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When We First Met – The Cast of Arrow

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When We First Met – The Cast of Arrow

In this feature we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “the first time someone said, ‘Avengers Assemble!'” or “the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny” or “the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth” or “the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter.” Stuff like that. Here is an archive of all the When We First Met features so far! Check ’em out!

With the premiere of the third season of Arrow tonight, I thought it would be nice to spotlight the debuts of the comic book versions of the characters from the TV series (and later we’ll take a look at some of the characters debuting this season).

First up are Oliver Queen, the star of the show and Roy Harper, who has yet to be named in the series.

They each debuted in 1941’s More Fun Comics #73 by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, including both their superhero identities of Green Arrow and Speedy and their secret identities…

Next up is Laurel Lance/Black Canary/Dinah Lance.

On the TV series, all three of those characters are different people (as the Canary on Arrow is currently Sara Lance, the sister of Laurel Lance and daughter to Dinah Lance).

In the comics, Black Canary debuted in 1947’s Flash Comics #86 (by Robert Kanigher, Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella), in the Johnny Thunder back-up, as a sort of anti-hero…

At the end of the story, Johnny’s Thunderbolt thinks that this is it for Canary…

But the very next issue, she’s back in the book and is more obviously a good guy…

She eventually just flat out takes over for Johnny entirely in Flash Comics #92, where Kanigher, Infantino and Giella reveal her name and introduce her new love interest, private dick, Larry Lance…

When the character was brought back along with her fellow Justice Society of America members during the Silver Age, it is revealed that Dinah married Larry but then he was killed. She then seems to join the Justice League…

Eventually, in a really confusing storyline, we learn that the Justice League Black Canary is actually the DAUGHTER of Dinah Lance.

After Crisis on Infinite Earths, the whole daughter thing is made a lot less confusing as it is simply that the first Dinah Lance was the Black Canary in the Justice Society and then later her daughter was the Dinah Lance in the Justice League. In Secret Origins #50, we also learn the difference in their names, as the daughter is Dinah LAUREL Lance…

On the next page, we learn the origins of Oliver’s crime-fighting allies, including the surprising comic book origins of Felicity Smoak!

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