Mike Grell is a writer, artist, and Wisconsin native, whose career in comics covers more than forty years. He's worked with numerous characters. But, his legacy may be most linked with Green Arrow.
With his work on 1987's The Longbow Hunters, Grell took Oliver Queen out of his usual place on the sidelines, and put him front, center, and in Seattle. He re-visualized the character, with a new look, and a more realistic stories.
In the videos below, Grell talks about how a piece of his artwork became a major part of season 1 of Arrow; his reaction to the pilot; and his part in an early piece of Arrow history ...
If the videos don't display, you can access them at the CW 14 youtube channel here:
The Wanted Poster: https://youtu.be/s9NuSPA3wCA
Watching Arrow: https://youtu.be/6mbdDeb-fKw
The Arrow Comic Cover: https://youtu.be/Pr2ZWlc-UGs
The interview took place at Powers Comics in Green Bay on September 8th, 2017.