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1 The Green Lantern Backups... on Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:48 am

So I finally got a chance to sit down and read the last issue of 'Back Issue' that I bought, #64 from May of this year.

I got it because the particular focus of this issue was the back up features running in DC comics from the 1970's and the 1980's. As some of you may be aware, GL was appearing in back up stories in the Flash during this time period. These stories are often missed by fans of GL so, since I re-remembered them, I thought I'd remind you all that they exist. This issue of 'Back Issue' has a seven page article by Robert Greenberger on these backups. It's excellent and informative. Additionally, there is a list of all the Flash issues that contain a GL backup.

For those interested, I thought I'd type out that list here:

Flash #217-#221, #223, #224, #226-#228, #230, #231, #233, #234, #237, #238, #240-#243, #245 & #246

The first three of those backups (#217, #218 & #219) are the "final" GL/GA story for awhile. #220 stared solo appearances.

Flash #222 (not listed in the above list) was actually a full on team up between the Scarlet Speedster and GL. So it's definitely worth picking up. Flash #225 (again, not listed above) was yet another Flash/GL team up. So is #235.

Interesting bit of information: Julie Schwartz intentionally pushed the GL/Flash team up issues and appearances basically since the birth of the silver age up until this point. Apparently he wanted Hal and Barry to be the next "Worlds Finest"-like team. So that "classic" team up we all know and love? That's all due to Julie. Awesome.

Other things of note? Some AMAZING people worked on these backups: Mike Grell, Terry Austin (some of his FIRST work actually), Denny O'Neil, Neal Adams, Dick Giordano, Irv Novick and Dick Dillin.

Itty was introduced in these stories (for those that remember Itty).

And, a quote straight from this article regarding the synopsis of one particular backup story: "Neal Adams was back as penciler for the next backup (#226), a visually imaginative story as Hal eats bad mushrooms while camping out and has power-ring fueled hallucinations."

Yup, Hal Jordan tripping on shrooms in the middle of the woods creating constructs. AWESOME.

Apparently these backup stories (minus the full on team up issues) are reprinted in "GL Showcase Vol 5.". So if you don't want to buy the original issues, go find them there.

One last thing of note, they also list some other GL appearances from this time frame: Justice League of America #118-#121, Superman Family #171, Wonder Woman #214 & #222, Action Comics #444 (cover GL, story Sinestro), The Joker #7 and DC Special #17.

One other GL appearance in another title at this time is pretty amazing Superman #261 (I'm not going to spoil by re-quoting the synopsis, just go read it. lol)

But for those interested in this period, definitely go find it. It's a great, yet largely forgotten, period of GL history. And I highly recommend this issue of 'Back Issue'.

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2 Re: The Green Lantern Backups... on Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:26 pm

Very interesting.  I had forgotten about the backup stories in the Flash series.

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3 Re: The Green Lantern Backups... on Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:37 am

I love anytime that Hal and Barry are together. They are my favorite characters. I have a few of these Flash issues. I love them.

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4 Re: The Green Lantern Backups... on Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:46 am

Highball2814 wrote:I love anytime that Hal and Barry are together.  They are my favorite characters.  I have a few of these Flash issues.  I love them.

During The Newb 52's Man of Steel special I said that introducing or reintroducing Hal in The Flash movie would be okay if WB isn't willing to risk a full movie with GL. I honestly thought Ryan Reynolds would have been a great Flash, although he would have to be a grown up version of Bart if they wanted to go for physical likeness.

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5 Re: The Green Lantern Backups... on Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:07 am

I've never considered that, but I would be ok with that too.

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6 Re: The Green Lantern Backups... on Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:58 pm

When I went through the issue covers these were the issues that have GL, Have Gl's name on the cover, and/or have a mention of GL in the issue descriptions:

131, 143, 168, 217-235, 237-238, 240-243, 245-246, 258-259(Black hand apperance), 268, 282

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