The Green Lantern Corps is the intergalactic peacekeeping force of the DC Comics Universe. To patrol the galaxy the Guardians of the Universe divided the universe up into 3,600 sectors. Each sector is patrolled by two Green Lanterns. The Earth falls into space sector 2814.
Today’s date February 8, 2014 when written numerically is 2.8.14. This once a century date has been named and promoted by the The Sector House a Green Lantern Tumblr run by fans as the day to get out a celebrate Green Lantern.
To commemorate the day ComiXology.com is having Sector 2814 Sale on "Green Lantern" digital comics. Today only get a plethora of "Green Lantern" comics for $0.99.
The Green Lanterns wield the most powerful weapon in the universe their power rings which are charged by their lantern batteries. These rings generate solid light beams of energy that can be shaped to match the thoughts of the ring bearer. Using a ring takes a tremendous amount of will power and the rings are selective in who they choose.
In the continuity of the DC Universe there have been five men from Earth who have been chosen to be the Green Lantern of Earth: Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, and Simon Baz. Each man has been chosen for his strength of will and ability to overcome great fear.
The list in pictures takes a look at the Green Lanterns of Earth.
To get more information about Green Lantern click here to find your nearest comic book retailer and below is a suggestion of books to look for.
- “Green Lantern: Rebirth” by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver
- “Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War” By Geoff Johns, Pete Tomasi, Ethan Van Sciver, Dave Gibbons
- “Green Lantern: Sector 2814” By Len Wein, Dave Gibbons, and Gil Kane
Plus the ongoing four Green Lantern series: “Green Lantern,” “Green Lantern Corps,” “Green Lantern: New Guardians,” “Red Lanterns.” Each series has a different flavor and focus and will appeal to different readers.
Enjoy 2.8.14 and celebrate the heroes of the Green Lantern Corps.
The first of Earth’s Green Lantern Corps, test pilot Hal Jordan was chosen by a dying alien Abin Sur to succeed him as Earth’s Green Lantern. Hal has proven to be the greatest member of the Green Lantern Corps. He has had his share of trials and tribulations but he keeps comic back as a shining example of Earth ingenuity.
Hal Jordan heads the Green Lantern Corps and his adventures continue on “Green Lantern.”
Hal Jordan first appeared as Green Lantern in “Showcase #22” (October 1959) by John Broome and Gil Kane.
Earth’s second Green Lantern. Guy Gardner was Abin Sur’s second choice to succeed him as Green Lantern but Hal Jordan was closer and therefore received the ring. Guy was named a Hal Jordan’s backup. When a malfunction occurred in Guy’s lantern it exploded sending the hero into a coma. When he eventually awoke he had suffered brain trauma which led to a more aggressive and stubborn Green Lantern with an enormous chip on his shoulder. Despite his rep as a jerk he has become one of the most decorated members of the Green Lantern Corps serving as a member of the Honor Guard.
Guy is currently the leader of the Red Lanterns a group of rage powered anti-heroes. His story is told in the pages of “Red Lanterns.”
Guy Gardner first appeared in “Green Lantern” #59 (March 1968) by John Broome and Gil Kane.
The most famous of the Green Lanterns thanks to his appearance in four seasons of the “Justice League” cartoon on Cartoon Network. John Stewart was an architect from Detroit when the ring needed to find a replacement for the comatose Guy Gardner. John became Hal’s backup and later became a fulltime Green Lantern when Hal resigned for a period of time.
John currently appears in the pages of “Green Lantern Corps.”
John Stewart first appeared in “Green Lantern” #87 (December 1971) by Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams.
Hal Jordan had lost his mind. In a quest to get all of the power of the Green Lantern Corps, Hal Jordan attacked his fellow corps members killing many of them and destroying the Corps. No lantern was left. The sole remaining Guardian of the Universe, Ganthet, travelled to Earth and gave the last of the Green Lantern rings to an artist living in New York City, Kyle Rayner.
Kyle was the last of the Lanterns and for a longtime protected the universe on his own. He was instrumental in rebuilding the Green Lantern Corps and freeing Hal Jordan from the control of Parallax a fear powered entity that had made Hal go crazy.
Kyle Rayner is now the White Lantern possessing the powers of the entire color spectrum. His story continues in the pages of “Green Lantern: New Guardians.”
Kyle Rayner first appeared in “Green Lantern” #48 (January 1994) by Ron Marz and Daryl Banks.
Simon Baz, the newest Green Lantern is a Lebanese American Muslim from Detroit. He had been arrested on suspicion of having a car bomb with intent to use when the ring found him and helped him break out of prison. He was able to prove his innocence of the car bombing and has gone on to redeicate his life to helping people. He was instrumental in the “Rise of the Third Army” storyline from 2013.
Simon Baz appears as a member of the “Justice League of a America” in that monthly title.
Simon Baz first appeared in “New 52 Free Comic Book Day” (May 2012) by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke.
While not a hero from Earth, Abin Sur was instrumental in the Earth’s entrance in the Green Lantern Corps. He was the Green Lantern of Sector 2814. While under attack his ship sustained great damage and it crashed into the Earth. The ring on low power was able to find Hal Jordan and pass the torch to a new hero.
Abin Sur returned to active duty in the altered-reality story during the events of the Flashpoint in "Flashpoint: Abin Sur the Green Lantern."
Abin Sur first appeared in “Showcase” #22 (October 1959) by John Broome and Gil Kane.
Alan Scott is the original Green Lantern of the Golden Age of Comics. He is not a member of the Green Lantern Corps although he has helped the Green Lanterns of Earth many times throughout the years. Alan Scott receives his power from the green flame meteor that was shaped like a lantern and focuses his power through his lantern shaped ring.
Alan Scott currently appears in “Earth 2.”
Alan Scott’s first appearance was in “All American Comics” #16 (July 1940) by Bill Finger and Martin Nodell.