The One and Only Green Lantern, Folks!
Yay! Issue #59! The first appearance of almost no-body’s favorite Green Lantern.
This cover set the pattern for just about every single Guy Gardner story ever until the late 90’s.
For those unfamiliar with the character, we learn in this issue that Guy was the ring’s second choice for Green Lantern. He was just as fearless as Hal, but Hal was closer. I always thought that was a BS excuse – the ring is a deus ex machina – distance is not an issue.
Anyway. in #59 Hal finds out about Guy and asks the ring to show him what would happen if Guy had been GL instead of Hal.
So GL Guy ends up fighting the same exact menaces as GL Hal? With the exception of Sinestro, that seems like a bit of a stretch. Especially if we consider Star Sapphire.
How do things end for Guy in this alternate world though? Happily ever after, right?
That’s right folks – even if Guy had been Green Lantern, it would just be a side thing on the way to Hal becoming Green Lantern.
This whole story has the feel of Hal as the sitcom wife who finds pictures of her husband with his old college girlfriend, and has to convince her that no, she’s the real love of his life and the prettiest.