Wielding a ring of immense power projected by way of a green light, Alan Scott was introduced to comic readers in 1940. Overshadowed by his more popular colleagues, Superman and Batman, this version of Green Lantern faded into obscurity within the span of the Golden Age.
In 1959, DC resurrected the Green Lantern title with a new ring bearer named Hal Jordan who had no resemblance to the original hero of the same name despite wielding similar powers. Over time, the popularity of the Hal Jordan version of the character allowed DC to turn Green Lantern into a franchise of its own, even bringing back Alan Scott, albeit as a completely unrelated character whose similarity in name was little more than a coincidence.
This year, after roughly 7000 other Green Lanterns, an amazing animated series and a couple of fantastic animated films by Bruce Timm, and a live-action movie best left forgotten, DC is celebrating the Emerald Gladiator’s 75th Anniversary in September with 25 variant covers!