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Meta-Messages – Gerard Jones Asks Green Lantern a Question About Skin Color…

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All October long I will be exploring the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator using the characters in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today, I’ll feature a suggestion that reader Ben M. sent in by e-mail. It deals with then-Green Lantern writer Gerard Jones having a little fun with a famous scene from Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams’ Green Lantern #76.

In Green Lantern #76, Hal Jordan is accosted by a man living in a slum…


Decades later, in 1992’s Green Lantern #29, some aliens are landing on Earth and they wish to have words with Hal Jordan…



Now almost certainly, Jones is just having a little bit of fun here and did not actually have a problem with O’Neil’s original scene. So it is just a cute little bit, but, well, it is a cute little bit so that is why I am sharing it with you all!

Hal had an answer this time, by the way…