Sunday, August 8, 2010

Green Lantern: How was Green Lantern conceived?

DC's superhero Green Lantern is one of the coolest created fictional character, even though he has been around for more than half a decade.  His power comes from a ring that is as powerful as the will of the wielder of the Green Lantern ring.  Do you know how this Green Lantern character was created?

Green Lantern is the name of several fictional characterssuperheroes appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. The first (Alan Scott) was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Martin Nodell in All-American Comics #16 (July 1940).

Each Green Lantern possesses a power ring that gives the user great control over the physical world as long as the wielder has sufficient willpower and strength to wield it. The ring is one of the most powerful weapons in the universe, and can be very dangerous. While the ring of the Golden Age Green Lantern (Alan Scott) was magically powered, the rings worn by all subsequent Lanterns were technological creations of the Guardians of the Universe, who granted such rings to worthy candidates. These individuals made up the intergalacticpolice force known as the Green Lantern Corps.

After World War II, when sales of superhero comic books generally declined, DC ceased publishing new adventures of Alan Scott as the Green Lantern. At the beginning of the Silver Age of Comic Books in the late 1950s, DC editor Julius Schwartz assigned writer John Broome and artist Gil Kane to revive the Green Lantern character, this time as test pilot Hal Jordan, who became a founding member of the Justice League of America. In the early 1970s, writer Denny O'Neil and artist Neal Adams teamed Green Lantern with archer Green Arrow in groundbreaking, socially conscious, and award-winning stories that pitted the sensibilities of the law-and-order-oriented Lantern with the populist Green Arrow. Several cosmically themed series followed, as did occasional different individuals in the role of Earth's Green Lantern. Most prominent of these are John StewartGuy Gardner, and Kyle Rayner.

Each of the Earth's Green Lanterns has been a member of either the Justice Society of America or the Justice League of America, and John Stewart was featured as one of the main characters in both the Justice League and the Justice League Unlimited animated series. The Green Lanterns are often depicted as being close friends of the various men who have been the Flash, the most notable friendships having been between Alan Scott and Jay Garrick (the Golden Age Green Lantern and Flash), Hal Jordan and Barry Allen (the Silver Age Green Lantern and Flash), and Kyle Rayner and Wally West (the modern age Green Lantern and Flash), as well as Jordan being friends with West.

Green Lantern

Artwork for the cover of Green Lantern: Rebirth 6 (May 2005 DC Comics). Featuring (l to r) Guy GardnerKyle RaynerHal JordanKilowog, and John Stewart. Art byEthan Van Sciver.
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceAll-American Comics #16 (July 1940)
Created byBill FingerMartin Nodell
CharactersAlan Scott
Hal Jordan
Guy Gardner
John Stewart
Kyle Rayner
Green Lantern
Green Lantern vol. 1, #1 (Fall, 1941).
Featuring the Alan Scott version of the character.
Art by Howard Purcell.
Series publication information
Publisher(vol 1)
All-American Publications
(vol 2-4)
DC Comics
Schedule(vol 1)
Quarterly (1-18)
Bi-monthly (19-38)
(vol 2)
Bi-monthly (1-10, 82-96)
8 times a year(11-81)
Monthly (97-205)
(vol 3)
Monthly (1-27, 34-38, 43-74, 77-100, 107-159, 166-181)
Bi-weekly (28-33, 39-42, 75-76, 101-106, 160-165)
(vol 4)
FormatOngoing series
Publication date(vol 1)
Fall 1941 — May-June 1949
(vol 2)
July-August 1960 — April-May 1972;
August-September 1976 — October 1986[1]
(vol 3)
June 1990 — November 2004
(vol 4)
July 2005 — Present
Number of issues(vol 1)
(vol 2)
205, 3 Annuals, 2 Specials
(vol 3)
183 (this includes issues number 0 and 1000000), 9 Annuals
(vol 4)
Main character(s)(vol 1)
Alan Scott
(vol 2 & 4)
Hal Jordan
John Stewart
(vol 3)
Hal Jordan
Guy Gardner
Jon Stewart
Kyle Rayner

This article is about the fictional character. For the upcoming movie, see Green Lantern (film).

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