July 2015 marks the 75th Anniversary of Green Lantern. Alan Scott the original Green Lantern, created by Martin Nodell, was introduced in All-American Comics #16 (July 1940). Published by All-American Publications, one of three companies that would eventually merge to form DC Comics.
Alan Scott, a railroad engineer who, after a railway crash, came into possession of a magic lantern which spoke to him and said it would bring power. From this, he crafted a magic ring which gave him a wide variety of powers. The limitations of the ring were that it had to be "charged" every 24 hours by touching it to the lantern for a time, and that it did not work on objects made of wood. Alan Scott fought mostly ordinary human villains, but he did have a few paranormal ones such as the immortal Vandal Savage and the zombie Solomon Grundy. Most stories took place in New York.
As a popular character in the 1940s, the Green Lantern featured both in anthology books such as All-American Comics and Comic Cavalcade, as well as his own book, Green Lantern. He was also a member of the Justice Society of America, whose adventures ran in All Star Comics.
The silver age GL was Hal Jordan, a test pilot who was given a power ring by a dying alien, Abin Sur, and who became a member of the Green Lantern Corps, an interstellar organization of police overseen by the Guardians of the Universe. The Corps' rings were powerless against anything colored yellow, due to a yellow-colored "impurity," or "dopant," in the master power generator located on Oa, where the Guardians maintained their headquarters; the yellow dopant was described as being a "necessary" one, for without it, the master generator could not function as such. Jordan's creation was motivated by a desire to make him more of a science fiction hero, editor Julius Schwartz having been a longtime fan of that genre and literary agent who saw pop-culture tastes turning in that direction.
Following the successful revival of the Flash in Showcase #4 (Oct. 1956), a new Green Lantern was introduced in Showcase #22 (September–October 1959). Despite multiple characters taking on the role of Green Lantern for Earth, Jordan remains the most well known in both comics and media. Gil Kane and Sid Greene were the art team most notable on the title in its early years, along with writer John Broome.
While Hal has become the most popular GL other GL's besides Alan have been introduced, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, and most recently Simon Baz, as well as many alien GL's.
July 2015 marks the 75th Anniversary of Green Lantern. Allan Scott the original Green Lantern, created by Martin Nodell, was introduced in All-American Comics #16 (July 1940). Published by All-American Publications, one of three companies that would eventually merge to form DC Comics.
Over the years there have been many more GL's with Hal Jordan becoming the most well known.
Here we will be celebrating all things Green Lantern in honor of there 75th anniversary.