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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 28

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at a great “first” from the first appearance of Hal Jordan as Green Lantern.

Enjoy!

Showcase #22 featured three stories about Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern, including the first story in the issue, which contained the introduction and origin of Hal as Green Lantern.

John Broome wrote the issue and the legendary Gil Kane drew the book.

While the book has a few cool comic book moments, the one that I am highlighting is the first recitation of the Green Lantern oath. Note that Alan Scott had an oath, too, but it was not as prominently used as Hal’s and it certainly was not as famous.

So here is today’s cool comic book moment, Hal’s first time saying the following words…

So cool.

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I love how Geoff Johns is creating new rhyming oaths for each of the new colours…
Wonder what the Black Lantern oath will be…

In a just world, it will start with “Straight outta Compton!”

The creation of Hal Jordan, along with Barry Allen, Adam Strange J’Onn J’Onzz, Captain Comet, Katar Hol, Robby Reed, Eclipso and Ray Palmer was truly a wonder to behold on the onset of the Silver Age. Here we had a comic universe being born that was based on “science”. It was simple yet spectacular. Science fiction was BIG and the DC took full advantage. I was reading Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman at the time, and not much had changed for many a hyear. I was totally enthralled with the new science based recreations of the Golden-Age heroes, a love affair that lasted until Marvel reared it’s head, I’ll never forget that first year of the Silver Age and fondly remember the panel from above. I won’t claim to be precognative, but it just felt “special” at the time.

I agree with Paul. Well, I wasn’t around at the time, but yes: I love the fact that DC was the go-to place for kinda-sorta “science heroes” for a while, and I think they’re missing the boat on not capitalizing on that kind of thing with today’s stuff– especially when we’re so rapidly approaching the singularity.

“I love how Geoff Johns is creating new rhyming oaths for each of the new colours…
Wonder what the Black Lantern oath will be…”

Brains, brains, the magical fruit.
The more you eat, the more you toot.
The more you toot, the better you feel.
So let’s eat brains for every meal!

Yeah, I’ve always loved Hal’s oath, and actually used a line from it in my wedding vows (we liked “in brightest day, in blackest night” much better than all that “for better or for worse” stuff).

It’s worth mentioning that this oath was invented sometime during the Alan Scott era, and he’d been using it for a while before Hal came on the scene, but Alan reverted back to his original “And I shall shed my light over bright evil” to distinguish himself from Hal in the Silver Age.

Don’t know if this has ever been confirmed — might be an Urban Legend for Brian– but for years it’s been said that SF great Alfred Bester actually coined the oath when he was writing Alan Scott’s adventures in the 40′s.

“I love how Geoff Johns is creating new rhyming oaths for each of the new colours…
Wonder what the Black Lantern oath will be…”

zombies! steampunk! sis boom ba!
overhyped! overdone! rah rah rah!

zombies! steampunk! sis boom ba!
overhyped! overdone! rah rah rah!

rick astley! lolcats! aren’tcha glad!
comic writers’re jumpin’ on a fad!

“Wonder what the Black Lantern oath will be…”

Black is black
I want my baby back
It’s gray, it’s gray
Since she went away, Ooh-Ooh
What can I do
‘Cause I-I-I-I-I’m feelin’ blue

Hmm…

I was thinking:

I see a Red Lantern and want to paint it Black
No colours anymore
I want them to turn Black
I see the girls pass by dressed in their Sapphire robes
I have to turn them Black just like their Emerald foes…

I got a Black Magic Lantern,
A Black Magic Lantern,
I got a Black Magic Lantern,
Shining so bright I can’t see
All the red, green, yellow Lanterns,
Are trying to make a devil out of me.

Those Black Lanterns are some baaaaaaaddddd…
SHUT YO MOUTH!
I’m just talkin’ ’bout the Black Lanterns.

Black, Black, Black Lantern,
Have you any power?
Yes sir, yes sir
24 hours full.

My understanding is that Bester denied inventing the oath, but that’s just from the Green Lantern entry on Wikipedia:

“However, in an interview with journalist F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre at the 1979 World Science Fiction Convention in Brighton, England, Bester stated that the brightest-day oath was already in place before he began writing for the character.”

I figure Bester would know best, but of course I’d be happier with a transcript or something than just being told that he said that.

When I was a teen, a group of us kids hiked deep up into the woods of Foster, Rhode Island to spend the night in an old abandonned 1 room cabin we had found during an earlier trip. It was kind of scary for lot of us, sleeping on the floor of an old shack with no windows, doors or lights, and no nearby road. To pass the time (as much to ensure none of us were whisked away by some murderer or beast in the pitch black), most of us came up with a short poem or limerick (some based on nursery rhymes). This one kid, Earl Buteau by name, shushed us all to grace us with his:

“Can you Hear IT?
Must be a Hermit”.

You could hear a pin drop – until the rest of us laughed so loud we were in tears. Richard J. Marcej? You are my Earl Buteau today. And I thank you for that.

WHOA black lantern bambalam!
YEAH black lantern bambalam!
zombie gotta ring, bambalam!
astro bling, bambalam!

[sorry]

edc: I was trying to find something for Black Betty but couldn’t get it done. Awesome!

I’m pretty sure that Alan Scott used the “In Brightest Day” oath at times though it certainly wasn’t his original oath (the rather bland “And I Shall Shed My Light Over Dark Evil” oath).

Regardless, when my dad got me the silver age classics reprint of Showcase #22 when I was probably 6 or so…this page was the moment I fell in love with comics.

Black Lantern
How come you taste so good?
I say yeah, yeah
Just like I knew you would

FEEL THE POWER SUCKA’ S! FUNK IS THE POWER! BLACK LANTERNS REPRESENT! IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH? SAYYY… 7 UP, La-Da-De-Da-De-Da-De-Da-De-De-Da. SHINE YO LIGHT!
should be spoken/sung with one fist in the air, or while pouring a couple of drops out of a 40.
(I am so very sorry, but in my defense I left out any mention of my baby’s mama, slinging crack or paying rent.God I’m gonna to burn, did I mention I voted for Obama) (Special Thank’s to Spike Lee, P-Funk & the Brides of Funkenstien and the inspirational LP Mother ship Connection) later!

Regardless, when my dad got me the silver age classics reprint of Showcase #22 when I was probably 6 or so…this page was the moment I fell in love with comics.

I was the same way, only with the Silver Age Classics reprints of the first JLA appearance, and the first ‘New Look’ Batman– which had Elongated Man in it! The rest was history.

zombies! steampunk! sis boom ba!
overhyped! overdone! rah rah rah!

rick astley! lolcats! aren’tcha glad!
comic writers’re jumpin’ on a fad!

Three years late! Behind the times!
But don’t worry, it all rhymes!

hey, zombies are behind the times too.
they go right on the pile next to rick.

A defining moment for comics as one of the coolest concepts in superheroes is born. As a child of the 70′s and 80′s, Hal Jordan is “my” Green Lantern. I soon discovered Alan Scott and loved him too. Then came Guy, John, Kilowog, Kyle, ect, and they grew on me as well.

But Hal and the Oath will always be what truly defines the Green Lantern “family” for me.

A defining moment for comics as one of the coolest concepts in superheroes is born. As a child of the 70′s and 80′s, Hal Jordan is “my” Green Lantern. I soon discovered Alan Scott and loved him too. Then came Guy, John, Kilowog, Kyle, ect, and they grew on me as well.

But Hal and the Oath will always be what truly defines the Green Lantern “family” for me.

Porn for Geoff Johns.

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