We all know Green Lantern is HOT. The comic, the movie, Ryan Reynolds. Blackest Night set the DCU on a whole new course, and the GL family of books under the guidance of Geoff Johns, has continued to lead the sales charts.
But in Green Lantern hot enough to start a small electrical fire?
It seems that the “Green Lantern Animated Light-Up Displays” which were recently shipped to retailers have a wiring problem which has caused at least one fire in a comics shop. The fire was quickly put out, but after a retailer on the CBIA Retailer Forum advised of the problem other retailers began reporting suspicious smells and hot spots.
This led to a note from DC VP Bob Wayne of unparalleled urgency:
URGENT RETAILER ADVISORY: GREEN LANTERN ANIMATED LIGHT-UP DISPLAY
Retailers, please be advised that DC Comics has received reports of electrical problems with the GREEN LANTERN ANIMATED LIGHT-UP DISPLAY (OCT100366).
DC urges retailers to unplug the signs immediately.
Watch for further information in the next few days, including what steps DC will take in rectifying the situation.
The fire is coming from inside your store!
The display, designed by Jim Lee and Scott Williams, retails for $150 and was intended as a cheerful, flashing beacon to indicate that Green Lantern fans were welcome. It was not intended to plunge them into a fiery inferno. And thanks to the quick actions of Wayne and retailers…hopefully it won’t.
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Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.