Friday, April 25, 2014
Green Lantern - DC Comics
In 1970 Denny O' Neil and Neal Adams took over the writing and penciling duties for Green Lantern. In these new socially relevant stories Green Lantern tackled some real world issues. Along with Green Arrow and Black Canary these new stories focused on issues such as racism and heroin addiction. Although thier run with the character was relatively short these stories recieved high praise and much critical acclaim. These stories are featured in Showcase: Green Lantern Vol. 5.. Starting with #76 this series of stories are the ones I remember as not only being some of the best drawn, but also as the best Green Lantern comics I've ever read. Green Lantern, Green Arrow and the Black Canary are a great team and they earn street credibility whether they want to or not in these comic stories. These stories are also recognized as being one of the most celebrated runs ever in the history of comic books. Go Green or Go Home.
The World's Greatest Super Heroes teamed up once again as The Justice League Of America in 1960. Being one of the most popular super-heroes of all time Green Lantern was included. Showcase Presents: Justice League Of America Vol. 1 reprints the 1st 19 appearances of this new super-team. This team was also animated for the small screen, first as the Super Friends in the 70's/80's and more recently as the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited featuring John Stewart as Green Lantern. John Stewart was chosen as a substitute for Hal Jordan after the original substitute Guy Gardner was hurt in an accident in Green Lantern #87.
After an 8 year hiatus Green Lantern was revived in 1959 sporting a new look, a new secret identity (Hal Jordan) and a new focus on science fiction based stories. Green Lantern Chronicles Vol. 1 reprints the 1st 6 reappearance stories.
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