173 – Green Arrow!

A panel from More Fun Comics #73, September 1941
A panel from More Fun Comics #73, September 1941

More Fun Comics #73 (September 1941), brought the debut of two new DC characters that are still having adventures to this day, 78 years later, including having adventures on the big and the small screens. Green Arrow, aka Oliver Queen, was created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp. He was a shallow copy of Batman, being a playboy/socialite, having a sidekick (Speedy), a secret lair, a special car and other arrow-themed gadgets.

He had a reinvention of sorts when Denny O’Neill and Neal Adams reimagined him as a bit of a social justice warrior in the late 1960s.

Even though modern interpretations still consider him a poor substitute for Batman, he has been surprisingly successful as a character in the last fifteen years. When the Smallville show-runners couldn’t get the rights for Bruce Wayne/Batman to appear on Smallville, they brought on Oliver Queen to help guide a young Superboy/Superman, and making him the leader of a young proto-Justice League. More recently, he has starred in his own successful TV series on the CW, featuring impressive physical choreography and stunts, and then later kicking off a whole new wave of TV shows such as The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. Nicknamed the Arrowverse, Green Arrow leads the largest shared universe to ever appear on television.