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On the TV series, Thea Queen is Oliver’s sister, nicknamed “Speedy.” However, her middle name is “Dearden,” making her Thea Dearden Queen. This is a reference to Mia Dearden, who first debuted in the second issue of Kevin Smith’s Green Arrow series in 2001, with art by Phil Hester and Ande Parks. She is introduced as a prostitute…



But we later see she is much more than “just” a prostitute…




We later learn that she is HIV positive, right before she becomes the new Speedy in Green Arrow #45…


Oliver Queen’s parents, Robert and Moira Queen, made a surprisingly late introduction into comics, in Green Arrow Annual #7 in 1995, by Chuck Dixon and Rick Burchett (the same comic that we learn that Oliver has superpowers).


They weren’t actually NAMED, though, until 2002’s Green Arrow Secret Files and Origins, in a story by Scott McCullar and, oddly enough, Rick Burchett…


On the next page, bring on the bad guys!

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Good work! May I also add…

Yao Fei (Accomplished Perfect Physician), Oliver’s mentor on the island in season, who first appeared in 52 #6.

Eddie Fyers, CIA agent hired to kill Shado in the comics who ended up killing her father on the show, who first appeared in The Longbow Hunters #3.

Correct me if I’m wrong (it’s been a while) but aren’t those panels shown for Deathstroke Grant Wilson not Slade Wilson?

Edit:: Sorry, ignore me, I realise my confusion. You’re right

Great stuff! I love CW’s Arrow. I hope the lesser characters will get the same treatment here.

RE: Deathstroke, the Terminator,

Why did Wolfman give him two names? I mean, it certainly looks as though Wolfman was fonder of Terminator during the character’s early appearances. Of course, I can see why Deathstroke is more common these days, but the whole business seems rather odd.

Worth mentioning that the full name of Laurel’s father on the show is Quentin Larry Lance. So you’ve already covered his comics origin, sort of.

Also, Isabel seems to have been conflated with Rose Wilson, aka Ravager. Maybe she warranted a mention.

Oh, and in the show, Ivo’s freighter ship is named Amazo.

And isn’t the Russian guy in the flashbacks based on KGBeast? Plus we’ve seen versions of Count Vertigo, Clock King, Shrapnel, and others.

Actually the Brother Blood on the TV show (Sebastian ) made his first appearance in the Outsiders # 6 (2003). And Deathstroke The Terminator debuted in 1980 a whole 4 years before the Terminator movies came out.

Some of the easter egg-naming of characters done on Arrow really makes no sense. Sometimes it makes for cool foreshadowing but a lot of the time it’s just using a name from the comic for its own sake, for fans to just geek out over. Diggle’s wife is a perfect example. I highly doubt she’s going to become anything close to Harbinger, so why bother? It’s a minor nitpick though.

Wow there sure is a lot of sexual tension between Firestorm and Felicity.

Stephen Conway

May 14, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Sonofspam – Precognitive Oedipal complex?

I know you can’t list everyone, but I would have thought Huntress would rate a mention.

And isn’t the Russian guy in the flashbacks based on KGBeast? Plus we’ve seen versions of Count Vertigo, Clock King, Shrapnel, and others.

I considered the Russian guy and Huntress, but with all of the others it would just be nuts, as the show has featured SO many characters, ya know?

@Sonofspam: LIES! I never touched her! Sure, I might have accidentally walked in while she was getting out of the shower, but that was an accident, I swear!

Actually the Brother Blood on the TV show (Sebastian ) made his first appearance in the Outsiders # 6 (2003).

Good point! I’ll throw that in there.

I was reading the description of Ollie’s equipment–aluminum arrows, spun-glass string, etc.–and wondering if that actually represented cutting-edge quality archery equipment at the time. Anyone got an idea?

It’s amazing just how much of Arrow can be tied to foes/supporting cast of the Titans and the Outsiders.

I’ve missed about half the 2nd season (brother with terminal illness, and since he’s returned home in hospice care he literally took over the TV room to live out his days, with our only DVR), but I kept expecting to see a female assassin show up in the Chinese gangs with a baby by Roy.

@T. – I also doubt Lyla Michaels will ever get powers (unless she becomes a prominent character on the Flash spinoff, which will almost certainly feature a lot more powers than Arrow does) but her codename in the Suicide Squad episode was Harbinger, so that’s something.

@ZZZ I’d hope that The Flash will feature more powers than Arrow does, but the history of super-hero television suggests almost only powers that they can link to the hero’s power or origin.

So expect a lot of “Star Lab pulse” villains but few other super villains.

[I hope I’m wrong]

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