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The Arrow
The Arrow

Real Name

Ralph Payne

First Appearance

Funny Pages vol. 2 #10 (Sep 1938)

Original Publisher


Created by

Paul Gustavson

Golden Age Origin Edit

Ralph Payne is a member of a U.S. intelligence agency. Feeling that he could not effectively fight crime in his civilian guise, he turns to costumed crime fighting, becoming Arrow. His primary weapon is his skill with bow and arrow, though he is good at fighting even without his weapons.

Notes Edit

The Arrow is the first super-hero to use archery as a primary gimmick. He is also the third American costumed hero to appear in comic books (after the Clock and Superman).

Golden Age Appearances Edit

  • Amazing Adventure Funnies #1
  • Arrow #1-3
  • Fantoman #2
  • Funny Pages vol. 2 #10-12, vol. 3 #1-10, vol. 4 #1, #35-42

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