Gladiator. The power ring wielder. The guardian of sector 2814.
greatest Green Lantern of them of all.
Schwartz who was the long-time, great editor at DC Comics was in the
midst of a huge revival of superhero characters during the
1950s. He had his stable of writers and artists
working to create characters in the now
legendary title called Showcase.
This title allowed characters to be introduced to readers and
provided DC the information it needed to
gauge whether or not they might be good characters to have
their own ongoing titles.
Green Lantern was one of those characters.
Schwartz knew that he wanted to resurrect characters using
some of the legendary names from the Golden Age and
initially pegged the Flash to be his first test.
The Flash had 4 issues showcasing him in that title and the
response was very positive and shortly in 1959 was
granted his own title picking up the numbering where the
Golden Age Flash issues left off with issue #105.
Lantern was the second superhero character to be brought
back from the Golden Age using his predecessor's name only.
was much more different than his Golden Age namesake and inline with the scientific motif
that Schwartz was very much into and knew fans of that
the alter ego of the Silver Age Green Lantern would become
the superhero powerhouse by inheriting his powers from a
dying space alien who used his ring to seek out his
replacement. Someone who was without fear.
His suit was so much more sleeker and had that science
fiction look to it. His adventures had so much
involvement with other worlds and not just on earth.
He instantly became a success and was granted his own title
after being featured in three issues of Showcase in 1959.
Lantern title hit the scene in 1960 and writers John Broome
and artist Gil Kane and would introduce other Green Lanterns
from other worlds allowing the Hal Jordan Green Lantern to
travel to those worlds and encounter many, many different
kinds of characters and of course aliens and menaces along
slowly bring back the Golden Age Green Lantern to be used in
several issues and even brought in a new human Green Lantern
in the form of Guy Gardner to further enhance the
Unfortunately his early 1960s success would slowly wane away
and even after a critically acclaimed stint by writer Denny
O'Neil and artist Neal Adams from issues #76 through #89
offering a bold new set of stories and art and teaming Green
Lantern with Green Arrow, the title was canceled shortly
It would be
re-launched a few years later and lasted for another ten
years before the character would go through numerous
revitalizations during the 1990s and 2000s.
different individuals have taken over the role of Green
Lantern of sector 2814 including John Stewart, Guy Gardner
and Kyle Rayner until finally DC decided to bring back Hal
Jordan after he had changed and was presumed dead with his
encounters with the Parallax.
many transitions, Green Lantern has found a whole new
generation of readers and followers.
Lantern run of issues and other title offerings are
incredibly deep and rich.
There have been a couple of animated movies and TV series
and a major motion picture featuring either Hal Jordan or
John Stewart as the Green Lantern.
reaction and followers are stronger than ever in his long
history. He remains one of DC's most loved and endured
Purchasing Green Lantern Comics
When reviewing sources to acquire
Green Lantern issues, I like to check
out local comic book shops and conventions. I get to see
the comics in person and can examine more issues at one time than I could online.
Eventually local sources go only so far since they rely on
collectors and other sellers in the area to bring them in.
Sources on the internet tend to travel and pick up
collections and will buy a lot of books online to add to
their inventory. They also have a lot of people from
all over the world who will contact them since they are not
tied to a local area to sell to them. These sellers
also tend to advertise on a more global scale than the local
comic book shop since their marketplace is the entire world
is a great place to find
issues. They're a
national online seller and have been selling comic books
through the mail since the 1960s. They try to stock every issue of every
title that has ever been published.
see a large amount of
covers of key books in the run
as well as general issues in the title on this page that I
think will interest any
collection which will take
you directly to mycomicshop's inventory of that issue.
will see every condition of that issue they currently have
in stock so you can choose the right condition of the book
that you're looking for.
worried if you do not see an issue in stock when you click
on any of the links. Often times they will receive an
issue into their inventory on a fairly regular basis as they
purchase books and collections daily. Just go ahead
and bookmark the link after you've clicked on the issue here
or check back here and click on the link to see if the issue
has come into stock. The links will stay permanently
purchased books from mycomicshop before and will continue to use them.
Their grading is accurate and they are a reliable source.
They have great customer service in providing you books in a
Amazon.com is another great choice. There is a
large amount of sellers who have their own eStores there and
offer a variety of issues from this long-running title. Amazon themselves stock various reprint books which are a
great way to purchase some of these issues are a very
I have provided direct links to some
Green Lantern and Green Arrow
and hardcovers that are on sale at Amazon on this page which will
have additional details, reviews and purchasing information.
Simply click on any of the image links and you'll be able to
find more information on those publications.
Ebay is another option as thereís a lot of
collectors/sellers/dealers always looking to move in
and out of product and use Ebay as their avenue.
You may find some good deals on Ebay, but be careful to check out
the auctions and or Buy it Now listings carefully. Some
sellersí terms are not right for everyone and sometimes the
items are not what you expect.
If condition is important to you, then be sure to ask a lot
of questions. If you donít get the right kinds of answers
youíre looking for, then move on and try another listing.
Always check out the sellerís profile to see how their past
selling has been. If theyíre new to selling and have only
been buying, ask questions.
You always want to be comfortable with the person youíre
potentially going to be buying from and you really need to
know what it is youíre getting.
If you're looking for CGC
Green Lantern comics, then ComicLink is
your best choice. They focus primarily on CGC books
and you can find some of the top notch
issues available on their site.
Expect to see
Showcase #22, 23 and 24 and Green Lantern #1 and other
related titles of that era. You'll even see CGC Green
Lantern issues from the Golden Age and other titles where
the Golden Age Green Lantern has appeared like All-Star
Comics. Thee will be
Silver and Bronze age Green Lanterns too. They even will have CGC copies of
issues that came out in the 1980s and 1990s.
Enjoy your hunt and