Green Lantern

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Name: Green Lantern
Abbreviation(s): GL, GLC
Creator: John Broome, Gil Kane, Bill Finger, Martin Nodell, Gardner Fox
Date(s): 1940 - present
Medium: comics, cartoons, films, video games
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Wikipedia
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Green Lantern is a comic book franchise published by DC Comics. Green Lantern is the name of a number of superheroes that fight evil with the aid of rings that grant them a variety of extraordinary powers.

Prominent Green Lanterns who also have had starring roles in the books include Alan Scott, Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz.


Green Lantern first appeared in the Golden Age of comic books in All-American Comics #16 (July 1940), published by All-American Publications, one of three companies that would eventually merge to form DC Comics. The Green Lantern concept was re-imagined as a science-fiction property in 1959 following the success of Carmine Infantino's Flash revival in 1956 that kickstarted the Silver Age of comics.


The Green Lantern Corps was allegedly inspired by the Lensman series, although the connection was never confirmed by the creators.

Green Lantern continuity has been left relatively untouched by the various Crisis events and reboots that heavily altered other corners of the DCU. Modern Green Lantern was hugely influenced by Geoff Johns' work that started with Green Lantern: Rebirth in 2004 that restored not only Hal Jordan's character but also the entire Green Lantern Corps and reestablished John Stewart and Guy Gardner as Green Lanterns.







The fandom is primarily focused on comics canon. In the male-dominated side of the fandom, there is frequent wank and flame wars between fans of Hal Jordan and fans of Kyle Rayner over which character is better. The female-dominated side of the fandom cares less about the supposed rivalry and prefers to slash them.

Shipping a Green Lantern with another is fairly common in the GL fandom. Shipping in particular is focused on Hal, Guy, or Kyle, who is often shipped with other DC Characters, such as Batman or Justice League characters. The most popular pairings are Hal Jordan/Thaal Sinestro, Guy Gardner/Kyle Rayner, and Hal Jordan/Kyle Rayner. Some moderately popular pairings are Carol Ferris/Hal Jordan and Simon Baz/Jessica Cruz. Rarepairs with passionate fanbases include Thaal Sinestro/Arin Sur and Hal Jordan/John Stewart. Femslash is comparatively rare since most of the prominent characters are male; Soranik Natu/Princess Iolande is the most popular F/F pairing in the fandom.

Green Lantern (2011)

The movie panned but the tiny fandom it did attract predominantly shipped Hal Jordan/Thaal Sinestro. Focusing on their hostile mentor/student dynamic was particularly popular. Most fannish activity happened on the Green Lantern Kink Meme.

Green Lantern: TAS

The cartoon attracted a small but passionate fanbase that functioned independently of the comics fandom. The overwhelming majority of the fannish activity focused on shipping Razer/Aya, a pair of original characters created specifically for the cartoon. Fans of the show often call themselves "fanterns" but the nickname is not favored by comics fans.




Women in Refrigerators

The well-known Women in Refrigerators / Stuffed into the Fridge / fridging term was inspired by a Green Lantern comic, namely Green Lantern #54 (1994) in which Kyle Rayner's then-girlfriend, Alexandra DeWitt, was gruesomely killed by the villain to inspire manpain.

Notable Fanworks




Zines and Doujinshi

Zine/Doujinshi Title Details Publisher Year of Publication
Blue Lantern Fanzine anthology redmoonstudios 2014
In Brightest Night Sinestro/Hal doujinshi ? 2014
Reverse and Recoler Kyle/Hal doujinshi kannoponta ?
女の子なんてジョーダンじゃない! ? kannoponta ?
I don't understand what you're saying ? kannoponta ?
Happy Honey Mustard ? kannoponta ?


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