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Roy Harper, Sr. (New Earth)

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Roy Harper, Senior is the father of superhero Roy Harper. There is very little known about him and there have been several contradictory stories presented about him.

Originally he was a wealthy man shown to have died in a plane crash that left his young son stranded on the isolated Lost Mesa along with his faithful manservant Quoag.[1] He was later shown to be a scientist who died along with his wife when one of his inventions exploded, leaving their son to be raised by Chief Thunderhead.[2] Most consistently he is shown to be a heroic ranger who rescued many members of a Navajo tribe from a raging forest fire. One of them named Brave Bow promised to return the noble deed and decided to adopt his son when the man perished in an avalanche.[3] Later he was said to have died in the forest fire when young Roy was around two years old.[4]

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • In his first appearance Roy's father was not given a name.[1] In his second appearance he was called John, and had a wife named Anna.[2] It wasn't until his third appearance that he was called Roy Senior, and that name stuck,[3] though he was once called Will.[5]