Throwback Thursday – The Green Lantern

 

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Throwback Thursday’s is Alan Scott, The Green Lantern.

Created by Martin Nodell and Bill Finger, the original Green Lantern first appeared in All-American Comics #16, July of 1940.

Thousands of years in the past, a green flame fell to the Earth in China. This meteor, contained a voice that spoke out of its flame, stating that it would act three times. Once to bring death, once to bring life, and lastly to bring power. A lamp maker took the metal of the meteor and created a lamp. The local villagers, fearing punishment from the voice in the green flame attacked and killed the lamp maker, only to be killed themselves from a burst of green flame. This was the first act of death.

In modern times, the lamp comes into the possession of a mentally ill patient, who turns it into a train lantern. The green flame brings back his sanity and gives him a new life. The second act fulfilled.

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In 1940, the lantern comes into the possession of Alan Scott, a railroad engineer. After the collapse of a railroad bridge, the flame shows Alan how to create a ring out of its metal and gives him powers to save the victims. Alan Scott discovers these powers and using them to stop the criminals who caused the wreckage. He decides to don a costume and becomes the Green Lantern.

Scott also discovers that the ring’s weakness is wood after being attacked with a club, but the ring does give him the power to fly, walk through walls, paralyze or blind people temporarily and time travel. He can also use the ring to read minds and create solid objects to fight with. This is a power that Hal Jordan would use far more than Scott.

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Scott is a founding member of the Justice Society of America and its second chairman. Though he mostly fights crime, his one major nemesis is Solomon Grundy who is currently a nemesis of modern day Batman.

 

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