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Arrow Annotations - "Year's End"

Written by ThanosCopter on Thursday, December 13 2012 and posted in News with Benefits
Arrow Annotations -

Check out the Easter Eggs from this week's Arrow!

Wondering what tidbits and easter eggs from the Green Arrow comic books you missed in last night's episode of Arrow? Arrow Annotations is here to help, providing some additional notes and background info from last night’s episode. Arrow spoilers follow!

Adam Hunt - We all remember Adam Hunt, right?  Hunt was the first person on the List to be taken down by Ollie in the pilot episode.

Commissioner Nudocerdo - Nudocerdo appears in the comics as the corrupt chief of police in Star City.  Nudocerdo clashed with Ollie during the Emerald Archer's time as mayor of Star City and frequently turned to dirty tactics to undermine him.  Nudocerdo arranged for Deathstroke and Drakon's release from prison and exposed Ollie's connection to the Outsiders (which were running around as outlaws at the time).  He ended up getting killed by an assassin named Nix.

O'Neil and Adams - The street intersection where Detective Lance drops off Meryln's arrow is named for Neil Adams and Dennis O'Neil, the creators of one of Green Arrow's most popular stories.  O'Neil and Adams pushed Green Arrow into the world of social issues and forced Ollie (and Green Lantern Hal Jordan) to deal with issues such as racism and drug abuse.

Sagittarius - Sagittarius, the shell company used by Merlyn, is the name of a zodiac symbol and constellation.  In Greek mythology, Sagittarius is most often associated with Chiron, a centaur who trained many Greek heroes. 

Merlyn - We've briefly talked about Merlyn when talking about Tommy, but let's get into some more detail about the character.  Merlyn and Ollie have had a combative relationship in the comic books, starting from when Merlyn publicly challenged Green Arrow to an archery contest and won (sound familiar?).  Merlyn later tried to assassinate Batman as a member of the League of Assassins, a group led by the Batman villain Ra's ah Ghul, but was thwarted by Green Arrow, who deflected one of Merlyn's arrows with one of his own.  Merlyn is seen as the foremost villainous archer in the DCU and is a well-respected member of the villain community.  Merlyn's also been associated with various groups that have tried to bring down the Justice League. 

And to close out the year, here's a list of some of the Easter Egg's I've missed in past episodes.

Broome's Restaraunt - In "Legacies", Tommy mentions a "Broome's" restaraunt in Coast City.  Green Lantern Hal Jordan and Coast City were both created by John Broome.

Case File 1941:  In "Damaged", Ollie's case number is 1941, a reference to the year Green Arrow was created.  Another document mentions the number 73, a reference to Fun Comics #73, the comic in which Green Arrow first appeared.

So that's all I found this week.  See you all next year!


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