Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Green Lantern: A TVCU Quickie

Haven't done a quickie in while, but I want to complete the Justice League series.

What's a quickie?  See this blog.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Green Lantern" is the codename of a number of fictional superheroes who appear in comic books published by DC Comics. They fight evil with the aid of rings which grant them a variety of extraordinary powers.
The first Green Lantern was created in 1940 during the first superhero craze that began with Superman. His name was Alan Scott, and mostly fought common criminals in New York with the aid of his magic ring. His series was cancelled in 1949 during a general decline in the popularity of superhero comics.
In 1959, to capitalize on the booming popularity of science fiction, the Green Lantern character was reinvented as a man namedHal Jordan who works for an interstellar law enforcement agency known as the Green Lantern Corps. Over the years, DC Comics introduced a number of additional Green Lanterns who serve as Hal's comrades-in-arms. The most prominent of these are Guy GardnerJohn Stewart, and Kyle Rayner.
The Green Lanterns are among DC Comics' more successful properties. They have been adapted into TV shows, video games and one motion picture.
From me:
The golden age Green Lantern is in via a cross with Terry and the Pirates as well as his membership in the All-Star Squadron, which has crosses with Indiana Jones, Metropolis, and many more.
The silver age Green Lantern is that of the Super Friends, including the Aquaman/Superman Hour of Adventure and the Challenge of the Super Heroes.  There is a Vulcan member of the Green Lantern Corps who the internet people claim to be Sarek, Spock's father.  Both Hal Jordan and his successor, Kyle Rayner, have dealt with Aliens.  Kyle was a member of the JLA that faced Predator and met Bugs Bunny.  

Read here for Green Lantern of Toobworld.

TVCU Mini-Chron:  (Note that this is not a full chron.  It's a only a partial, because, you know, quickie.  This is a sampling of the Green Lantern TVCU crossovers.  If you know of any Green Lantern crossovers involving television and film not mentioned in this blog, please feel free to comment below or in the discussion forum mentioned above.)

1888--JLA:  THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (DC COMICS)--The original story of the Island of Doctor Moreau is conflated with the Justice League of America.  This is an alternate universe that must be part of the Television Crossover Multiverse.  Fortunately, it means I don’t have to explain more super-heroes in the TVCU, especially ones created by Moreau!!!

Spring to Summer 1973--SUPER FRIENDS--Batman II (Dick Grayson) becomes an instructor along with Robin II (Bruce Wayne Junior), Superman (Kal-El/Clark Joseph Kent), Wonder Woman, and Aquaman to train new heroes Marvin and Wendy (and later Zan and Jayna).  They also work as part of the Justice League of America.  The team is nick-named the Super Friends, and later will be code named the Super Powers Team.  The team works secretly for the U.S. Government and the United Nations.  The team was actually founded in 1967 and disbanded in 1985.  It's entire roster over it's long run included:  Aquaman, Batman II, Robin II/Batman III, Robin III, Superman (Kal-El/Clark Joseph Kent), Wonder Woman, Atom II, Cyborg, Firestorm, Flash II, Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Hawkgirl II, Hawkman II, Apache Chief, Black Vulcan, El Dorado, Rima the Jungle Girl, Samurai, Green Arrow II, Plastic Man, Wendy Harris, Marvin White, Wonderdog, Zan, Jayna, Gleek, Captain Marvel I, Huntress II, Black Canary II.  See the end of this blog, where I will go through all the super-heroes (and villains I have brought in so far with little bio info on each.  I want to make clear that even though the shows for the most part appear just like you see them, in general the public isn't aware or clear of the activities of these heroes.  The primary foes of the Super Friends would be the Legion of Doom:  Bizarro, Black Manta, Brainiac, Captain Cold, Cheetah, Giganta, Gorilla Grodd, Solomon Grundy, Lex Luthor, Doctor Natas, the Riddler I, the Scarecrow II, Sinestro, the Toyman II, Mordru, and Dr. Sivana.  During their final years, they mostly fought Darkseid and his minions.  Additional bad guys they faced were:  Bizarra, Joe Chill, the Crime Syndicate of America, Felix Faust, Gentleman Ghost, Joker Junior, Mirror Master, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Penguin II, Royal Flush Gang, the Shark, Dracula, Frankenstein, Orville Gump, the Phantom Zone villains, and Zy-Kree.

September 1981--SUPER COMICS # 23--"Little Bobby in Animal Town, USA"--Little Bobby and his friend Darcey find themselves in Animal Town, USA, brought there by the magic of Princess Rabbit.  Animal Town is ruled by King Friday (implying that the Neighborhood of Make-Believe from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is a neighborhood within the larger Animal Town).  The town's hero is Brown Bear (from the children's book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?).  The town's mayor is Mickey Mouse, who has a bowtie with a Green Lantern power ring at its center, giving him the powers of a Green Lantern.  And though not seen here, Pac-Man will later come to live in Animal Town.  Real Life Notes:  This was written under the premise still that the Little Bobby and Super-Bob stories were separate canon.  Animal Town was another series in Super Comics based on my stuffed animals.  Later, Powerkid would find he can visit Animal Town by travelling through the mystical Forbidden Forest, and that Animal Town is in fact in a separate reality.  However, for TVCU apocrypha purposes, we can assume Little Bobby is Super-Bob, but chose not to reveal his identity since Darcey (who is also in the Super-Bob stories) doesn't know his secret identity.  

SEPTEMBER 1982--POWERKID POLICE # 1--"The Super-Trio"--A magical evil calling himself Doctor Deadly comes to Orange from outer space.  He claims to have once ruled this world, and now wants to reclaim it.  Arriving on the scene to battle this alien wizard is Powerkid, Zap, and a new speedster hero called Speedy.  Together, the three are able to stop him where one would have failed.  Doctor Deadly flees into outer space.  Powerkid and Zap, who are cousins Bobby Wronski and Philip Sheridan, find that this new hero is also their cousin, Shon Ames.  The three realize that only by working together were they able to defeat the villain, and that some threats only can be stopped by a team.  And so they put the word out that they wish to form a team, and are calling on any new heroes (since there had been a recent explosion of new heroes) who would like to join.  The team ends up consisting of initially:  Powerkid, Zap, Speedy, the Unknown, Man-Killer, Space Hero, Waterman, Avenger, The Toy, Bird Boy and Bird Girl, Screamer, Witch Woman, Stretch, Vic-20, Tornado Man, and Fireman.  Later members would be Kitten Girl, Powergirl, and mascot Chris Whaland. Real Life Notes:  During the Super-Bob era, there had been another Super-Trio consisting of Super-Bob, Super-Len, and Witch Woman.  Doctor Deadly will later be revealed to be Morgoth from the Lord of the Rings, who is possessing an alien scientist's body.  The Powerkid Police is obviously my version of the Justice League of America.  Phil Sheridan came up with the name.  Powerkid is the PKP version of the JLA's Superman.  Zap is the PKP's version of the JLA's Martian Manhunter.  Speedy is the PKP's version of the JLA's Flash.  Incidentally, a year later, Speedy, under the new name of the Speedster, gets his own series, where he becomes a janitor as a museum in CENTRAL CITY, because he just feels the city needs a speedster.  In this reality, the Flash apparently doesn't exist, at least not in the early 80s.  Of course, in the TVCU, he does exist in the early 1980s in the Super Friends.  I guess there's more than one Central City.  The Unknown is the PKP's version of Batman.  Man-Killer fills in for Wonder Woman.  Space Hero fills for Green Lantern.  Waterman for Aquaman.  The Toy for the Atom.  Bird Boy and Bird Girl are the PKP's Hawkman and Hawkwoman.  Interestingly, later, Bird Boy was found to be constantly hopping around in time due to the Crisis.  He was the Bird Boy/Bird Man of the 1950s/1960s Wonder Woman stories, the Bird Man of the 1960s cartoon, and later, Harvey Birdman, Attorney-At-Law.  Screamer is Black Canary, obviously.  Witch Woman fills in for Zatanna.  Stretch fills in for Elongated Man, but is actually Stretch Armstrong, as in the toy where you could grab his arms and stretch him out.  Vic-20 and Tornado Man took the place of Red Tornado. Tornado Man here is an older hero among the group, formerly having been a member of the Mighty Heroes.  Fireman is the replacement for Firestorm.  Kitten Girl and Powergirl joined two years later, with no JLA counterpart.  Chris Whaland was the Snapper Carr of the group.  The PKP disbanded in 1985, but in 1987, I wrote a story from 1984 that retroactively added the character.


2007--GREEN LANTERN VERSUS ALIENS--DC UNIVERSE (PRE-INFINITE CRISIS)--The Green Lantern Corps discover the Aliens in sector 1522, where they had killed the Green Lantern of that sector.  They find the best way to contain this menace is to transport them all to the planet Mogo (which is both a living planet, and a Green Lantern.)

2009--GREEN LANTERN VERSUS ALIENS--DC UNIVERSE (PRE-INFINITE CRISIS)--A ship crashes on Mogo and former Corps members seek out Kyle Rayner, the only remaining Green Lantern, for a rescue mission.

April 2010--THE DRAWN TOGETHER MOVIE:  THE MOVIE!--Molly, a dead corpse that Captain Hero is dating, is shown to have been sexually involved with Aquaman, Plastic Man, Green Lantern, Doctor Manhatten (!!!), the Wonder Twins, Gleek, He-Man, Orko, Battle Cat, Batman, and Robin.  So it seems that the heroes from Watchmen are in the Looniverse, but obviously the events of Watchmen didn't happen.

24 1/2 Century--DUCK DODGERS-- From James Bojaciuk:  Duck Dodgers was actually the current Daffy Duck, who had somehow been accidently frozen for several centuries, then managed to trick the future governent into believing he was a great war hero of the past. Eager Young Space Cadet is a distant descendant of Porky Pig. In one episode of the newer Duck Dodgers series--I forget the title and Wikipedia is no help--Hollywoodplanet released a movie about the exploits of Duck Dodgers...starring Bugs Bunny as Duck Dodgers.  In one episode, Dodgers encounters the Green Lantern Corps.  It's unclear if this is the Looniverse Green Lantern Corps, or the TVCU counterparts.


ALTERNATE REALITIES:  OK, now for the alternate Earths depicted on screen.  For an understanding of alternate realities in the TVCU, check out my intro blog simply titled "Television Crossover Universe".

  • 2001 to 2006--JUSTICE LEAGUE--A new League is formed.  The team is Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern John Stewart, the Martian Manhunter, and Hawkgirl. 
  • On JUSTICE LEAGUE episode "Kid Stuff", the team are turned into children.  Green Lantern John Stewart as a kid tries to make a disguise and ends up looking like Steve Urkel.
LEGO UNIVERSE--MichelangeloBatmanWonder WomanSupermanGreen Lantern, and other LEGO characters. (The Lego Movie)

LOONIVERSE--Duck Dodgers Daffy meets the green lantern (albeit possible time gap). 

Ivan & Northstar
The Green Lantern & Flash
The worlds of comic book superheroes exist as alternate realities to the TVCU, as evidenced by the duplication of many characters from those worlds in the TVCU (such as Superman and Spider-Man). Versions of Ivan Schablotski exist in these worlds as well. Certain crossovers have taken place involving Ivan and characters from Marvel or DC that do not exist in the TVCU, meaning that Ivan exists on at least one Marvel Earth) and at least one DC Earth), or else the TVCU Ivan has traveled to these realities, or that these characters do also exist in the TVCU. Thus far no evidence exists to support any of these theories.

And extra crossovers from Wikipedia:

  • Crossovers of multiple characters owned by one company or published by one publisher, have been used to set an established continuity, where characters can frequently meet within one setting. This is especially true of comic book publishers, as different characters in variousMarvelDC or Valiant comic books frequently interact with one another since they live in a "shared universe". For example, in the Marvel Comics universe, Spider-Man has frequent dealings with another Marvel hero, Daredevil, just as in the DC Comics Universe, Batman andSuperman often collaborate. In comic book terminology, these "guest star" roles are common enough that they are not considered crossovers. A crossover in comic book terms only occurs when a story spans more than one title. This has led to "crossover events", in which major occurrences are shown as affecting most or all of the stories in the shared universe.  The earliest such crossover event was Gardner Fox's Zatanna's Search, which took place in Hawkman #4 (October/November 1964),Detective Comics #336 (February 1965), The Atom #19 (June/July 1965), Green Lantern #42 (January 1966), Detective Comics #355 (September 1966), and Justice League of America #51 (February 1967). This story dealt with Zatanna attempting to reconnect with her father, Zatara, and seeking the aid of Hawkman, Batman, Robin, The Atom, Green Lantern, and Elongated Man along the way.

  • MichelangeloBatmanWonder WomanSupermanGreen Lantern, and other LEGO characters. (The Lego Movie)
  • Green Lantern Kyle Rayner met Marvel's Silver Surfer in a crossover where they fought Parallax (Hal Jordan). (Green Lantern/Silver Surfer #1)



    Bonus.  Horror Crossover Universe! 

    The DCU and TVCU are not part of the HCU, but there are still counterparts.

    Release Date:  June 1988 (Contemporary Setting, along with numerous flashbacks from ancient times up to the 1960s)
    Series:  Zatara; Zatanna
    Horror Crosses:  Doctor Fate; Faust; Hellblazer; Doctor Occult; Sargon the Sorcerer; Spectre; Deadman; Phantom Stranger
    Non-Horror Crosses:  She; Justice League of America; Super Friends; All-Star Squadron; Justice Society of America; Hawkman (silver age); Batman (silver age); Atom (silver age); Green Lantern (silver age); Elongated Man; Hawkman (golden age); Starman (golden age); Flash (golden age); Green Lantern (golden age); Atom (golden age); Sandman (golden age); Johnny Thunder (golden age); Superman (silver age); Flash (silver age); Green Arrow (silver age)
    The Story:  Felix Faust captures Zatanna, and as they discuss his motivations, we are told not only the origins of Zarara and Zatannna, but also of Doctor Mist and Felix Faust.
    HCU Comments:  This was meant to be the post crisis revised origins of Zatara and Zatanna.  However, from pre-crisis to post-crisis, the canon of those characters didn’t really change, and this story really just expands on the older origin without altering it.  This story also features the origins of Doctor Mist and Felix Faust, tying the four’s histories together.  In the original version of the story, proposed by Jean Marc Lofficier, Wotan was meant to be the main villain.  Wotan is from mythology, but this was the version who was an enemy of Doctor Fate.  DC had it changed to Felix Faust, an enemy of the Justice League of America.  This story conflates Felix Faust with the original Faust.  This story reveals that when Zatanna was young, she had an affair with John Constantine.  The flashbacks show Zatara as a member of the All-Star Squadron.  Zatanna is shown in flashbacks to have worked with many members of the (DC) supernatural community.   Doctor Mist is a member of the Global Guardians, first appearing in the Super Friends comic book, but he is based on a character from H. Rider Haggard’s Wisdom’s Daughter.  There is a flashback to Zatanna’s original quest storyline.  The Justice Society are shown in flashback to the storyline in which they are brought before congress and forced to retire, leading to the end of the golden age of heroes.  Zatanna is also shown in flashback as a member of the Justice League of America.  

    Release Date: September - December 2000 (Contemporary Setting)
    Series: Green Lantern; Alien
    Non-Horror Crosses: Superman
    The Story: Kyle Rayner, who has replaced Hal Jordan as Green Lantern of space sector 2814 (which includes his homeworld Earth) joins former members of the Green Lantern Corps in taking on a swarm of xenomorphs found in sector 1522 after a Coluan vessel crashes there.
    HCU Comments: Green Lantern also has a cross with the Quantum Archangel, a Lovecraftian Doctor Who novel. Hal Jordan was Green Lantern from 1959 to 1994. When Coast City was destroyed by villains, he went mad and destroyed the Corps, and became a villain himself. Kyle Rayner then was given the only remaining power ring. There are a lot more details to that story, but for our purposes in the HCU, that’s all we need to know. Incidentally, DC has also decided that the details of that story aren’t relevant anymore, and have retroactively removed them. Kyle Rayner has also fought the Predators as a member of the Justice League in JLA versus Predator. The planet Colu is the homeworld of Brainiac, one of Superman’s greatest foes.

    Release Date: December 20, 2000 (Contemporary Setting)
    Series: JLA; Predator
    Non-Horror Crosses: Superman (Modern Age/Post-Crisis); Batman (Modern Age/Post Crisis); Green Lantern; Martian Manhunter; Plastic Man; The Flash; The Atom; Aquaman; Wonder Woman (Modern Age/Post Crisis); Legion of Super-Heroes
    The Story: The Justice League find themselves challenged by Predators who are altered to have the same powers and abilities (and equipment) as the Earth heroes.
    HCU Comments: This story is a follow up to the previous encounters between Superman and Batman and the Predators. The Justice League here is not the same team from the “silver age“ of heroes. That team disbanded in the 1980s, and this team was recently formed. The incarnation in this story consists of Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Plastic Man, the Flash, the Atom, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman. As explained in previous entries, this is the third Superman and Batman. The Green Lantern here is Kyle Rayner, who has also fought the Alien xenomorphs. The Martian Manhunter and Plastic Man of this story could be the same versions from the silver and golden age stories, as they don’t age like normal humans do. The Flash here is Wally West, who should still be old at this point. Perhaps the Speed Force kept him preserved. The Atom here is Ray Palmer, who also should be too old, unless his meta gene also kept him preserved. And the Aquaman and Wonder Woman here could be long lived unaging heroes, or generational. The alien Dominators also appear in this story, who originated as villains in the Legion of Super-Heroes.

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