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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.

Green Lantern's debut in All-American Comics #16 (July 1940)

Green Lantern's debut in All-American Comics #16 (July 1940)

Superhero Origins: The Green Lantern

The Green Lantern Oath

"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

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.

Green Lantern Ring in Action

Green Lantern Ring in Action

Various Green Lantern Oaths

Green Lantern Poll

© 2011 Hal Gall

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Hal Gall (author) from Bloomington, IN on October 28, 2013:

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

Nathan M from Tucson on October 28, 2013:

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.

cheryl-wright on October 09, 2011:

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

greatlegs on October 06, 2011:

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

halloweenprops on October 06, 2011:

Pretty cool costumes!

krazy4halloween on September 30, 2011:

Like the Green Lantern female costume. Very sexy.

chelseamarsden on September 26, 2011:

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

undraco on September 19, 2011:

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.

Lisa Remmick on September 19, 2011:

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

MaryMorgan on September 16, 2011:

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

lillian9534 on September 16, 2011:

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