Green Lanterns are listed by order of appearance in the DCU timeline, as researched by myself, rather than relying on just their first appearance in a comic. Only characters believed to be members of the Corps are listed. Green Lanterns are listed alphabetically where multiple debuts are concerned.
The entry itself is subdivided into major time frames for an attempt at chronological ordering of character activity in the Green Lantern Corps. Dates are approximations, based on references given in the many DC Comics featuring members of the Green Lantern Corps. References are then compared and matched to the two longest running Green Lantern series, the 2nd series (1959-1988) and the 3rd series (1990-present).
An appearance in one "time frame" does not negate the possibility of a Green Lantern's existence in another frame. Some of the Green Lanterns are extremely long lived, such as Adam, with a combined racial history of 12,000 years of service.
A plus (+) denotes further appearances in comics, after their "last appearance." This can be either as flashbacks, spirit form, or if further information on the character is given. "Current activity" is based upon the Green Lantern's final appearance in a comic, with or without a power ring. Exceptions include Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner. For more information, please consult individual listings in the GLC Web Page.
Further classification lists the character's first appearance, current status, and last appearance as of December 26, 1996. Asterisks (*) indicate retcons regarding a character's first or last appearances. Dollar signs ($) indicate I screwed up and haven't included the information. I can't say I have *every* character's latest appearance, but I'm darn close. :) Anyone with a DARKSTARS collection, let me know. I'm still missing a few issues.
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If any of this makes sense to you, I'd start worrying. :)
After the failures of the Psion and Manhunter projects, the Guardians of the Universe decided to use living agents as their intermediaries, to overcome the forces of evil and injustice.
[History of the DC Universe #1]
Three billion years ago, a group was formed and supplied with the energy pistols and power batteries similar to the Manhunters. This group was the immediate predecessors of the Green Lantern Corps.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #90]
The Guardians then developed a device in the shape of a ring that could channel will power. There were some limitations imposed on the power rings. They would need to be recharged every 24 hours, and there was a yellow impurity. This has been argued as a neccesity to fix the energy admixture (the Guardians' power to be adapted to individual ring bearers) and/or as a safety device to prevent any of the Green Lanterns from becoming omnipotent. It is believed by some Green Lanterns that this limitation actually strenghtens them by foring themselves to take nothing for granted.
Rori Dag of Rojira was selected by the Guardians to be the first Green Lantern. His success marked the beginning of the Green Lantern Corps. Each Guardian selected one species to have a Green Lantern as a representative.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #67, Green Lantern Vol. 2 #40]
The known universe was divided into 3600 individual sectors, imaginary pyramids with their points converging on Oa, making the Guardians' world the best protected planet in the universe.
[Green Lantern: Ganthet's Tale]
The Corps was recently shattered by Hal Jordan. The last power ring, created by Ganthet, was given to Kyle Rayner.
[Green Lantern Vol. 3 #50]
OATH: varied for each member. Some Green Lanterns spoke the oaths of their trainers, their predecessors, or a Green Lantern they respected. Some Green Lanterns created their own oaths, others used prayers from their religions. Still others never spoke an oath.
Credits listed in Green Lantern Vol. 2 #100
|CREATIVE TEAM (First Appearance)|
Script: John Broome
Pencils: Gil Kane
Inks: Murphy Anderson
Edits: Julius Schwartz
The latest edition of DC's WHO'S WHO (1992) incorrectly lists GREEN LANTERN # 11 (March 1962) as the first appearance of the GLC. Furthermore, it lists # 11 as being in the first series, which is also wrong.