Along with the rest of the Justice Society of America, Alan Scott is one of the first and most prominent heroes to debut in the Golden Age of comics. The first bearer of the Green Lantern name, he was also at the forefront of the recent infinite border both as part of the multiversal team called The Totality and through significant personal development: Alan’s coming out as gay retroactively made him the first LGBTQ+ superhero in the history of the comic.
Many fans rejoiced at the sudden influx of Alan Scott’s appearances in the new comics and the news of the role he is set to play in the upcoming HBO Max. The Green Lantern series, but due to a decades-spanning and mostly unbroken timeline of retcons, there are many fascinating facts about Alan Scott that only longtime readers know about.
He was the first to fight two famous supervillains
These days, Vandal Savage has become something of a general threat to superheroes in the DC Universe, and Solomon Grundy is generally accepted as part of Batman’s infamous rogues gallery, but they each got their start in the face of to the original Green Lantern.
First appeared in The Green Lantern (1941) #10, Vandal Savage became the first criminal to nearly beat Alan Scott with sheer intelligence. Solomon Grundy presented similar difficulties for the hero when it comes to brute force in All-American Comics (1939) #61.
He has no connection with the Green Lantern Corps.
Despite Alan Scott being the very first Green Lantern, he has no connection to the Green Lantern Corps as fans know. In fact, the Starheart grants him power of a magical nature rather than the highly advanced ring technology provided by the Guardians.
In reality, the divergence was caused by the resurgence of superheroes in the 1960s brought about by the growing public interest in science fiction, but the differences in the universe are very clearly highlighted both during the first team of Alan Scott and Hal Jordan in The Green Lantern (1960) #40 and in flashbacks of DC First: Green Lantern/Green Lantern (2002) #1.
He is based in Gotham City
While attention to the Justice Society of America has shifted and dwindled over the years, it’s become very easy to forget that the Golden Age Green Lantern has been based in Gotham City since its humble beginnings. In fact, with the Batman adventures of the 1940s erased from modern continuity, Alan Scott is the town’s very first hero.
Fans can even find a humorous reminder of Green Lantern’s association with Gotham in hunt (1998) #8, where DEO Agent Cameron Chase suspects Alan of being Batman after a gala attended by him and Bruce Wayne.
He had the first animal companion
While many Green Lantern fans remember Doiby Dickles, Alan Scott’s best friend and sidekick in the early stories, few are aware that the original Green Lantern also had the very first animal companion in the comics.
An idea popularized by the likes of Krypto the Superdog and Ace the Bat-Hound was Streak the Wonder Dog, introduced in The Green Lantern (1941) #30, which marks the first instance of the phenomenon. Streak was an ordinary stray that Alan and Doiby befriended and brought home, although the dog’s popularity eventually ousted Green Lantern from his own solo run due to waning public interest. for superheroes after the war.
He had one of the most realistic careers in comics
There are few superheroes without a civilian alter-ego, but what sets Alan Scott apart from the crowd isn’t just his dedication to his career as himself versus that of Green Lantern, but also the fact that his career advancement can be very easily and realistically charted through each of his appearances.
Although he started out as a train engineer in All-American Comics (1939) #16, Alan quickly shifted gears after the accident and got a job at Apex Broadcasting in All-American Comics #20, where he rose through the ranks throughout the 1940s from handyman to radio host and beyond. Like Justice Society of America (1991) #2 shows readers that in the early 1950s he moved into television and became vice president and general manager of the Gotham Broadcasting Company, of which he is president and chief executive by All-Star Comics (1976) #64 and for decades after.
He’s one of the most powerful beings in the DCU
Unbeknownst to the majority of casual readers, Alan Scott is one of the most powerful beings in the entire DC Universe, more so than the average Green Lantern. Thanks to his connection to the Starheart, Alan Scott’s power is virtually limitless and could very well have made him immortal, as shown in JLA/JSA: secret files and origins (2003) #1.
Beyond the usual measure of power seen through various titles over its long history, it should be noted that in All-Star Squadron (1981) #20 Alan is shown to be able to level an entire city in minutes and Superman #676 has him restraining the Man of Steel himself without much effort.
His business went bankrupt
Throughout most of his later appearances, Alan Scott is often featured as the Chairman and CEO of the GBC, but something often overlooked in more modern comics is that the company was often in a predicament. difficult financial situation under her command, although she eventually recovered. .
More recently explored in DC First: Green Lantern/Green Lantern #1, the first time the Gotham Broadcasting Company went bankrupt was in All-Star Comics (1976) #64 and the repercussions followed Alan for years to the point that for a while during his backups in The Green Lantern (1960) #108-110, he lived in Jay Garrick’s guest bedroom.
It has a short fuse
While obviously a noble hero trying to do the right thing, a notoriously little-known aspect of Alan Scott’s characterization is his temper. Often overlooked in modern comics in favor of putting him in the role of a mentor, Green Lantern’s short fuse was first explored in comic cavalcade (1942) #19 when Alan makes a bet with Doiby Dickles not to lose his temper after too much of an adventure that had ended with him chasing the bad guys. In the end, Alan summarily loses the bet.
An integral part of his personality between the 1940s and 1990s, other defining moments can be found in All-Star Comics #68, in which Alan’s response to the bankruptcy of his business is to rob an airport for the sum of half a million dollars with the encouragement of the Psycho Pirate, and Infinite Inc. (1984) #9, in which financial problems with GBC again lead him to attempt to take over a satellite and declare himself the “Communications Czar”.
He was once chosen as the champion of chaos
With the immense power at his disposal, it’s surely no surprise that Alan Scott is ultimately drawn into the never-ending struggle between the forces of Chaos and Order in the DC Universe, but it might come as a surprise to fans. to know that Alan – then calling himself Sentinel – has already been chosen as Chaos Champion.
The Book of Destiny (1997), as Destiny (1994) before this features Alan’s attempt to take the artifacts of fate from Jared Stevens under the belief that he is unworthy to be Nabu’s final power-wielder. Specifically, in the second issue, Alan is specifically chosen as the representative of Chaos due to his hatred of this new fate and his history of anger.
He is the Starheart
The Starheart is often known as the source of Alan Scott’s power, but one element that has fallen into obscurity is the fact that Alan is literally the Starheart after the events of Green Lantern Corps Quarterly (1993) #3-4, in which he was also aged when mystical energy merged with him to save his life.
Despite the fact that Alan no longer looks abnormally young and his erratic power surges of the Showcase ’95 # 1 have diminished over time, the Starheart being a real part of him has been closely analyzed in JSA (1999) #16-20 and is part of the current continuity.
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