Free Universe Characters


The Arrow


Alias: Ralph Payne
Occupation:  Secret Agent
Group Affiliation:  CIA
Base of Operations: Washington, D.C.
Height: 6’
Weight: 215 lbs.
Eyes: Gray
Hair: Blond
First Appearance: Funny Pages Vol 2 #10 (Centaur, 1938)
Known Creators:  Paul Gustavson


Payne was working as a secret agent, when he was forced to make a difficult choice.  Save the woman he loved, or keep his cover, and potentially save thousands of lives.  In the name of duty, he let the woman die.  Payne was haunted by the experience and decided that if he had a mask, he would be able to take action without blowing his cover on missions.  Thus he invented, "The Arrow," a modern day Robin Hood, who would fight for justice all over the world when Ralph Payne was too deep to take action.


Equipment and Abilities:  
Payne is a master archer who wields a bow with a number of specialized arrows, including incendiary "flame arrows," explosive arrows, and arrows with attached cables that can be used to clothesline opponents or used as a zip line.  Payne is also an exceptional hand to hand combatant, capable of defeating multiple opponents with relative ease.  He is a good climber and infiltrator.  As a spy, he is familiar with monitoring and tracking equipment, and he is a very good liar.


Jane Markham
Jane is a British secret agent who Payne entrusted with his secret identity.
First Appearance:
Arrow #3
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