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Friday, December 28, 2012

CLASSIC COMICS : Green Lantern Vol 2 #16 "The Secret Life of Star-Sapphire!"

Green Lantern Vol 2 #16
October, 1962
Executive Editor: Julius Schwartz
Cover Artists: Gil Kane, Murphy Anderson

"The Secret Life of Star-Sapphire!"
Writers: John Broome
Pencilers: Gil Kane
Inkers: Joe Giella
Letterers: Gaspar Saladino
Editors: Julius Schwartz

"Earth's First Green Lantern"
Writers: Gardner Fox
Pencilers: Gil Kane
Inkers: Murphy Anderson
Letterers: Gaspar Saladino
Editors: Julius Schwartz

Appearing in "The Secret Life of Star-Sapphire!"
Featured Characters: Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
Supporting Characters: Tom Kalmaku
Villains: Carol Ferris (First appearance as Star Sapphire)
Other Characters: Zamarons (First appearance)
Anamede (Single appearance)
Locations: California
Coast City
Ferris Aircraft
Zamaron (First appearance)
Items: Green Lantern Ring
Green Lantern Power Battery
Star Sapphire Gem (First appearance)
Vehicles: The Lady Carol (Carol Ferris' Plane)

Synopsis for "The Secret Life of Star-Sapphire!"
While out flying in her private jet, Carol Ferris is captured by the Zamarons, alien warrior women who have selected her to become their next queen based on her exact resemblance of their former ruler. Changing her into Star Sapphire, they dispatch her out into Coast City where she is to battle the Green Lantern to prove her worthiness as the Zamaron ruler.
Meanwhile, Hal Jordan and Pieface become worried since Carol has not returned from her flight and so Hal seeks to find her as Green Lantern. He ends up finding her all right, as Star Sapphire, who challenges him. Not realizing who she really is, Hal tries to dismiss her however she starts committing crimes to get his attention. Battling her, she manages to catch him off guard and he ends up being easily defeated.

Feeling she had not totally proved herself to the Zamarons, Star Sapphire requests to attack Green Lantern one more time. This time, Green Lantern is able to best her in combat. Before Green Lantern can do anymore she is teleported away by the Zamarons who find her defeat disgraceful, restore her back to normal, and return Carol to her jet. Out looking for Star Sapphire, Hal manages to find Carol instead who doesn't remember what happened to her. Before returning her home, Green Lantern finds a sapphire with a star symbol etched in it, which he takes for safe keeping.

Appearing in "Earth's First Green Lantern"
Featured Characters: Abin Sur (flashback only)
Supporting Characters: Hal Jordan (flashback and main story)
Tom Kalmaku
Villains: Larifars (Single appearance)
Balzona (Single appearance)
Locations: Earth
California
Coast City
Ferris Aircraft
Ungara (First appearance) (flashback only)
Athmoora (flashback only)
Pendara (flashback only)
Orlana (flashback only)
Items: Green Lantern Ring
Green Lantern Power Battery
Vehicles: Abin Sur's Starship (flashback only)

Synopsis for "Earth's First Green Lantern"
As Hal recharges his ring and changes back into his civilian guise, Pieface has some questions regarding about the Green Lantern that he succeeded: Abin Sur. Like why he never wore a mask and why he flew in a spaceship when Hal found him instead of using his power ring to fly like the other Green Lanterns. Hal tells Pieface that shortly after he became the Green Lantern, he asked his power ring the same questions, and it recounted Abin Sur's last adventure prior to crashing on Earth: Abin Sur was inspecting the planet Athmoora which has been perpetually stuck in a neo-medieval stage instead of being in an atomic age. Probing one of the inhabitants' minds he learns that the energy beings known as the Larifars have stunted their progress by robbing them of their intelligence. Abin then traveled to the Larifar home planet and imprisoned the entire race, except for Balzona, who was on another planet waiting for his fellows to arrive and drain the intelligence of another planet. When Balzona learns of his races fate, he goes after Abin Sur and terrorizes his home planet. Abin agrees to free the other Larifars, however convinces Balzona that his power ring wouldn't have the power to bring them to that location in time. Boarding a shuttle, Abin Sur uses the long space flight to trick Balzona is distracted by flying near Sirus's green radiation belt, Abin Sur is able to recharge his power ring without Balzona noticing. Abin then uses his power ring to imprison Balzona and send him to join his fellow Larifars. During the flight home however, Abin was struck by a yellow radiation belt negating his power ring long enough to be unable to prevent his shuttle from crashing on Earth -- and his destined meeting with Hal Jordan. Finishing his story, Hal gives Pieface the title in which he'll call the story once he writes it down in his case book "Earth's First Green Lantern."

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