11 Jun, 2012
Posted by Raphael in Blog
Midtown Bloggerinos! There’s been a lot of going since the re-launching of the DC Universe, and very recently, DC has announced that one of their original characters is gay: Alan Scott, the first Green Lantern!
For those of you who don’t know who he is, Alan Scott debuted in 1940 as the first Green Lantern. Alan wasn’t a space cop like Hal and the other GL’s that have since debuted are. He discovered a magical lantern and ring that enabled him to create any object that he imagined. Scott was a founding member of the Justice Society, and would go on to have many adventures throughout the years. He also had two children, Jade and Obsidian, who became heroes… and that’s where the story kind of starts.
With the re-launch of the DCU, the Justice Society (and by extension their children) pretty much ceased to exist. When James Robinson pitched Earth 2 to DC, he noted that Jade and Obsidian ceased to exist. Obsidian happened to be a gay superhero, and Robinson decided to add to the character of Alan Scott. Regarding Scott, Robinson said:
“What I really want to do with this character is make the fact that he’s gay to be a part of who he is and not to be the one identifying aspect of him, and have his humor and his bravery be as much or more a part of him as his sexuality.”
Nicola Scott, the artist on Earth 2 also added:
“Alan strikes me as an incredibly open, honest and warm man, a natural leader and absolutely the right choice to be guardian of the Earth. His sexuality is incidental. Every time I draw him I love him even more.”
There has been a little controversy with the revelation of Alan Scott’s sexual orientation, but there has been mostly positive press. Green Lantern has had a long legacy, and this new wrinkle should provide some interesting storytelling. Earth 2 issue 2 is out now. That’s it for now, until next time –
Stay Bloggy My Friends!