Moving Target:

The History and Evolution of Green Arrow

For 75 years, Green Arrow has been a part of the DC Comics world, working his way up from a supporting playing to the star of a flagship television series. Yet for much of his career, he was a hero without a home, distinct from his contemporaries or unfavorably compared with a certain Dark Knight.

Whether it is the “cowboys and Indians” influences of the 1940s and 1950s, the rebellious realism of the 1970s, the darker edge of the 1980s or melodrama of his television personas, Green Arrow has remained the conscience of the comics world, and perhaps even better representative than Batman of what one person can do.

This collection is the definitive analysis of the Emerald Archer, from his Golden Age origins to his small screen adventures and beyond. Exploring some of the overlooked chapters of Green Arrow’s life, and those of alter ego Oliver Queen, it shows that Green Arrow has never been just one thing, but rather a perpetually moving target. Includes new interviews with Green Arrow creators from across the decades, including Neal Adams, Mike Grell, Chuck Dixon, Phil Hester, Brad Meltzer, and Jeff Lemire.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Richard Gray is a writer and podcaster. As the host of and editor of Behind The Panels, he has been talking (at length) about comics for years, whether you wanted him to or not. Since 2013, he has been a regular columnist at Newsarama Best Shots. Richard also writes about film and television on The Reel Bits, and appears semi-regularly on the radio on ABC Overnights. He is currently writing his first book for Sequart on the history and evolution of Green Arrow, due out in 2016. He is Australian, and is in your future.

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