Mr Arrow was a human man.
In the middle of the 18th century, Mr Arrow was the first mate whom Captain Smollett (of the Hispaniola) picked for Squire Trelawney's journey to Treasure Island. A man of great moral rectitude, Arrow carried out Smollett's command to watch the crew closely and confiscate any weapons. This made him an inconvenience for Long John Silver's plans to stage a mutiny, and so, having learned that he was a recovering alcoholic, Silver slipped Arrow a bottle of rum on a stormy night and then incited him to go above-deck. Naturally, the poor man lost his footing and was lost at sea.
Behind the scenesEdit
Mr Arrow appeared in the 1950 film Treasure Island and a few other Disney adaptations and parodies of the Treasure Island story. Interestingly, the 1955 comic retelling of the 1950 feature omits his murder at the hands of Silver, and Arrow thus takes part in subduing the rebellion of George Merry's faction of pirates.
In the original novel, Mr Arrow was also an alcoholic, but neither repentant nor competent; he was stated to be nearly useless as a first mate. Interestingly, the change made for the 1950 film to make Mr Arrow a stern, competent disciplinarian was lifted for Treasure Planet, where the alien Arrow even lacks the original's drinking habits, leaving the 1950 character as his sole model.