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Somehow I feel as if destiny has taken hold of my life... That this is only the beginning...That I must continue to fight against evil!
~ Alan Scott: All-American Comics #16.
And I shall shed my light over dark evil, for the dark things cannot stand the light. The light of … THE GREEN LANTERN!
~ Alan Scott's oath.
We don't know each other, but I promise you I know how dark things can get when you keep emotions secret. To live with truth as a north star...that takes real willpower.
~ Prime Earth Alan Scott.

Green Lantern (real name Alan Ladd Wellington Scott) is a fictional superhero from DC Comics and its universe. He is the first Human character on Earth to become the Green Lantern. A member of the legendary Justice Society of America, he fought with that group for decades starting just before World War II, aiding in that conflict outside the front lines, where a Nazi-held mystic artifact prevented the JSA from going. He is also the father of Jennifer-Lynn Hayden and Todd Rice, who became superheroes known as "Jade" and "Obsidian".

He first appeared in All-American Comics # 16, in July 1940, and was created by Bill Finger and Martin Nodell.

Background

Born Alan Ladd Scott in the early part of the 20th Century (Alan Ladd was not only a nod to a then-prominent actor but to the fact that a Green Lantern's ring was like having Aladdin's lamp), he studied hard and rose to become a prominent engineer. During a train derailing accident in a rail system he helped design, he survived only to find a lantern that spoke to him, offering power. Fitted with a ring made from this lantern and using it to design a swashbuckling hero's outfit, he embarked as a vigilante but law-respecting hero called The Green Lantern.

Unknown to Scott for many decades, his lantern and ring were fundamentally different from the other Green Lanterns of Oan origin he would also encounter much later. While theirs were based upon the direct power of The Guardians Of The Universe, Scott's was an indirect creation of the Guardians. Feeling that magic caused too much chaos in the cosmos, the Guardians bound this power together into an entity that came to be known as the Starheart. Overcoming its prison, the Starheart sent a portion of itself to ancient Earth, where the matter from this fragment was forged into the Lantern eventually found by Scott.

Basing himself in his native Gotham City (of which he became its first superhero), Scott was summoned by federal agents to be part of a strike-force sent to Britain to turn back a Nazi invasion of the island kingdom, even encountering Adolf Hitler himself, who used the Spear Of Destiny to summon a Valkyrie escort from Asgard to accompany a bomber mission against Washington, DC.

The team Scott was a part of included an odd variety of superhumans, including the Flash (Jay Garrick), Doctor Fate (Kent Nelson), Doctor Mid-Nite (Charles McNider), Wildcat (Ted Grant), The Atom (Al Pratt) and the Spectre (Jim Corrigan), and together, they turned back the Nazis and their mystic allies, with the Spectre traveling to the afterlife to restore President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to life when he was assassinated by the Valkyries.

At the restored (with all absent memories of his being killed) President's suggestion, the group decided to meet regularly as The Justice Society Of America, DC's first super-hero group, and possibly the first one in any comics universe. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the group renamed itself the Justice Battalion and joined a much larger group of heroes in The All-Star Squadron. But when Hitler again used the Spear Of Destiny (said to be the spear with which a Roman soldier pierced the side of Christ), he was able to cast a spell that placed any Allied superhuman under Nazi control. Scott, whose powers derived from magic, was especially vulnerable to this, making an early end to the war impossible.

Biography

Early Life

Alan Ladd Wellington Scott was born in Metropolis to unnamed parents, and later attended Hale University and became an expert businessman and electrical engineer. Alan served in the United States Military during World War II and was later discharged in 1943. Around the 1940s, Alan saved from a train wreck by the Starheart, a magical entity once imprisoned by the Guardians that found itself to Earth. At the Lantern's mental direction, Alan created a ring that allowed him to tap the Starheart's power and adopted the title of Green Lantern. It's unknown why he chose the name, but it's assumed that the Starheart possibly influenced him subconsciously from its history.

Heroic Career

Green Lantern later became a founding member of the Justice Society of America and was a big part of the Second World War. After the war, Alan met and started a relationship with the supervillainess, Harlequin, who was secretly his secretary, Molly Mayne. Molly later admitted that her villainess career was a ruse to get close to Green Lantern, and she later redeemed herself and became an undercover agent for the FBI. Harlequin left Alan's life without revealing her true identity and her feelings, much to Alan's disdain.

Despite losing Harlequin, Alan later met and married a young woman named Alyx Florin, who was later revealed to be Rose Canton, the reformed supervillainess named The Thorn. "Alyx" disappeared on their wedding night, starting a fire that led Alan to believe that she perished in the fire. "Alyx" survived and discovered that she was pregnant with twins, and had the two be adopted after their births in Wisconsin. The two were raised in adoptive families, and Rose was taken to the Amazon's reformation island, and Alan never knew.

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Trivia

  • Though Alan doesn't appear in Injustice 2, he is mentioned by Jay Garrick when setting against Hal Jordan or John Stewart.
  • Alan Scott was never actually a member of the Green Lantern Corps, but his ring has the same power source as the Corps.

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