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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Green Lantern's 71st Anniversary

From the Green Lantern Facebook page.
For the 71st anniversary of Green Lantern's first appearance, we've got some special covers for you.

Up first, the very first issue that featured Alan Scott as the first Green Lantern in All-American Comics #16 written by Bill Finger with cover art by Sheldon Moldoff.

Alan Ladd Willington Scott
Created by: Bill Finger and Martin Nodell
From: Metropolis
Affiliations: Justice Society of America, All-Star Squadron, Checkmate, Sentinels of Magic
Origin: Alan came across the Starheart and was thus imbued with its great mystical powers as stated by prophecy.

"And I shall shed my light over dark evil, for the dark things cannot stand the light... the light of... the GREEN LANTERN!"











The second Green Lantern first appeared in Showcase #22 from late 1959 written by John Broome and cover art by Gil Kane.

Harold "Hal" Jordan
Created by John Broome and Gil Kane
From: Coast City, California
Affiliations: New Guardians, Green Lantern Corps, Justice League of America, formerly Justice League Europe, formerly Red Lantern Corps, formerly Blue Lantern Corps

"In brightest day... in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight! Let those who worship evil's might, beware my power -- Green Lantern's light!"
-- Hal Jordan











Next is Guy Gardner whose first appearance came in Green Lantern Volume 2 Issue #59, written by John Broome with cover art by Gil Kane and Murphy Anderson in early 1968.

Guy Darrin Gardner
Created by: John Broome and Gil Kane
From: Baltimore, Maryland
Affiliations: Green Lantern Corps, formerly Justice League International

"I always was the best."
-- Guy Gardner











Three years later, in late 1971, John Stewart appeared as the Green Lantern for the first time in Green Lantern Volume 2 #87 written by Dennis O'Neil and cover art by Neal Adams.

John Stewart
Created by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams
From: Detroit, Michigan
Affiliations: Green Lantern Corps, Justice League of America, formerly Darkstars, United States Marine Corps

"Man, that's pretty corny... except for the part that says, 'Beware my power!' Mmm-hmm... I do dig those words!"
-- John Stewart, on the Green Lantern Oath











In 1983, Jade was introduced to the DC Universe in All-Star Squadron #25 written by Roy Thomas with cover art by Jerry Ordway. The daughter of Alan Scott and Rose Canton, the Golden Age villain known as Thorn.

Jennifer-Lynn Hayden-Scott aka Jade
Created by Roy Thomas and Jerry Ordway
From: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Affiliations: Justice League of America, Black Lantern Corps, Green Lantern Corps, Outsiders, Infinity, Inc., Blood Pack, Justice Society of America
Origin: Born with a meta-gene connecting her to Starheart
Birthmark: Star-shaped marks on both her palms

"My face is up here."
--Jade











The final Green Lantern is Kyle Rayner, whose first appearance came in Green Lantern Volume 3 Issue #48. This issue was written by Ron Marz and artwork by Darryl Banks and Romeo Tanghal.

Kyle Rayner
Created by Ron Marz, Bill Willingham and Darryl Banks
From: Los Angeles, California
Affiliations: Green Lantern Corps, formerly Challengers from Beyond, Sinestro Corps, Justice League of America, Titans

"Kyle held the torch when no else did. When no one else could."
-- Hal Jordan


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