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Arrow Annotations - S03E06 "Guilty"

Written by Christian on Thursday, November 13 2014 and posted in Features

Arrow Annotations - S03E06

A look at all the comic book references and Easter eggs from last night's episode.

Welcome back to Arrow Annotations, the Internet's number one Arrow easter egg column. If you want to know more about the comics that inspired the TV show and random factoids about the latest episode of Arrow, you've come to the right place. Past articles can be found here.

If you enjoy this column, be sure to check out Flash Facts, my new column on Arrow's sister show, The Flash. And feel free to follow me on Twitter at @OH_IGW. Now onto the comic references!

Culebras and Halcones - Oliver and company discover a number of bodies belonging to the Culebras and Halcones gangs.  Culebras is the Spanish word for "snake", while halcones is Spanish for "hawks."

9th and Hasen - Ted Grant's gym is located on the corner of 9th and Hasen.  Wildcat's co-creator was Irwin Hasen, a Golden Age cartoonist who worked for DC Comics before moving onto the long running newspaper strip Dondi.  Hasen is still alive and is 96 years old. 

Ken Rabehl - A poster advertising a boxing match between Ted Grant and Ken Rabehl was shown several times in last night's episode.  Rabehl is a graphic artist and concept illustrator based out of Vancouver who has worked on a number of television shows, including Battlestar Galactica.  

Rabehl's name has popped up in a couple of other Arrow episodes.  His name first popped up on the byline of an article about Oliver's reappearance for the World News in "City of Heroes".  In "The Man Under the Hood", his name was shown on one of the gravestones in a cemetery dedicated to those who died in the Glades earthquake.  So I guess in the Arrowverse, Rabehl was a boxer turned journalist who perished while covering the Glades disaster.  What a life.  

Isaac Stanzler - This week's villain was probably named after Wendey Stanzler, who directed several episodes of Arrow including this season's "Sara".

Cupid - While we'll cover Cupid (who appeared at the end of the episode) in full in next week's column, you may have noticed her standing in the crowd outside of Ted Grant's gym after the police had been called.  

Weapon in his arsenal - Looks like we know how Roy gets his name Arsenal in the show.  In the comics, Roy takes up the name Arsenal after rejoining the Teen Titans after a stint working for the CBI, a clandestine government agency focusing on drug trafficking.

Now that we got all of those mundane references out of the way, we can devote the rest of the article to....


The boxing glove arrow is arguably Green Arrow's most used trick arrow, and certainly one of his most popular. The boxing glove arrow first appeared in Adventure Comics #118, when it was used to fight the one-off supervillain "the Storm King" (in a story curiously titled "The Weather Wizard").  The Arrowplane, Green Arrow's chosen flying vehicle, was also introduced in this issue.  Here's the first appearance of the boxing glove arrow, in all its glory.

While the boxing glove arrow was Green Arrow's most well-known trick arrow, it's actually not the first trick arrow he used in the comics.  The boomerang arrow appeared 10 months before the boxing glove arrow in Adventure Comics #108.  Green Arrow used the boomerang arrow to fight a bear.  Oh...the Golden Age of comics. 

The boxing glove arrow was created by Ed Herron and George Papp. 

And here's one I missed from a couple of weeks ago:

Captain Carrot - In, "The Magician", Ollie discovers a can of soup at Sara's safe house and mentions that it was her favorite food.  The brand of soup Sara loved so much?  Captain Carrot Lentil Stew.  Here's a close up of the soup can label, courtesy of Marc Guggenheim's Twitter account.:

And that's it for this weeks!  Thanks for reading! 


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