Some jokes need explaining — 23 years later, even. Such is the case for a reference made in What If…? #62 by veteran comics scribe Kurt Busiek. The longtime Avengers writer recently took to Twitter to reveal that a character name he created in the 1994 issue was indeed a reference to a beloved Green Lantern.
Like all other What If…? tales, this was a hypothetical scenario, and meant to be a one-off continuity. In the issue, the story imagines a world in which a non-adamantiumed Logan does battle with an entirely different character who becomes the legendary Weapon X. Well, that other character who becomes Weapon X is named “Guy Desjardins,” if you remember.
Turns out, that was a blatant reference to DC Comics’ Green Lantern character, Guy Gardner.
Secrets of the comics revealed!
— Kurt Busiek Resists (@KurtBusiek) November 7, 2017
Guy Gardner was the third human to become a Green Lantern, after the Golden Age’s Alan Scott and the Silver Age’s premier Lantern, Hal Jordan. After a one-off appearance in 1968’s Green Lantern #59, and a handful of appearances throughout the 1970s, the character would become a full-time Green Lantern in the ’80s, serving as a member of the acclaimed Justice League International team created by J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen and Kevin Maguire. The character is currently in DC Rebirth continuity, appearing regularly in Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps.
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