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All-American Comics (v1) #16 [A Story]

"The Origin of Green Lantern"
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All-American Comics (v1) #16 [A Story]
Universe:   Earth-Two 
Editor: Maxwell Charles Gaines
Writer: Bill Finger
Cover Artist : Sheldon Moldoff
Cover Date : July 1940
On Sale Date: May 1940
Story Arc: -
Pages: 8
Cover Price : $0.10
Users Read: 42 Users Rated: 27
 
 
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Smash Comics (v1) #12 [F Story]
Smash Comics (v1) #12 [H Story]
All-American Comics (v1) #16 [A Story]
All-American Comics (v1) #16 [B Story]
All-American Comics (v1) #16 [I Story]
         
 
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Young engineer Alan Scott is involved in a train wreck, and gains power which fulfills the prophecy of an old magic lantern. Henceforth, in brightest day and blackest night, no evil shall escape the Green Lantern's sight!
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  The Green lantern First Appearance
  The Green lantern next appears in All-American Comics (v1) #17 [A Story].
 

 
Supporting Characters
  Albert Dekker First Appearance
  This is Albert Dekker's only appearance.
 

  Chang First Appearance
  This is Chang's only appearance.
 

 
 
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Green Lantern Power Battery
Green Lantern Power Battery next appears in All-American Comics (v1) #17 [A Story].
 
 
Green Lantern Ring
Green Lantern Ring next appears in All-American Comics (v1) #17 [A Story].
 
 
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  Ice Says:    
  2018-02-12 19:31:56  
  Hey, what's this? Bill Finger co-creates an important character for DC Comics and even gets a credit right there on the first page?

I'd never read the "three flames" mythology. "First to bring death. Second to bring life. Third to bring power!" I wonder if there's any follow up stories about the first and second green flames.

Another huge debut in the DCRO. Having only read Marvel Golden Age comics before, I'm a little amazed at the speedy rate of debuts here. Over at the company that will become Marvel, they haven't even gotten to Captain America yet and DC already had Superman, Batman, Robin, The Flash, The Spectre, Sandman, and now Green Lantern. Plus, eventually Captain Marvel joins the universe.
 
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2018-05-16 19:30:37  
  I did like the way the origin story connected the old-style Arabian lamp (like Aladdin's lamp) to the power it grants (basically, wish fulfillment). Really, it's a very imaginative story that takes a lot of elements we're familiar with and weaves them into an entirely new concept. And so, another legendary character is born into the DC Universe/Multiverse.

I also like that this origin story has survived with minimal retconning. Sure, a few details were explained out, but almost no changes to the basic concept. It's great that this still pretty much stands on its own even in the 21st century and decades of comic evolution.

Just one thing. He's a Green Lantern.....and his shirt; it's red.

Dude. You're wearing *red*. You're too young to be color-blind.

Okay, I know they explain the color choices much later, but you still kinda wonder what Bill Finger and Martin Nodell were thinking when they designed his costume.

One note: I read somewhere that the character's name was originally supposed to be Alan Ladd, but when an actor with the same name got popular, the name was changed to Alan Scott.

5 stars. And I tell you, some crooks just aren't cut out to be crooks. Any sort of heat on 'em, and they just keel over from a heart attack.
 
 
 

 
 
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Golden Age Green Lantern Archives, Volume 1
 
This collection includesAll-American Comics (v1) #16 [A Story], All-American Comics (v1) #17 [A Story], All-American Comics (v1) #18 [A Story], All-American Comics (v1) #19 [A Story], All-American Comics (v1) #20 [A Story], All-American Comics (v1) #21 [A Story], All-American Comics (v1) #22 [A Story], All-American Comics (v1) #23 [A Story], All-American Comics (v1) #24 [A Story], All-American Comics (v1) #25 [A Story], All-American Comics (v1) #26 [A Story], All-American Comics (v1) #27 [A Story], All-American Comics (v1) #28 [A Story], All-American Comics (v1) #29 [A Story], All-American Comics (v1) #30 [A Story], All-American Comics (v1) #31 [A Story], Green Lantern (v1) #1 [B Story], Green Lantern (v1) #1 [C Story], Green Lantern (v1) #1 [D Story], Green Lantern (v1) #1 [G Story]
     
 
 
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