth of the Battling Bowmen":

Synopsis: Green Arrow and Speedy recall how orphaned Roy Harper and Indian artifact collector Oliver Queen joined forces against criminals on Lost Mesa and were inspired to become the Wizard Archers. The duo becomes independently wealthy thanks to their discovery of gold at Lost Mesa.

Supporting Cast: Roy Harper's father, Quoag (Roy's adoptive father)

Special Arrows: A make-shift arrow-line

Home Base: An apartment, with trophy room.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 9 (Spring, 1943) "Death Is The Prize":

Synopsis: Green Arrow loses his bow and arrows in a battle with St. Louis Louie's gang and answers a classified placed by the crook in order to get it back. When several Green Arrow impersonators also arrive, the group of archers must compete to prove who is the genuine article.

Villains: St. Louis Louie.

Special Arrows: Arrow-line.

Devices: The Arrowplane.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

MORE FUN COMICS # 90 (April, 1943) "Yours Truly, Doom":

Synopsis: The Master Bowmen face an extortionist called Doom, who begins destroying the mansions of his targets. Doom, clad in a hat, gas mask, cape and nothing else but swim trunks and shoes, is finally revealed as one of the homeowners, millionaire Tom Wayne, who'd hoped to sell the properties to the government, which was seeking a shipyard.

Villains: Doom (Tom Wayne)

Special Arrows: Arrow-line

MORE FUN COMICS # 91 (May, 1943) "Silks and Spice and Everything Nice":

Synopsis: Piper and Pepper and their gang set their sights on silk and spices in their latest robberies.

Villains: Peter Piper and Pickle Pepper

Home Base: GA's trophy room.

Devices: The Arrowplane

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 10 (Summer, 1943) "The Eye of Sheba":

Synopsis: Green Arrow and Speedy prevent the Big Max Gang from stealing a priceless ruby.

Villains: The Big Max Gang.

Special Arrows: Arrow-line.

Devices: The Arrowplane.

MORE FUN COMICS # 92 (July-Aug., 1943) "Legacy For Loot":

Synopsis: A thug named Cracker inherits a pile driver, steam shovel and electro-magnet, which he and his gang use to commit crimes.

Villains: Cracker

Special Arrows: Arrow-line

Devices: The Arrowplane

MORE FUN COMICS # 93 (Sept.-Oct., 1943) "The Case of the Corny Crook":

Synopsis: 19th Century safecracker Gentleman Jim Dawson is manipulated into serving as a decoy for the modern Roxy Gang. Green Arrow convince the old crook to make an honest living as a true-crime writer.

Villains: Gentleman Jim Dawson, the Roxy Gang

Supporting Cast: The Police Commissioner

Home Base: GA's trophy room.

Devices: The Arrowplane

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 11 (Fall, 1943) "The Criminal Who Reversed The Crime":

Synopsis: Green Arrow and Speedy discover that items at a murder scene, including the victim's clothing, have been turned backwards as part of an elaborate scheme to disguise the dead man's identity.

Villains: Bullets Malone, A.M. O'Keefe.

Devices: The Arrowplane.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

MORE FUN COMICS # 94 (Nov.-Dec., 1943) "Guardians of Injustice":

Synopsis: Gotham City hoodlum Honest Herman, weary of police interference, buys the small town of Edgewood, fills it with corrupt officials and terrorizes the community. When GA and Speedy pursue Herman's mob to Edgewood, they wind up being jailed themselves. As Herman's luck begins to spiral downward, he and his gang return to Gotham for a final heist only to be captured.

Villains: Honest Herman

Special Arrows: Arrow-line

Devices: The Arrowplane

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 12 (Winter, 1943) "From Acid to Arson":

Synopsis: The Brave Bowmen expose a lawyer who arranged humiliating accidents for his celebrity clients so that he could collect financial rewards in the subsequent lawsuits.

Villains: Byron Snaith.

Special Arrows: Arrow-line.

Devices: The Arrow-Car.

MORE FUN COMICS # 95 (Jan.-Feb., 1944) "Heroes Incorporated":

Synopsis: "Socialite Oliver Queen" is invited to join his fellow members of the Board of Directors in a group one of them calls "Heroes, Incorporated." The planned weekend of roughing it in the great outdoors is complicated by gold-seeking thieves in the same area who draw the attention of Green Arrow and, eventually, Speedy.

Villains: The Polton Gang

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

MORE FUN COMICS # 96 (March-April, 1944) "The Weather Prophet":

Synopsis: A hoodlum called the Timer studies meterological data so that his crimes can use inclement weather to his gang's advantage.

Villains: The Timer

Supporting Cast: The Police Chief

Special Arrows: Arrow-line

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

Devices: The Arrowplane

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 13 (Spring, 1944) "Blazing Gold":

Synopsis: In the western oil town of Lakhoma, Green Arrow and Speedy expose Colonel Manton's plot to steal several profitable oil wells.

Villains: Colonel Manton.

Special Arrows: Arrow-line.

MORE FUN COMICS # 97 (May-June, 1944) "When Archers Meet":

Synopsis: Seeking money to create scholarships, Professor Million returns to crime, opening an archery club whose members get pointers from an unwitting Green Arrow. The Wizard Archers eventually capture the rogue bowmen but the Professor escapes with the $10,000 reward for their capture and wonders if he's been given "one last chance."

Villains: Professor Million

Special Arrows: Arrow-line

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

Devices: The Arrowplane (unnamed)

MORE FUN COMICS # 98 (July-Aug., 1944) "The Fabulous Fawn":

Synopsis: After one of Speedy's arrows glances off of antiquities dealer Phinias Trippe's iron fawn statue, he discovers gold on the shaft. Green Arrow connects the incident with a series of gold robberies and deduces that Trippe and his gang are melting down the gold and molding into statues and other objects to conceal them.

Villains: Phinias Trippe

Special Arrows: Arrow-line

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home, with trophy room.

Devices: The Arrowcar

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 14 (Summer, 1944) "High Finance":

Synopsis: Green Arrow solves the mysterious theft of $500,000 worth of bonds from the second story window of a brokerage firm.

Villains: The Duke, Nitsy.

Special Arrows: Arrow-line.

Devices: The Arrowcar.

MORE FUN COMICS # 99 (Sept.-Oct., 1944) "Date With the Law":

Synopsis: GA and Speedy are manipulated into stealing a chest of diamonds for a supposed importer named Mister Whiley.

Villains: Mr. Whiley.

Special Arrows: Arrow-line

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

Devices: The Arrowcar

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 15 (Fall, 1944) "The Respectable Burglars":

Synopsis: Green Arrow and Speedy thwart Waxface, a villain with a malleable face who assumed the identities of reputable men to commit his crimes.

Villains: Waxface.

Supporting Cast: The Police Commissioner.

Special Arrows: Arrow-line.

Devices: The Arrowcar.

MORE FUN COMICS # 100 (Nov.-Dec., 1944) "The Green Arrow's Secret Past":

Synopsis: The husband and wife team of Big Gus and Mazie create a rift between Green Arrow and Speedy when the young man is duped into believing that Oliver robbed a bank as the Archer in 1925. Speedy confesses to the robbery and is jailed (despite not having been born in 1925!!) before Green Arrow learns of the conspiracy and exposes Gus and Mazie.

Villains: Big Gus, Mazie.

Supporting Cast: The Police Commissioner (behind the scenes)

Special Arrows: Arrow-line

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

MORE FUN COMICS # 101 (Jan.-Feb., 1945) "Formula For Doom":

Synopsis: After Cyrus Gage's formula for a silk substitute is stolen, Green Arrow and Speedy trail the thieves to collector Harcourt Quigg.

Villains: Harcourt Quigg.

Special Arrows: Arrow-line

Devices: The Arrowcar

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 16 (Winter, 1944) "The Secret of the Vulnerable Vault":

Synopsis: Green Arrow and Speedy connect chemist Doctor Whyle to the rheft of a fortune in gold from a seemingly impenetrable vault.

Villains: Doctor Whyle.

Special Arrows: Arrow-line.

Devices: The Arrowcar.

MORE FUN COMICS # 102 (March-April, 1945) "The Unattainable Princess":

Synopsis: Nadir Studios arranges a contest to find a new leading man to star opposite Princess Xenia in a feature film. The gauntlet of perils attracts the attention of the villainous Count Carl and an unscrupulous actornamed Derek Dane but, with Green Arrow and Speedy's supervision, actor Ken Martin wins the role.

Villains: Count Carl

Special Arrows: Arrow-line

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 17 (Spring, 1945) "The Case of the Curious Crimes":

Synopsis: An archaeologist begins stealing the treasures of Razamuma in the hope of locating the Aztec priest's treasure.

Villains: Doctor Blades.

Special Arrows: Arrow-line.

Devices: The Arrowcar.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

MORE FUN COMICS # 103 (May, 1945) "A Return Performance":

Synopsis: After learning that the father of one of his students has been wrongly accused of stealing $50,000, Professor Million reluctantly returns to crime for a third time. For his target, he chooses Powers, the bank president who, unbeknownst to him, actually stole the money. Convinced that the Professor has ascertained his guilt, Powers attempts to kill him. Green Arrow and Speedy intervene but, thanks to GA's "deliberate blindness," Professor Million returns to the relative obscurity of college again.

Villains: Professor Million, Mr. Powers.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

Devices: The Arrowcar

MORE FUN COMICS # 104 (July-Aug., 1945) "Merchant of Menace":

Synopsis: A series of explosive-laden gifts are sent to members of the parole board in the hope of intimidating them into granting an early release to a jailed politician.

Villains: Big Butch Collins (behind the scenes), Baldy

Special Arrows: Arrow-line

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's apartment.

Devices: The Arrowcar

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 18 (Summer, 1945) "Remote Control Robbery":

Synopsis: Green Arrow and Speedy solve a series of mail plane thefts.

Villains: Fats Mayhew, Poke Spellers.

Special Arrows: Arrow-line.

Devices: The Arrowcar.

MORE FUN COMICS # 105 (Sept.-Oct., 1945) "The Miracle of the Mistaken Miser":

Synopsis: Green Arrow wrings a happy ending out a gang of thieves' attempt to steal a miserly old man's gold. The miser agrees to sell one of his properties to a millionaire and, in turn, signs over the check to the young man who saved his life from the thugs and, in turn, needed money to marry the millionaire's daughter. Delighted to still possess his precious nuggests, the miser never realizes that he's hoarding fool's gold.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 19 (Fall, 1945) "Bridges For Bandits":

Synopsis: Crooks steal a model bridge to use as a makeshift plant an unwittingly draw Green Arrow and Speedy's attention to their prior jewel theft.

Villains: Rhino Raines.

MORE FUN COMICS # 106 (Nov.-Dec., 1945) "Consultant In Crime":

Synopsis: The Specialist offers his services to criminals in need of advice in planning crimes until Green Arrow, posing as a hood named Ollie the Croaker, exposes his operation.

Villains: The Specialist.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

Devices: The Arrowcar

MORE FUN COMICS # 107 (Jan.-Feb., 1946) "Million + Murder = Zero":

Synopsis: ???

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 20 (Winter, 1945) "Larceny Without Loot":

Synopsis: Thieves steal the answers to questions on a forthcoming quiz show in the hope of winning the $1,000 grand prize.

Villains: L.M. Robbins.

Special Arrows: Tracer-Arrow ("covered with phosphorescent paint.")

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

Devices: The Arrowcar.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 21 (March-April, 1946) "The Arrow of Doom":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 103 (April, 1946) "Invisible Arrows":

Synopsis: A man called Emir Bey makes a demonstration of his magicbow and its invisible arrows as a prelude to his extortion attempts against wealthy citizens. The Ace Archers eventually discover that hidden marksmen were actually causing creating the illusion of the invisible arrows.

Villains: Emir Bey.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 104 (May, 1946) "The Cat and The Mouse":

Synopsis: Green Arrow, Speedy and the police find themselves in pursuit of a gray-costumed crook named the Cat, who is ultimately unmasked as a red-headed woman.

Villains: The Cat.

Supporting Cast: The District Attorney.

Special Arrows: Arrowline.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home, including trophy room.

Devices: The Arrowcar.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 22 (May-June, 1946) "The Impossible Target":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 105 (June, 1946) "Pennants of Plunder":

Synopsis: Arrested because Green Arrow entangled him in a banner of international flags, Vinny Vogel decides to makes flags and pennants the theme of his subsequent crimes.

Villains: Vinny Vopel.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

Devices: The Arrowcar.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 106 (July, 1946) "The Stolen Statues":

Synopsis: Critically panned sculptor Martin Kruger hires criminals to hire statues created by more accepted artists.

Villains: Dandy Duffy, Martin Kruger.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 23 (July-Aug., 1946) "The Radar Runners":

Synopsis: ???

Villains: The Angler.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 107 (Aug., 1946) "Green Arrow, Junior":

Synopsis: While the Wizards of Archery pursue a rackets king named the brain, they are shadowed by a young fan named Bob Tilden, clad in his own Green Arrow costume. Though captured by the Brain's men, Bob still succeeds in alerting GA and Speedy to an ambush and is subsequently billed in a newspaper article as "Green Arrow, Junior."

Villains: The Brain.

Devices: The Arrowcar.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 108 (Sept., 1946) "Contest For Champions":

Synopsis: Weapons collector Cuthbert Payne holds "a contest to find out which is the best weapon." The Wizard Archers initially make a poor showing alongside rifles and bolos but they rally when the contestants are called upon to capture several escaped wild animals. Using specialized shafts like a boomerang arrow and a dynamite arrow, Green Arrow and Speedy win the competition.

Special Arrows: Arrowline, Boomerang Arrow, Dynamite Arrow.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 24 (Sept.-Oct., 1946) "The Arrow Meets Bull's-Eye":

Synopsis: ???

Villains: The Bull's Eye (a.k.a. Leapo)

ADVENTURE COMICS # 109 (Oct., 1946) "D-Day - Year 1066":

Synopsis: General Elmer Blunt's reenactment of the Battle of Hastings threatens to turn deadly when his nephew plots to kill him during the mock war.

Villains: Wilbur Blunt.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 110 (Nov., 1946) "Crime At the Core":

Synopsis: Young Jimmy Gunther is scheduled to have an apple shot off of his head in a William Tell commemoration, first by his archer father (whose vision is deteriorating) and then by a gangster who steals his costume. Ultimately, Green Arrow and Speedy escape a fiery trap arrange by the crooks and GA steps in to knock the apple from Jimmy's head. Jimmy's dad receives the reward, which he plans to use for eye surgery.

Villains: Thunderhead.

Special Arrows: Arrowline.

Devices: The Arrowcar.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 25 (Nov.-Dec., 1946) "The Green Error":

Synopsis: ???

Villains: The Bull's Eye

ADVENTURE COMICS # 111 (Dec., 1946) "Date With Diana":

Synopsis: In the distant past, the mage Aeus tells his protege, Diana the Huntress, of another renowned archer named Green Arrow in the far future. After Diana's magic bow is stolen, Aeus summons Green Arrow and Speedy to the past, where they help her defeat the villainous Karpo.

Villains: Karpo.

Guest Stars: Diana the Huntress.

Special Arrows: Boomerang Arrow, Flaming Arrows.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 112 (Jan., 1947) "A Guy Named Cupid":

Synopsis: Out west, Green Arrow and Speedy settle a feud between two men and pave the way for the marriage of their son and daughter.

Devices: The Arrowcar.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 26 (Jan.-Feb., 1947) "The Human Fly Crimes":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 113 (Feb., 1947) "Crime Spins the Compass":

Synopsis: The killer clown known as the Bull's-Eye steals a variety of arrows and then returns them with secret gimmicks that he uses to his advantage in his subsequent. Green Arrow and Speedy capture his gang but Bull's-Eye escapes.

Villains: The Bull's-Eye.

Special Arrows: Arrowline.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

Devices: The Arrowcar.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 114 (March, 1947) "The Strange Saga of S.K. Lark":

Synopsis: Banished from U.S. soil during World War Two for sabotage, S.K. Lark returns to America as a costumed criminal known as the Skylark and initiates a crime wave orchestrated from a dirigible. Green Arrow and Speedy finally catch him aboard an aerial Victory Garden display, noting that, among his other crimes, he set foot on the U.S. soil of the garden.

Villains: The Skylark (S.K. Lark).

Special Arrows: Arrowline.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home, with trophy room. Local newspaper is identified as the Star.

Devices: The Arrowcar.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 27 (March-April, 1947) "The Three Dooms":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 115 (April, 1947) "Larceny With Lights":

Synopsis: Mocked for his discoveries related to light, Homer Lampe uses his findings in a series of crimes. After Green Arrow and Speedy capture him, Lampe finds newfound recognition in prison, where the warden allows him to renovate the lighting system.

Villains: Homer Lampe.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 116 (May, 1947) "Live Wire Loot":

Synopsis: Appliances play a large role in the Wizard Archers' latest clash with Bull's-Eye, who is finally captured thanks to a jolt from electrified stage money.

Villains: The Bull's-Eye.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home, with trophy room.

Devices: The Arrowcar.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 28 (May-June, 1947) "Case of the Crooked Champs":

Synopsis: ???

Supporting Cast: Police Chief Weber.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 117 (June, 1947) "The Return of the Skylark":

Synopsis: The Skylark escapes from prison and sets his sights on a jeweled crown that has been split into three sections. The Crime-Fighting Bowmen thwart the scheme but Skylark uses the Arrowcar's own catapult to rocket to the safety of his dirigible.

Villains: The Skylark.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

Devices: The Arrowcar.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 118 (July, 1947) "The Weather Wizard":

Synopsis: A costumed villain called the Storm King demands money from sponsors of outdoor events after he seemingly demonstrates the ability to control the weather. The Battling Bowmen ultimately unmask him as the head of the Weather Bureau, who was altering the agency's readings to make it appear that the Storm King was changing the weather.

Villains: The Storm King (? Tiller).

Supporting Cast: Police Chief Weber.

Special Arrows: Boxing Glove Arrow, Cylinder Arrow.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home, with trophy room.

Devices: The Arrowcar, The Arrowsignal, The Arrowplane.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 29 (July-Aug., 1947) "The Ruby With the Magic Curse":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 119 (Aug., 1947) "The Round-The-World Crimes":

Synopsis: Bull's-Eye's latest crime spree revolves around locales in the city that are related to other nationalities.

Villains: The Bull's-Eye.

Special Arrows: Arrowline.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

Devices: The Arrowcar.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 120 (Sept., 1947) "The Archer From the Zodiac":

Synopsis: Inspired by the Zodiac's centaur Sagittarius, evil astrologist John Centaur becomes a murderous archer on horseback in a series of crimes that unexpectedly lead to Green Arrow being accused of murder.

Villains: John Centaur.

Supporting Cast: Police Chief Weber (behind the scenes)

Special Arrows: Flaming Arrow.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home, with trophy room.

Devices: The Arrowcar.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 30 (Sept.-Oct., 1947) "Crime Goes To Press":

Synopsis: ???

Supporting Cast: Police Chief Weber.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 121 (Oct., 1947) "The Menace of the Crimson Arrows":

Synopsis: In what Green Arrow would later describe as "the biggest day of our lives," extortionists threaten to fire arrow-styled red missiles into the city if their demands are not met. Trailing the villains to their mountainous lair, Green Arrow is imprisoned and Speedy is strapped to a missile that is fired towards a heavily-populated target. GA manages to alter the missile's trajectory but it still detonates and, in a state of shock, he tears into the villains with his fists. Speedy personally defeats the final terrorist, revealing that an earlier supposedly unsuccessful shot by Green Arrow had enabled him to cut his bonds and escape.

Special Arrows: Arrowline.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

Devices: The Arrowplane.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 122 (Nov., 1947) "King of Danger Channel":

Synopsis: The Battling Bowman battle the Turtle and his channel pirates, who operate out of a glass caisson beneath the water.

Villains: The Turtle.

Supporting Cast: Police Chief Weber.

Special Arrows: Boomerang Arrow.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home, with trophy room.

Devices: The Arrowcar, The Arrowsignal.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 31 (Nov.-Dec., 1947) "The Who Zoo Crimes":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 123 (Dec., 1947) "The Man Behind the Mask":

Synopsis: After more than a dozen suspicious deaths, Green Arrow and Speedy seek out the killer, a hitman known only as the Mask. As the villain flees the Battling Bowmen, he is electrocuted on the subway's third rail and posthumously revealed as a fugitive who'd been destined for the electric chair.

Villains: The Mask.

Supporting Cast: Police Chief Weber.

Special Arrows: Arrowline.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

Devices: The Arrowcar, The Arrowsignal.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 124 (Jan., 1948) "A Black Eye For Bull's-Eye":

Synopsis: Noting that he is a Taurus and that "eyes are linked with (his) destiny," Bull's-Eye embarks on a series of optical crimes.

Villains: Bull's-Eye.

Special Arrows: Arrowline, Matador Arrow, Eyeball Arrow.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home, with trophy room.

Devices: The Arrowcar.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 32 (Jan.-Feb., 1948) "The Case of the Camera Crimes":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 125 (Feb., 1948) "The Case of the Good Luck Crooks":

Synopsis: After a media blitz about the good fortune of a prize show contestant named "Lucky" Lucius, a gang of thieves abducts the man in the hope that some of his luck will spill over on them. Though the man's supposed good fortune is said to have been a publicity stunt, Green Arrow and Speedy remain baffled by several unexplained occurrences during the adventure.

Supporting Cast: Police Chief Weber.

Special Arrows: Arrowline, Boomerang Arrow.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

Devices: The Arrowcar, The Arrowsignal.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 126 (March, 1948) "The Master Arrow":

Synopsis: The museum requests on of Green Arrow's shafts for its collection, suggesting the one that was "the greatest help" to him. After recalling earlier clashes with Bull's-Eye and the Mask, Speedy recalls the mission during World War Two in which they stopped Nazis from smuggling a microfilm of stolen plans by simultaneously striking it from two angles to create what they'd later call a "V For Victory Arrow."

Villains: Bull's-Eye, The Mask.

Supporting Cast: Police Chief Weber (behind the scenes)

Special Arrows: Boomerang Arrow, Incendiary Arrow, Siren Arrow, Boxing Glove Arrow, "V For Victory" Arrow.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home.

Devices: The Arrowcar, The Arrowplane.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 33 (March-April, 1948) "The Archer From Sherwood Forest":

Synopsis: ???

Supporting Cast: Police Chief Weber.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 127 (April, 1948) "Moccasin Foot's Strange Treasure":

Synopsis: A paper said to reveal the location of an Indian treasure triggers a gang war and passes from hand to hand before Green Arrow and Speedy become involved. The "treasure" eventually proves to be relatively worthless beads.

Villains: Tattoo.

Special Arrows: Boomerang Arrow, Teargas Arrow.

Home Base: Oliver and Roy's home, with "secret basement gym."

Devices: The Arrowcar.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 128 (May, 1948) "The Man of a Thousand Flags":

Synopsis: ???

Villains: The Flag

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 34 (May-June, 1948) "The Robot-Master Crimes":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 129 (June, 1948) "The Boy Detective":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 130 (July, 1948) "The Archer of Triumph":

Synopsis: ???

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 35 (July-Aug., 1948) "The Bow Fails Green Arrow":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 131 (Aug., 1948) "Target For Tonight":

Synopsis: ???

Villains: Bull's-Eye.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 132 (Sept., 1948) "The Impossible Alibi":

Synopsis: ???

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 36 (Sept.-Oct., 1948) "Crime For A Hobby":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 133 (Oct., 1948) "The Red, White and Blue Arrow":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 134 (Nov., 1948) "The Banner of the Skull and Bones":

Synopsis: ???

Supporting Cast: Police Chief Weber.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 37 (Nov.-Dec., 1948) "Green Arrow, Criminal At Large":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 135 (Dec., 1948) "The Crime Wave of The Flag":

Synopsis: ???

Villains: The Flag

ADVENTURE COMICS # 136 (Jan., 1949) "Crimes of The Ghost":

Synopsis: ???

Villains: The Ghost

Supporting Cast: Police Chief Weber.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 38 (Jan.-Feb., 1948) "The Unfinished Crimes":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 137 (Feb., 1949) "Unhappy Birthday To You":

Synopsis: ???

Villains: Bull's-Eye.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 138 (March, 1949) "Laugh, Crime, Laugh":

Synopsis: ???

Villains: Bull's-Eye.

Supporting Cast: Police Chief Weber.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 39 (March-April, 1949) "Hall of Infamy":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 139 (April, 1949) "Reign of the Reptiles":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 140 (May, 1949) "Untold Arrow Tales":

Synopsis: ???

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 40 (May-June, 1949) "A Day In the Life of Robin Hood":

Synopsis: ???

Guest Stars: Robin Hood, Little John

ADVENTURE COMICS # 141 (June, 1949) "The Case of the Insect Zoo":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 142 (July, 1949) "The Invisible Arrows":

Synopsis: ???

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 41 (July-Aug., 1949) "Collector of Humans":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 143 (Aug., 1949) "The Arrow Raiders Strike":

Synopsis: ???

Villains: The Black Arrow.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 144 (Sept., 1949) "King of Counterfeits":

Synopsis: ???

Villains: The Phoney Crook.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 42 (Sept.-Oct., 1949) "The Unknown Adventure":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 145 (Oct., 1949) "The Diary of a Desperado":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 146 (Nov., 1949) "The Red Archer":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 147 (Dec., 1949) "The Bangs That Boomerang":

Synopsis: ???

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 43 (Dec.-Jan., 1949-1950) "The Green Arrow Duels The Blue Lancer":

Synopsis: ???

Villains: The Blue Lancer.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 148 (Jan., 1950) "The Strange Defenders of Montespan Castle":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 149 (Feb., 1950) "The Battle of the Bows":

Synopsis: ???

Villains: Beau Brummel.

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 44 (Feb.-March, 1950) "The Secret of Thunder Mountain":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 150 (March, 1950) "The Green Arrow Contest":

Synopsis: ???

Villains: The Flying Aces.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 151 (April, 1950) "A Brother For Speedy":

Synopsis: ???

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 45 (April-May, 1950) "The Switchman of Crime":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 151 (May, 1950) "The Amazing Jungle of Robot Menace":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 153 (June, 1950) "The Rogues' Rembrandt":

Synopsis: ???

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 46 (June-July, 1950) "Sir Oliver Queen of Dornee Castle":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 154 (July, 1950) "The Masked Bowman of Canyon County":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 155 (Aug., 1950) "Proving Ground of Peril":

Synopsis: ???

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 47 (Aug.-Sept., 1950) "The Case of the Innocent Crooks":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 156 (Sept., 1950) "The Secret of the Sealed Box":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 157 (Oct., 1950) "The Secret of the Masked Archers":

Synopsis: ???

Guest Stars: The Masked Archers (The Earl of Charleville and Armond)

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 48 (Oct.-Nov., 1950) "The Fatal Arrow":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 158 (Nov., 1950) "The Book of Doom":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 159 (Dec., 1950) "The Boy Who Couldn't Be Photographed":

Synopsis: ???

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 49 (Dec.-Jan., 1950-1951) "The City Without a Jail":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 160 (Jan., 1951) "100 Ways To Shoot an Arrow":

Synopsis: ???

Villains: The Moles.

ADVENTURE COMICS # 161 (Feb., 1951) "Green Arrow -- Hero or Villain ?":

Synopsis: ???

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 50 (Feb.-March, 1951) "The Sightless Archer":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 162 (March, 1951) "The Third Archer":

Synopsis: ???

Guest Stars: The Third Archer (Andre Reynard).

ADVENTURE COMICS # 163 (April, 1951) "Sheriff Green Arrow":

Synopsis: ???

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 51 (April-May, 1951) "The Hunter of Humans":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 164 (May, 1951) "Speedy Meets the Bolt":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 165 (June, 1951) "Archers Without Arrows":

Synopsis: ???

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 52 (June-July, 1951) "A Sword, A Rifle, and A Bow":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 166 (July, 1951) "The Iron Archer":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 167 (Aug., 1951) "The Girl Archer":

Synopsis: ???

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 53 (Aug.-Sept., 1951) "The Master of 1000 Duels":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 168 (Sept., 1951) "The Arrow That Crossed a Continent":

Synopsis: ???

ADVENTURE COMICS # 169 (Oct., 1951) "The Amazing Arrow Medal":

Synopsis: ???

WORLD'S FINEST COMICS # 54 (Oct.-Nov., 1951) "The Man Who Hated Green Arrow":

Synopsis: ???

John "Mikishawm" Wells, the pride of Batavia, Iowa, is a lifelong comics fan, working his way forward from Disneys in 1969 to newspaper strips in 1973 to SHAZAM! and the rest of the DC Universe in 1974. During the 1980s, he began compiling a lists of DC character appearances, a massive database that he's tapped into when writing articles for publications such as the DC Index series, Amazing Heroes, The Comics Buyer’s Guide, Comic Effect, Comic Book Marketplace, It’s A Fanzine, The O‘Neil Observer and, of course, Fanzing. He is Kurt Busiek's unofficial reference guide, as the keen-eyed may have noticed in Power Company #2.

 
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