Did you watch last night's episode of Arrow? Are you wondering what connections the episode has with the comics? Do you like Easter eggs (and not just the brightly colored kind?) Arrow Annotations is here to help, providing some additional notes and background info from last night’s episode. Arrow spoilers follow!
Oliver Jonas Queen - Oliver notes that his middle name is Jonas, which matches his middle name in the comics.
Henrik Von Arnim - The prisoner who tries to strangle Sara is named Henrik von Arnim. He's an original character created for the television show. Von Arnim is played by Artine Brown, a Canadian character actor. Brown previously had a bit role on Smallville, in which he played a technician working for that series' Green Arrow.
I will add that Arnim is the first name of a well known Marvel villain, Arnim Zola (who appeared in the Captain America movie), but that's probably just a coincidence.
Thomas Flynn - The missionary captured by Ivo is named Thomas Flynn, and is another original character created for the series. Flynn is played by James Pizzinato, who's had small roles on other genre shows such as Fringe, Supernatural, Caprica and Alcatraz.
Curtis Swan - Thea notes that one of the paintings in her father's collection was painted by Curtis Swan. Curt Swan is a prolific Silver Age penciller, who drew many of Superman's adventures during that time. Swan drew the first race between Superman and Flash, and was the artist for Alan Moore's "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?" story. Swan was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 1997.
Joe Kubert- Thea mentions another painting by Joseph Kubert. Joe Kubert is another prolific Silver Age artist best known for his work on Hawkman and Sgt. Rock. Kubert also founded The Kubert School, an art school that specializes in sequential artwork (i.e. comic art). Kubert's first work at DC was a Seven Soldiers of Victory story that featured both Green Arrow and Speedy. Kubert drew the first appearances of the Injustice Society and Ragman. Kubert was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 1998.
Both of Kubert's sons are also well known comic book artists, and the Kubert School has produced a number of well known artists, including Scott Kolins, Amanda Cooper, Alex Maleev, and Rick Veitch.
And that's about it this episode. The big episodes often contain the least amount of Easter Eggs, so I shouldn't really be surprised. I'm still researching
See you all in two weeks!