Wondering what comic references you missed in last night's episode? Luckily Arrow Annotations is here to help, providing some additional notes and background info from last night’s episode. Arrow spoilers follow!
Full Disclosure: Due to some personal issues and a sound glitch during the first few minutes of the show, I was not as vigilant in tracking down Easter Eggs this episode. Sorry if I missed more than I usually do.
Edward Rasmus – E. Rasmus sounds like a reference to the Dutch philosopher Erasmus, although I have no idea why. Maybe somebody thought that humanism is akin to investment fraud?
Mr. Blank – This week’s villain was created for the TV show, but his origins can be traced back to the comics. This week’s villain was originally going to be an adaptation of Onomatopoeia, an assassin who perfectly imitates noises around him. However, Arrow’s producers were discouraged upon learning that Kevin Smith, the creator of the assassin, said in an interview that he didn’t believe the character would retain his edge in other media. So, instead we got Mr. Blank, who would have made a great recurring villain for the show.
The Moore Family – Possibly a reference to the great Bearded One, Alan Moore, of Watchmen, V for Vendetta and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Moore wrote a Green Arrow story called “Night Olympics” which featured Black Canary and Green Arrow being hunted by a guy named Pete Lomax during their nightly patrol. The story was intended as a riff of Frank Miller’s Daredevil.
Harbinger – Lyla’s codename is a reference to her comic book counterpart, whom we’ve talked about in past columns.
26 Bodies – Ollie’s put 26 (27 after Mr. Blank) bodies in the morgue. 26 is half of 52, a number DC is obsessed with.
Wonder Twins – The obvious comic reference of the week, the Wonder Twins were originally a Hanna Barbera creation for the Super Friends TV Show before eventually being eliminated in favor of more traditional superheroes like Cyborg and Firestorm. While a few people are probably quick to point out that the Wonder Twins didn’t snog like Roy and Thea do, the characters’ names are based off of Tarzan and his lady friend Jane. Gives those Wonder Twin incest jokes a little more credence, doesn’t it?
And that's all I found this week. I'm sure I'll be a little more vigilant next time. See you next week!