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When We First Met #21

Each day in June you’ll get an entry showing you the first appearance of seemingly minor characters, phrases, objects or events that later became notable parts of comic book lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “the first time someone said, ‘Avengers Assemble!’” or “the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny” or “the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth” or “the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter.” Stuff like that. Here is an archive of what I’ve featured so far.

Today is another Green Lantern edition!

Enjoy!

First Appearance of Katma Tui

In 1964′s Green Lantern #30, we meet the replacement for Sinestro as the Green Lantern of Korugar, but the Guardians need Hal Jordan’s help with her…

This is a weird story, but Katma Tui ended up becoming a great character. One of the top Green Lanterns out there, really. It is a real shame that they “fridged” her. Maybe she can return in the relaunch!
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First Appearance of Ch’p

In 1982′s Green Lantern #148, in the Tales of the Green Lantern Corps back-up, we meet Ch’p…

How amazing is the art by the late, great Don Newton?! The story is pretty neat, too!
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First Appearance of G’nort

For Travis Pelkie, here is the first appearance of G’nort, from 1988′s Justice League International #10, a Millenium crossover…

Note that the apostrophe was not originally part of his name.
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Feel free to send in ideas for future debuts I should feature here to bcronin@comicbookresources.com!

12 Comments

I understand why we’re getting a bunch of GL days, but could we get at least one Wonder Woman day before the end of the month? (The first invisible jet, the first Cheetah appearance, and the first Giganta appearance would be a reasonable set of choices, for example.)

Man, I wish there was some way for people to make suggestions for what they’d like me to feature.

If I wanted to email you, I would have. :P

The 50′s: a completely different time, Ladies and Gentlemen. Believe it or not, the whole big deal with Katma being female and her not being able to be a wife AND a hero was par for the course back then, heck if they could have seen our reactions back then they’d go “What’s wrong with the people in the future?” At least Katma DID stay a Green Lantern (though that story had Jordan effectively sabotaging her relationship if I recall, which is even worse in my opinion.) Also: machines for determining if you’re in love? O.o

Oh, and Gil Kane art. No wonder it looks SO much better than other DC comics of the time. Not to knock the likes of Swan or Infantino, they had their own charm, but this looked more realistic than the rest.

The first Ch’p story had a great message and art. Too bad the moment he joined the rest of the team in the regular series, they turned him into a cartoony character immediately in both appearance and acts (and eventually had a truck run over and kill him, too. Yes, seriously. Boo!)

Love the banter in that JLI issue, especially with The Hawks. One thing bothered me though: the idea that the Guardians of the Universe would allow nepotism. (It was later explained away by saying that it was a bunch of fake Guardians who chose Gnort. At least he proved himself as a hero later… on occasion.)

was kind of wondering how long before some moments with Gnort would pop up on this list espically love him calling hawkman hawky and also Hals look when he sees him. Katmu tui have to agree that she should not have been killed off later.

The continuity problem with Gnort’s backstory — for us weirdos who care about such stuff — wasn’t that the Guardians “allowed” nepotism, but that the idea of a Green Lantern “pulling strings” to get an appointment for someone else didn’t really fit with the way we’d seen GL rings and jobs get passed on.

The ring and/or the Guardians had to determine the candidate’s qualifications with a telepathic scan; the ring-wielder didn’t really get to do that. Quite a few GL stories used this as a twist, with a Lantern’s preferred successor being passed over for a seemingly undesireable but genuinely worthier replacement.

The joke was so funny that it’s hard to actually care, though; the thought of the Green Lanterns as one more inefficient bureaucracy, just on a cosmic scale, is a pretty good laugh. That said, I did get a bit bored with Gnort once he came to Earth, since he was mostly good for rather tired “dumb guy misunderstanding” skits and really couldn’t be given further characterization without spoiling the gag.

I like to think the Guardians were just really busy that month — dealing with Sinestro or the Manhunters or something — that when this guy started pestering them about giving his nephew a ring they said “fine, fine, we’ll give him one” just to get rid of him.

That’s what I like to think anyway.

Travis Pelkie

June 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Awesome!

I’m getting all kinds of love here today.

I think we need a whole series that focuses on “animal” GLs like Ch’p and G’Nort. And they team up with the Legion of Super Pets. Hell yeah.

G’Nort looks less “doglike” in this first appearance. It seems like later on they made him more out and out dog looking.

Now I gotta pull out and read my GLCQ issues….

With a totally lifeless sector, such as Gnort’s, there’s no locals to choose a GL from. His uncle probably used that to good effect, since Gnort still passed the other requirements (he’s just a bit “slow”).

There’s probably other sectors where the sentient races that GLs were chosen from are less mentally agile than Gnort, so they could hardly argue that he wasn’t capable of the job from that aspect, and most candidates that were more capable probably weren’t interested in living all alone in a barren sector.

They eventually “revealed” (i.e., retconned) that unbeknownst to G’nort, he and his uncle actually got their rings from a group of prankster aliens who were pretending to be the Guardians and passing out knock-off Power Rings to incompetent people they thought would do funny things with them (. When he found out, G’nort helped shut down the bogus GL Corps and the Guardians felt he exhibited behavior worthy of a Lantern (and knew how to work the ring) so they made him a provisional or honorary or reserve or something Green Lantern.

So that clears up the problem of nepotism in the GL Corps, but it DOES mesh poorly with Hal acting like G’nort was an official Lantern in his first appearance. I suppose you could assume that Hel met G’nort in the field at some point and G’nort told Hal his uncle was an important Lantern and Hal took his word for it. I’m sure there are other incident where G’nort interacted with other Lanterns – or the Guardians – in such a way that it stretches credibility that he only thought he was a real Lantern, but I believe the phony GL Corps is his official backstory now.

One of the reasons G’nort looks less doglike is that Kevin Maguire is the only person who draws him to look like his “inspiration” – Ed Norton. It’s not a coincidence that the first time we see G’nort, he’s coming out of a sewer :)

One of the reasons G’nort looks less doglike is that Kevin Maguire is the only person who draws him to look like his “inspiration” – Ed Norton. It’s not a coincidence that the first time we see G’nort, he’s coming out of a sewer :)

Which makes him calling Hawkman “Hawky-boy” all the funnier. It’s a pity G’nort didn’t hang out with Elongated Man more often.

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