In the now-destroyed dimensional reality known as the Pre-Crisis Earth-Two, Oliver Queen was born to an average family in the western United States during or soon after World War I. Living alongside Native Americans on reservation land, Queen began a life-long appreciation of the tribal lifestyle of the native Indians, even developing a proficiency with archery. Queen had spent his lifetime becoming an expert on American Indian culture and lore which resulted in Queen amassed a large collection of artifacts and relics of the Native Americans which he would lend out to various museums, which afforded him a large personal fortune.
It would be in the initial loss of his collection that would cause Queen to become Green Arrow, as Queen had clumsily prevented a robbery attempt of the bulk of his collection of Indian artifacts which caused a fire that burned everything.
Queen was inspired by one of his friends to restart again by exploring supposed Indian remains at Lost Mesa, which is supposed to be a "hidden gold mine" of artifacts. After piloting his own plane to this so-called Lost Mesa, Queen was ambushed by the criminal from the earlier Museum robbery as they were seeking to recoup their losses. Forcing Queen, alongside the earlier-trapped Roy Harper into a cave and corning them Queen and Harper both armed themselves with bow and arrow and discovered a rear exit out of the cave. Upon the way out they stumble on a hidden gold mine recapturing Queen's fortune and the basis for their later costumed careers. It was during this fight with the Indian artifact stealing criminals, Harper quickly weaves back and forth from the cave causing one of the criminals to comment "Boy, that kid is really speedy!" and later another one of the gang warns off his cohorts with the statement "Watch out for the big guy! He shoots a mean green arrow!" These names would obviously be adapted by Queen and Harper in their costumed identities.
After successfully fending off the criminal (who are accidentally crushed to death by a massive Indian idol top falling onto them which Queen comments as just punishment for them killing Harper's Indian man-servant Quoag) Queen takes the now family lost Harper home with him as his new ward. Neither Queen nor Harper would not find out that he had surviving family until much later, namely his uncle, police officer James "Jim" Harper who was the World War II hero known as the Guardian.
Green Arrow and Speedy became founding members of the Seven Soldiers of Victory and were inducted into the U.S. Government sponsored All-Star Squadron as were all so-called "mystery men" operating in the United States following the attack on Pearl Harbor.
After World War II and the disbanding of the All-Star Squadron, Queen and Harper remained active both as a partnership and as members of the Seven Soldiers of Victory despite the legal banning of most of the masked heroes of Earth-Two by the United States' House of Un-American Activities Commission (H.U.A.C.). Though many of Queens's and Harper's costumed battles were not as elaborate as the few remaining active costumed heroes of Earth-Two, Queen and and his now adult partner continued on in their costumed identities until Queen and Harper and the other Seven Soldier members were all kidnapped and dispersed throughout time by the Nebula Man, then known as the Iron Hand.
With the defeat of Nebula Man (Iron Hand) Queen and the other Seven Soldier members were then returned to the then-current time. While Queen had aged well as an active combatant -- who was now considered the inspiration for Robin Hood who he had temporarily replaced for a time while he was in 12th century England -- there was no doubt that Queen was now an older man in a world that had caught up to his trick arrows and non-lethal combat techniques. Most of the Seven Soldiers, including Queen, decided to retire from active combat upon being brought back to the then present. Queen appears not to have donned his costume again until he attended the Crimson Avenger's funeral.
Later Life and Death
Despite being now physically middle aged (and technically in his sixties) Queen rose up to fight against the Anti-Monitor at the battle at the "Dawn of Time" and survived the reformat and elimination that several other duplicate heroes did not. Seeing that the Anti-Monitor was releasing his murderous Thunderers to randomly attack and kill people on the resulting single Earth, Queen once again rose up as Green Arrow. But despite Queen's best efforts, Queen's age and his time away from active duty proved to be his downfall as he was no longer swift enough to avoid the Anti-Monitor's Thunderers' attacks and was killed in that first battle on New Earth.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Queen had no known superhuman powers or abilities though a far beyond average concentration and eye hand coordination which accounted for his almost perfect archery skill and marksmanship in many weapon usage.
- Archery: Queen had a far beyond average concentration and eye hand coordination which accounted for his almost perfect archery skill and marksmanship in many weapon usage
Queen had above average strength during his prime. His strength level decreased as he aged.
Queen had all of the normal weaknesses of most human males (will fail from oxygen deprivation, lack of food and sleep, etc.) though has obviously higher than average tolerances during his prime
Many exotic devices that he would usually carry and have formed into his array of trick and specialty arrows
Many specialty arrows and bows along with other specialty weapons many which were based on Native American warriors such as knives and staffs though Queen almost always preferred his arrows and bows as the primary weapons
- This version of Oliver Queen (Earth-Two), including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the Multiverse in the 1985-86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series and is now considered apocryphal.
Originally Indian warrior, not Robin Hood wannabe
As recounted in More Fun Comics #89 The Birth of the Battling Bowmen unlike most of the later origins of the Green Arrow, the original Golden Age origin of Oliver Queen was written as being interested and focused on Native Americans as the source of his heroic inspiration and archery usage. The warrior Indian was noted to be the basis of his original archery and climbing training which took place on a western USA cowboy mesa. Roy Harper, in both the Golden Age and later incarnations, maintained Harper's original focus on being of Native American background and influence, though with far fewer stereotypes like Harper's original Native American man-servant Quoag. 
The original Indian basis would be changed as co-creator Weisinger later stated the Green Arrow character was indeed meant to be a play on Robin Hood despite the original origin of More Fun #89 as recounted in later revisions of Green Arrow's origin in "SECRET ORIGINS OF THE DC SUPERHEROES" (1976) by his declaration of
- "My Green Arrow was a streamlined Robin Hood -- a law-abiding Robin Hood. Then I added props -- the Arrowmobile, for one, and I got into the business of creating new kinds of arrows."
- Queen was occasionally depicted with brown hair in his very earliest appearances, and Roy Thomas attempted to reinstate this in the early eighties in order to differentiate him from his Earth-One counterpart. However, Queen was a blond again by the time of his death in Crisis on Infinite Earths.
- 275 Appearances of Oliver Queen (Earth-Two)
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This character is or was a member of the Seven Soldiers of Victory, or the Seven Soldiers in any of its various incarnations, created by the United States to defend itself from World War II and later it returned to battle time traveling, dimension spanning mysteries and monsters.