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"The Origin of Green Lantern"

Cover for All-American Comics #16 (1940)

"The Rescue"

"Cicero's Cat"

"Sealed Orders"

"The Sinister Mansion"

"Traitor's Treachery (Part III)"

"The Exploding Buildings"

"Cicero's Cat"

"Goodbye Widow-Maker"

"The Power Plant Failure"

"Stamps"



Quote1 And I shall shed my light over dark evil, for the dark things cannot stand the light... the light of... the GREEN LANTERN! Quote2
-- Green Lantern



Appearing in "The Origin of Green Lantern"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Jimmy Henton (Only appearance; dies)

Villains:

  • Albert Dekker (Single appearance) (Dies)

Other Characters:

  • Billings (Single appearance)
  • Chang (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Origin of Green Lantern"

Engineer Alan Scott and his colleague, Jimmy, travel aboard a train across the American Midwest. Alan is present to inspect the recently designed Trestle Bridge. Alan recently outbid a rival engineer named Alert Dekker for the Trestle Bridge contract, and Jimmy is concerned that Dekker might try to sabotage the bridge's test trial. Alan assures him that there is nothing to worry about.

As fate would have it however, a bomb explodes beneath the bridge derailing the train. Everyone on board is killed in the explosion – everyone but Alan Scott. Alan awakens and finds a strange emerald lantern resting near the wreckage. The lantern begins glowing and an eerie voice begins to chant, "Three times shall I flame green! First - to bring death! Second - to bring life, and third - to bring power!" Known as the Green Flame of Life, the disembodied voice infuses Alan with visions of the past.

Flashback:
Two-thousand years ago a green meteor came to Earth and landed in the provinces of China. An aging occultist named Chang discovered the meteor and listened to the same spectral promises of death, life and power. Cutting away a portion of the alien rock, Chang fashioned it into a small lantern. The neighboring villagers distrusted the sorcerer and before long, a mob gathered together and killed him. The Flame of Life fulfilled the first of its prophecies.
The lamp traveled across the globe for centuries until it eventually fell into the hands of a mental patient named Billings. Billings remolded the lamp into the shape of a train conductor’s lantern. The Green Flame of Life flared again and mystically restored Billings' sanity – granting him a new lease on life. As promised, the second of three prophecies has been fulfilled.

Now the Green Flame of Life flares for a third time granting the gift of power to Alan Scott. Following the lantern's instructions, he cuts away a small piece of the lamp and molds it into a ring. The Flame of Life instructs that in order to effectively wield his power, he must charge his ring with energy from the lantern, once every twenty-four hours.

With this fantastic new power under his command, Alan sets out to find Albert Dekker – the man responsible for blowing up the Trestle Bridge. Glowing like a green phantom, he phases through the walls of Dekker's office and forces him to take responsibility for the bridge's destruction. Moments after Dekker confesses to his crimes, he falls away dead from fright.

Alan decides to use his new-found powers and tools to fight crime as a man of mystery. He becomes... the Green Lantern.

First Appearances: Green Lantern (Alan Scott); Albert Dekker (a corrupt businessman); Billings (a mental patient); Chang (a Chinese occultist); Green Flame of Life (the spirit of a dead Green Lantern); Jimmy (Alan's friend)

Final Appearances: Albert Dekker (dies in this issue); Billings (dies in this issue); Jimmy (dies in this issue)


Appearing in "The Rescue"

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  • Ikky
  • Miss Snap
  • Wash

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  • Canvasback Kelly
  • Lem Brown
  • Mrs. Brown
  • Brown's baby
  • Doctor Trent
  • Doc Stevens

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Synopsis for "The Rescue"

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Appearing in "Cicero's Cat"

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  • Mutt
  • Jeff

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Appearing in "Sealed Orders"

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Appearing in "The Sinister Mansion"

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Appearing in "Traitor's Treachery (Part III)"

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Appearing in "The Exploding Buildings"

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Appearing in "Cicero's Cat"

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  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "Goodbye Widow-Maker"

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  • Mr. Macklin
  • "Dopey-D" ranchers

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  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "The Power Plant Failure"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Ginger (First appearance)
  • Alec

Villains:

  • Garoo (Final appearance; Dies)
  • Garoo's Fish-Apes (Only appearance; dies)

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  • Dr. Marman (Final appearance; Dies)
  • Senator Jones (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Power Plant Failure"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "Stamps"

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  • Popsicle Pete

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Notes

  • Synopsis information on issues 16-102 is available at www.comics.org.
  • This series was published by the All-American Publshing company.
  • Russell Cole is also credited as Edwin Alger in this issue.
  • Al Smith is credited as Bud Fischer in this issue.
  • Green Lantern's origin is retold in Secret Origins (Volume 2) #18. Albert Dekker, Billings, Chang and Jimmy reappear in the revised history. Secret Origins places Billings, the mental patient, at Arkham Asylum in Gotham City. Jimmy's last name, Henton, and Dekker's first name, Albert, are also revealed in that issue.
  • Originally the incident at the Trestle Bridge took place in an undisclosed location. JSA Classified #11 provides a slightly revised origin of Green Lantern, and places the incident in Arizona.
  • Aside from the stories above, this issue contains:
  • "Daisybelle" by Gene Byrnes


Trivia

  • Green Lantern (Volume 3) #19 reveals that the Green Flame of Life is actually the spirit of a deceased member of the Green Lantern Corps named Yalan Gur. This significant detail tangentially links Alan to the Green Lantern Corps. Historically, he has always been treated as a completely separate entity.

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