More Than You Ever Wanted to Know about Green Lantern-related Merchandise

The Green Lantern Corps fan website has a page devote to an extensive history of Green Lantern-related merchandise, including numerous iterations of the power ring.

And yet, for all of that, I still haven’t been able to locate an adult-sized Green Lantern costume for Halloween. Looks like I’m going to be stuck going as the Flash (just need to decide if that’s Barry Allen or Wally West).

DC Direct Green Lantern Power Battery Prop

In brighest day, in darkest night . . . well, you get the idea. DC Direct has released a couple Green Lantern Power Battery replicas in the past, but this puppy is the first one they’ve done in metal. This one will, sadly, retail for $395, which means I’m probably never going to own one. Oh well.

I can console myself with the pictures of my kids and I at the zoo with our (plastic) power rings and me in my Green Lantern shirt. A one family Green Lantern Corps.

Grayson: Another Awesome Fan Trailer

After posting the link to the World’s Finest fan film trailer, I ran across another excellent fan trailer, Grayson. This one’s almost 5 and half-minutes long and blew me away. Basic premise is that Batman is dead and the former Boy Wonder is out to catch the killers and avenge Batman’s death. Some excellent effects including brief appearances by a number of JLA members.

As technology costs continue to fall and companies like Warner continue to come out with crap like “Catwoman” or the rumored bastardization of Green Lantern, fan films like this could fill a needed void and even pose a threat.

The other day I finished reading the trade paperback version of “Squadron Supreme” — an early 1980s Marvel series which was the forerunner of later series like “Kingdom Come.” The thing about “Squadron Supreme”, though, is that its basically the Justice League of American in different costumes with different names. So Batman becomes “Night Hawk,” Superman becomes “Hyperion” with a red costume but similar origins and powers, etc.

Whose to stop someone form taking a cue from “Squadron Supreme” and making their own JLA-ripoff film (especially since it’s unlikely we’ll ever see a genuine JLA film)?

Wired’s Neal Adams Profile

It’s not online yet, but the latest issue of Wired has a long profile of comic book artist Neal Adams. That wouldn’t be so bad, except that the profile is largely about Adams’ pseudo-scientific view that the Earth is growing in size.

And no, Adams doesn’t just think that the Earth is growing in volume, but that it is also growing in mass. While he’s at it, Adams thinks matter is constantly being added to the universe and even invented his own particle, which he calls “primal matter,” to explain the allegedly fattening Earth. He rewrites practically every other area of physics while he’s at it to fit his growing Earth hypothesis.

Neal Adams the comic book illustrator is rightly a legend (remember the furor over the Green Arrow/Green Lantern cover with Speedy shooting heroin? That was Adams’ work). Neal Adams the scientist, however, is a nut. An 8 page story on Adams the artist might have been interesting, but the 8 page story on Adams the pseudoscientist was a pointless waste of paper.