Did Superboy Teach Green Arrow How to be an Archer?

superboy green arrow past team-up

This is "Foundationed Deep," a feature where we look at particular odd/strange/interesting instances of retroactively connecting different comic book characters (for instance, Uncanny X-Men #268 retroactively established that Wolverine knew both Captain America and the Black Widow from World War II). Today, we look at a Superboy Green Arrow past team-up.

The 1959 issue of Adventure Comics #258 opens with a Superboy story by Jerry Coleman and George Papp where Superboy is working on a time machine (as you do) when he suddenly accidentally sees into the future and discovers a superhero of the future called Green Arrow...

After marveling at Green Arrow's expertise, Superboy accidentally discovers Green Arrow's secret identity (it's just dumb luck that Superboy didn't have the future viewer trained on someone in the shower) and, wouldn't you know it, Oliver Queen ends up moving to Smallville! Yes, Oliver Queen lived in Smallville. I never knew that and I bet you didn't, either, but now we're both all the more informed for me having written this here column.

Superboy decides that he's going to get Oliver Queen into archery. He assumes it is his destiny (which is a rather large assumption, no?)...

The problem is, Oliver Queen is awful at archery. Interestingly enough, Jack Kirby had JUST come up with Green Arrow's most famous version of his origin (where he ends up shipwrecked on an island and forced to teach himself archery to survive), so of course this can't be where he learns archery, as his whole origin involved him learning it later on.

However, Superboy keeps trying but sees that Oliver, while a brave young man and truly a crimefighter at heart, just wasn't much of an archer...

In the end, after Superboy stops the bad guys (the guys pretending to be people from the past were actually part of a rather clever plan. The idea was that Superboy WOULD catch them and then transport the horses to get them out of the way, which would secretly be transporting the stolen gold that was disguised as shoes on the horses. Superboy saw some flecks of gold, though, and figured the plot out. I loved that it involved Superboy doing his job, though. That's very clever), Oliver bemoans that he will never be a good archer...

Amusingly, the set-up is to then just see the next story in the issue, which was a new Green Arrow and Speedy tale.

What an odd little tale.

Okay, that's it for this installment! If you can think of a good example of two comic book characters being retroactively connected to each other, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com and I might feature it here!

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