Green Lantern. Alan Scott, a young engineer, is the only survivor of a sabotaged train wreck. He wanders away from the accident but takes with him a green lantern. It begins talking to him, telling him that it fell to Earth as a meteor hundreds of years ago, having been transformed into a Chinese lamp and then a train lantern via its green energy. Alan is the newest owner and is the one to fulfill its prophecy. Alan agrees, puts on a costume, makes a ring from the lantern, and fights crime. He is a member of the Justice Society of America. His ring has a 24-hour-long charge, and with it he can do anything he wants to. However, after 24-hours the charge is gone and he is powerless. Also, the ring, which can make green shapes and constructs, is vulnerable to wood. He is assisted by taxi driver Doiby Dickles. Green Lantern fights enemies ranging from ordinary Nazis to the Crime of the Month Club, the gentleman criminal the Fop, the Gambler, Harlequin, the ice-themed Icicle, the pied-piperish Pan, and the immortal Vandal Savage. He appears in stories with titles like “The ‘Robot’ Men,” “The Adventure of the Underfed Orphans,” and “The Sinister Plot of Professor Caspar.”
First Appearance: All-American Comics #16 (DC), July 1940. 100+ appearances, 1940-1951. Created by Bill Finger and Martin Nodell.
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