Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The Flash & Green Lantern: The Heart That Attacked The World



One of the most enduring buddy cop movie partnerships in comics has to be that of Green Lantern & The Flash, even if their friendship got off to a slightly dodgily written start:


So Barry has a 'special feeling' for Hal. Isn't that nice?
For fans of the twosome, there's a very good late '90's Brave & The Bold mini-series by Mark Waid I can recommend, detailing the pair's long partnership. It's a lot of fun, not least because of the running joke about how many jobs Hal had over the years ( toy salesman? ) and how often he had to borrow money from Bazza.
In 1973 for instance, Green Lantern was without a book of his own, so Flash offered him a couch in his spare room, so to speak, letting GL take over the back-up spot in his book, and occasionally sharing billing, like here, where the twosome combine forces against Sinestro & Weather Wizard, and Cary Bates slightly ties himself in knots trying to make that cover make sense. A lot of DC at the time was based around the cover image, and I suspect Julie Schwartz just threw this one at Bates and barked ' Make a story out of that!'
But the bad guys' plan ( hatched in a tree for no apparent reason ) is irrelevant really. This is just two buddies doing what they do best.

























5 comments:

  1. A fondly recalled team-ip wuth great Novick layouts: Giordano really knew how to ink Novick's stuff. Looks fantastic.

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  2. I remember the two sharing a moment during the JLA's battle with Starbreaker, circa JLA 96 or 97. I had really just started reading comics then, but even at age 8 or 9, I preferred the GL/Flash combo to GL/GA. It was just a better fit. Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. But Green Arrow wears green. Or so the reasoning seemed to go.

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  3. Giordano made everybody look good, but ye, I'd agreee specially on Novick ( and Dillin ).
    Just dug that JLA out and you're right, should've added that couple of panels as well!

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  4. GL and Flash were two comics I always tried to find on the spinner racks.

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