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Capes On the Couch - Where Comics Get Counseling

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Saving the world doesn't necessarily mean you go home happy. How's the mental health of your favorite superhero? A comic aficionado and a board-certified psychiatrist look at the various neuroses of your favorite heroes and villains and provide options for treatment.


Issue 61 - Roy Harper

Anthony and Doc cover Ollie Queen's former sidekick ROY HARPER! From abandonment to drug addiction to child death, this is a very heavy episode - there's even a content warning at the start. This is not a light and fun one, but it's worthwhile to listen to.


  • Intro

  • Background (3:08)

    • Roy Harper created by Mort Weisinger & George Papp in More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941)

    • Originally known as Speedy, sidekick to Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow

    • Raised by Brave Bow, a Navajo medicine chief after his father died, he was adopted by Green Arrow and became Oliver’s sidekick

    • Became a member of the original Teen Titans, and dated Donna Troy before they broke up

    • Famously became addicted to heroin in “Snowbirds Don’t Fly” in 1971 – abandoned by Ollie and taken care of by Black Canary until he got clean

    • Fell in love with villain Cheshire, and they had a daughter (Lian) that Roy didn’t know about until much later

    • Rejoined the Titans and adopted the name Arsenal – after the Titans broke up, he lead a group called the Outsiders for a while

    • Joins the Justice League under the name Red Arrow, until the villain Prometheus cuts his arm off, and the Electrocutioner blows up Star City, killing Lian – with a cybernetic arm built by Cyborg, he goes to the prison and kills the Electrocutioner – has temporary heroin relapse

    • New 52 – Lian no longer exists and his arm is intact, and he is now good friends with Jason Todd – now merely an alcoholic instead of a recovering drug addict, he is a member of the Outlaws – killed in a rehab center by Wally West

    • Rebirth – his past of being Speedy and drug addiction were restored

  • Issues (11:58)

    • Abandonment & father issues – birth father died, then Brave Bow dies of cancer, then Ollie left him – this is what led to…

    • Drug use – constantly dealing with effects of addiction, and fears relapse

    • Paternal regret – great father to Lian, but wasn’t there when she died, and has nightmares about it (38:02)

  • Break
  • Treatment (47:11)

    • In-universe

    • Out of universe

  • Skit (63:35)

  • Ending

    • Next episode: Ghost Rider (?)

    • Confirmed at Rogue Comics, Cranford NJ, 11/13 at 6:30 PM


  • Hank Pym episode - Anthony (21:08)
  • Sackler family - Anthony (38:21)
  • Multiple Man episode - Doc (38:34)

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