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365 Reasons to Love Comics #80

Green Lantern Week, part three: the heaviest GL of them all! He’s big, he’s bad, and he’s awesome.

3/21/07

80. Mogo

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MOGO-A-GO-GO! Click to make Mogo-sized.

Mogo is one of the most brilliant concepts for an alien Green Lantern: he’s a sentient planet! But then, what else would you expect from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons? Yes, the Great Bearded One wrote the first Mogo story in Green Lantern #188 in a back-up called “Mogo Doesn’t Socialize.” And he doesn’t. It’s not because he can’t, but because, as Tomar-Re explains, if he were to come to Oa for a meeting, his gravity field would rip the place apart. Mogo’s probably pretty lonely because of that, though he does have flora and fauna on himself to talk to. And he oftens gets visits from the GL Corps, especially when they need to bring in the big guns:

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Mogo really needs to get out more. Luckily, recent writers have begun to put him in stories more often. He had only scant appearances for years, but now he’s been seen in stuff like Infinite Crisis, Green Lantern Corps, and Ion. Me, I wouldn’t mind a Mogo mini-series. I’m not sure what all it would involve, but I’m sure someone cool could find a way to make it work.

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There’s really not much to say about Mogo, as his character hasn’t been explored enough. However, he’s a crazy, brilliant, and hilarious concept that absolutely deserves to be a Reason to Love Comics, and he’s certainly one of my favorite Green Lanterns.

Thanks to Scans Daily, you can also now read the original Mogo story online. And, as with all these GLs, there’s a detailed history, but it hasn’t been updated in years. Shame– it’s missed half of Mogo’s appearances because of that, I’d bet!

Remember: Mogo is one badass mofo.

24 Comments

Back when DC and Marvel were doing their crossover books, did Mogo ever meet Ego the Living Planet?

That would have been a strange fight to watch. :-)

And yet Mogo is pretty passive.More like a safe haven.

When Mogo battles Ego, it’s a Mogo-Ego battle. And when Chemo fights Chemistro and they fight it out on Mogo, who is battling with Ego, it’s a Chemo-Chemistro-Mogo-Ego battle. And when Bibbo helps out Chemo and gets conked by Brother Voodoo while Chemistro’s helping Ego who is getting beat by Mogo…

it’s a Bibbo-Voodoo-Mogo-‘Mistro-Chemo-Ego battle.

Now I say our game is done sir, thank you for a lot of fun, sir.

Wonderful use of Dr. Seuss, John.

Mogo has got to be my favorite GL. An even better crossover battle I think would be Mogo vs. Galactus. Man, can you imagine Galactus getting his butt handed to him when he tries to devour Mogo?

What I’ve always wondered is where the heck does Mogo wear his ring?

Mogo isn’t lonely anymore, now he has a partner.

Mogo is the ring. And where’d all the Giger Aliens go?

As cool as Mogo is — and he -is- cool — he pales in comparison to Dkrtzy RRR, the GL who’s a complex mathematical progression that can be perceived only by the Guardians.

Damn, those Alan Moore stories were pretty awsome. Are there any easy ways to get your hands on that old Green Lantern Corps series?

A few of Moores GL stories were reprinted in DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore, including Mogo doesn’t Socialize and the F-Sharp Bell one. Maybe more but I can’t recall right now.

A few of Moores GL stories were reprinted in DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore, including Mogo doesn’t Socialize and the F-Sharp Bell one. Maybe more but I can’t recall right now.

I thought all of them were?

But the old GL Corps series ran for, like, hundreds of issues, right? Are any of them reprinted in the GL archives or anything?

The GL Corps series only ran for 24 issues (201-224), taking over the numbering of the Hal GL series right after the Crisis. And it focuses on a small group of GLs based on Earth (Hal, creepily-aged Arisia, Salakk, John, Katma Tui, Kilowog, and probably some others).

There was also a GLC Quarterly for a couple years in the early 90s.

These stories ran as back-ups or in the “Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annuals”. There are, I think, three of those. As far as I know, Moore’s three GLC tales (the third being the one where Abin Sur has his death predicted by some creepy crucified alien) are the only ones to be collected.

I see…

I saw some GLC issues numbered 200-something and just assumed that the series was actually that long.

DC should use the best of the Tales of the GLC stories to pad the pagecount on a TPB that collects the 3-issue mini-series from the early 80s…

A few of Moores GL stories were reprinted in DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore, including Mogo doesn’t Socialize and the F-Sharp Bell one. Maybe more but I can’t recall right now.

The third one was ‘Tygers’, explaining why Abin Sur travelled in a spaceship when he had a perfectly good green lantern ring. It’s chock-full of tons of cool Green Lantern Eschatology that I’m to this day stunned that nobody has picked up and run with…

liking Mogo seems to be the DC counterpart to liking M.O.D.O.K. right now.

that is, its so very IN right now, and because of it the character keeps showing up with alarming frequency in online blogs, then the comics themselves. in the case of Mogo (as pointed out in the article) with very little in the way of any real character building behind him.

For the record, ‘Across the Universe’ has everything Moore did for DC except for ‘Watchmen’ and ‘Swamp Thing’ (and ‘V For Vendetta’ if you’re counting that as DC).

Though the original printing did not include ‘The Killing Joke’ or ‘Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow’, these were collected in a later printing (possibly it has a slightly different title).

It definitely includes all three Green Lantern stories.

“Back when DC and Marvel were doing their crossover books, did Mogo ever meet Ego the Living Planet?”

No, but there was an Amalgam character called Oa the Living Planet.

Though the original printing did not include ‘The Killing Joke’ or ‘Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow’, these were collected in a later printing (possibly it has a slightly different title)

That’s right. The original version (which I’ve got) is called Across The Universe: The DC Universe Stories of Alan Moore.

The newer expanded one is called DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore

Something I’m surprised no one brought up. Mogo wasn’t so much an Alan Moore creation as a revamp. Based on a back-up story from Green Lantern v2 #24, “The Strange World Named Green Lantern”.

Cover and description here:

http://www.comics.org/details.lasso?id=17923

Also, I can’t remember where it showed up (2000AD, possibly), but Moore later did another short story referring back to the Mogo one. There’s a bunch of bounty hunters on an alien world tracking some mysterious prey. One of them mentions a tale they heard about something like this happening where the hunted turns out to be the planet the hunter is standing on. They all get nervous and head back to their ship, which promptly eats them. :)

The story you’re talking about was indeed in 200AD, and was recently reprinted in a TPB, collecting all of Moore’s ‘Future Shocks’ and ‘Time Twisters’ stories as well as some other odds and ends.
Pretty sure this pre-dates the Mogo story though, probably by about 4 or 5 years.

Robert Carnegie

July 12, 2010 at 4:57 am

This may not be the time (the year 2010) or place to say, but “The Strange World Named Green Lantern”, dated October 1963, apparently has a certain amount in common (given length and nature) with Stanislaw Lem’s novel “Solaris” – you’ve probably noticed the film. According to Wikipedia, the novel was published in Polish in 1961, in French in 1966, and in English – from the French edition! – in 1970, and was dramatised on TV and film in 1968 and 1972/2002. So the influence would be from the Polish edition…?

Hell i would love to see galactus try and eat mogo

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