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Green Lantern
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Real name: Harold Jordan
AKA: Colonel Hal Jordan
Species: Human
Homeworld: Earth
Universe: Earth-1A
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Relatives: Harold Jordan (cousin)
Jack Jordan (brother)[1]
Jim Jordan (brother)[2]
Apprentice: Kyro‎
Occupation: Test pilot
Intergalactic Space Patrolman
Base: Sector 2814
Hall of Justice
Oa
Coast City
Affiliations: Justice League of America
SuperFriends
Green Lantern Corps
Ferris Aircraft
U.S. Air Force
Rogue of: Sinestro (arch-enemy)
Abilities: Energy constructs
Weaponry: Power Ring
Power Battery
Voiced/Played: Michael Rye
Hal Jordan Gallery

SuperFriends Team Member

Hal Jordan

Hal Jordan [3]

Hal Jordan is the greatest Green Lantern, an Intergalactic Space Patrolman and member of the Green Lantern Corps, chosen by the Guardians of the Universe for his ability to overcome great fear. The strength of his willpower allows him to wield the universe's mightiest weapon, a power ring controlled by his thoughts. In his secret identity he is a test pilot working for Ferris Aircraft where his boss Carol Ferris is also his romantic interest. His powers are useless against anything colored yellow. He is also a founding member of the Justice League.

In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might, beware my power, Green Lantern's light!

— Hal Jordan, from Showcase, #22 (October, 1959).


Background Information

Continuity from Earth-One

The Secret Origin Of Green Lantern 1978

The Secret Origin Of Green Lantern 1978

The Origin of Green Lantern

In the parallel-universe of Earth-One, not much is known about Hal's early life. We do know that upon returning to Coast City after a visit to Metropolis University, young Jordan met Clark Kent of Smallville. Their plane hit heavy turbulence which spun the aircraft out of control. Jordan helped calm frightened passengers while Clark Kent secretly stabilized the 707 jet liner. A few nights later, Jordan's life was jeopardized by his lack of fear. He inadvertently came across a smuggling ring while scuba diving and charged in without concern for his safety. Jordan was taken aboard their World War II submarine but was later rescued by the authorities when the submarine was run aground by mysterious forces. Superboy tells Hal that he must learn to combine his quality of fearlessness with good judgment in order to keep from placing his life or the lives of others in jeopardy. Hal takes the words to heart.[4]

After high school, Jordan enrolled in a West Coast College and earned a degree in aviation engineering. Following that, Jordan enlisted in the Air Force and served under Captain Richard Davis. The commanding officer became mentor and lifelong friend to the young pilot.[5]

Another Air Force friend of Hal's, pilot Bill Davis, was killed in Korea. Over the years, Hal kept in touch with Bill's elderly parents, Sally and Steve Davis. [Note: There does not appear to be any relation between Richard Davis and Bill's family].[6]

With his degree in aviation engineering, Jordan easily rejoined civilian life. He designed a flightless trainer for the Ferris Aircraft Corporation in Coast City, California and for some time was Ferris' number one test pilot. Though his aviation career showed great promise, Jordan was passed over by the astronaut program. Metropolis reporter Clark Kent interviewed the young test pilot for the Daily Planet.[7]

Jordan soon met Carol Ferris the daughter of owner Carl Ferris and the two began to date.

On one notable occasion (February of 1966 in the Earth-1A universe), as Hal was patrolling the Canaveral a day before Ferris Aircraft was to launch a new booster rocket for the 'Explorer Project', he was shot or more specifically grazed by a ray-gun in an ambush. Once he informed his superiors, in less than a half an hour he found himself embroiled in a Martian invasion and a kidnapped alien. Soon, the launch pad at Ferris Aircraft contained Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman and Rex the Wonder Dog. They had hoped to find a missing hero and soon to be ally Martian Manhunter. They soon discover a plot to kill the Manhunter, Flash had spoken about. He was strapped to the top of the booster rocket. Just then, Commander Blanx, and a small squadron of White Martians strike. In the battle that ensued, our heroes defeat Blanx and his men, and rescue the captive J'onn J'onzz. After their success, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash and the Manhunter discuss forming a club or a society to uphold Justice in the World. Batman says he’s not much of a joiner and the rest discuss the panic that was involved in this Martian excursion and the fear that coming together as a team with a Martian might foster. So they decide to wait until the time is right. Hal Jordan and the gathered reporters present also offer their oath of silence believing that global panic would not be good.[8]

In October of that same year, a space-patrolman named Abin Sur of the Green Lantern Corps crash lands in the middle of the California desert. As he lays dying, he commands his power ring to seek out a worthy successor for Sector 2814 – one who proves to be fearless and strong-willed. Miles away, test pilot Hal Jordan is examining a stationary ‘flight simulator’ at the Ferris Aircraft Company when a corona of green light envelops him, pulling him along with the simulator to the spot of Abin Sur's crashed vessel. Abin Sur tells Hal that the 'power' of the ring selected him to take on the role of the Green Lantern. He gives him the ring and a power battery. He instructs him that the ring will obey his every command but is powerless against anything colored yellow. He also tells him that the ring's energy must be charged from the power battery once every twenty-four hours. Hal agrees to accept the responsibility of wielding the ring in the cause of justice, and, with that, Abin Sur passes away. Hal Jordan is now Green Lantern.[9] This historical-transaction was concealed from the Guardians because of an 'Ion-Storm.'[10]

About nine-months later, the Guardians realize they have a new recruit and decide to check on him. While he is in-flight, testing a new aircraft, his ‘astral-form’ is transported to the world of the Guardians, who seek to know who took over the role of Green Lantern in that sector of space from Abin Sur. Hal recounts the events that led to him becoming the Green Lantern. Convinced that Hal is worthy of the title, but not ready to know of their existence; they erase his memory and return his astral form to his physical body. Aside from a feeling of dizziness, Hal is unaware of what just happened.[11]

A few years later (late 1969 in the Earth-1A universe), Hal as Green Lantern joins forces again, with the Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter to stop the invading Appellaxians. The assembling resulted in the formation of Justice League of America![12]

Continuity From FilmationAppearances

Hal and GL Filmation

Hal's Filmation appearance, 1967.

Residing on planet Earth in the guise of test-pilot Hal Jordan, Green Lantern was entrusted by the Guardians of the Universe — an immortal race of aliens from the planet Oa in the center of the universe — with the task of defending Earth and its space sector from the power-hungry villains of the universe.

A Venusian named Kairo assisted Hal Jordan as his mechanic/sidekick. Typically, Kairo had the blue skin and pointy ears of his race, and because he had no super powers was prone to need rescuing, although he did contribute a fair amount as well.

Continuity from Earth-1A

According to Earth-1A continuity, Lex Luthor, Cheetah and Sinestro team-up to target a few of the "greater Superfriends". They devise a plan to travel back in time to weaken the team by making sure that certain Justice Leaguers never existed (in addition to Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman were also targeted). Lex Luthor wanted to target the Green Lantern. So he travels back to the day Abin Sur was looking for a successor. Luthor convinces Colonel Jordan his life is in danger and instead is carried off by Abin Sur's green beam, Luthor was and becomes the Green Lantern instead. The damaged timeline is corrected when Black Vulcan, The Flash and Batman also go back in time to thwart Luthor and ensure Jordan fulfills his destiny of being the Green Lantern, thus saving their teammate.[13]


Powers and Abilities

Powers

None.

Abilities


Paraphernalia

Equipment

Weapons

The ring is ineffective against anything colored yellow.[14]

It must also be recharged at Green Lantern's power battery every 24 hours to remain functional.


Justice League Team Members

Members of the Justice League of America

Aquaman (founding member) • Batman (founding member) • Superman (founding member) • Flash (founding member)
Green Lantern (founding member) • Martian Manhunter (founding member) • Wonder Woman (founding member)

Comic Book JLA Team Members:
Black CanaryElongated ManRed TornadoZatanna Zatara
Phantom Stranger (part-time Leaguer) • Sargon, The Sorcerer (honorary Leaguer)

Other Known Justice Leaguers:
The HuntressBlack OrchidCaptain MarvelSupergirlGreen FuryPlastic ManAtomGreen Arrow

SuperFriends Founding Members:
SupermanBatmanWonder WomanAquaman
HawkmanSamuraiGreen LanternFlashBlack Vulcan

Other Known SuperFriends Members:
HawkgirlApache ChiefEl DoradoRima

Junior SuperFriends:
RobinCyborgFirestorm
ZanJayna
Marvin WhiteWendy Harris

Mascots:
GleekWonder Dog


Notes

  • Like the recreation of the Golden Age Flash for the Silver Age version, Schwartz wanted a new version of Green Lantern to have a different secret identity, origin, and personality than his 1940s counterpart. He enlisted writer John Broome and artist Gil Kane, who in 1959 would reintroduce Green Lantern to the world in Showcase vol. 1, #22 (October, 1959).[15]


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References

  1. Jack is Harold's older brother. This is revealed in New Adventures of Superboy, #13 (January, 1981).
  2. Jim is Harold's younger brother. This is revealed in New Adventures of Superboy, #13 (January, 1981).
  3. Image from the Challenge of the SuperFriends Episode: Conquerors of the Future (November 18, 1978).
  4. As revealed in New Adventures of Superboy, #13 (January, 1981).
  5. As revealed in Green Lantern, #144 (September, 1981).
  6. As revealed in Green Lantern, #36 (April, 1965).
  7. As revealed in Showcase, #22 (October, 1959) and retold in the post-crisis story Action Comics Weekly, #642 (March, 1989)
  8. The above adventure is revealed in Justice League of America, #144 (July, 1977).
  9. Origin revealed in Showcase, #22 (October, 1959). This origin is also depicted in the Season 3 episode: Secret Origins of the Super Friends (October 28, 1978).
  10. The 'Ion Storm' was first mentioned in in Green Lantern, #1 (July/August 1960) as the cause of impaired communications between Earth and Oa. We also learn in SuperFriends, #10 (February/March, 1976) that this 'Ion Storm' also prevented the Guardians from seeing Sinestro steal a Green Lantern Ring and create a duplicate Lantern from the reserve supply and hide them in another space-sector on the planet called Earth. He then encased them in gold, so the Guardians could not trace them.
  11. As revealed in Green Lantern, #1 (July/August 1960).
  12. As revealed in Justice League of America, #9 (February, 1962).
  13. Origin from theSeason 3 episode: Secret Origins of the Super Friends (October 28, 1978). As a side note, this means that Luthor and perhaps the rest of the Legion of Doom knows Hal Jordan’s secret identity.
  14. Although there has been some instances, which were likely mistakes on the animator's part, in which this wasn't the case.
  15. Go to the DC Database for more on Showcase, #22 (October, 1959).
  16. As seen in The Challenge, episode one of Legends of the Superheroes.
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