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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps
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Old 01-03-2019, 02:50 PM   #26
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GL also flourished even better for 10 years under Alan Scott. He carried a solo title 2 anthologies and a team book. His sales numbers were larger than anything GL has seen since.
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Old 01-03-2019, 04:10 PM   #27
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Very good point.
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Old 01-08-2019, 11:05 PM   #28
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Well, that was, of course, a completely different era when the industry as a whole was a lot healthier. However, I don't think Hal Jordan is necessary to have as a lead character for the Green Lantern franchise to flourish. However, he is, by far, the most used one, and as such, has probably built the biggest fanbase of comic buyers.

Working on comics myself, I've really learned something. Even though I didn't really learn it, because it's something we all know. The more content you put out, the more people seem to like your stuff... If it's any good. Like I said, it's something you already know, but when you actually see it in effect with your own stuff... I guess... you know it... more? You just kind of feel it differently, and your perspective on some things can open, widen, or change.

Hal Jordan has a lot more content as a leading man than any of the others, so I see why some people in power keep going back to him, and why some fans prefer him most. There's a lot of precedent there, and since he has way more content behind him than the others, there's more for writers to work with, if they care to.

I think what I'm getting at is my perspective changed from being a fan of comics, to more of a maker of comics, and looking at it that way, I understand why Hal Jordan is often in the spotlight compared to the others. Which isn't bad, because lately, I've found fans to sometimes be somewhat irrational or... mmm... how to say... their vision is sometimes clouded by fandom. It's understandable, because being a fan of something is mostly an emotional response. Things like reason, practicality, objective reality, often take a backseat to feelings.

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Old 02-07-2019, 05:22 AM   #29
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... lately, I've found fans to sometimes be somewhat irrational or... mmm... how to say... their vision is sometimes clouded by fandom. It's understandable, because being a fan of something is mostly an emotional response. Things like reason, practicality, objective reality, often take a backseat to feelings.
"Reason" and "objective reality" have almost no place in dramatic fiction. Those are pretty much opposing forces.
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Old 07-09-2019, 12:02 PM   #30
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You can tell a Story about some one who does the same stuff,but at the end of the day people want the iconic Green Lantern. Marvel is kinda learning this lesson. replacement heroes seldom work. They just make people miss the old ones.

Jane Foster Thor anyone?
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Old 07-09-2019, 02:07 PM   #31
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I call bullshit. Hal Jordan himself is one of those replacement heroes. John Stewart worked for ages. So did Kyle, if you like it or not. When Dick graduated to Nightwing, fans hated Jason but accepted Tim and Damian. Wally West had been Flash for 20 years and still would be if DC hadn't shat sugar into the tank.
All you need is consistently great stories, and outside of the big three, it hardly matters if you replace the secret identity behind the mask or not.
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I call bullshit. Hal Jordan himself is one of those replacement heroes. John Stewart worked for ages. So did Kyle, if you like it or not. When Dick graduated to Nightwing, fans hated Jason but accepted Tim and Damian. Wally West had been Flash for 20 years and still would be if DC hadn't shat sugar into the tank.
All you need is consistently great stories, and outside of the big three, it hardly matters if you replace the secret identity behind the mask or not.
I call bullshit. John NEVER worked. He had Mosaic which was steady,not great. Now Wally I will give you. Wally is the Seldom I was refreing to. Wally worked out best. Even that wasn't good enough though was it? People lunged at a chance to have Barry back didn't they?

Can some one else be A Green Lantern. certainly. But Thee Green Lantern. No not if the character is more then just superficial Powers or a writing Exercise. Pop culture is stubborn like that.

The trick with a "place holder" character is making them cool enough to grow beyond that,and some have and are great Editions to the DCU. The dream is the icon hero returning,and the "place Holder" getting a ongoing with steady -great sales. Kyle,Wally could do it.
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Old 07-13-2019, 03:33 AM   #33
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Can that be the case when GL flourished without him at all for the 11 years with Kyle?
Did it though really? My memories of the first half of the Kyle era, was two things. Kick ass art from Darryl Banks and secondly some sort of Hal appearance. He was as big a part in fact probably bigger of Kyle's book than Norman Osborne was in Ultimate Spider-Man, and the Green Goblin was in like every third arc.
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No Kyle's run started hot and was steady,a few issues here and there would pop,but usually it was just steady until the last 5 years or so,It was never awful,but It was never "the Big Book" People talked about.

And when they did it was usually about 50 and how bad it was. That cover was tight,though. In fairness though Hal had a real bad showing in the 90's. There is not much nice to say about 90's Hal. The Emerald Dawn series was great,but the ongoing was bad. They were right to change it up.
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