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Arsenal


Roy Harper as Arsenal. Image File history File links Arsenalns. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance More Fun Comics #73 (Nov. 1941)
Created by Mort Weisinger
Paul Norris
Statistics
Alter ego Roy William Harper Jr.
Status Active
Affiliations None
Previous affiliations Outsiders, The Titans, Suicide Squad, Checkmate
Earth-Two:
Seven Soldiers of Victory, All-Star Squadron
Notable aliases Speedy
Notable powers None;
excellent marksmanship;
proficiency with a huge variety of weapons;
hand-to-hand combat training.

Arsenal is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. His real name is Roy Harper Jr., and was known for decades as Green Arrow's teenage sidekick Speedy. He first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 (Nov. 1941). DC Comics (originally called Detective Comics, Inc. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... More Fun Comics was a DC Comics title which began as New Fun Comics in February 1935 and changed to More Fun with its seventh issue. ... Mortimer Weisinger (1915-1978) was an American magazine and comic book editor. ... Paul Norris (born April 26, 1914 in Greenville, Ohio) is an American comic book artist. ... Alter Ego has multiple meanings: Alter Ego is a game for the Commodore 64 computer. ... The Outsiders are a DC Comics superhero group. ... For the animated television series based on this comic book, see Teen Titans (animated series). ... Suicide Squad is a name for a variety of organizations created for and owned by DC Comics. ... Checkmate is a covert operations agency within the DC Comics universe. ... In DC Comics, the Multiverse is a continuity construct in which multiple fictional versions of the universe exist in the same space, separated from each other by their vibrational resonances. ... The Seven Soldiers of Victory (also known as Laws Legionaires) is a team of comic book superheroes in the DC Comics universe. ... The All-Star Squadron was an American comic book (1981-1987) created by Roy Thomas and published by DC Comics about the adventures of a large team of superheroes which comprised of most of the feature characters owned by the company that appeared in the Golden Age of Comic Books... Speedy is the name of two DC Comics superheroes, both of whom have served as teenaged sidekicks for the Green Arrow (a. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... Superman and Batman, two of the most recognizable and iconic superheroes. ... DC Comics (originally called Detective Comics, Inc. ... The DC Universe (DCU) is the fictional shared setting where most of the comic stories published by DC Comics take place. ... Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) is a DC Comics superhero. ... A separate article is about the punk band called The Adolescents. ... Don Quixote and Sancho Panza unsuccessfully confront windmills. ... Speedy is the name of two DC Comics superheroes, both of whom have served as teenaged sidekicks for the Green Arrow (a. ... More Fun Comics was a DC Comics title which began as New Fun Comics in February 1935 and changed to More Fun with its seventh issue. ...

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Fictional character biography

Origin

Roy Harper, Sr. was a forest ranger who rescued a Navajo medicine chief from a massive forest fire. He then went back to the fire to look for more victims. He was never seen again. Young Roy was barely two years old at the time, and Brave Bow, the man that Roy's father had rescued, raised the boy on a Navajo reservation. The Navajo (also Navaho) people of the southwestern United States call themselves the Diné (pronounced ), which roughly means people. They speak the Navajo language, and many are members of the Navajo Nation, an independant government structure which manages the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners area of the United States. ... The Navajo Nation (Navajo: Naabeehó Dineé) is a sovereign Native American tribe traditionally known as Diné. The Navajo Indian Reservation covers about 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometres) of land, occupying all of northeastern Arizona, and extending into Utah and New Mexico, and is the largest land area...


Roy grew up with few friends. With the help of Brave Bow, he developed himself physically and learned how to use a bow and arrow, reaching the level of someone twice his age in physical prowess and archery skill.


Later on, when Brave Bow was on his deathbed, he realized that Roy would need another guardian. Knowing that the child idolized Green Arrow, he conspired with the hero to send Roy to an archery contest that Green Arrow was judging. Even though Roy lost the contest, he helped Green Arrow foil a burglary, and even proved a faster shot than him. Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) is a DC Comics superhero. ...


After Brave Bow died, Roy became Green Arrow's sidekick as well as the ward of Oliver Queen (Green Arrow's billionaire alter ego). Roy was given a costume and a set of trick arrows similar to Green Arrow's, and chose the nickname Speedy for his crime-fighting adventures.


Teen Titans and Roy's addiction

A few years later, Speedy joined Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad and Wonder Girl in the newly-formed Teen Titans. A classic image of Batman and Robin reinterpreted by painter Alex Ross. ... Wally West is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe, and the current (third) Flash. ... DC Comics has featured two superheroes with the name Tempest. ... Three of the Wonder Girls: Donna Troy, Wonder Woman, Cassandra Sandsmark, by Adam Hughes. ... For the animated television series based on this comic book, see Teen Titans (animated series). ...

Speedy, Roy's first superhero identity. Art by Tom Grummett.
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Speedy, Roy's first superhero identity. Art by Tom Grummett.

The teens in the group would continue to operate with their respective mentors, as well as spending time with their peers in the Teen Titans. Speedy was, at first, only a reserve member. But after a bit of time, he became a full-time member, replacing Aqualad. It was at this time that he began dating Wonder Girl (Donna Troy). Some years later, the team disbanded, after numerous changes. It was also around this time that Roy and Donna ended their relationship. Image File history File links Speedy88. ... Image File history File links Speedy88. ... New Thunderbolts #7 cover by Grummett Thomas Tom Grummett is a Canadian comic book artist and penciller. ... Donna Troy is a superheroine in the DC Universe. ...


After the first incarnation of the Titans disbanded, Roy was in rough shape. He felt increasingly neglected by Green Arrow, who spent more time with Green Lantern and his lover Black Canary than he did with his young ward. While the three older heroes were away on a cross-country adventure, Roy became addicted to heroin. Roy at first convinced Green Arrow that he was working "on the inside" to bust up a drug ring. However, his secret came out, and Green Arrow angrily threw Roy out on the street. Black Canary and Green Lantern helped Roy overcome his addiction, staying by his side while he went through withdrawal. Soon after, he had a confrontation with Green Arrow that caused the two of them to stop working together. Hal Jordan is a DC Comics superhero, the Silver Age Green Lantern, and arguably the most famous hero to bear that name. ... Black Canary is a female superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... These lollipops were found to contain heroin when inspected by the US DEA The trade of illegal drugs is a global black market activity consisting of production, distribution, packaging and sale of illegal psychoactive substances. ...


Just prior to changing his name to Arsenal, Speedy served under Colonel Rick Flag in the Suicide Squad. Rick Flag is the name of two fictional characters in the DC Comics universe. ... Suicide Squad is a name for a variety of organizations created for and owned by DC Comics. ...


Agent of Checkmate

Roy Harper, Agent of Checkmate
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Roy Harper, Agent of Checkmate

While still helping the Teen Titans on occasional missions, Roy frequently worked as a counselor for various anti-drug programs. During this time, Roy established government contacts, and was soon hired by the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI, also known as Checkmate) as a drug enforcement agent. Image File history File links Arsenal5. ... Image File history File links Arsenal5. ... Checkmate is a covert operations agency within the DC Comics universe. ...


Roy was given an assignment to go undercover and gain the trust of the villain Cheshire. The intention was to turn Cheshire over to the authorities, but the two fell in love and had an affair. Roy could not bring himself to turn her in, but he was concerned that his presence endangered Cheshire's life, so he left her. He was unaware that Cheshire was pregnant with his child. Cheshire, real name Jade Nguyen, is a DC Comics villain, one of the worlds top assassins and mercenaries. ...


Roy eventually learned that he was the father of Cheshire's daughter, Lian. He went on a mission with Nightwing (the former Robin) to track down Cheshire and prevent her from assassinating a group of diplomats. Roy was captured by Cheshire and then freed by Nightwing, who also brought Roy's daughter. Cheshire had left Lian in Roy's care. Richard John Dick Grayson is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ...


From Speedy to Arsenal

Roy later returned to the Titans. At this time, he adopted the new identity of Arsenal, now equipped with a vast array of high-tech weaponry.


Soon, another team of Teen Titans emerged. This group consisted of a teen-aged Atom (de-aged by events in Zero Hour) and new heroes Argent, Risk, Joto and Prysm. The team was funded by Loren Jupiter, who had also funded a group of Titans during Roy's time on the team. Jupiter gathered together the original Titans (now going by the aliases of Nightwing, Tempest, Flash and Arsenal) to combat the threat of his bitter, super-powered son Jarrod Jupiter (Haze). New and old Titans joined forces to defeat Haze – but at a price; Joto apparently lost his life, and Arsenal felt responsible for his death. Arsenal remained with this new group of Titans for a time, but eventually left the group before it disbanded. A number of DC Comics superheroes have shared the name Atom. ... Zero Hour was a 1994 comic book miniseries and crossover storyline that ran in DC Comics. ... Argent is a DC Comics fictional superhero. ... Risk is a comic book character appearing in publications from DC Comics. ... Joto s real name is Isaiah Crockett. ...


Arsenal later came into conflict with Vandal Savage. Savage had discovered that both Roy and his daughter Lian were his descendants. Thus, their organs were suitable for him to harvest to prolong his life. Roy was able to save his daughter from Savage. After this ordeal, Roy adopted a new look to reflect his Navajo heritage. Shortly after, the original five Titans decided to re-form the team. Arsenal served as a full-time member on the team, and resided at the new Titans Tower with his daughter, Lian. Vandal Savage is a fictional character and supervillain in the DC Comics Universe. ... Current Titans Tower, San Francisco. ...


The Outsiders

Later, a mysterious conglomerate known as Optitron offered to sponsor the Titans and Young Justice after summoning them to San Francisco. Before any decisions could be made, a cybernetic girl from the future (known as Indigo) invaded the complex, and immediately engaged both teams in combat. With half the group out of commission, the remaining members tried to track down Indigo, but instead encountered a rogue Superman android, which had been activated. Caught by surprise, Lilith had her neck snapped by the Superman android, killing her instantly. Troia (Donna Troy's new identity) tried valiantly to defeat the Superman Android, but he released a deadly heat beam directly through her chest, killing her. Indigo arrived and shut down the Superman Android, leaving Arsenal and Nightwing to mourn the fallen Troia. Shaken by these losses, Nightwing decided to officially end the Titans. Roy saw an opportunity. He accepted Optitron's offer and set about forming a new team: the Outsiders. He began by buying a massive secret underground headquarters beneath New York City. Roy outfitted the shelter with state-of-the-art equipment and began recruiting members for the new team. He successfully coaxed the veteran Metamorpho, as well as newcomers Grace and Thunder into joining the team. He also decided to accept Indigo as a member. Even though she had been responsible for activating the Superman android, and ultimately for Lilith's and Troia's deaths, her memories were wiped clean and she convinced Roy that she wanted to atone for what she had done. Young Justice is the name of a comic book written by Peter David and published by DC Comics, and the DC Universe superhero team within it, created by Todd DeZago. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Indigo was a superhero in DC Comics, who would later transform into a supervillain. ... Superman is a fictional character regarded as the most famous and popular superhero of all time. ... Lilith Clay is a young superheroine who occasionally appears in DC Comics Teen Titans titles. ... Richard John Dick Grayson is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... The Outsiders are a DC Comics superhero group. ... Metamorpho (alias Rex Mason) is a superhero appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. ... Grace Choi is a fictional character, a superhero from DC Comics. ... Thunder is the name of at least two superheroines in the DC Universe. ...


Indigo's presence would prove to be a major sticking point for Arsenal's last recruit: Nightwing. The Titans' former leader was completely unwilling to renew his involvement in a team after such a devastating loss. Arsenal argued that the Outsiders were the next logical step for them beyond the Titans, and that perhaps a team of strangers would operate more efficiently than a team with so many emotional attachments. Nightwing, while still reluctant, agreed to join and lead the Outsiders shortly after defeating Gorilla Grodd. Gorilla Grodd is a fictional character appearing in DC Comics, primarily as an opponent of The Flash. ...

Promo art for "Outsiders" (2003). Art by Tom Raney.
Promo art for "Outsiders" (2003). Art by Tom Raney.

Arsenal was shot in the chest while attempting to stop Brother Blood from activating a global network of sleeper agents. He survived but was sidelined for months. In the interim, he assigned the Huntress as his replacement. He was hesitant to resume active duty, feeling afraid of his own limitations, but returned with encouragement from Nightwing. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x873, 253 KB) Summary http://www. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x873, 253 KB) Summary http://www. ... Tom Raney is a comic book artist best known for his work on series like DV8 and Alpha Flight. ... Brother Blood is the name of two fictional comicbook characters in the DC Universe. ... The Huntress is a superheroine from DC Comics. ...


Not long after his recovery, the Outsiders took on a case which involved a child-slaver and molester named Tanner. One of Tanner's informants recognized Roy from years prior, and led Tanner to Roy's daughter, Lian. Lian's nanny was killed and the girl was branded with Tanner's mark. The Outsiders arrived just in time to save Lian and other children from being flown out of New York.


Oddly, his near-death from gunshot wounds saved his life when soon he met Deathstroke. The villain, Arsenal discovered, had been posing as Batman and feeding him information since the Outsiders began. Deathstroke and Arsenal fought, with Deathstroke intending to kill him, but when the mercenary discovered the bullet scars on Arsenal's chest, he figured Arsenal had suffered enough and gave him a "pass". About the same time, Arsenal was also kidnapped by Green Arrow's nemesis Constantine Drakon. Drakon was working with the Riddler, and he slit Roy's throat so that he would have to apply constant pressure or die. The Outsiders helped search for and rescue Roy. Deathstroke the Terminator (Slade Wilson), also called simply Deathstroke, is a fictional character appearing in the DC Comics universe. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man, and still sometimes as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Constantine Drakon is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... The Riddler, (legal name: Edward E. Nigma), is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of Batman. ...


During Infinite Crisis, Arsenal is serving as leader of the Outsiders and raising Lian as a single father. He was among the heroes gathered to defend Metropolis from an invasion by the Society of Supervillians (see also: Battle of Metropolis). His fate in DC's One Year Later era has yet to be revealed.
Cover to Infinite Crisis #1. ... Metropolis is a fictional city that appears in comic books published by DC Comics, and is the home of Superman. ... The Secret Society of Super Villains (SSoSV) is a group of comic book villains that exist in the DC Universe. ... The Battle of Metropolis is a fictional DC Comics event. ... One Year Later event logo. ...


Arsenal in other media

  • Speedy's first filmed appearance was in the Teen Titans segments in the Superman/Aquaman Adventure Hour. In those episodes, Speedy serves in the effective place of Robin.
  • Speedy has appeared on the Teen Titans animated series, where he is voiced by Mike Erwin. Although his real name is not given, his appearance is clearly based on that of Roy Harper. While not a member of the main Titans team himself, he appeared as a supporting character in the episode "Winner Take All", and fought Robin, trying to convince him if winning is really that important. Speedy later joined up with the team's sister group, Titans East. As depicted in the series, Speedy is serious and businesslike as in his Arsenal years in comics, leading Beast Boy to comment on his similarities to Robin. However, when he reappears in "Titans East Pt. 1", more of his traditional bad-boy Speedy personality is seen, as he refuses to apologize for buying fish tacos, which offends Aqualad to no end. He was mind-controlled by Brother Blood in "Titans East Pt. 2", but saved by Titans West. Speedy's bow was broken by Cheshire in "Calling All Titans". He was then overpowered by her. However, in the episode "Titans Together", Speedy somehow regained possession of his bow when he was freed from his suspended animation.
Speedy in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Patriot Act".
Speedy in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Patriot Act".
  • Speedy appears in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Patriot Act". There, Speedy states that he is Green Arrow's "ex-partner", and is visually designed as a slightly older, better built version of his Teen Titans incarnation (his costume is the same, and he is still voiced by Mike Erwin). This does not necessarily mean the shows are in continuity with one another, and may have been a nod to the Titans cartoon and nothing more, much like Michael Rosenbaum's voicing of Kid Flash in the Teen Titans episode "Lightspeed". Speedy's appearance is also a nod to the original Seven Soldiers of Victory, who are the stars of this episode.

Teen Titans was an American animated television series created by Sam Register and Glen Murakami and produced by Warner Bros. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Mike Erwin (b. ... Titans East is a DC Comics superhero team. ... Beast Boy (Garfield Mark Gar Logan) is a shape-shifting superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... Tempest is a fictional character, a superhero from DC Comics. ... Brother Blood is the name of two fictional comicbook characters in the DC Universe. ... Cheshire, real name Jade Nguyen, is a DC Comics villain, one of the worlds top assassins and mercenaries. ... Image File history File links Speedyjlu. ... Image File history File links Speedyjlu. ... Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was an American animated television series produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... Michael Rosenbaum Michael Owen Rosenbaum (born July 11, 1972, in Oceanside, New York) is an American actor. ... Wally West is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe, and the current (third) Flash. ... The Seven Soldiers of Victory (also known as Laws Legionaires) is a team of comic book superheroes in the DC Comics universe. ...

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