July 24, 2017

Showcase 22Real Name: Hal Jordan

First Appearance: Showcase #22 (October, 1959)

Powers: Uses a Power Ring that grants him a multitude of powers. These include flight, invulnerability, and the ability to project anything he can think of.

Affiliation: Green Lantern Corps, Justice League of America

Love Interests: Caroline Ferris

Enemies: Sinestro, Spectrans, The Colour Yellow

Did You Know: Hal Jordan was the first Human to be inducted into the Green Lantern Corps.

A Little Back History…

The original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, made his debut in the 1940’s. In 1959, the most well-known Green Lanter, Hal Jordan, would make his appearance.

Hal was born to Martin and Jessica Jordan and was the middle of three children. Because his father was a test pilot, Hal developed a fascination with flying.

Tragedy would strike the Jordan’s when Martin would die in a plane crash and against his family wishes, Hal enlisted in the United States Air Force. I can’t confirm the next statement and I know it didn’t come out in 1959, but I suspect that Hal watched Top Gun and this is where he got his inspiration to join.

Tragedy would strike Hal once again.

Green LanternThe U.S. Air Force did not have Maverick, Goose or Iceman.

A few uneventful years would pass.

Eventually, a member of the Green Lantern Corps, Abin Sur, crash-landed his ship on Earth, where conveniently Hal would find him. It is the way of the Lantern Corps that the ring that each member wears chooses the next Lantern. Abin Sur’s chose Hal.

The Green Lantern’s (3599 in total) are Galactic Police Officers charged with keeping peace in the galaxies. Hal was responsible for Sector 2814.

Finally, Hal Jordan was one of the founding members of the Justice League of America, along with the Flash, Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Martian Manhunter.

Scott’s Notes:

  1. Hal was not the original Green Lantern
  2. Had two brothers
  3. Father was a test pilot who died in a plane crash
  4. Hal joined the U.S. Air Force
  5. Found a dying alien
  6. Accepted the Power Ring
  7. Became a member of the Green Lantern Corps
  8. Spends his life protecting the galaxy
  9. Founding member of the Justice League of America

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