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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 330

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

In honor of the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, we’re taking a look at Neil Gaiman’s Green Lantern/Superman: The Legend of the Green Flame one-shot.


As I noted in the Comic Book Legends Revealed, this story was originally going to serve as the finale of the Action Comics Weekly experiment, so it would star the various characters who were appearing in the anthology.

It opens with an Eddie Campbell illustrated depiction of the Blackhawks following World War II…

Then we come up to the present day, as Hal Jordan goes to get help from his friend, Clark Kent (art by Mike Allred and Terry Austin)…

Mark Buckingham takes over, as we see what the deal is…

They are now on a mystical journey. Art here is by John Totleben…

Matt Wagner has the first interlude starring Phantom Stranger…

The heroes find themselves in hell, illustrated by Eric Shanower and Art Adams (interesting combo)…

The late, great Jim Aparo gets the next Phantom Stranger interlude…

Then Kevin Nowlan takes us to the climax…

And Jason Little draws the epilogue…

What an amazing journey Gaiman took Green Lantern and Superman on! You really need to go pick up this comic. Look at all the purty artwork and the great looking tale!


I understand why Neil Gaiman is in the Buckingham panel, but what is Sarah Palin doing there?

I never knew this existed, but now I have to have it.

You forgot to mention the Frank Miller cover.

Holy crap, that Chapter Three page where it zooms in is surreal when you scroll down and up on the computer.

I love it!

My LCS found this for me at a show a few months ago. I’ve read a few negative reviews online before but that didn’t stop me, I just had to have this and I think it was very much worth it. Also, the Frank Miller cover is awesome.

This was fantastic.

I wonder if Action Comics Weekly would not have been better suited to modern era. It would be a great vehicle to produce TPBs for characters that cannot maintain an on-going. An editor could get short-term commitments from interesting creative teams.

Who colored that Eddie Campbell page? Because that doesn’t look like any other Campbell that I’ve seen (not even the Spirit New Adventures book from Kitchen Sink that he did a story with Gaiman on). It’s good, though. This is a great looking book.

I agree with Dean that Action Comics Weekly would be cool to try today. DC can do weekly books, obviously, (see 52, Trinity, Wednesday Comics, and, uh, something else) but sadly? I’m guessing that the “failure” of ACW 20 plus years ago is what’s making them say, hey, it didn’t work, why try it again?

Oh, and if I wasn’t clear, you should feature some of those great Spirit New Adventures stories here. There are some amazing lineups on that book (like issue 1, Watchmen team reunion)

The story itself was a little underwhelming, frankly. But the art, oh man the art!

Wasn’t Nightwing a part of the original Action Comics Weekly anthology? Was he a part of this story? If not, I assume he was a part of the original conception of this story?

I will only buy another DC anthology weekly if Wild Dog is in it.

Marvel made the comics weekly anthology work for 7 years with Marvel Comics Presents. I was fond of that series at the time, although when I reread it recently it was really awful 90s dreck at its worst. But like Action Comics Weekly, it did seem like a noble experiment even when misfiring.

@ T.

I think that Nightwing was only in a handful of issues and typically paired with Speedy.

seeing those panels. has me wanting to track the thing down and now wonder what why dc decided to not print this story . espically love the phantom stranger telling off the gods of roder and chaos about him not being part of any group .his own force.

Here’s probably the best place to ask: I read in the series 1963 that John Totleben had failing eyesight and had to be really close to the board to draw, but it was 1963, so I’m not sure if it was just Moore et al being goofy. However, I thought I read something like that elsewhere, so, is it true that Totleben has very poor eyesight, and if so, that stuff is even more amazing!

Great art, but I really remember not liking (and possibly not fully understanding) the story.

I should give it another try some time.

@ Travis, Unfortunately Totleben does have retinitis pigmentosa and is actually considered legally blind. Last I heard he had enough vision in the centre to allow him to work, but very slowly. However, that was years ago, and I haven’t seen any work from him in a long time, so maybe it deteriorated further. Anyone have any recent news about his health?

What’s amazing to me is (in spite of the editorial dispute about Hal knowing Clark is Superman, which is frankly Mike Carlin being unnecessarily proprietorial– especially as other comics in that era do show him knowing) how in-continuity everything is. The Blackhawks find the Golden Age Green Lantern’s lantern in the bunker where the Justice Society ‘died’ fighting the Nazis as part of the Last Days of JSA comic from ’88 (they were then taken to Valhalla to perpetually fight Surtur)– you can see Hawkman’s wings and other relics from that battle in the room. The whole Green Flame plotline is to do with the origins of the Alan Scott lantern (“Chang” is, I think, the name of the man who fashioned the original Lantern from the meteorite with the green flame.). The whole Phantom Stranger part was resolving the ongoing plot in that feature.

This is Gaiman back when he was a writer working in a shared universe. Soon after he worked his own side of the fence with Sandman and stuff he wrote for Marvel like Eternals and 1602 are sort of unique unto itself as well. It’s a side of Neil Gaiman I sort of miss as I love his perspective on a shared superhero universe (Black Orchid is another great book for that– his portrayal of Lex Luthor there is the best ever).

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