"They Say It'll Kill Me... But They Won't Say When": Green Arrow is enraged to discover that his ward Roy Harper is addicted to heroin, punching him, and throwing him out of his tenement. Even so, Oliver doubts his own self-righteousness, a
- I'm sharing a very small piece of the pain I've just gone through these past few days. The kind of pain thousands of kids are going through every day because an uncaring and unthinking society turns its back on them. Drugs are a symptom... and you... like the rest of society... attack the symptom... not the disease! But this symptom is worse than most -- it maims... it pains... it dims you. It drives you to the edge of insanity and over... and one day ends your trip on a slab in the morgue... with a tag around your toe.
- -- Speedy
Appearing in "They Say It'll Kill Me... But They Won't Say When"
- Saloman Hooper
- Drug Addicts
Synopsis for "They Say It'll Kill Me... But They Won't Say When"
Green Arrow is enraged to discover that his ward Roy Harper is addicted to heroin, punching him, and throwing him out of his tenement. Even so, Oliver doubts his own self-righteousness, and sets out to bring the dealers who ensnared his ward to justice. When both have left, two of the remaining junkies that had associated with Roy break into the tenement hoping to find him, but they are distracted when they find Roy's abandoned drug paraphernalia. They decide to get high, but soon one of them collapses - dead from an overdose. His companion runs away.
An hour later, Hal Jordan has suspicions about Speedy's explanation for why some youngsters turn to drugs and decides to investigate as Green Lantern. When he arrives at Oliver's house, he discovers the junkie's corpse. Green Lantern finds Roy hiding in an alley, and Roy admits his addiction. He refuses a doctor's help, and plans to go cold-turkey to spite Oliver. Lantern decides to take Roy to the home of Dinah Lance to deal with his problems.
Meanwhile, Green Arrow returns to the warehouse where the dealers were meeting with the junkies, searching for evidence. Despite a broken arm, he overpowers one of the dealers and gets the information he needs. He follows the lead to a boat, where he is soon attacked and subdued by a man named Saloman Hooper. Hooper's men knock Arrow off the pier while he is tied to an anchor, but he uses an acetylene trick arrow to free himself. Arrow and Lantern track Hooper to the Caribbean, where he visits his drug lab. They angrily attack and capture Hooper and his lab technician.
Later, Oliver, Hal, Dinah, and Roy attend the funeral of the junkie who overdosed in the tenement. Roy confronts his mentor, angrily blaming him for his recently kicked addiction, and storming off. Despite this, Oliver is visibly proud of his ward.
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- Lorna Dawn, Secret Service
- President of Perumbia
Synopsis for "The Icicle Goes South"
This story is reprinted from All-American Comics #92.
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