When millionaire Oliver Queen fell overboard from a yacht, he was washed up on a deserted island where he was forced to learn how to hunt with a bow and arrow in order to survive. He eventually escaped from the island by overpowering some drug smugglers and handing them over to the authorities. Changed by his experiences, he decided to give something back to society, in as exciting a way as possible - becoming a crime-fighter, using his archery skills for good.
With a nickname coined by the press, Green Arrow and his sidekick Speedy made it their mission to protect Star City. He took his cue from Batman and built his own "Arrow Cave," complete with an "Arrow Car" and allegedly a yellow submarine. He and Speedy fought with trick arrows that were designed to be non-lethal. Green Arrow joined the Justice League of America and soon fell in love with member Black Canary (even though he was almost twice her age). Unbeknownst to the rest of the League members, in the early days Queen was one of the major financial backers of the team. He was also the only one that objected when the team relocated to a space station in orbit, feeling that they were too far removed from the people they were meant to protect. In the ensuing year after losing his fortune, Ollie traveled the country with Green Lantern Hal Jordan while his left-behind ward dabbled with drugs that caused the two to go their separate ways.
While Ollie was on the team and they were located in their Sattelite base, the events alluded to in Identity Crisis transpired, although he eventually left the team during this era following the example of Black Lightning, who turned down membership to the group due to similar concerns.
After being together for years, Ollie and Dinah relocated to Seattle and opened a floral shop. Ollie, about to turn 43, was having a bit of a midlife crisis. He wanted her to marry him and to have children, citing that Roy was "not technically" his son, nor was Lian technically his granddaughter, but Dinah objected, citing their career as superheroes as being too dangerous to go to that level. Dinah's warning would become a premonition when she was kidnapped and brutally tortured by sadistic criminal not long after their arrival (Dinah had been investigating drug trafficking undercover when she was found out). When Arrow found her tied up and brutally tortured, his rage led him to shoot the killer--only the second person Ollie had ever killed, and the first under these circumstances. Dinah's injuries were extensive--she lost her "canary cry" and was subsequently found to be unable to bear children. This marked a major turning point in Ollie's life.
Green Arrow patrolled the streets of Seattle, no longer using the trick arrows for which he was so famed, but resorting to normal bodkin and arrowheaded ones. He tried not to kill when he could help it. Early on, he met a Ninja assassin named Shado. When Ollie was injured and being cared for by Shado, she proceeded to rape him while he was unconscious, conceiving a son she would name Robert. When Ollie found out about the son, Shado made it clear that he would have nothing to do with the child. It also caused a rift between Ollie and Dinah, since she despaired at not being able to give Ollie the one thing he had always truly wanted (not withstanding Roy and Liam).
After many adventures around the globe, Ollie and Dinah began to grow more distant, resulting in her breaking up with him after she caught him kissing their assistant.
With the depature of Mike Grell, Green Arrow was brought back more in line with traditional DC superheroes (although he still used real arrows, not trick ones). Ollie traveled for some time, running into Huntress, Catwoman, and even Deathstroke before being called to act for Zero Hour. Ollie refused to believe that Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), his oldest and closest friend, had indeed become the murderous Parallax. Ollie initially refused to fight against Hal, until the full depth of the former Green Lantern's madness became all too clear. In the final battle, Ollie shot Hal in the chest, being the crucial attack that stopped Parallax and saved the universe. Ollie was distraught, however, at the thought of having killed one of his best friends.
Coping with his loss, Ollie withdrew to an ashram where he had spent some time earlier in life. There he met Connor Hawke, a young man who was also a skilled archer, and who would soon turn out to be Ollie's illegitimate son from a romance that predated his relationship with Black Canary (Ollie didn't know for sure that it was his son until Hal Jordan turned up, still crazy, but attempting to reconcile with Ollie). Connor joined his father and left the ashram for more adventures. On one such case, while stopping a militant group called the Eden Corps from leveling Metropolis, Oliver Queen was killed in an airplane explosion that even Superman failed to prevent. After Queen's death, Connor Hawke, the son whom he had barely known, picked up the bow and continued the good fight as the second Green Arrow.
This wasn't Oliver's end, however, as Hal Jordan (during his time as Parallax) returned to save the earth during the Final Night and used his godlike powers to bring his old friend back from the dead. Unfortunately, the reanimated hero was an empty vessel with no soul, whose memories were replicated from his earlier days when he had a stronger liberal conscience. Ollie's more experienced soul remained in a Heaven-like place for a time, until it was reunited with his body in order to defeat an evil warlock named Stanley Dover. Now, the original Green Arrow was back in action with a rare second chance at life to make up for previous mistakes with his loved ones, all while renewing his vows to be a defender of the downtrodden.
With the death of Stanley Dover, Ollie inherited Dover's estate. He renovated it, and established it as the Star City Youth Center. During this time, Ollie rescued fifteen-year-old Mia Dearden from a life of drugs and prostitution. He took her into his confidence, and into his home. Mia developed a crush on Oliver, and began emulating his actions. She even began training with a bow and arrow. Eventually, her extensive training paid off, and she became the new Speedy.
During the Infinite Crisis, Ollie was engaging in a duel with Merlyn when Doctor Light (Arthur Light) triggered massive explosions. Critically injured by the attack, Ollie (along with Connor and Mia) relocated to the Marshall Islands where they remained in convalescence for several months. Once healed from his injuries, Oliver spent a fortune to hire the world’s foremost martial arts masters to come to the island. Over the course of many weeks, Ollie trained under the masters' tutelage until he was in peak physical condition. He further hired an assassin named Natas (the man who trained Deathstroke) to mentor him in the killing arts – a decision met with great enmity by his son, Connor. During this period, Ollie met a political campaign advisor named Frederick Tuckman. As Tuckman detailed the state of affairs in Star City, Ollie decided to take his fight in an entirely new direction.
One Year Later, Oliver Queen is the newly elected mayor of Star City, continuing his fight on the streets and through the system. He also has a new costume, which appears to be a combination of the (classic Neal Adams costume and the Mike Grell Longbow Hunters costume). At the onset, it seems Mayor Queen is most interested in the "shock value" of his office, although his controversial decisions and statements are actually meant to draw attention to and benefit the devastated Star City. He uses an open interpretation of the town charter to perform same-sex marriages in Star City as a both a political statement and a way to boost the local tourist economy. He also exercises the power of his office to do things such as blackmail corrupt businessmen, or have the Star City SWAT unit back up his actions as Green Arrow while publicly condemning his alter ego. (He also used his connections to enable his longtime friend and former lover Black Canary to bring a young Vietnamese girl, Sin, into the country to be raised by Canary.)
During the year long hiatus, Queen also amassed a quite large personal fortune by manipulating stocks of companies he sees as unscrupulous. While never stated outright, it appears Oliver Queen is now worth billions. The former gangster Brick now fights crime in Star City and allies himself with Green Arrow, although he evidently still traffics in drugs and prostitution.
Before long however, Ollie faced problems from opponents who wore business suits as well as costumes. Deathstroke the Terminator, having been incarcerated at Alcatraz Island after a fight with Green Arrow, conspired with fellow inmate Constantine Drakon and Star City police commissioner Brian Nudocerdo to ruin Ollie politically.
Following the battle with Deathstroke and his subsequent imprisonment, Green Arrow began a battle with Red Hood (Jason Todd) that lead him to ally himself with Batman. Brick's friendship with Queen was short-lived as well, as it appeared that he has sided with Todd. The Green Arrow defeated Jason in a sword fight, however Jason escaped and kidnapped Speedy.
Brian Nudocerdo publicly revealed that Queen had been secretly financing the Outsiders – a team whose actions at the time were ethically questionable and tantamount to terrorism. In light of these facts, Nudocerdo demanded a recall election and cast his hat into the ring as Ollie's mayoral replacement. Queen had little defense against the charges. It was true that he had been financing the Outsiders, but his motives were so that the group would be financially stable enough to enable his former protégé, Roy Harper, to leave the team and join the Justice League. In a private conversation with Hal Jordan, Oliver admitted that he missed the League "every damn day", but that he understood that Roy needed to be a member more than he did.
In the midst of political scandal, Oliver Queen reignited his love affair with longtime paramour, Dinah Laurel Lance. After succesfully fending off an attack by Deathstroke and Constantine Drakon, Ollie asked Dinah to marry him, but she was not prepared to give him an immediate answer. 
Shortly thereafter, Ollie and Speedy helped Black Canary when Merlyn abducted Canary's "daughter" Sin. To save Sin's life, Ollie was forced to fake the young girl's death, keeping the knowledge of the plan between himself and Mia, even at the risk of losing Dinah forever. After Sin was placed into safekeeping, Ollie told Dinah what he had done. Recognizing that he was willing to sacrifice his own happiness to save a life, Dinah finally agreed to marry him. 
After a great deal of compromise and strife, Ollie and Dinah agreed to get married inside the Secret Sanctuary, the original cave headquarters of the Justice League of America. Wedding guests included nearly everyone within the super-hero community who were asked to attend the ceremony in-costume. The wedding was interupted by a phalanx of super-villains who attempted to take out as many heroes as possible in one fell swoop. Nearly all of the villains were apprehended except for Deathstroke who managed to escape. Despite the interuption, the ceremony concluded and Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance were married. 
Oliver Queen's powers, if any, remain unknown. It has been rumored that Green Arrow may in fact be a Metahuman. The Department of Extranormal Operations has a classified dossier on Queen, wherein they indicate such a possibility, but as of yet, this information has not been confirmed nor denied. 
Master Archer: Oliver Queen is perhaps the finest archer ever known. He claims to be able to shoot 29 arrows per minute (he stated this himself, in the Sound of Violence story arc, when he corrected Black Canary for saying 26). He has a wide-variety of trick arrows, ranging from bola arrows to time-bomb arrows to his infamous boxing-glove arrow. In recent years he has used these arrows sparingly, preferring the time-tested simple arrow. Green Arrow has shown the ability to shoot an arrow down the barrel of a gun, pierce a drop of water as it leaves a tap and shoot almost any part of the human body; although he aims only to wound and not kill when he shoots.
Master Martial Artist: He is proficient in several forms of hand-to-hand combat including Judo, Kickboxing and Karate. Proclaimed as a martial arts master, he has shown the ability to take on seven people at once.
Master Swordsman: Ollie is also very proficient with a sword, though it is not his preferred weapon of choice.
Aviation: He used to own and fly his own airplane called the Arrowplane. He still has some skill in flying different types of planes.
- Custom-made Bow
- Green Arrow was created by writer/editor Mort Weisinger and artist George Papp. The character was further developed by creators such as Jack Kirby, Denny O'Neil, Mike Grell, Chuck Dixon, Kevin Smith and Judd Winick.
- Despite the difference in hair color, Oliver Queen bears a strong physical resemblance to Travis Morgan - the Warlord. Upon visiting Seattle, the Warlord was accosted by many members of the criminal underworld who mistook him for Oliver Queen. According to artist Mike Grell, the confrontation between Oliver Queen and the Warlord was born from a joke in which Grell was accused of only being able to draw one style of character. 
The following is a list of notable adversaries that Green Arrow has fought against over the years. The list does not necessarily include foes whom he has fought as a member of the Justice League of America.
- Constantine Drakon
- Count Vertigo
- Doctor Light (Arthur Light)
- Red Dart
- Red Hood (Jason Todd)
- Star City Slayer
- Solomon Grundy
- Green Arrow appeared on nine episodes of the Cartoon Network animated television series, Justice League Unlimited where he was voiced by actor Kin Shriner.  Like his comic book counterpart, Ollie struck a relationship with fellow League member Black Canary. He first appeared in the episode entitled "Initiation" and made either full or cameo appearances in the following related episodes:
- In October of 2006, Oliver Queen appeared on the Season 6 episode of Smallville entitled "Sneeze". Played by former Aquaman actor Justin Hartley, Queen was introduced as a potential business rival to Lionel Luthor. To demonstrate his expertise at archery, Oliver stood on the roof of his Metropolis office and fired an arrow into the sky after speaking the word, "Borneo". The arrow flew across the street and struck the designation of Borneo on the globe of the Daily Planet.  In the episode titled "Wither", Oliver Queen meets Lois Lane and invites her to attend a costume ball hosted by Lex Luthor. Although his disguise is intended to reflect the folk hero Robin Hood, the design is more in line with the costume that Ollie wore during the Silver Age years of DC Comics. In the episode, Ollie reunites with Lex Luthor whom he has not seen since their boarding school days.  In the following episode, "Arrow", Oliver Queen becomes Green Arrow in both name and deed. After stealing a black market gemstone from Lionel Luthor, Ollie earns the attention of the inquisitive neophyte reporter, Lois Lane. Lois (who refers to the hero as the Green Arrow Bandit), plays true to form and becomes the victim of several unscrupulous businessmen, forcing the Green Arrow and Clark Kent to work together to rescue her. By the end of the episode, Clark and Ollie discover each other's greatest secrets. Before parting, Ollie gives Clark some free advice indicating that his gifts should be used for the benefit of the entire world, not just for the people that he is close to.
- Reference to Oliver Queen was also made in Smallville's pilot episode where a newspaper headline announced that the CEO of Queen Industries was missing. 
- Screenwriter Justin Marks has finished up writing a Green Arrow movie, entitled Green Arrow: Escape from Supermax. In the film, Green Arrow is framed by a business rival for the murders of several military officers and sent to a prison, for metahumans and superheroes, headed by Amanda Waller and Checkmate. Queen works with Gemini, Shock Trauma and other DC allies to escape from the prison in order to clear his name as the business rival sends Merlyn to kill Queen with the aid of other vile DC supervillains. The film will address Green Arrow's origins through flashbacks of scenes that borrows from the original comic book and Green Arrow: Year One. David Goyer, one of the film's producers, will soon revise the script further for a theatrical release in 2009 or 2010. The film's title has now been changed simply to Green Arrow.
- In 1975, the Mego Corporation produced the first Green Arrow action figure. Standing 8" tall, the figure was released in two distinctive body styles, the second of which, came with a yellow colored vest rather than the traditional green vest.  Most Mego super-hero toys of the time period were provided with their own action figure accessories, and Green Arrow was no exception. Mego released the Arrow-car (called the Green Arrow car), which came equipped with a front-loaded projectile launcher. 
- In late 2006 DC Direct released a two-pack collection of Green Arrow and Deathstroke as part of their three-wave MiniMates toy series. 
- Green Arrow will appear in season 5 of The Batman.
- Green Lantern and Green Arrow: Hard Traveling Heroes
- Green Arrow: Longbow Hunters (1987)
- Green Arrow (1st Series) #1-#101 (1988-1995)
- Green Arrow (2nd series) #1-75 (April 2001-June 2007)
- Green Arrow: Quiver
- Green Arrow: The Wonder Year #1-4
- Green Arrow Secret Files and Origins
- Secret Origins (Volume 2) #38
- Arsenal (Roy Harper)
- Black Canary (Dinah Lance)
- Green Arrow (Connor Hawke)
- Speedy (Mia Dearden)
- Justice League of America
- Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
- 1,300 Appearances of Oliver Queen (New Earth)
- 367 Images featuring Oliver Queen (New Earth)
- 155 Quotations by or about Oliver Queen (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Oliver Queen (New Earth)
- Green Arrow article at Wikipedia
- Green Arrow article at Don Markstein's Toonopeida
- Green Arrow: Marvelous, Fantastic Tales in the WNU (Wold Newton Universe)
- Green Arrow biography page at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- The Unofficial Green Arrow Compendium
- Green Arrow at the DC Animated Universe Wiki
- ↑ Green Arrow (Volume 3) #75
- ↑ Black Canary (Volume 3) #1-4
- ↑ Green Arrow and Black Canary Wedding Special #1
- ↑ Green Arrow Secret Files and Origins
- ↑ Oliver and the Warlord
- ↑ Green Arrow (Volume 2) #27
- ↑ Kin Shriner biography page at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
- ↑ "Sneeze" episode of Smallville
- ↑ "Wither" episode of Smallville
- ↑ "Arrow" episode of Smallville
- ↑ "Pilot" episode of Smallville
- ↑ Mego Museum - Green Arrow
- ↑ Mego Museum - Arrowcar
- ↑ DC Direct
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