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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

CLASSIC COMICS : Green Lantern/Green Arrow Vol 1 #1

Green Lantern/Green Arrow Vol 1 #1
October, 1983
Executive Editor: Dick Giordano
Cover Artists: Neal Adams

"No Evil Shall Escape My Sight"
Writers: Dennis O'Neil
Pencilers: Neal Adams
Inkers: Neal Adams
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Roger Slifer, Julius Schwartz

"Journey to Desolation!"
Writers: Dennis O'Neil
Pencilers: Neal Adams
Inkers: Frank Giacoia
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Roger Slifer, Julius Schwartz

Appearing in "No Evil Shall Escape My Sight"
Featured Characters: Green Lantern
Green Arrow
Supporting Characters: Guardians of the Universe
Appa Ali Apsa (First appearance)
Villains: Jubal Slade (Single appearance)
Other Characters: Martin Luther King, Jr. (flashback only)
Robert Kennedy (flashback only)
Jeremy Tine (Single appearance)
Locations: Earth-One
Star City
Items: Green Lantern Ring
Green Lantern Power Battery
Trick Arrows

Synopsis for "No Evil Shall Escape My Sight"
Green Lantern prevents a group of street toughs from harassing an elderly man. Using his ring, he scoops the assailant up and transports him to jail. Onlookers to the incident however, including Green Arrow, show their disapproval of Green Lantern's actions. The man whom Green Lantern saved is an unscrupulous slum lord named Jubal Slade. Green Arrow gives Hal a tour of one of Slade's buildings, showing him all of the people that Slade plans on putting out into the streets after he sells the building.
After learning the truth, Hal tries to intimidate Jubal Slade, but Slade has the law on his side, and Green Lantern's threats fall on deaf ears. Enraged, Hal prepares to punch Slade, but an image of one of the Guardians appears before him, admonishing him for his conduct.

The Guardians of the Universe summon Hal back to Oa. They send him on a mission to the orbit of Saturn where he is to divert a meteor shower from striking Saturn's moon, Titan.

Back on Earth, Green Arrow tries to trick Jubal Slade into accepting a bribe. He arranges to have Slade's goons meet up with him later for a payoff. The thugs however, try to kill Green Arrow, but fail.

Having realised that the Guardians have dispatched him on a useless mission (there is no life on Titan to be endangered by the meteor shower) and they have simply sent him somewhere to cool off and think about his actions, Hal disobeys orders and returns to Earth where Green Arrow tells him about his failure to trick Slade. They find district attorney Jeremy Tine and bring him to Slade's penthouse. Disguising himself as one of Slade's goons, Hal tricks Slade into confessing to the attempted murder of Green Arrow. After Hal reveals himself, Slade tries to escape, distracting the heroes with a hand grenade. Hal dispatches the grenade and Slade is arrested.

Afterward, the Guardians admonish Hal Jordan again for abandoning his post around Titan. It is Green Arrow who rises to Hal's defense, challenging the Guardians to come down from their perch and experience what it is to live as a normal human being. The Guardians ponder the offer and send one of their own to Earth to travel with Green Lantern and Green Arrow.

Appearing in "Journey to Desolation!"
Featured Characters: Green Lantern
Green Arrow
Supporting Characters: Appa Ali Apsa
Villains: Nazi war criminals
Slapper Soames
Other Characters: Johnny Walden
Locations: Earth-One
West Virginia
Desolation (First appearance)
Items: Green Lantern Ring
Trick Arrows
Vehicles: Green Arrow's truck

Synopsis for "Journey to Desolation!"
Green Lantern, Green Arrow and their Guardian companion travel to the town of Desolation. They encounter a group of disgruntled miners who, mistaking them for enemies, begin taking pot shots at them with their rifles. Green Arrow and Green Lantern diffuse the situation and learn that the miners are being led by a man named Jacob. Jacob tells them about Slapper Soames — a land baron who has forced his way into a position of power in the small mining community and uses a personal band of armed troops to enforce his laws. Jacob tells the heroes of one of their own, a man named Johnny Walden, who inspired them to take up arms against Soames's stormtroopers. Green Arrow and Green Lantern agree to help them for fear that the angry mob will only cause harm to themselves. They break into Soames' elaborate prison system, but Green Lantern grows concerned when his ring begins behaving strangely. The Guardian sends a telepathic signal to his comrades back on Oa and learns that his fellow Guardians have restricted Hal's power levels. The heroes manage to force their way inside Soames's prison and save Johnny, but mob leader Jacob betrays them, revealing himself as one of Slapper's accomplices. They disarm Jacob and Johnny punches him in the jaw, knocking him to the floor. Disgusted by what they have seen, Green Lantern, Green Arrow and the Guardian take their leave of Desolation. 

This issue reprints Green Lantern (Volume 2) #76-77.
Includes an Editorial by Roger Slifer and an introduction by Dennis O'Neil.
The first story in this issue leads into the "Hard Traveling Heroes" story-arc which dominates the series for several years.
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