The Social Justice Warrior (THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #85, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #75, GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW #76 – 89, 1969-1972)
After decades as a combo Robin Hood/Batman hero, Green Arrow is given a radical makeover that forever redefines his character. First, he loses his fortune based on that machinations of a villain, and he then becomes a crusader for the poor and the downtrodden, taking aim (sometimes literally, sometimes not) at “corporate fat cats.” He adopts his signature goatee during this time, as well as a new, more modern costume. He becomes the co-headliner of GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW, in which the conservative Lantern serves as a stark contrast to the far more socially conscious Arrow. This interpretation of Green Arrow defines the character for the rest of his existence, both in and out of comics.
The Longbow Hunter (GREEN ARROW: THE LONGBOW HUNTERS #1-3, GREEN ARROW #1-80, 1987-1995)
Green Arrow goes into a much more adult oriented direction in the limited series THE LONGBOW HUNTERS, and its subsequent follow-up ongoing series. It was during this era that Oliver became more of an urban vigilante and less of a traditional DC Super Hero, and it is here that he ditched his non-lethal trick arrows and started to kill his enemies.
Together with longtime girlfriend and fellow hero Black Canary, instead of the average Super-Villains, the pair were fighting drug runners and serial killers instead. He was also introduced to the deadly Shado, an adversary that was as much an expert with the bow and arrow as Oliver was, and would become one of his greatest enemies. Shado eventually sexually assaulted Oliver, and from that union came Oliver’s son, Robert Queen.
"Quiver" (GREEN ARROW #1-10, 2001-2002)
In the late 90s, Oliver Queen dies fighting a group of eco-terrorists, and is soon replaced as Green Arrow by his estranged son, Conner Hawke. But Oliver wouldn’t stay dead for too long. His best friend, the former Green Lantern Hal Jordan, now known as the omnipotent Parallax, used his nearly limitless powers to bring Oliver back to life, although his body was both without many of his memories, and also without a soul. This prompted Oliver Queen’s soul to leave the afterlife and return to his body, effectively restoring Green Arrow to “factory settings.” Now back for good, Ollie resumed his life as Green Arrow and began fighting crime once again, and took on a new sidekick, a young archer named Mia Dearden.
For Better or for Worse (GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY WEDDING SPECIAL, GREEN ARROW/BLACK CANARY #1-32, 2007-2010)
After decades of an on again/off again relationship, Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance finally tied the knot. Almost every Super-Hero in the DC universe attended the wedding, with most of them happy these two had finally made it official. But it turned out that the man that Black Canary married was an imposter, after she is forced to kill him when he attacks her on their wedding night.
Together with Ollie’s son Conner, she goes on a search and rescue mission for her Oliver, and when she finds the real deal, who was imprisoned by the evil Granny Goodness, the two promptly get married for real. The duo have several adventures together as a married couple, until Oliver’s choice to murder several of his enemies causes the pair to split up, and for Dinah to return her wedding ring to him.
The New 52 (2011-2016)
In the post-Flashpoint DC universe, Ollie’s history is altered, and as a result, he is a much younger man once more, and relatively new at the Super-Hero business. In this new timeline, Oliver’s origin story is much the same, only he eventually finds out that his father arranged for him to be stranded on the desert island for all those years, as part of an elaborate plot to turn him into a living weapon who was meant to take on a secret society called the Outsiders.
In the New 52 reality, Oliver Queen runs Q-Core, a subsidiary of Queen Industries that focused on developing cutting edge technology. He also has a back-up team that helps him in his crime fighting, referred to as “Team Arrow,” most prominent among them being former military veteran John Diggle. A new lethal enemy is revealed to Green Arrow during this era that would become one of his worst, the deadly Komodo.
Rebirth (2016 - Present)
Following the events of DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1, Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance met each other again for the very first time, and just as in previous continuities, the two had an instant attraction to one another, and once again became crime-fighting partners as well as lovers. It was also during this time that Oliver’s half-sister, Emiko Queen, took up the family business and became the Red Arrow.