Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas from The Arrow Cave

I'm sure the obviousness of the shape of Black Canary's gift to Green Arrow, coupled with his quizzical expression is meant to be whimsical. To me, though, it always makes it look like G.A. is kind of a dumbass.

Merry Christmas to you and yours and a happy New Year!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Turkey Day!

Well, I don't have any Turkey-related Green Arrow material today, but I'm thankful I just pulled this out of a dollar box last weekend. It's a splash page from Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew #14.

In this issue, the Zoo Crew have met their alternate-Earth counterparts the JLA -Justa Lotta Animals:

That's right, no turkeys, but poultry nonetheless- Green Sparrow and Stacked Canary!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 21, 2011

More Fun Monday!!

More Fun Comics #78

Green Arrow manages to score the cover for the second month in a row, with the Spectre getting the only inset bubble (Sorry, Aquaman!).

I don't know about you, but I'm a sucker for a good pirate yarn. Enjoy "The Black Raider". I know I did.

Yep. That's right. You just witnessed the debut of the Arrow Craft (later the Arrow Boat)

Hmmm.. Meant to or not, I'm pretty sure that Green Arrow just committed multiple counts of Negligible Homicide.

Of course that's not half as chilling as the way the pirates drowned everyone in a tunnel just to rob a truck!

George Papp's art really seems to be coming along in this one too. The panel on the lower left of Page 8 is particularly eye-catching. I suspect that, with more pages, Papp had a little more space to draw

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The ArrowCave is famous... sort of.

The Arrow Cave has been mentioned not one, but two times on The Fire and Water Podcast. If you've never listed to F&W, you are definitely missing out. It's a fantastic podcast co-hosted by Rob Kelly of The Aquaman Shrine and the Irredeemable Shag of Firestom Fan. Check out episode #7 at iTunes here.

Thanks guys, I enjoy your blogs too!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The ArrowCave- Atlanta Chapter !

So, a little before Halloween, I got this email, mysteriously titled "Arrow Cave-Atlanta Chapter". Well, since this blog is new and I still haven't gotten around to making those S.H.A.F.T. certificates I promised, I couldn't recall having a chapter in Georgia. I was intrigued.

Luckily, Kevin Eicher was kind enough to explain:

" Mutual friend Robert Kelly recommended I share a photo of my Halloween costume with you. I hope it matches your expectations - it was based on the final "mature" Ollie costume, and even includes a (functional!) boxing-glove arrow."

That is a great costume, Kevin, and I love the arrows. But wait! Kevin not only gets to dress up as Green Arrow for Halloween, cons and parties, he actiually managed to con his wife into playing along:

Yeah, that's right, Kevin and his wife make one badass, cosplay power couple as Green Arrow and Black Canary! For that, Kevin (and Mrs. Kevin), consider yourselves officially inducted into S.H.A.F.T.- certificate pending. :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Trick Arrow Tuesday #8

The Bolo (or Bolas) Arrow

No doubt about it, it's a classic. Along with the Boxing Glove Arrow, it's one of the trick arrows featured in Kevin Smith's revival of Green Arrow back on 2001.

Always a crowd-pleaser. And it's been a staple of G.A.'s quiver for quite some time. But just how long has it been around?

Well, it seems to have debuted in More Fun Comics #77.

Which makes it not only a very old trick arrow, but, as near as I can tell, the FIRST trick arrow. Prior to this, Green Arrow and Speedy just do arrow-tricks. The closest thing to a trick arrow is just tying a rope to an arrow. Which is cool, but not as "fantastic" as an arrow that releases a bolas to ensnare a fleeing suspect.

I submit the above panel is the first use of a trick arrow ladies and gents! Bask in its glory. :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

More Fun Monday!!

More Fun Comics #77- "Doom over Gayland"

To say I have been looking forward to posting this issue would be an understatement.

First off, Green Arrow and Speedy finally get the cover with this issue. And not just that, their feature gets expanded from 8 pages to 13! In the Golden Age, a 13-page story is HUGE. Guys like Plastic Man and Captain Marvel get 13 pages. Clearly, this feature was beginning to become popular.

Take that, you sap!

G.A and Speedy's first 13-page feature is a little number called "Doom over Gayland". I won't bother trying to remind you that gay really was commonly used as a synonym for happy at the time. Nor will I try and appeal to your more mature natures. Just giggle and enjoy. Look, if a guy named Queen can't find some action in Gayland, who can?

Wasn't this the motif for Jack Chick's last Halloween party?

Cannons, a House of Swords, a Crocodile pit? What do these guys pay in liability insurance?

Monday, October 31, 2011

More Fun Monday!!

More Fun Comics #76- February, 1942

As you can see, Dr. Fate is still stubbornly hogging the cover. Still, that's the most exciting game of Chess I've ever seen. "Gun-toting thug to big, green floating head 3! "

So, there's no ArrowCave yet. Does that mean they keep their trophies out in the open in their apartment?