....and over the decades, Green Arrow has had his beginnings told over and over again!
Let's take a look over a few of them, after being thankful that Green Arrow began in More Fun Comics #73 (November, 1941) by Mort Weisinger and George Papp fully formed....
The Birth Of The Battling Bowman
This adventure ended up being the origin of the Golden Age Green Arrow (and Speedy), who were members of the Seven Soldiers of Victory.
The Green Arrow's First Case
This introduced the island to the origin of Green Arrow, but that wasn't the end of additions to Green Arrow's origin (but these two origins were reprinted in both the Secret Origins Of The Super DC Heroes of 1976 and in Green Arrow: A Celebration of 75 Years of 2016).
The Origin Of Green Arrowjoining the JLA, and losing his fortune. It also added that he had learned archery from Howard Hill in Hollywood.
This origin is about to be reprinted in a facsimile edition of this issue, with origins of the Huntress and Legion of Super-Heroes as well!
Sometimes A Fool Notion
Speedy's adjusted origin filled the second half of this book, and this tale has yet to be reprinted. This Green Arrow origin showed Oliver as not much of a businessman, but more of a romantic, wanting to be a hero.
From The Beginning
Ollie ended up on another island, and found some weed farmers, and ended up back home, taking on the Green Arrow identity (and mismanaging his inherited fortune while playing hero). It was Kotero he was confronting in the rain, as the killer also escaped the island, looking for revenge.
This origin showed Oliver being on more than one island, and that more could have happened to him in isolation. This tale has yet to be reprinted.
Congo Bill, Robert explained to his son that he gave him the bow and arrow to help toughen the lad up...and he need to, as the party was set on by lions, killing Robert and Moira, and Ollie only survived because of his archery skills. Congo Bill sent him home to live with an uncle, who sent Ollie to boarding school...then, Ollie was misspending his money on yachts after....until one day....
This issue also has other stories, and features on Green Arrow, Black Canary, Arsenal and more, as well as Green Arrow's trick arrows and even a chili recipe; but the issue has not been reprinted.
Green Arrow: Year One
Ollie took down the operation with Howard Hill's bow (which the criminals had won in an auction), but didn't take credit for it when the authorities arrived, having a new appreciation for the people of the island.....and that he would take on a new identity, to become someone else, something else....the Green Arrow!
These six issues have been collected a few times since their original publication.
Green Arrow and how he came to be, how a spoiled rich boy became a man and a hero given the right time and circumstances....but that grew from one man, who could say that "my name is Oliver Queen....".