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!
I think some folks have never seen the famous moment from Green Lantern (Volume 2) #76 within the context of the issue, which was the debut of Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams’ acclaimed run on the title. So here ya go!
The basic concept of most of this issue is that Green Lantern’s oath that “no evil shall escape his sight” is not exactly accurate, as there were social evils going around right in front of him, as he sees when he visits Star City and sees a group of citizens assaulting a rich guy.
He quickly stops the mob and is surprised at the reaction he receives…
Green Lantern then tries to reason with the slumlord, but he is given the high hand and Hal soon finds himself punching out the slumlord’s enforcers. He is then called back to Oa where the Guardians are pissed off at him going way off mission. They then assign him to go do some mindless grunt work (clear out an asteroid belt).
Meanwhile, Green Arrow tries to take down the slumlord on his own, but after he gets evidence that the slumlord tried to kill him, the evidence is destroyed.
Hal decides to say “screw it” to the Guardians and comes back to Earth. He and Green Arrow compare stories, then decide to team-up to take down the slumlord…
Fair enough story, but then there is an “explosive epilogue” that ties in with what the book was saying earlier about Hal’s oath…
This was a strong introduction to the “Hard Travelin’ Heroes” concept, which was a novel idea at the time.
And boy, Neal Adams’ art was amazing.