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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 106

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 continue my spur of the moment middle-of-the-week theme week where I look at cool moments in comics where the cool moment is for a character who does not normally appear in the book in question. This time around, we take a look at an Adventures of Superman Annual where Guy Gardner came off looking as good as he did in any comic book at the time!


Adventures of Superman Annual #4 is the penultimate issue in the 1992 Eclipso crossover, where Eclipso was going around possessing various superpowered people.

In this issue, whatever superheroes that are left are trying to take down Superman, who had been possessed by Eclipso. The heroes left are basically the following:

L.E.G.I.O.N. (Vril Dox, Lobo, Phase, Strata, Stealth, Garv and Telepath)
Hawkman (the Thanagar police version)
Black Canary
Elongated Man
Booster Gold
Crimson Fox

Not exactly a Murderer’s Row of character, eh?

Well, Guy Gardner (who had been possessed by Eclipso and discarded for being more or less useless) shows up with his brand new yellow ring.

So the heroes take on Superman (who was hiding in an active volcano), and their goal is to get him out of the volcano while the sun was still up. This does not work, as he deals with all of them fairly easily, particularly Guy Gardner (Eclipso reminds Guy why he was discarded).

So the sun is now down, so Superman can move around freely – this is not a good thing.

After Guy takes off, Superman really goes to town on the rest of the heroes without the drag of the sun being out, and it looks like Ice is going to pay the ultimate price…

“The” moment has to be where Guy recites the quote while he takes Superman into the volcano.

In a couple of years, Beau Smith would take over Guy, but before then, Guy was in the midst of a long stretch of being written by writers who did not seem to particularly LIKE him (Dan Jurgens in JLA and Gerard Jones in Green Lantern and Guy’s own title), so this issue by Robert Loren Fleming (how underrated is Fleming?) and Bob McLeod was a refreshing change of pace.

I just remembered that I had written about this issue a few years back on the old blog. Check it out here (after I remembered that, I cribbed the list of heroes from that entry).


In this issue, whatever superheroes that are left are trying to take down Superman, who had been possessed by Superman.

The Horror!!!

I always like Gardner best when Giffon wrote him in Justice League. Ideally, he should be as close to Sinestro as a Green Lantern can get without crossing the deal-breaking line.

As for the moment…a better Guy Gardner in a Superman book moment would have been Guy’s appearance in “Reign Of The Supermen,” specifically when he watched the Eradicator, posing as a ressurrected Superman, beat up a group of criminals. “Superman” was uncharacteristically brutal with the felons which first shocked then amused the hell out of Guy. Later he told reporters that if this isn’t the real Superman, “He should be!”

It’s a good story but good God the dialog is awful. “SOLAR MATTER!!! Y-YOU TRAVELLED TO THE SUN!”

Thanks for pointing out the obvious… “*ARRRGH!*” indeed.

Who dares summon ARGH! YLE!?

Oh, no one? He’ll just be going back to the sock drawer then . . .

Bloop bloop bladoop.


Always been a fan of Guy in all incarnations. I just like the fact that he is an unrepentant jerk, almost happily so, but he’s still a hero because he’s always willing to fight the bad guys. And really, he’s just fun.

Giffen and DeMatteis were his biggest fans, and I think Gerry Jones also liked him somehow. But Dan despised him, and I think he is being completely underused these days. But what makes him so fascinating is that, in spite of all his jerkiness, he is very morally straight, even more so than Hal Jordan.
And kudos to Bob Fleming. Maybe one day Dan Didio will let us finish reading Ambush Bug #6. Whenever he decides to publish it.

It’s a decent Guy moment, especially in context. I rather like what they’re doing with Guy now, playing him as a pretty hardcore, soldier type. Lots of rough edges, full packet of attitude, but a lot of a heroism and sheer toughness. You see how Guy could have been picked to be a GL: tons of guts and determination.

It’s much more interesting than when Guy was just potrayed as a brain-damaged thug.

But Dan despised him, and I think he is being completely underused these days.

Really? He’s got plenty of time in GLC these days, and he was also well used in his appearances in Blue Beetle (in fact there’s a scene from Blue Beetle 25 that would fit in perfectly with the current sort of theme week; anybody who has read the issue knows what I’m talking about.)

That moment in Blue Beetle #25 IS pretty darned spectacular. But then, so is this. Aw Guy, I always knew there was a reason that you are my favorite Green Lantern.

another moment worthy of the list love how guy just goes on Eclipso just let shim have it wth the sun then saying the oath even though he quit not to mention loved Lobo showing jelousy

There was a post- Our Worlds at War issue of (I think) Adventures which said that Guy was in Hell, and could only get out if he switched places with Superman, and was all too willing to do it. In charatcer, but I can’t ever see him without thinking that he’d sacrifice Superman (or anyone) to save himself.

On of my favorite Guy moments is during the Death of Superman storyline, where the JLA are fighting Doomsday, and they’re trying one last ditch effort, pouring all there energy into one last salvo of firepower. Guy’s so beat to hell he can’t even see anymore, but just tells one of the Leaguers to point his ring in the right direction and he’ll fire with all he’s got. Great moment showing his resolve and determination. Even though it was a cool moment, I have to admit I didn’t really like Guy until this newest run of GLC. I think it was the stupid bowl cut.

To Dan:

I meant Dan Jurgens, not Dan Didio.

To The Rear;

That was a cool Guy moment, but it was from the JLA issue that crossed into the Doomsday story, disqualifying it for this weeks theme. I would not object to it being used later this year, however. Another cool Guy moment from that storyline was the next JLA issue which tied into the “A Funeral For A Friend” story arc. Guy always hated Superman, but respected that he went down fighting and put Doomsday in a box while he was at it, and so a Sinestro-ring generated hand snaked out and grabbed an S-Shield armband for Guy to put on with the rest of the mourning heroes. Gardner was always a goodguy, he just didn’t like people knowing it!

@Ricardo: I was replying to the “he’s being completely underused these days” comment, not the Dan hates him part of the comment.

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