Born a few years before the First World War, Roger Parsons was the son of inventor Paul Parsons, who had developed a new type of nonflammable balloon gas, and a secret balloon-maneuvering device, for observation and transportation. To test his formula and publicize the invention, Parsons brought along his wife Gloria and infant son Roger, on a cross-country balloon trip, from Long Island to the West Coast. Out in a sparsely-populated part of the American West, a greedy competitor, Brand Braddock, sent riflemen to shoot down the test balloon. In the resulting crash, Mr. & Mrs. Parsons were killed, while the baby miraculously survived.
The child was found, and rescued from a cougar, by a gold prospector called "Nugget Ned," who raised the boy as his own. Ned taught him to fend for himself and trained him in archery, at which the boy excelled. Ned had much earlier found gold, lots of it, and no longer seemed to care about it any more; he let young Roger use gold to make arrow heads, and because of this his Indian friends called him Golden Arrow. At age eighteen, working with no rope, Golden Arrow found, stalked, caught, and tamed a wild white stallion, which he worked with and trained for years. He called the horse White Wind.
Nugget Ned had a heart attack, and on his deathbed, the old man told the now-grown boy of his origins. The young man set out to avenge his parents, and went on to right many other wrongs throughout the West.
Golden Arrow did not possess any superhuman capabilities.
- Equestrianism: Golden Arrow was a capable horseback rider, who used no saddle, and cultivated a strong bond with his horse, White Wind.
- Hand-to-Hand Combat: Golden Arrow was an accomplished hand-to-hand combatant.
- Firearms: Golden Arrow was an expert marksman.
- Archery: Golden Arrow was an expert with a bow and arrow.
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- This version of Golden Arrow, including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985–86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.
- Paul Parsons' balloon-maneuvering device was able to overcome strong headwinds. The secret for accomplishing this perished with Parsons.
- In American History on Earth-S, the Pony Express somehow stayed in business past 1861, and was still operating in the 1940s.
- 46 Appearances of Roger Parsons (Earth-S)
- 1 Images featuring Roger Parsons (Earth-S)
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