13 COVERS: Celebrating GREEN LANTERN in the Silver Age

High adventure with an emerald tint…

The Green Lantern, by Grant Morrison, Liam Sharp and Steve Oliff, debuts this week and I’m looking forward to it, I gotta say.

The last 8 to 10 years of GL — including the related titles — have been a sprawling opera of interstellar wars and multicolor light corps, with ever-shifting allegiances and assorted dramas. Pretty cool, sure, but I’m personally more a fan of Hal Jordan: Space Cop, or as The Green Lantern #1 says on the cover, “Intergalactic Lawman.” (I’m an even bigger fan of Hal Jordan: Earth Superhero.)

It’s not that I don’t like John Stewart, Kyle Rayner or any of the other Earth GLs, or even the Green Lantern Corps itself. It’s just that I’m conditioned to favor the version I dug as a kid, whether it was the Space Age derring-do or the social-relevance issues that helped launch the Bronze Age. It’s not that way with every character I read, but it definitely is where Green Lantern is concerned.

Anyway, it seems that Morrison, a Silver Age devotee if ever there were one, is of the same mind.

So, Tuesday and Wednesday, we’re posting a pair of 13 COVERS galleries, saluting the Silver and Bronze Ages. You’ll see a lot of Gil Kane, Neal Adams and Mike Grell, among other top DC artists.

Nothing wrong with that.

First up — the Silver Age:

Gil Kane

Kane pencils, Joe Giella inks

Kane pencils, Sid Greene inks

Neal Adams

Carmine Infantino pencils, Murphy Anderson inks


Kane and Anderson

Mike Sekowsky pencils, Murphy Anderson inks

Kane and Anderson

Kane and Anderson

Kane pencils, Joe Giella inks

Kane and Giella


NEXT: The Bronze Age. Click here.

Cover images and credits from the fearless Grand Comics Database.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Awesome art. Simple plots. No multiverse. So superior.

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    • Wadda ya mean no multiverse? Two of my favorite silver age GL covers were #s 40 & 61, which both featured Hal and Alan Scott together.

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  2. Sure miss those days. I always enjoyed Kane’s art.

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