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The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, #41, Green Lantern
The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, Green Lantern

AKA: HAL JORDAN � THOUGH CLAIMS TO THE TITLE HAVE BEEN PUT IN BY OVER 7,000 OTHER INDIVIDUALS

In the 1950s, DC revived discontinued titles from a decade earlier � reinventing The Flash, Hawkman and the Atom as �all-new� characters, often using now-modish science fiction ideas rather than magic to explain their powers. The �old� Green Lantern (Allan Scott) had a magic ring, but fearless test pilot Hal Jordon was given his �power ring� by a dying alien who recruited him to take his place in a corps of space cops run by the Guardians of the Galaxy. As long as he kept the ring charged while reciting his oath, GL could project all manner of giant green objects (boxing gloves, etc) and travel through space. Over the years, Jordan has been stripped of his ring (and his life) � but currently he�s back in action as the primary GL of the DC Universe. Connoisseurs reckon he was at his best partnered with left-wing liberal superhero Green Arrow in a socially-conscious 1960s run by Denny O�Neill and Neal Adams collected as �Hard Travelling Heroes�.

FIRST APPEARED IN SHOWCASE # 22, 1959
CREATED BY JOHN BROOME, GIL KANE

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Power ring, domino mask, figure-hugging suit and his catch-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!�
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Gerald Mohr, Michael Rye, Adam Baldwin and Dermot Mulroney voiced Jordan/GL on various DC cartoon team-up shows, but a different Lantern � Phil LaMarr as John Stewart � features in the recent Justice League animated series. The closest thing to a Green Lantern movie is the animated Justice League: The New Frontier, with David Boreanaz as Jordan.
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Gil Kane originally modelled the look of Hal Jordan on Paul Newman.
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