Origin recap occurring before the events of Oliver Queen losing his fortune to John DeLeon.
Explanation of the creation of this issue.
Staton's original sketch of the Huntress and rough and pencilled versions of the cover.
The story is the origin of the Helena Wayne Huntress. Some sources identify this issue as the joint first appearance of the character with All-Star Comics (DC, 1976 series) #69. Those sources claim both issues were released on August 24, 1977. However, copyright records state All-Star Comics #69 was published on August 23, while DC Super Stars #17 was published on August 25.
In the text page for this issue, Paul Levitz mentions that Joe Orlando had to step in as guest editor for this story, as DC policy at the time said that no editor should write for himself. Since Levitz was the writer for this story, Orlando had to step in as the editor.