Blackest Night is a 2009–2010 American comic book crossover storyline published by DC Comics, consisting of an eponymous, central miniseries written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Ivan Reis, a number of tie-in books. "Blackest Night" involves Nekron, a personified force of death who reanimates deceased superheroes and seeks to eliminate all life and emotion from the universe. Geoff Johns has identified the series' central theme as emotion; the crossover was published for eight months as a limited series and in both the Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps comic titles. Various other limited series and tie-ins, including an audio drama from Darker Projects, were published; the storyline was first mentioned at the conclusion of the "Sinestro Corps War" in Green Lantern vol. 4, #25. As the war between the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps reaches its climax, the four Green Lanterns of Earth—Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner—are told by the Guardians Ganthet and Sayd of the Blackest Night prophecy.
According to the prophecy, the two existing Corps would be joined by five new ones, each driven by a specific emotion and empowered by a specific color of the emotional spectrum, leading to a "War of Light" that would subsequently destroy the universe. Johns says the prophecy has its origins in the story "Tygers" by Alan Moore, which touches on the rising up of the Guardians' enemies the Weaponers of Qward, Ranx the Sentient City, the Children of the White Lobe, the destruction of the Green Lanterns, shows Hal Jordan and Mogo dying. Both Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver said that Blackest Night is the third part of a Green Lantern event trilogy that began with Rebirth and continued with "Sinestro Corps War". In a December 2007 interview with IGN, Johns stated that he has the monthly Green Lantern book plotted up until issue #55. More details for the event were revealed in DC Universe #0, which depicted Black Hand discovering the black power battery on the planet of Ryut. Blackest Night #0 was released on May 2, 2009, —Free Comic Book Day—and portrays a series of events directly leading into Blackest Night #1.
The standalone, self-titled miniseries consists of Blackest Night eight monthly issues. Tie-ins include issues of Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps starting with issues #43 and #38 and nine 3-issue limited series: Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps, Blackest Night: Superman, Blackest Night: Batman, Blackest Night: Titans, Blackest Night: Wonder Woman, Blackest Night: Flash, Blackest Night: JSA. Ethan Van Sciver had planned to work on the opening book, but because of his work on The Flash: Rebirth miniseries he was not able to complete both effectively. Van Sciver and Ivan Reis created many of the designs for this storyline. Green Lanterns Ash and Saarek find the Black Central Power Battery at a classified location within Sector 666. After touching the battery, Saarek reports; the two are killed when two monstrous hands emerge from below them as the battery calls "flesh". In Green Lantern Corps, a field of asteroids in an unknown region of space is depicted with the colors of the spectrum in the background.
The asteroids, which are the remains of the planet Xanshi, are shattered and a large quantity of black power rings move through them. In Gotham City, Black Hand removes Bruce Wayne's skull from his grave and carries it with him, a Black Lantern power battery begins to charge; the Guardians of Oa observe the War of Light and realize that Ganthet and Sayd are correct but are kept from intervening by Scar, who swiftly kills one and imprisons the rest. Thousands of black rings assault the Corps' crypt. Hal Jordan and the newly revived Flash investigate Bruce Wayne's grave and are attacked by Black Lantern Martian Manhunter. On Oa, the Green Lanterns are met by all of the resurrected Lanterns. Hawkgirl and Hawkman are killed by Black Lanterns Elongated Man and Sue Dibny and join the growing Black Corps; the Atom is tricked into visiting Black Lantern Hawkman, Deadman is the first to realize the dead superheroes are not their true selves when his physical body revives as a Black Lantern while he is still free.
Aquaman and his Black Lantern family attack Mera. A black ring strikes the Spectre, binding the spirit Aztar and reviving Crispus Allen as a Black Lantern; the black rings are unable to revive dead characters who are at peace, such as former Dove Don Hall as his partner Hawk and his brother Hank rise. In Gotham, Hal Jordan and Barry Allen are confronted by several Black Lanterns, including Ronald Raymond. Hal, the Atom and Flash battle the Black Lanterns when the Indigo Tribe appear and use their Indigo power with other rings to obliterate the Black Dibnys. Mera finds the new Gehenna, who merge to create a new Firestorm. Indigo says; the Indigo Tribe leave the other heroes to fight the invading Black Lanterns. Black Lantern Firestorm separates Gehenna and Jason, kills Gehenna and absorbs Jason's consciousness. Black rings revive the villains. Mera and Flash use Atom's powers to escape through a telephone line. Flash leaves and gives all the superheroes in the US the key to defeat the Black Lanterns—merging lights with a Green Ring—and the Atom and the Justice Society of America battle many Lanterns together.
Jean Loring kills and causes Damage to revive as a Lantern, which empowers the Black Lantern power battery. Barry arrives in Coast City. Black Hand summons Nekron, who revives the residents of Coas
Neal Adams is an American comic book and commercial artist known for helping to create some of the definitive modern imagery of the DC Comics characters Batman and Green Arrow. Adams was inducted into the Eisner Award's Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1998, the Harvey Awards' Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999. Neal Adams was born June 1941 on Governors Island, New York City, he is Jewish. Adams attended the School of Industrial Art high school in Manhattan, graduating in 1959. After graduation in 1959, he unsuccessfully attempted to find freelance work at DC Comics, turned to Archie Comics, where he wanted to work on the publisher's fledgling superhero line, edited by Joe Simon. At the suggestion of staffers, Adams drew "three or four pages of the Fly", but did not receive encouragement from Simon. Sympathetic staffers nonetheless asked Adams to draw samples for the Archie teen-humor comics themselves. While he did so, Adams said in a 2000s interview, he unknowingly broke into comics: I started to do samples for Archie and I left my Fly samples there.
A couple weeks when I came in to show my Archie samples, I noticed that the pages were still there, but the bottom panel was cut off of one of my pages. I said,'What happened', they said,'One of the artists did this transition where Tommy Troy turns into the Fly and it's not good. You did this real nice piece so we'll use that, if it's OK.' I said,'That's great. That's terrific.' That panel ran in Adventures of the Fly #4. Afterward, Adams began writing, penciling and lettering humorous full-page and half-page gag fillers for Archie's Joke Book Magazine. In a 1976 interview, he recalled earning "$32.00 for a full page. That may not seem like a great deal of money, but at the time it meant a great deal to myself as well as my mothers... as we were not in a wealthy state. It was manna from heaven, so to speak." A recommendation led him to artist Howard Nostrand, beginning the Bat Masterson syndicated newspaper comic strip, he worked as Nostrand's assistant for three months drawing backgrounds at what Adams recalled as $9 a week and "a great experience".
Having "not left Archie Comics under the best of circumstances", Adams turned to commercial art for the advertising industry. After a rocky start freelancing, he began landing regular work at the Johnstone and Cushing agency, which specialized in comic-book styled advertising. Helped by artist Elmer Wexler, who critiqued the young Adams' samples, Adams brought his portfolio to the agency, which "didn't believe I had done those particular samples since they looked so much like Elmer Wexler's work, but they gave me a chance and... I stayed there for about a year". In 1962, Adams began his comics career in earnest at the Newspaper Enterprise Association syndicate. From a recommendation, writer Jerry Caplin, a.k.a. Jerry Capp, brother of Li'l Abner creator Al Capp, invited Adams to draw samples for Capp's proposed Ben Casey comic strip, based on the popular television medical-drama series. On the strength of his samples and of his "Chip Martin, College Reporter" AT&T advertising comic-strip pages in Boys' Life magazine, of his similar Goodyear Tire ads, Adams landed the assignment.
The first daily strip, which carried Adams' signature, appeared November 26, 1962. Adams continued to do Johnston & Cushing assignments during Ben Casey's 3 1/2-year run. Comics historian Maurice Horn said the strip "did not shrink from tackling controversial problems, such as heroin addiction, illegitimate pregnancy, attempted suicide; these were treated in soap opera fashion... but there was a touch of toughness to the proceedings, well rendered by Adams in a forceful, direct style that exuded realism and tension and accorded well with the overall tone of the strip". In addition to Capp, Jerry Brondfield wrote for the strip, with Adams stepping in occasionally; the ABC series, which ran five seasons, ended March 21, 1966, with the final comic strip appearing Sunday, July 31, 1966. Despite the end of the series, Adams has said the strip, which he claimed at different points to have appeared in 365 newspapers, 265 newspapers, 165 newspapers, ended "for no other reason that it was an unhappy situation": We ended the strip under mutual agreement.
I wasn't happy working on the strip nor was I happy giving up a third of the money to Bing Crosby Productions. The strip I should have been making twelve hundred a week from was making me three hundred to three-fifty a week. On top of that, I was not able to express myself artistically, but we left under fine conditions. I was offered a deal in which I would be paid so much a month if I would agree not to do any syndicated strip for anyone else, in order that I might save myself for anything they have for me to do. Adams' goal at this point was to be a commercial illustrator. While drawing Ben Casey, he had continued to do storyboards and other work for ad agencies, said in 1976 that after leaving the strip he had shopped around a portfolio for agencies and for men's magazines, "but my material was a little too realistic and not right for most. I left my portfolio in an advertising agency promising. In the meantime I needed to make some money... and I thought,'Why don't I do some comics?'" In a 2000s interview, he remembered the events differently, saying "I took to various advertising people.
I left it at one place
The first Darkstars were a group of fictional intergalactic policemen that appeared in comic books published by DC Comics. They were introduced in Darkstars #1, were created by Michael Jan Friedman and Mike Collins; the series lasted a total of 39 issues, ending with issue #38, with an issue #0 published between issues #24 and 25 during the Zero Hour crossover event storyline. The Darkstars were run by the Controllers, an offshoot of the Guardians of the Universe. Though their goal was to establish order in the universe, the ancient Maltusian race known as the Controllers were isolationists by nature; the Controllers created NEMO, the Network for the Establishment and Maintenance of Order, for the purpose of isolating the troubles of the galaxy away from the Controllers' domain. Over the millennia, the Controllers realized they would have to take a more active stance by attacking chaos at its roots. Despite all the good they did, there were too many NEMO operatives in too many different places.
NEMO and the Controllers devised a new plan to ensure order, which resulted in the creation of the Darkstars. The first of these new protectors was named one of a thousand to carry the name Darkstar; the first Darkstar to arrive on Earth was named Ferrin Colos. He arrived on Earth, he was authorised to appoint two humans as his deputies, giving them less powerful versions of the Darkstar uniform. The Controllers expanded the Darkstar project after the collapse of the Green Lantern Corps Central Power Battery on Oa; the Darkstars would fill the void left by the failure of the Guardians' legions. After the Corps' collapse, many former Green Lanterns served in the Darkstar organization. Former Lantern John Stewart was appointed field leader. Donna Troy joined their ranks; as time went on, the Controllers expressed concerns about the effectiveness of the Darkstars. More they were troubled that Darkstar agents were looking after their own agendas rather than those of the Controllers, they withdrew their support from the Darkstars.
This made many of the early Darkstar uniforms useless, as they relied on energy transmitted from the Controllers. The self-contained suits were unaffected. Many Darkstars were killed or lost their battlesuits in combat against Grayven, son of Darkseid, on the planet Rann. Grayven crippled John Stewart, paralyzing him from the waist down. Green Lantern Kyle Rayner ended the battle. In the end, only four Darkstars remained to help rebuild Ranagar; the last of the Darkstars gave their lives saving the universe from the energy vampire called Starbreaker. They siphoned off a considerable amount of power from him, which helped save the day, but their suits ruptured and all of them were disintegrated. In the 2006 Omega Men and Mystery in Space miniseries, an organization called the Darkstars is active in the Vega system, serving as clergy and missionaries for Lady Styx, it is implied that Styx appropriated the old Darkstars' uniforms and equipment and gave them to her minions. Among the equipment stolen by prosecutor Kate Spencer when she becomes the eighth Manhunter is an exo-mantle which belonged to an unnamed Darkstar.
As seen in Manhunter #32, the exo-mantle reacts adversely to a Reach scarab bonded to Blue Beetle Jaime Reyes. It appears as if the Controllers programmed an instinctive hatred of the Reach into all exo-mantles, just like the Guardians of the Universe did with the Power Rings worn by the Green Lantern Corps; the Controllers reveal themselves to be on the brink of extinction, started kidnapping the Guardians of the Universe in order to use their DNA to create new conditions. By trapping them in a machine, the Controllers mined the Guardians' ancient Maltusian genes and twisted them into their own image, transforming them into Controllers, they are able to add three Guardians of the Universe to their number before being defeated by the Green Lantern Corps. It is revealed that they possess a new set of Darkstars' exo-mantles which they plan to launch into the universe in order to match the power of the Guardians of the Universe, its revealed that when Batman, Wonder Woman, Hal Jordan and Superman used the tenth metal, which as the ability to create or destroy matter based on its wielders' desires, to defeat Barbatos and rebuilt all the destruction made by him and his Dark Nights, they inadvertently added sublimated desires into the Universe, being the new set of Darkstars' exo-mantles one of the new things forged from their own dark desires.
According to the Controllers, the new set of Darkstars' mantles took decades to perfect, are far more lethal than the previous generation and possess tactical capabilities that surpass those of the Green Lanterns. Tomar-Tu reveals to Hal Jordan that the mantles gained consciousness of their own and, after bonding with a suitable volunteer, it trapped all the Controllers in order to use their psionic powers to link all Darkstars' thoughts and use the cosmic energy inside their bodies to fuel their foundry. During the last stand against the Darkstars, Hal Jordan with help from Hammond is able to break the connection between the Controllers and the Darkstars and after using his own willpower, Hal is able to make all Darkstars' mantles malfunction, ending their apparent threat; the Controllers' agents, the Darkstars, wore a suit of armor called an "exo-mantle" which granted the wearer incredible power. Strength, speed, a
Blackbriar Thorn is a DC Comics supervillain. Created by Len Wein and Joe Kubert, Blackbriar Thorn first appeared in DC Comics Presents #66. Blackbriar Thorn was a High Priest of the ancient Druids of Cymru; when his entire sect is massacred by attacking Roman forces, Thorn flees to the surrounding forest. Attempting to escape capture, he transforms himself into solid wood. For Thorn, the agony of his dying comrades creates a geological upheaval which buries his newly arboreal form underground. Millennia Blackbriar Thorn's body is unearthed by an archaeologist and subsequently displayed at the Gotham City Museum of History; when moonlight strikes the statue on the night of its unveiling, Thorn is revived and begins to wreak havoc upon the Museum and its patrons, which includes the alter egos of Superman and Etrigan the Demon. The heroic pair's actions drive Thorn to retreat into the city, where he attempts to procure a new body—-that of Superman. Together and Superman defeat Thorn, rendering him incorporeal.
Blackbriar Thorn appears in human form, during the Crisis on Infinite Earths. He, other assembled mystics lend their combined energies-—channeled through Doctor Occult and Green Lantern Alan Scott—-to defeat the Anti-Monitor's Shadow Demons, ravaging the Earth. Disembodied once more and said to have lingered in Gotham Park since his prior defeat, Thorn is channeled by a stage psychic at the behest of John Constantine to provide information about a pending calamity in The Green. Blackbriar Thorn next appears. Holding captive the soul of Mollie Scott as bait, Thorn attempts to ensnare her husband, Alan Scott, but is surprised to find Alan no longer vulnerable to wood; as part of Johnny Sorrow's version of the Injustice Society, a more woody-looking Thorn and his teammates are defeated by Wildcat as they invade the JSA's Headquarters. Thorn's defeat left his body splintered into pieces, one shard of, kept on display in JSA Headquarters. Thorn lies dormant until the Injustice Society's next attack.
Using a crossbow, Injustice Society comrade Tigress shoots the splintered sliver of Blackbriar Thorn into Alan Scott's chest. Once more susceptible to wood, Scott is gravely wounded as Thorn regenerates from the embedded projectile and proceeds to inflict more damage. Thorn is defeated in this siege on the JSA by Stargirl. Blackbriar Thorn appears most in Day of Vengeance battling the Spectre, influenced by Eclipso, attempts to kill all magic wielders in the DC Universe; the combatants appear in gigantic form. Thorn loses the battle, but delays his next regeneration in order to lend his powers, along with many other mystics, in a combined effort to defeat the Spectre. Blackbriar Thorn is among the villains in the ambush of the JSA led by Tapeworm. In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, Blackbriar Thorn is re-established as one of two powerful magical entities used by Nick Necro to combat the Justice League Dark, he tries to destroy Zatanna in Peru by controlling an entire forest with his magic.
He is possessed by Deadman and neutralized. During the Forever Evil storyline Forever Evil: Blight, Blackbriar Thorn is among the magic users in the possession of Felix Faust and Nick Necro. Faust and Necro plan to use the magic users as part of a weapon to defeat the creature that destroyed the Crime Syndicate's Earth; the character appears in the "DC Rebirth" relaunch as one of the villains refusing to be hired by Henry Bendix in order to kill Midnighter and Apollo. Blackbriar Thorn has exhibited a plethora of abilities, including manipulation of the weather, extensive control over vegetation—either living or dead, the ability to regenerate from a sliver of his physical form, the creation of illusions. Thorn can abilities though physical contact with the Earth itself. Inside buildings, he still retains the ability to control surrounding plant life, animating it to his will and increasing its volume and strength. Thorn's organic manipulation of his own woody form, including the projection of tendrils and vines, appears to be uninhibited when separated from terra firma as well.
Blackbriar Thorn appears in the Young Justice episode "Misplaced" voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson. He is recruited by Klarion the Witch Boy alongside Wotan and Felix Faust in order to cast a powerful spell from Roanoke Island that would separate the adults and children of Earth onto two separate worlds
The Omega Men are a fictional team of extraterrestrial superheroes who have appeared in various comic book series published by DC Comics. They first appeared in Green Lantern #141, were created by Marv Wolfman and Joe Staton. After appearances in Green Lantern, Action Comics and The New Teen Titans, the Omega Men were featured in their own comics series which ran for 38 issues from April 1983 to May 1986. During its run, writer Roger Slifer and artist Keith Giffen created the mercenary anti-hero Lobo. Creators included writers Doug Moench and Todd Klein, artists Tod Smith, Shawn McManus and Alex Niño, inkers Mike DeCarlo, Jim McDermott and Greg Theakston. Members of the Omega Men appeared in the 2004 eight-issue Adam Strange limited series, as well as the 2005 Infinite Crisis lead-in 6-issue limited series, Rann-Thanagar War and the 2008 follow-up Rann-Thanagar Holy War. In 2006 they had their own six issue limited series with Tigorr, Elu and Ryand'r - written by Andersen Gabrych and art by Henry Flint.
The Omega Men hail from the Vega system, a planetary system with twenty-five habitable planets, which as of the early 1980s had been ruled for millennia by the Citadelians, a race of warriors cloned from the First Citadelian, the demi-godlike son of X'Hal. The Citadelians established a tyrannical regime based in a fortress moon known as the Citadel; the citadel set about to conquer the younger races of Vega. There were only two races in the Vegan system, the primitive Branx and the pacifistic Okaarans, but the Psions used Okaaran DNA to create the other twenty-three races of Vega such as the Tamaraneans, Aelloans and the Changralyns; the Omega Men were assembled as a group of renegades and representatives of conquered Vegan worlds to fight Citadelian aggression. Pre-Infinite Crisis the team was based on the planet Kuraq; the Omega Men are important peacekeepers in their sector because the Green Lantern Corps is not allowed into Vegan space, due to a long-standing agreement with the Psions. The Omega Men made a return appearance in the Adam Strange mini-series.
Still led by Tigorr, with veteran members Broot, Elu and Harpis. They were joined by a group of new members, they were still fighting the Spider Empire. A vision by one of their new members, a precog, results in them waiting in a Rannian space station for some time, it was in this storyline. Doc himself is presumed slain. In the recent Omega Men mini-series, it had been revealed that upon returning to the remains of Tamaran with Ryand'r, the Omegans are attacked by the Darkstar zombies of Lady Styx and all but five of them died; the Omega Men have been seen fleeing L. E. G. I. O. N. Robots during a hostile takeover ousting Vril Dox. An alternate future has the Earth taken over by a new Nazi movement. A division of Omega Men participates in a rescue mission and all are killed. Tigorr Broot Doc Elu Ryand'r Felicity: the same Felicity that died during Invasion!, she refused to be converted into one of Lady Styx's Darkstars and stayed in a limbo, from which she came out changed in a new super-powered form Primus: Primus is a telepath and telekinetic from planet Euphorix.
Dies during Invasion! storyline, shot down by guards. Kalista: widow of Primus, sorceress from planet Euphorix. Tigorr: Taghurrhu of planet Karna, last of his kind. Broot: super strong and durable, born of a pacifist society on Changralyn. Rejected from his society for resorting to violence. Nimbus: disembodied agent of reincarnation of Branx warriors planetary guardian of Kuraq. Harpis: sister of Demonia from planet Aello, mutated by Psions, killed by Lady Styx' Darkstars. Demonia: sister of Harpis from planet Aello, mutated by Psions, betrayed the team, killed by Tigorr. Felicity: last female of Tigorr's species, died during Invasion! Storyline when shape-shifting Durlans attacked. Doc: bio-organic doctor from Aello, killed by Durlan assassin in Adam Strange mini-series. Shlagen: team mechanic, from planet Slagg, died in battle against Lady Styx. Elu: a shy energy being and Ryand'r's best friend Ryand'r: brother of Starfire, from Old Tamaran, now goes by the name Darkfire. In the Teen Titans Go! comics, he is renamed Wildfire Auron: Lambien of Okaara, son of the goddess X'Hal, godlike energy powers Green Man: ex-Green Lantern from planet Uxor, died during Invasion!
Storyline Artin: artificial intelligence created by the Psions who holds a recording of Primus' brain in his memory, destroyed by Lady Styx's Darkstars Rynoc: male warrior from Okaara, deceased Zirral: female from Old Tamaran Ynda: Kallista's cousin from Euphorix and love interest of Ryand'r, died during Invasion! Oho-Besh: a Changralyn priest, deceased Uhlan: a Gordanian from Karna Seer Cecilia Dark Flea Chantale Vandal Lianna: female member of the Guardians of the Universe Primus Kalista Felicity Shlagen Rynoc Ynda Green Man Doc Seer Cecilia Chantale Dark Flea Demonia Harpis Vandal Typical Outrage Doc Rod Infinite Soap Exkurt Dark Ord Zen High Voltage Galanta Arguth Tilian Magnum Preside Folex Light Sheperd Deka In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, a modified version of the Omega Men dubbed; the new group consists of young aliens under the tutelage of Zealot. Each of the aliens' parents were enslaved by Lobo, they are united in seeking revenge on the marauder.
Primus Kalista Tigorr In 2015, as part of the "DC You" revamp of the DC Comics, a new O
Guy Gardner (comics)
Guy Gardner is a fictional comic book superhero appearing in books published by DC Comics in books featuring the Green Lantern family of characters, for a time was a significant member of the Justice League family of characters. He appears in books featuring the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic police force in which Gardner has been depicted as a member. Gardner's original design was based on actor Martin Milner. Guy Gardner was created by John Broome and Gil Kane in Green Lantern #59, although the character was changed in the 1980s by Steve Englehart and Joe Staton who turned him into a jingoistic parody of an ultra-macho "red-blooded American male." This latter remains the character's archetype to this date. Englehart recounted: When I took over, John Stewart was the GL, but everybody expect Hal Jordan to come back and relegate John to backup duty once again. I decided that John deserved better, so I asked myself,'Why can't there be two GLs?' And that led to,'Why can't there be more than two?'
That led to the GL Corps, but along the way, I decided to resurrect the lost GL, Guy Gardner, terminally bland and brain-damaged—a useless character, as things stood. I was being a good soldier, trying to help my friend Dick Giordano sell the book, it turned out to be the second biggest mistake of my entire career because since, DC has claimed that since Joe and I didn't create the original Guy Gardner, our new take counts for nothing. If I had called the new guy Joe Smith we would have earned major royalties, but as it is, we get nothing, we get dissed by the people we helped. So adding it all up, I wish. Staton's design for Guy Gardner was based on the character Major Ronald Merrick from the TV series The Jewel in the Crown, as Staton saw Merrick's entitlement and resentment as a parallel to Guy Gardner. Gardner's blue costume, introduced in the first issue of the character's first ongoing series, was designed by Staton. During this series, retitled Guy Gardner: Warrior with issue #17, Guy Gardner is evolved into a more vulnerable and heroic character.
Guy was raised in Baltimore by his parents and Peggy Gardner. His father, Roland was an abusive alcoholic; some of Guy's injuries were visible such as bruises and bumps but others were invisible and were inflicted. Guy worked hard in school to try to win his father's approval, but Roland instead lavished attention and compliments upon Guy's older brother, Mace. Guy's only escape at this time was General Glory comic books, going so far as to model his bowl haircut on Glory's sidekick, Ernie. During his mid-teens, Guy became a juvenile delinquent, he defied authority. He was straightened out by his older brother, now a police officer, he went to college, supporting himself, earning bachelor's degrees in education and psychology from the University of Michigan, where he played football until a career-ending injury; the injury affected Guy. After college, Guy worked as a social welfare caseworker, dealing with prison inmates and their rehabilitation, he abandoned this line of work, fearing it brought out his aggressive nature.
Moving on, he became a teacher for children with disabilities. This job brought out the caring side of himself. In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, Guy is now an ex-police officer and middle child of a family with a long tradition of membership in the Baltimore Police Department going back to 1860, he is the second human to earn a Green Lantern ring after coming to the rescue of his older brother Gerard who had become pinned down during a police shootout with a street gang. In this version Guy has a strained relationship with his father Ebenezer Gardner, a decorated cop forced into disability after taking a bullet in the line of duty, for issues related to the unexplained incident which kicked Guy off the police force; this was retconned in DC Rebirth which returned to his original origin of Guy being abused by his alcoholic father as a kid, seen during Guys fight with the Sinestro Corps member Arkillo in the present, his father being reintroduced under his original name Roland Gardner.
The appointed Green Lantern of Space Sector 2814, an alien named Abin Sur from the planet Ungara, crash-landed on Earth after being mortally wounded. As Sur died, his power ring found two potential successors: Guy Gardner and Hal Jordan. Jordan was nearer to the crash, so he was chosen over Gardner. In the same story, the Guardian supercomputers predicted Guy would have perished early in his career if he had been chosen first. In the Booster Gold series it was shown that a time traveling Booster convinced Gardner to visit his dying father, thus ensuring that Jordan would be the candidate in closest proximity. Gardner was relegated to backup status; when Jordan became aware of Gardner's status as his backup, he went out of his way to set up a chance meeting, the two became friends. Though Gardner was naive to Jordan's secret identity, he assisted Jordan during his adventures, he is partnered with Jordan after completing his training under Kilowog. During an earthquake, Gardner was hit by a bus while attempting to rescue one of his students.
During his recovery, the Guardians recruited John Stewart to be Jordan's new "backup". Some time during a period where Gardner was performing his duties as a
Martin Nodell was an American cartoonist and commercial artist, best known as the creator of the Golden Age superhero Green Lantern. Some of his work appeared under the pen name "Mart Dellon." Born in Philadelphia, Nodell was the son of Jewish immigrants. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago, he moved to New York City in the 1930s. Nodell began his illustrating career in 1938. In 1940 he provided some work for Sheldon Mayer, an editor at All-American Publications, one of three companies that merged to form National Comics Publications. Interested in gaining more steady employment, Nodell created designs for a new character that would become the Golden Age Green Lantern; the inspiration came in January 1940 at the 34th Street subway station in Manhattan. Nodell noticed a trainman waving a lantern along the darkened tracks, he coupled the imagery with elements from Richard Wagner's operatic Ring cycle as well as Chinese folklore and Greek mythology to create the hero. As Nodell himself described in 2000: I picked out the name from the train man on the tracks, waving a lantern, going from red to green....
Green meant go and I decided, it. I needed a colorful and interesting costume. I so the costume took on elements of that, it just all fell into place. When I sent it in, I waited into the second week. I was ushered into Mr. Gaines office and after sitting a long time and flipping through the pages of my presentation, he announced,'We like it!' And then,'Get to work!' I did the first five pages of an eight page story, they called in Bill Finger to help. We worked on it for seven years; the first adventure, drawn by Nodell and written by Bill Finger, appeared in All-American Comics #16. Nodell continued to use the pseudonym through at least All Star Comics #2, he said in 2000 he had used the pen name since, "Comics were a forbidden literature, culturally unacceptable. It wasn't something you were proud of". Nodell penciled and always self-inked Green Lantern stories in All-American and All Star until the character got his own title, the premiere issue cover-dated July 1941, he would continue with it through to #25 rarely drawing the covers, before being succeeded by a variety of artists including Howard Purcell, Irwin Hasen, Alex Toth.
Nodell left All-American in 1947 and joined Timely Comics, the 1930s–40s forerunner of Marvel Comics), where he drew postwar stories of Captain America, the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner. His work there was signed, making idenfication difficult, though comics historians have confirmed that Nodell drew two well-known covers: The first issue of Marvel Tales, Timely's horror-comics revamp of the company's flagship series Marvel Mystery Comics. In 1950, Nodell left comics to work in advertising and joined the Leo Burnett Agency in Chicago as an art director. In 1965, his design team there developed the long-running flour-company mascot the Pillsbury Doughboy, his only known comics work in the interim are penciling the story "The Glistening Death" in the Avon Comics one-shot City of the Living Dead, reprinted two decades in the Skywald horror-comics magazine Psycho #1. In the 1980s, Nodell submitted new work to DC, his first pieces included a 13-page puzzle-and-activity section in Super Friends Special #1, drawing the Golden Age Harlequin in Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #10.
His final two published pieces of Green Lantern art were a one-page illustration of Golden Age Alan Scott Green Lantern in the 50th-anniversary issue Green Lantern vol. 3, #19 and a one-page illustration of the Alan Scott Green Lantern and Superman in the one-shot Superman: The Man of Steel Gallery #1. At 80, Nodell penciled his final comic-book work, the whimsical, 10-page Harlan Ellison adaptation "Gnomebody", scripted by John Ostrander and Ellison and inked by Jed Hotchkiss, in Dark Horse Comics' Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor Quarterly #1. Nodell met his future wife, Carrie, at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, in September 1940, they were married December 1, 1941, afterward moved to Huntington, Long Island, to move in with Nodell's brother Simon, an engineer at Republic Aviation. They lived there two years before moving back to New York City; the couple were living in West Palm Beach, Florida, by 2000. Nodell died December 9, 2006, in a nursing home in Muskego, Wisconsin, of natural causes one month past his 91st birthday.
They had two sons: Spencer, who lived in Waukesha, Wisconsin at the time of his father's death, Mitchell. In 2011, Nodell was nominated as a Judges' Choice for The Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame. Evanier, Mark. "Martin Nodell, R. I. P." NewsFromMe.com. Evanier, Mark. "Carrie Nodell, R. I. P." NewsFromMe.com