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Who Is The Most Popular Green Lantern?

Updated on January 5, 2017
Green Lantern's debut in All-American Comics #16 (July 1940)
Green Lantern's debut in All-American Comics #16 (July 1940) | Source

Some Green Lantern Background

The Green Lantern first came on to the scene in the 1940 issue of All-American Comics (which later merged with 2 other entities to form DC Comics).

The original Green Lantern was known as Alan Scott, a railroad worker who came upon a magic lantern after a railway accident. The lantern spoke to him, telling him he would gain great powers from the lantern by way of a ring, which needed to be recharged every 24 hours to maintain its powers. The original ring was ineffective against anything made of wood, and later would be powerless against anything colored yellow.

The end of the decade of the 1940s saw a decline in the interest in the comic book superhero genre, causing of the cancellation of the series.

Green Lantern was revived in 1959 in Showcase #22, only he was known as Hal Jordan, a test pilot who received the power ring from a dying alien. After a series of initiations, Jordan was accepted into The Green Lantern Corps, an interstellar evil-fighting organization. Jordan would go on to become the most famous of all the Green Lanterns.

Superhero Origins: The Green Lantern

"In brightest day, in blackest night,

No evil shall escape my sight.

Let those who worship evil's might

Beware my power--Green Lantern's light!"

— Alfred Bester - 1940's era Green Lantern writer
Green Lantern Desktop
Green Lantern Desktop | Source
Green Lantern Ring in Action
Green Lantern Ring in Action | Source

A Little History About the Green Lantern Oath

Although each Green Lantern has his own oath, the one uttered by Hal Jordan is the most famous.

The first three lines of Hal Jordan's oath have special meaning.

"In brightest day" refers to an instance when some criminals used a super-magnesium bomb during a bank robbery. When the bomb exploded the light was so bright that Hal had to use his ring as a radar emitter to find the crooks.

"In blackest night" refers to the time a group of bank robbers hid out in a cave that had a fog in it that was so thick that no one could see through it. The robbers had memorized every inch of the cave, leaving the Green Lantern at a disadvantage. Rather than give up, Jordan used the power ring to make the crooks "glow" in the dark.

"No evil shall escape my sight" refers to an instance where a safe containing the payroll of Ferris Aircraft was stolen and about to be blown. Knowing he was short on time, Jordan used his ring to cover the area in a belt of radiation that gave away the location of the safe when it was blown open.

The last lines of the oath have no other significance other than to finish off the oath in a rhyming fashion.

Various Green Lantern Oaths

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      Hal Gall 3 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      @wildbluefrontier: I always like the Green Lantern because we share the same first name (Hal)...

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      Nathan M 3 years ago from Tucson

      Green Lantern has always been a favorite. The female Green Lantern costume looks great, and if they don't have a character with that design in the comics they should.

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      cheryl-wright 6 years ago

      Oh yeah, that costume is pretty darned hot. Haven't seen the movie, but the costume might convince me...

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      greatlegs 6 years ago

      I would wear that Green Lantern costume. That is hot!

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      halloweenprops 6 years ago

      Pretty cool costumes!

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      krazy4halloween 6 years ago

      Like the Green Lantern female costume. Very sexy.

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      chelseamarsden 6 years ago

      Oh yes, I agree! The Female Green Lantern Costume looks quite sexy.

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      undraco 6 years ago

      Actually what I like best is way back when I could enjoy the comics - having said that, these look good, both the guy´s costumes and for the girls.

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      Lisa Remmick 6 years ago

      I like the women's costumes better. Super here costumes are always a hit.

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      MaryMorgan 6 years ago

      I love that Lady Green Lantern costume - very sexy, and green is one of my favorite colors!

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      lillian9534 6 years ago

      I really like the female green lantern costume. Would that I was younger!