Dig the Final Versions of the GREEN LANTERN 80th ANNIVERSARY Variants

A special GREEN LANTERN WEEK EXCLUSIVE: Your FIRST LOOK at the era-appropriate logos for the Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 covers…

Welcome to GREEN LANTERN WEEK! On May 17, 1940, All-American Comics #16 gave us the original Green Lantern — Alan Scott — and the rest is history. All week long, we’re celebrating 80 years of the best of GL — from Hal Jordan to John Stewart and so much more. So click here for the complete INDEX of features — and beware Green Lantern’s light!

I noted earlier this week that due to the coronavirus pandemic, DC delayed the release of the one-shot Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1. It was originally scheduled for this week but is now due June 23.

That’s unfortunate, but a small thing in the big picture right now.

Nevertheless, we have a really cool GREEN LANTERN WEEK surprise for you: an EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK at the final versions of the decade-tribute variant covers — complete with era-appropriate trade dress.

Dig this:

1940s: Nicola Scott and Annette Kwok

1950s: Matt Taylor

1960s: Doug Mahnke and David Baron

1970s: Neal Adams

1980s: David Finch and Steve Firchow

1990s: Philip Tan and Elmer Santos

2000s: Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert and Alex Sinclair

2010s: Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair

A few thoughts:

— Pretty strong selection. While I still prefer the way 2018’s Action Comics #1000 gave us variants that generally emulated the art styles of a given decade, I’ve pretty much accepted the idea that DC is now allowing artists to pay tribute to the spirit of an era even if the art is modern. But adding that trade dress really makes a difference.

— Oh, and if you want to see how these look without trade dress, click here.

— And don’t forget that we kicked off GREEN LANTERN WEEK with a look at Neal Adams’ retailer-exclusive variants. (Click here.)

— Speaking of Adams, that 1970s cover is for sure the one I’ll be picking up at the comics shop.

— Y’know what would be cool? If DC published a collection of all the covers for all its landmark issues since Action Comics #1000 — including retailer exclusives. (And with trade dress!) That’d be a groovy art book.


— The Complete GREEN LANTERN WEEK Index of Features. Click here.

— The TOP 13 GREEN LANTERN Covers Ever — RANKED, by RON MARZ. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. 1940s cover for me with the original GL!

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  2. The silver age one nails the feel of the era. The ‘40s is the most disappointing one for me. And, I love the golden age heroes. I’d pay anything for a good JSA story.

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  3. I’ll take one with checkertop logo.

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