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Green Lantern will be the next character to get the 80th anniversary celebration treatment from DC Comics, with a Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular announced this morning for May.

Most DC Comics fans will know what to expect from this book, having already gotten their hands on similar comics celebrating Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, with 80th anniversary celebrations due soon for The Flash, Catwoman, and The Joker. Basically, the book will be an anthology of stories set throughout the character’s history, from creators who have worked on the franchise in the past as well as some newcomers to the mythos.

The list of creators for the Green Lantern 80th Anniversary special includes Geoff Johns, Darryl Banks, Charlotte Fullerton McDuffie, Sina Grace, Mike Grell, Jeff Lemire, Ron Marz, Denny O’Neil, Fernando Pasarin, Ivan Reis, Rafa Sandoval, Mariko Tamaki, Peter J. Tomasi, James Tynion IV, Robert Venditti, and more.

Current Green Lantern series artist Liam Sharp will draw the main cover (see above), but Green Lantern, like the other characters who have been celebrated, will also get a set of eight decade variant covers. The list of the artists creating those is below:

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  • 1940’s variant cover by Nicola Scott
  • 1950’s variant cover by Matt Taylor
  • 1960’s variant cover by Doug Mahnke
  • 1970’s variant cover by Neal Adams
  • 1980’s variant cover by David Finch
  • 1990’s variant cover by Philip Tan
  • 2000’s variant cover by Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert
  • 2010’s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams

More importantly, you can find those covers at the bottom of this post, after a bit more info about the Green Lantern 80th anniversary.

The book will arrive in shops on May 20, and it will feature the full ranks of DC’s Green Lantern characters, including Alan Scott, Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz. This is all to commemorate the first appearance of the Alan Scott Green Lantern, which took place back in May 1940 in All-American Comics #16 by artist Martin Nodell and writer Bill Finger. 

Green Lantern has a concept has perhaps evolved the most of any of DC Comics’ characters, going from that first appearance of a fairly standard crime-fighter with a glowing ring…to an entire corps of intergalactic police, which should make for a varied and interesting set of stories here.

Anyway, now as promised we have the decade variant covers for you, posted in chronological order. Enjoy!

Green Lantern 80th

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3 COMMENTS

  1. This will really be a crazy celebration piece if pulled off right. As was pointed out above, the Green Lantern has wildly changed over the various decades. I really like the Nicola Scott variant with Alan Scott up front, and even our newest GL standing shoulder to shoulder with Sinestro.

  2. That Streak story was drawn by Alex Toth. Looks better than most of DC’s current output.

    (Pause as Gen Z asks, “Alex WHO?”)

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