"You have failed this city!"
Our story opens...
I was kind of hoping that paper airplane was headed right down his throat,
choking him to death in broad daylight as the beginning of a grim and gritty comeback for Kite-Man. Ah, well.
Here, in a Silver Age early example of decompressed storytelling, DC takes an entire silent page to have someone throw a paper airplane out a window. Stupid? Wasteful? Maybe. But you will never forget this page now.
Add "paper airplane" to the list of 1000 Ways to Defeat Green Arrow, please.
But DC loved these "Silver Age Set-Ups": odd, unlikely, covers or openings that left you achingly curious and unable not to buy/continue reading. "Why is Batman holding up a gorilla?" Well, child, you'll have to buy the comic to find out, or wait until the internet is invented.
"Would"? \Hey, letterer, I think you misspelled "could".
Ah, the subtlety of the Silver Age; Average Schmoes were always given demeaning names like "Charlie Sneed". I guess in a world where your god-like heroes are named Bruce, Clark, Oliver, and Bartholomew you have to go extra far to designate someone as a regular joe.
Meanwhile, a corpse is found elsewhere in this unnamed city by members of the Dr. Occult Fan Club....
Look, not even Ollie is stupid enough to leave behind his hat like that. And "not even Ollie is stupid enough" is NOT a phrase I use lightly.
When this news goes public, Charlie Sneed, unencumbered by gum, snaps into action!
Flash Fact: 60% of wives on Earth-1 are named "Martha".
Diana Prince, out of costume, reports this turn of events to the JLA, who respond with characteristic serialocution:
Bruce and Barry were always the smart ones. But Clark is very pretty.
I love the fact that this panel implies that Diana waltzed into JLA HQ and tells some winding tale about the people's case against Green Arrow BEFORE anyone hits her with a batarang/heat vision/ boxing glove arrow/teeny tiny fist or asks how she got in. By the way, this is the beginning of Wonder Woman's "powerless period"--the mod boutique, the white pantsuit, the hate-hate relationship with I Ching.
After delivering her astonishing news ("Green Arrow is wanted! Whooda thunk it!?"), she takes a sabbatical from the League, to which Barry, a true comic book fanboy, reacts thus:
"As Aquaman has lost his wife Mera,
and Green Lantern has lost Carol Ferris,
so are the Days of Our Lives."
This being comics, the cops are slower than even a de-powered Diana, and finally issue an APB on GA after she leaves by means of a staccato rasp:
"Green Arrow? Kill someone?! Nonsense; this is DC, not the CW."
Dark Musings. Staccato Rasp. If you need to name your metal band, look no further than Silver Age narration boxes. The League, who finally have an excuse to get rid of Green Arrow, make him leave quickly before they receive orders to arrest him, because they are loophole-loving vigilantes rather than actual cops. Except for Barry, who's just lazy.
So, leaving JLA HQ, Ollie goes undercover...Green Arrow-style.
Never change, Ollie; never change.