The Green Arrow comic books definitive issue-by-issue collecting guide and trade reading order for omnibus, hardcover, and trade paperback collections. Find every issue and appearance! Part of Crushing Krisis’s Crushing Comics. Last updated February 2017 with titles scheduled for release through July 2017.
Green Arrow first appeared in 1941 as a hero in the Batman mold but with a twist – superhero billionaire Oliver Queen wore a costume reminiscent of Robin Hood.
He was a popular anthology character in the Golden Age, so much so that Green Arrow continued to appear through the 1950s – generally a barren period for comics. As a result, Oliver Queen was one of the few heroes outside of DC’s trinity to not be re-cast as a new character with the arrival of the Silver Age in the late 1950s.
Green Arrow began the Silver Age as member of Justice League of America, but his popularity reached new levels when redesigned by Neal Adams in The Brave and the Bold #85 and then transformed into a more socially-conscious hero by Denny O’Neil, culminating in his legendary run in Green Lantern / Green Arrow.
It wasn’t until after Crisis on Infinite Earths that Green Arrow merited his own ongoing series, which elevated him to a major starring role he has occupied ever since.