Green Arrow was in many ways a copycat of Batman. Batman was a millionaire playboy. Green Arrow was a millionaire playboy. Robin was Batman’s adopted sidekick. Speedy was Green Arrow’s. Batman had the Bat-Cave, Bat-Mobile, Bat-Plane, and Bat-Signal. Green Arrow had “Arrow” counterparts for each. Even his signature trick arrows were a mimic of all the gadgets in Batman’s utility belt.
Despite his unoriginality, Green Arrow was one of the handful of characters published uninterrupted from the 40s to the 60s. Though he was smart to take his cues from one of the best, he never quite copied Batman’s success.
Illustrating one playing card a day using characters found between 1957-1967 in DC Comics. Tomorrow: Beast Boy!