Speedy (DC)(Earth 1 - Pre Crisis)
Real Name: Roy Harper
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Master Archer: Speedy possesses no superhuman attributes, but he is a marksman of incredible accuracy. He is extremely adept at the use of the bow and arrow. Vixen once "absorbed" Roy's archery ability during training practice and was able to hit the bullseye of a standard target from 200 meters away. Its because of this that its assumed that Speedy can also hit his targets from 200 meters away. Vixen didn't specify that this was a maximum range so its possible that Speedy can hit the bullseye target that surpasses 200 meters away.
Weapons Proficiency: Master of Moo Gi Gong. Speedy is extremely proficient with a wide array of weaponry. He has the ability to take virtually any object and use it in combat as an effective weapon.
Master Detective: Though not in the same league as Batman and Elongated Man, Speedy possesses keen analytical skills and deductive ability.
The boy who would become Red Arrow was born Roy Harper, Jr.- the son of a forest ranger. Harper's mother died while he was an infant, and Roy, Sr. raised the child on his own for some time. Unfortunately, Roy, Sr. died while saving members of a Navajo reservation during a major fire when his son was barely two years old. The shaman of the reservation, Brave Bow, raised young Harper in gratitude for Roy, Sr.'s sacrifice. Under Brave Bow's care Roy Harper was raised as a traditional Navajo and treated as a member of the tribe.
Brave Bow recognized in Harper an early talent for archery, and he was trained in that skill throughout his time on the reservation. With few friends and a lot of time on his hands, Harper practiced extensively, eventually developing the skill of someone twice his age.
After Green Arrow's public debut, Harper developed an immediate hero worship and followed the hero's exploits avidly. When Green Arrow visited the reservation in order to judge an archery contest Harper was participating in, eager Roy did his best to impress his hero, and succeeded in doing so. However, in the final elimination of the tournament Harper was given a magnetized arrow and missed his last shot. When he helped to stop a robber by quickly drawing and firing an arrow, Green Arrow noted that Harper had been "speedier" than he, and offered to take Roy in as his ward. Though publicly the two were known as Oliver Queen and Roy Harper, benefactor and foster child, in private Queen trained Harper to be his partner in crime. Roy Harper was extensively drilled in the use of both standard arrows and the trick arrows that Green Arrow had created for use in crimefighting, and when Green Arrow judged him to be sufficiently skilled, he was presented with his own costume and the super-heroic identity of "Speedy." Shortly afterward, Brave Bow died, and Oliver Queen/Green Arrow became the only father figure in Roy Harper's life.
As Speedy, Harper assisted his mentor during many of his cases. Just as Green Arrow had become a member of the Justice League of America, so did Speedy find his own colleagues when he joined Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, and Wonder Girl to become the Teen Titans. While serving with the Titans, he and Wonder Girl (aka Donna Troy) began a semi-serious teenage relationship that later developed into a close friendship.
After his stint with the Titans, several events occurred that made Speedy feel increasingly rootless and abandoned. His relationship with Donna Troy failed to progress past the "teenage sweetheart" stage, the Teen Titans disbanded, and Ollie Queen, the closest thing Harper had to a father, lost much of his fortune and abandoned him to travel America with Hal Jordan (the Green Lantern of Earth) and Queen's girlfriend, the Black Canary. Increasingly alone and extremely depressed, Harper developed a heroin addiction. When Green Arrow discovered his addiction, rather than give Harper support or comfort, Ollie punched him and kicked him out, leaving him homeless. He was later found by Jordan, and with the help of Black Canary and others, Harper quit cold turkey.
Though Harper quit drugs entirely, partly in order to prove his strength to Ollie Queen, the latter's actions had already driven a rift between the two that would take years to heal.
Harper worked as a counselor for teens with drug problems following his recovery, while continuing to pursue a solo career as Speedy. He also joined a re-formed Teen Titans for a time, but the team once again disbanded and Speedy was left on his own.
First Appearance: Adventure Comics (1938) #250
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#436 Adventure Comics (1938)
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#250 Aquaman Archives (2003)
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Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams (2003)
Batman: The Frightened City (1990)
TPB Book and Record Set (45 rpm) (1974)
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PR30 Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
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DC Comics Presents: Jack Kirby Omnibus Sampler (2011)
DC Special Series (1977)
#11 DC Super Stars (1976)
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#1 DC Universe: Secret Origins (2012)
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HC Detective Comics (1937)
- 'DC Universe: Secret Origins'TPB
- 'DC Universe: Secret Origins'
Government Issue: Comics for the People, 1940s-2000s (2011)
TPB Green Lantern (1960)
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#85 History of the DC Universe (1986)
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#8 Justice League of America (1960)
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#13 Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo (2012)
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Tales of the New Teen Titans (1982)
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#50 Teen Titans (1966)
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#4 Teen Titans Annual No. 1, 1967 Issue (1999)
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- 'When Titans Clash'#53
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#1 The Best of DC (1979)
- 'President Kennedy Has Been Kidnapped!'
#18 The Best of the Brave and the Bold (1988)
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#6 The Brave and the Bold (1955)
- 'Starring Batman And The Teen Titans'
#50 The Brave and the Bold 80 pg. Giant Annual (2001)
- 'Wanted -- the Capsule Master'#83
- 'Punish Not My Evil Son'#94
- 'Rebels in the Streets'#102
- 'The Commune Of Defiance!'#117
- 'Batman and Sgt. Rock'#149
- 'Look Homeward, Runaway!'
The Brave And The Bold Team-Up Archives (2005)
The Hawk and the Dove (1968)
#5 The New Teen Titans (1980)
- 'Walk With Me, O' Brother ... Death Has Taken My Hand!'
#27 The New Teen Titans (1984)
- 'Runaways Part 2'#29
- 'First Blood!'#30
- 'Thunder and Lightning!'#34
- 'Endings...and Beginnings!'
#19 The New Teen Titans (Drug Awareness Specials) (1983)
- 'Breaking Up is Hard to Do'#20
- 'Past Imperfect'#21
- 'On Top of the World'#24
- 'Hell is the Hybrid'
The Official Teen Titans Index (1985)
The Superman Family (1974)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
#21 World's Finest Comics (1941)
- 'Shrinking Violet to Starfinger'#23
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- 'The Battle Of The Super-Heroes!'#96
- 'The Super-Foes From Planet X!'#97
- 'The Day Superman Betrayed Batman!'#98
- 'The Menace Of The Moonman!'#99
- 'Batman's Super-Spending Spree!'#100
- 'The Dictator Of Krypton City'#101
- 'The Menace Of The Atom-Smasher!'#102
- 'The Caveman From Krypton!'#103
- 'The Secret Of The Sorcerer's Treasure!'#104
- 'The Plot To Destroy Superman!'#105
- 'The Alien Superman!'#106
- 'The Duplicate Man!'#107
- 'The Secret Of The Time-Creature!'#108
- 'The Star Creatures!'#109
- 'The Bewitched Batman!'#110
- 'The Alien Who Doomed Robin!'#111
- 'Superman's Secret Kingdom!'#112
- 'The Menace Of Superman's Pet!'#113
- 'Bat-Mite Meets Mr. Mxyzptlk!'#114
- 'Captives Of The Space Globe!'#115
- 'The Curse That Doomed Superman!'#116
- 'The Creature From Beyond!'#117
- 'Super-Batwoman and the Super-Creature'#118
- 'The Creature That Was Exchanged For Superman!'#119
- 'The Secret of Tigerman'#120
- 'The Challenge Of The Faceless Creature!'#121
- 'The Mirror Batman!'#122
- 'The Capture Of Superman!'#123
- 'The Incredible Team Of Bat-Mite And Mr. Mxyzptlk!'#124
- 'The Mystery Of The Alien Super-Boy!'#125
- 'The Hostages Of The Island Of Doom!'#126
- 'The Negative Superman'#127
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- 'The Power That Transformed Batman'#129
- 'Joker-Luthor Incorperated!'#130
- 'The Riddle of the Four Planets'#131
- 'The Mystery of the Crimson Avenger'#132
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- 'The Band Of Super Villains!'#136
- 'The Batman Nobody Remembered!'#138
- 'The Secret Of The Captive Cavemen'#140
- 'The Clayface Superman!'#143
- 'The Feud Between Batman And Superman!'#145
- 'Prison For Heroes!'#178
- 'The Has-Been Superman'#205
- 'The Computer That Captured A Town!'#251#254#257
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