"Listen… forget about chasing around the galaxy! And remember America. It’s a good country… beautiful… fertile… and terribly sick! There are children dying, honest people cowering in fear, disillusioned kids ripping up campuses. On the streets of Memphis a good black man died… and in Los Angeles, a good white man fell. Something is wrong. Something is killing us all! Some hideous moral cancer is rotting our very souls.”
-Green Arrow, in Green Lantern #76
In April 1970, Green Lantern #76 began a wave of social relevance in comics, telling of Hal Jordan and Green Arrow traveling across America to deal with issues like corruption, poverty, and drugs; this would lead to the ground-breaking issue #85, depicting Green Arrow’s ward Speedy as a heroin addict. The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek all claimed these events to be crucial in the time of comic books “growing up”.
Writer Dennis O’Neil and artist Neal Adams were on the title from #76 to #89.