Although Green Arrow and Hawkeye have endured their share of fanboy scorn over the years, the Big Two’s super-archers are currently enjoying something of a renaissance. Both have benefited from exposure in hit television series and movies, leading their respective corporate owners to put greater thought and effort into their adventures on the printed page.
Neither, however, would be anywhere on anyone’s radar without the Golden Age ancestor who first established how well Robin Hood’s gimmick translated to the super-hero genre: Centaur Publication’s The Arrow!
Created by comics legend Paul Gustavson, the original Arrow was an intelligence agent who – as was apparently the case for many strapping, young man in the late 1930s and early 1940s – was frustrated by criminals escaping justice through loopholes and decided to remedy the situation through archery.
Or, as one anonymous police official put it …
So … yeah, that arrow stuff was pretty effective.
Today’s adventure originally appeared in The Arrow #2 (Centaur, November 1940) and was drawn by Bob Lubbers, an artist who later left a Milton Caniff-sized mark on Fiction House’s Good Girl and adventure comics. His work on Arrow was more primitive, but still lent a nice pulp-fiction feel to the proceedings.
The fact that our titular hero doesn’t appear right away adds to the story’s mystery.