|First appearance||More Fun Comics #73 (November, 1941)|
|Created by||Mort Weisinger, George Papp|
|Type of business||Conglomerate|
Queen Industries is a fictional business organization in the DC Comics universe. It is owned and run by Oliver Queen / Green Arrow. Oliver reluctantly inherited the company after his parents, Robert and Moira Queen, were killed. It was founded by Robert.
In the early days of Oliver's ownership, Queen Industries made much of its profits from the sale of weapons and munitions. In "Peacemakers", written by Dennis O'Neil, Oliver discovers some of the disastrous impacts that the weapons he is making his money from are having in other countries. As a result, Oliver decides to sell off what is left of the company, giving all of the proceeds to a war relief effort (This was a widely accepted retelling of the original story of how Queen lost his remaining fortune to a man named John Deleon).
For many years following, Queen Industries was without its namesake ebullient owner, as Green Arrow traversed the countryside, to discover the true America. During this period, he formed strongly liberal values (in stark contrast to his frequent conservative traveling partner, Green Lantern) which he was never shy about espousing, and which defined and motivated his later career. The strength of his convictions indeed became one of his most indelible characteristics, and was a primary influence in the new treatment of social issues as a valid theme for mainstream superhero comics.
Eventually, Oliver Queen was able to reassert his control of Queen Industries, now divested of its weapons contracts. He used the income from it to secretly fund his superhero activities. Originally, much of the money was funneled into bankrolling the fledgling Justice League. However, this ended when Oliver quit the JLA, having decided that they were only interested in fighting the big battles with the supervillains, and weren't looking out enough for "the little guy." Since then, the income from Queen Industries has gone to charitable donations and to funding his own crime-fighting activities.
The company had changed hands several times. A recent story arc involved it being bought by the villainous Isabel Rochev, also known as "The Queen".
In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, Oliver Queen is based in Seattle, and using a subsidiary of Queen Industries called Q-Core as a front for his operations as Green Arrow. In addition to masking the research and development of his trick arrows, Q-Core had developed several very successful products like the Q-pad and Q-phone, making Oliver a billionaire mogul. Following the buy up of Queen Industries by Stellmoor Industries and their CEO, Simon Lacroix, followed by his destruction of Q-Core, the fate of the company is unknown.