The 101 Project 019/101 – Green Lantern

The 19th board of 101 pins is complete over at The 101 Project and it’s another super hero…

Green Lantern is the name of a number of superheroes appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. They fight evil with the aid of rings that grant them a variety of extraordinary powers.

The first Green Lantern character, Alan Scott, was created in 1940 during the initial popularity of superheroes. Alan Scott usually fought common criminals in New York City with the aid of his magic ring. The publication of this character ceased in 1949 during a general decline in the popularity of superhero comics, but the character saw a limited revival in later decades.

In 1959, to capitalize on the booming popularity of science fiction, the Green Lantern character was reinvented asHal Jordan, an officer for an interstellar law enforcement agency known as the Green Lantern Corps. Additional members of this agency, all of whom call themselves Green Lanterns, were introduced over time.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Lantern

Green Lantern is famous for the oath he recites when he charges his ring. Originally, the oath was:

…and I shall shed my light over dark evil.
For the dark things cannot stand the light,
The light of the Green Lantern!

— Alan Scott

In the mid-1940s, this was revised into the form that became famous during the Hal Jordan era:

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!

— Hal Jordan
However, there have been a number of amusing parodies…

In the animated TV series Duck Dodgers, Duck Dodgers temporarily becomes a Green Lantern after accidentally picking up Hal Jordan’s laundry. In the first part of the episode, he forgets the real quote and makes up his own version:

In blackest day or brightest night
Watermelon, cantaloupe, yadda yadda
Erm… superstitious and cowardly lot
With liberty and justice for all!

In 2011, soon after the release of the Green Lantern movie, a trailer for The Muppets featured Kermit reciting a parody of the oath:

In brightest day, in darkest night
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who laugh at my lack of height
Beware my banjo… Green Froggy’s light!

 

 

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