Green Lantern differs from other comic-book superheroes like Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man in that the real-life character behind the Green Lantern’s mask has changed over time.

The first Green Lantern was a railroad engineer named Alan Scott, who appeared in “All-American Comics” number 16 in July 1940. Created by Martin Nodell, with writing by Batman co-creator Bill Finger, the original Green Lantern got his superhero abilities from a power ring forged from a magical flame in a railroad switchman’s green lantern, the kind used to give trains the all-clear sign.

As the Green Lantern, Scott could do practically anything he could imagine, but the ring had to be touched to the magic lantern every day, and Scott was powerless against objects made of wood.

Naturally, issue 16 of “All-American Comics” is the most collectible Green Lantern comic around, but other issues are also highly prized. These include “Green Lantern” number one, which was published in the fall of 1941 and features the origins of Green Lantern. The character also appeared in “All Star Comics” number two from 1940—in issue number three of that series, the Justice Society of America, of which Green Lantern was a key member, made its debut.

Scott’s last appearance as Green Lantern in “All-American Comics” occurred in issue 102, October 1948. “Green Lantern” was cancelled in 1949 with issue 38, and the Scott character’s last “All Star Comics” appearance was in issue 57 in 1951.

DC resurrected the Green Lantern in 1959 in “Showcase” issue 22 in the person of a test pilot named Hal Jordan. Written by John Broome and drawn by Gil Kane, this new Green Lantern had the same sorts of superpowers as his Golden Age predecessor (i.e., he could pretty much do whatever he imagined), except that he was powerless against anything colored yellow.

Besides “Showcase” number 22, collectible Silver Age Green Lantern comics include issue one of the new “Green Lantern” series, which ran from 1960 until 1986 when a new character, Guy Gardner, took over from Jordan. Issue 40, in which the Scott and Jordan Green Lanterns do battle, is also sought by collectors, as is issue 76, which was the first of a series of comics featuring Green Lantern and Green Arrow.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Cover Browser

Cover Browser

Philipp Lenssen's incredible archive of over 94,000 comic book covers - Wow! Wham! Yikes! Browse by title from the … [read review or visit site]

Jamie Coville's in-progress ode to the history of 20th century comic books. Start with his Newsstand Period Part 1 … [read review or visit site]

Popeye's Thimble Theatre

Popeye's Thimble Theatre

Bruce Shults takes us on a comprehensive Popeye fan tour, from the early comic strips to cartoons and collectible m… [read review or visit site]

Barnacle Press

Barnacle Press

This collection of obscure newspaper comic strips provides scans browsable by title, year and date. Showcases comic… [read review or visit site]

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Green Lantern #76! Green Lantern/green Arrow Stories Begin! Cgc 5.5! Rare!Green Lantern #59 - Beautiful Unrestored Silver Age Book - Key Issue! - 1968Green Lantern # 16 - Origin & 1st App Star Sapphire! Jla Dc Look Comics!Green Lantern #85 Nm- 9.2 High Grade Dc Comic Speedy Drug Issue Vintage 25cGreen Lantern # 40 -origin Of Infinite Earths Justice League Jla Dc Look Comics!Green Lantern #1 Cgc 8.0 Green Lantern Origin Retold!key Issue!l@@k!Green Lantern #59 Very High Grade - One Owner - 1st Guy Gardner!! Unrestored!!Green Lantern # 9 - Higher Grade - 1st Sinestro! 1st Jordan Brothers! Dc Comics!Green Lantern #86 Nm 9.4 High Grade Dc Comic Speedy Drug Issue Vintage 25cLot *action Comics Superman 1938* Dc Comics Batgirl Doctor Fate Green Lantern Green Lantern #9 Cgc 5.5 *key Issue* 1st Sinestro Cover-see DetailsGreen Lantern #38 Cgc 6.0 (7/65) 1st Appearance Keith Kenyon! No ReserveGreen Lantern #85 Super High Grade - One Owner - Unread - Green Arrow Neal AdamsGreen Lantern # 14 - Origin & 1st App Sonar! Justice League Jla Dc Look Comics!Lot-3 Green Lantern #34 #45 #46 (1965,dc) Silver Age Group No Reserve Free ShipGreen Lantern # 5 - Origin & 1st App Hector Hammond Justice League Of America DcGreen Lantern #7 Cgc (jul-aug 1961, Dc)Green Lantern #9 (apr 2006, Dc) Batman Variant CoverGreen Lantern #32 Cgc 9.0 Silver Age 1964Green Lantern #40 1st App Of Krona And Origin Of The Guardians Cgc 4.0 Very RareGreen Lantern # 2 - 1st Pieface App! Justice League Of America! Jla Dc Comics!Green Lantern # 29 - Higher Grade - Justice League Of America Jla Dc Comics!Green Lantern #9 - Scarce Early Silver Age Book - Unrestored - 1961 Sinestro!Green Lantern #81 Nm 9.4 High Grade Dc Comic Black Canary Vintage Silver Age 15cGreen Lantern # 86 Very High Grade! - One Owner! - Needle Cover! Neal Adams Art!11 Vintage Dc Comics 1970-1987 Wonder Woman Batman Green Lantern Captain Marvel Green Lantern #33 Cgc 9.2 Silver Age Kotobukiya Green Lantern Artfx+ Statue New Dc Comics Jim Lee Justice LeagueShowcase #24 Cgc 4.0 Green Lantern Silver AgeDc Green Lantern Star Sapphire Cgc 9.6 Nm/m Adam Hughes Signature & SketchFlash #143 Dc 1964 - Near Mint 9.0 Nm - The Green Lantern App - Barry Allen!!!Bronze Reader Comic Collection 250+ Pieces Neal Adams Batman, Green Lantern MoreGreen Lantern (1960) #1 Comic Book Coverless (no Cover)Dc Comics Presents #26 (oct 1980, Dc) Superman And Green Lantern Green Lantern #40 (gil Kane/sid Greene) Silver Age-dc Comics Vg+{randy's Comics}Green Lantern 59! 1st Appearance Of Guy Gardner! Nice Copy! Hot Book!Jim Calafiore Signed Dc Comic Red Lanterns 30 Original Art Page #9 Charles SouleGreen Lantern #175 Cgc 9.8 Green Lantern #116 - Cgc Graded: 9.6 - Guy Gardner Appearance (1979)Ed Benes Hal Jordan And The Green Lanterns 10 Page 20 Published Original ArtGreen Lantern # 21 - High Grade - Origin & 1st App Polaris! Jla Dc Look Comics!D.c. Comics Lot Hardcover And Tpb Superman Green Lantern Geoff JohnsGreen Lantern #16 (gil Kane/joe Giella) Silver Age-dc Comics Vg {randy's Comics}Coverless 6 Superhero Comics Superman, Sheena, Green Lantern, Wonderwoman 1940sGreen Lantern #6 - Scarce Early Silver Age Book - Unrestored - 1961Flash 282 In Cgc 9.6, White Pages, Professor Zoom And Green LanternGreen Lantern #19 - Vs Sonar - Gil Kane Art - Silver Age 1963 Fn+ To Fv/vfGreen Lantern Omnibus 1 11.8 Lb Of Comics Lot - Green Lantern, Red Robin, Batman +Green Lantern Annual #1 Cgc 9.8 {eclipso: Darkness Within} - Exquisite Copy!!!Green Lantern # 12 - Higher Grade - Justice League Of America Jla Dc Comics!Green Lantern # 31 - High Grade - Justice League Of America Jla Dc Comics!Green Lantern Geoff Johns Tpb LotGreen Lantern 89 9.2 Nm- Neal Adams Cover/artLot Of Green Lantern Arrow Comics Hc Tpbs Dc - Make My Wife's Dream Come TrueGreen Lantern #89 Nm 9.4 High Grade Dc Comic Crucifix Cover Adams Art VintageCoverless 6 Superhero Comics Superman, Sheena, Green Lantern, Wonderwoman 1940sGreen Lantern #1 Tear Drop Recall( New 52 ) DcJustice Society Tp Vol 2 All Star Comics Jsa Huntress Batman Green Lantern FlashGreen Lantern #82 Nm- 9.2 High Grade Dc Comic Wrightson Inks Vintage Silver 15c