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Old 05-21-2015, 01:47 PM   #1
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Default Happy Birthday, Alan Scott/Green Lantern



On this day, in 1940, All-American Comics #16 (the July issue) hit the newsstands. In it was an eight-page story written by Bill Finger and drawn by Martin Nodell called simply "The Green Lantern." And so was born Alan Scott, a magic ring, and the green lantern.



Happy Birthday to Alan Scott and the Green Lantern franchise! Happy 75!



And thanks to Mr. Finger and Mr. Nodell without whom we wouldn't be on this board today!



Details of the anniversary can be found here. If you want to celebrate with some reading, the Green Lantern's Reader Challenge can be found here.



For my part, I've already watched the two animated GL movies this week and I'll watch the live-action movie again tonight plus maybe some of the shows. I read Emerald Dawn and will probably read ED II. At the least, I'll definitely read Alan's debut again.

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Old 05-21-2015, 01:50 PM   #2
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Well, he can definitely apply for AARP now.

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Yo.



HAPPY BIRFDAY TO THE EMERALD SENTINEL!!!







*puts on Ring of Power, raises it high.....*




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Many happy returns.
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Old 05-21-2015, 03:01 PM   #5
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I will be watching First Flight to celebrate
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I will be watching First Flight to celebrate
That's how I started last night. Got some other stuff queued up for today.
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Old 05-21-2015, 03:22 PM   #7
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It's the only GL movie I don't despise
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This would be much more meaningful if this character was still with us...
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Old 05-21-2015, 03:59 PM   #10
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+ YouTube Video
ERROR: If you can see this, then YouTube is down or you don't have Flash installed.
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Old 05-21-2015, 07:27 PM   #11
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Happy 75th GL

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By the way, to the more hardcore or historically minded GL fans, here's an interview with Martin Nodell on getting into comics and creating Green Lantern from a convention. It's in 5 parts and if you watch it all, it'll take you almost an hour, but you might like it:

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By the way, to the more hardcore or historically minded GL fans, here's an interview with Martin Nodell on getting into comics and creating Green Lantern from a convention. It's in 5 parts and if you watch it all, it'll take you almost an hour, but you might like it:

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This is the kind of thing up my alley. Do any of you guys read the Two Morrows fanzine Alter Ego? Roy Thomas edits it and it is chock full of interviews with creators of the golden and silver ages of comics. Great stuff.
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I love First Flight so much.

P.S. Victor Garber is the best Sinestro
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This is the kind of thing up my alley. . . .
Me too. I love behind-the-scenes stories and this talk ended up being even more interesting than I expected. He really revealed some pretty heavy operatic and mythological influences in creating GL. And I thought it funny that he found Alan's weakness goofy and logistically problematic.
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In Brightest day, in Blackest Night, no Birthday shall escape my sight!

Even thought this is an old shot, here's my contribution:


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Sorry that I am so late to the party, but I had to state that Alan is a character who I've come to appreciate more and more as I have aged. Happy 75th to the ringslinger who started it all. Sorry the resolution is so poor on this, but I was in a hurry:



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I need to get more Alan figs. I only have the Kingdom Come one (and one of those tiny magazine collector's small lead statues).
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Green Lantern is 80!

Well, DC claims it was Sunday for some reason, but according to Comic Vine, All American Comics #16 (with a July cover date) hit shelves 80 years ago today (May 21, 1940).

So, once again, happy birthday to Alan Scott and Green Lantern.

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DC article. Yes, #12 is ridiculous.

In Brightest Day: Twelve Iconic Moments in the Green Lantern Saga
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I was shocked that I was in full agreement on every moment... until they ruined it with #12. They need to yank that and go back before GL 87 and add in #76 and then this list would be perfect.
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I was shocked that I was in full agreement on every moment... until they ruined it with #12. They need to yank that and go back before GL 87 and add in #76 and then this list would be perfect.
I'd have to disagree with #6. I understand that's it's Guy's 1st appearance, but it's hardly an iconic issue. It's basically one long dream sequence. I've always maintained that issue #87 is both John's *and* Guy's origin because Guy actually does something meaningful to prove he's worthy of the ring. I must admit that the cover is gorgeous, but the actual Guy only makes an cameo.
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As a kid, my favorite Guy moment was seriously when Hal decked him in vol. 3. I hated him so much at that point and it had been building. It was like a good heel-face storyline.

Since then, I’ve grown to like the character more, btw.
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Belated happy birthday to the original Green guy. I still remember wanting those old DC Green Lantern golden age archive volumes like mad, and not getting them because they were so frigging expensive. Classic!
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^Yep. I only have vol. 1, but I never got vol. 2 for that reason. I really need to get on that before they're even rarer. It's the only way I've read the Golden-Age stuff.

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