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#1231029 - Tue Feb 18 2020 09:48 PM 80 years of Green Lantern comics.
Lothar of The Hill People
Offline brother from another mother

Registered: Sun Feb 10 2002
Posts: 19126
Loc: Way back in the woods.
Jordan looks good for being 80.

"Because shut up,that's why!"
Doctor Who getting impatient with Amy

"Well,whenever I'm confused,I just check my underwear. It holds most answers to life's questions." Abe Simpson

I can tell by the position of the sun in the sky, that is time for us to go. Until next time, I am Lothar of the Hill People!

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#1231033 - Wed Feb 19 2020 03:43 AM Re: 80 years of Green Lantern comics. [Re: Lothar of The Hill People]
Wonder Boy
Offline brutally Kamphausened

Registered: Wed Sep 12 2001
Posts: 21121
Loc: A glorious bold new America


I read the Golden Age origin of Green Lantern from ALL AMERICAN COMICS 16, July 1940, in Jules Feiffer's comic stories collection THE GREAT COMIC BOOK HEROES, that was given to me as a Christmas gift in 1973. Green Lantern's creator Martin Nodell (credited under the pseudonym "Mart Dellon") eventually retired to Margate, FL, and my local comic shop owner was friends with him until Nodell died,and displays some of his art in his shop. Phil was also friends with Will Eisner and Sheldon Moldoff until they passed, both of whom also lived locally.

Another Golden Age Green Lantern story I loved was the origin of Solomon Grundy, reprinted in WANTED: THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS SUPERVILLAINS 4 in 1972.


The Hal Jordan Silver Age re-launch, first in SHOWCASE and then in his own new GREEN LANTERN series by Gil Kane, was among the best of the Silver Age DC runs. Gil Kane also did THE ATOM series in that period. A high point for me were the Zatanna crossover stories that ran thorugh both series, and through the other Schwartz-edited series, DETECTIVE COMICS, JLA, and HAWKMAN.

And then of course the classic O'Neil/Adams GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW run.

And then by O'Neil and Grell when it was revived in 1976-1979!

Green Lantern has always been a pleasant injection of science fiction into what on the surface is just a superhero book, and I always enjoyed that aspect of it.
So yeah, it's great that the character is 80 now.

The only downside is I've been reading the GREEN LANTERN series for almost 50 years, and it makes me feel a bit old to have been reading this and other titles for more than half the time these characters, and the comics industry itself, have existed.




From GREEN LANTERN 112, Jan 1979, a Grell cover showing Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and the Golden Age Green Lantern.



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#1231038 - Wed Feb 19 2020 04:06 PM Re: 80 years of Green Lantern comics. [Re: Wonder Boy]
Wonder Boy
Offline brutally Kamphausened

Registered: Wed Sep 12 2001
Posts: 21121
Loc: A glorious bold new America


For your online reading pleasure:


ALL-AMERICAN COMICS (1939-1949)
https://comiconlinefree.com/comic/all-american-comics-1939

GREEN LANTERN (Golden Age, 1941-1949)
https://comiconlinefree.com/comic/green-lantern-1941

in SHOWCASE first appearances (issues 22, 23 and 24, Sept 1959, Nov 1959, Jan 1960)
https://comiconlinefree.com/comic/showcase


GREEN LANTERN (1960-1988)
https://comiconlinefree.com/comic/green-lantern-1960


Great that this stuff is so accessible now.

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#1231039 - Wed Feb 19 2020 04:10 PM Re: 80 years of Green Lantern comics. [Re: Wonder Boy]
Wonder Boy
Offline brutally Kamphausened

Registered: Wed Sep 12 2001
Posts: 21121
Loc: A glorious bold new America


WANTED: THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS VILLAINS 4 (Solomon Grundy origin story, reprinted)
https://comiconlinefree.com/wanted-the-worlds-most-dangerous-villains/issue-4



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#1231040 - Wed Feb 19 2020 04:20 PM Re: 80 years of Green Lantern comics. [Re: Wonder Boy]
Wonder Boy
Offline brutally Kamphausened

Registered: Wed Sep 12 2001
Posts: 21121
Loc: A glorious bold new America


GREEN LANTERN: BRIGHTEST DAY, BLACKEST NIGHT
https://comiconlinefree.com/green-lantern-brightest-day-blackest-night/issue-Full

A really cool painted Elsewords-formatted one-shot story, by John K. Snyder. Told in a Golden Age style, with Solomon Grundy.



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