Longbox Literature — Green Lantern: Ganthet’s Tale

Longbox Literature is a column that focuses in on the greatest comic tales of (not too) long ago that every comic fan, new and old, should read.

I must’ve read Green Lantern: Ganthet’s Tale five times since I first bought it back in 1992.  Written by best selling sci-fi writer Larry Niven and scripted and drawn by comic legend John Byrne, GL: GT tells the story of a previously unknown Guardian (Ganthet), and his quest to save the universe from a renegade Guardian (Dawlakispokpok).

By the time we get to the end of the story, we learn the most, uh, guarded secret of the Guardians…which turns out to be one of the driving reasons behind the formation of the Green Lantern Corp.

Ganthet is the hippie Guardian with the pony-tail

The story has significance today because it was the first appearance of Ganthet, who would not only go on to rebuild the Guardians after their destruction at the hands of Hal Jordan (later revealed to be possessed by Parallax, of course), but he would also end up forming the Blue Lantern Corp which played a major role in the recent Blackest Night story line.

Green Lantern: Ganthet’s Tale is one of my favorite Green Lantern stories.  It’s got mystery, humor, little blue dudes, and the creation of the Universe.  If that doesn’t qualify this story as Longbox Literature, I don’t know what does.  If you haven’t already read it, it’s worth taking the time to track it down, especially if you need to get a bit of back-story before the Green Lantern movie comes out.

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