Saturday, August 21, 2010

History of the Green Lanterns

This is a short history of those who have held the title of Green Lantern in DC Comics. I'm doing this to kind of gear up for the Green Lantern movie coming out next year, which stars Ryan Reynolds.

Alan Scott

This was the "Golden Age" Green Lantern. Golden Age, by the way, refers to the era in comic books that lasted from the late 1930s to the early 1950s. It was during this era, where other heroes such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel and Captain America began.

Anyway, so Alan Scott's origin goes like this. A green meteor fell to earth thousands of years ago and eventually formed itself into a green lantern. Scott, a railroad engineer, gained possession of the lamp and gave him incredible powers.

Hal Jordan

Hal Jordan is the "Silver Age" Green Lantern. The Silver Age of Comics lasted from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s.

Hal is, in my opinion, the more recognized Green Lantern in comics and he is the character upon which the live action movie will be based.

Hal Jordan was a test pilot that came across the lantern when an alien named Abin Sur searched the galaxy looking for someone honest to take his place as a Green Lantern and crash landed on Earth and found Hal.

Guy Gardner

One of two of the "Bronze Age" Green Lanterns. The Bronze Age was the time between 1971 and 1985.

Guy Gardner was a social welfare caseworker and later a teacher for children with disabilities. As his origin states, he was Abin Sur's 2nd choice to replace him as a Green Lantern, thus he became Hal Jordan's "backup."

John Stewart

The other "Bronze Age" Green Lantern.

John Stewart was an architect who temporarily replaced Guy Gardner when the later ended up a coma for a while. He also took over as Green Lantern temporarily when the next Green Lantern, Kyla Rayner, left Earth.

Kyle Rayner

The Green Lantern of the "Modern Age." The Modern Age, which is also known as the "Iron Age" takes place between the mid-1980s and present day.

Kyle Rayner was an artist who becomes a Green Lantern when one of the Guardians of the Universe asks him to become one.

Kyle Rayner is my 2nd favorite Green Lantern, after Hal Jordan.


Jade is the first female Green Lantern from the planet Earth. Her real name is Jennifer-Lynn Hayden. She is the daughter of former Green Lantern Alan Scott.


Guardians of the Universe

The Guardians were an immortal extraterrestrial race that founded and led the Green Lantern Corps [see below]. They are short and blue. They kind of look a little like the Oompa Loompas.

They are originally from a planet called Maltus.

Green Lantern Corps

The Green Lantern Corps are basically an intergalactic police force. They spend their time patrolling the universe, righting wrongs and what not.

The Guardians originally created a force of robots called Manhunters to enforce order in the universe. The Manhunters eventually rebelled against their masters and decided that the only was to achieve real order in the universe was to destroy all life.

After this, the Guardians decided that their police force was to consist instead of living beings and created the Green Lantern Corps. To assist them, they also created the Power Rings, which allowed their wearers to project green beams of energy that the wearer could conjure into any shape or size, only limited by their imagination.


Sinestro is a former Green Lantern and former mentor of Hal Jordan. He was eventually banished by the Guardians to an alternate universe for abusing his power. He was given a yellow power ring by a group called the Weaponers who hated the Guardians. After getting the ring he was sent back to his own universe. He then became a super villain. He was voted #15 in the IGNs Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time.

Bill Finger

Comic book writer born in February 1914 in New York City, Bill was an uncredited co-creator (along with Bob Kane) of Batman. For the purposes of this article, though, he is the co-creator (along with artist Martin Nodell) of the Green Lantern.

Martin Nodell

Nodell was a comic book artist born in November 1915 in Philadelphia. He created the design for the character that would become Alan Scott, the "Golden Age" Green Lantern.

John Broome

Broome was a comic book writer that created the Guardians of the Universe.

Gil Kane

Kane, born in April 1926, was a comic book artist that co-created the Hal Jordan Green Lantern.

Darryl Banks/Ron Marz

Banks is a comic book artist that co-crated, along with writer Ron Marz, the Kyle Rayner Green Lantern.


  1. Great post!

    Interestingly Guy Gardner originally received his ring during Crisis on Infinite Earths. At the time John Stewart was the Green Lantern from Earth-1 (i.e. the earth of the “Silver Age” heroes) because Hal Jordan had quit after he killed Sinestro. I’m not sure how much of that actually still happened though considering the multiple reboots of the DC Universe over the past 25 years. Also, Guy was Abin Sur’s first choice as a replacement but Hal was closer. I’ve been reading a lot of Green Lantern graphic novels lately and remembering how much I loved this character and concept.

    Right after COIE’s was released, the creators of that series put out a two book set called History of the DC Universe that was fantastic. Again though, I’m not sure how much of that still stands thanks to things like Infinite Crisis, 52, and Final Crisis (which I haven’t read yet). It is apparent that while some events are the same (John Stewart accidentally destroying a planet) others are very different (I don’t think Hal ever quit the GLC or killed Sinestro).

    Oh, if I could have any super power, I’d want a GL power ring.

  2. Yeah, that would be a pretty cool power.