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Green Lantern Corps
The Green Lantern Corps. Art by Phil Jimenez (penciler and inks), Tom McCraw (colorist)
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceShowcase #22 (September 1959)
Created byJohn Broome
Gil Kane
In-story information
See: List of Green Lanterns

Green Lantern Corps is the name of a fictional intergalactic Law enforcement agency and superhero team appearing in comics published by DC Comics. They patrol the farthest reaches of the DC Universe at the behest of the Guardians, a race of immortals residing on the planet Oa. According to DC continuity, the Green Lantern Corps have been in existence for three billion years. Currently operating amongst the 3600 "sectors" of the universe, there are 7204 members (known commonly as Green Lanterns). Each Green Lantern is given a power ring, a weapon granting the use of incredible abilities that are directed by the wearer's own willpower.

Publication history

In 1959, during a revival of the popularity of superhero comics in America, DC Comics' editor Julius Schwartz decided to reinvent the 1940s superhero character Green Lantern as a science fiction hero. Schwartz's new conception of Green Lantern had a different name (Hal Jordan), costume, and origin story, and no connection to the original Green Lantern. Whereas the Green Lantern of the 1940s was a lone vigilante who only had adventures on Earth, the new Green Lantern was but one of a group of interstellar lawmen who all called themselves Green Lanterns. The group is first mentioned in Showcase #22 (1960) when a dying Green Lantern passes on his ring to Hal Jordan. Over the years, writers have introduced a large cast of Green Lanterns in both supporting and starring roles.

In other media



Video games


The Green Lantern Corps is featured in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Smallville Season 11 digital comic based on the TV series.

The Green Lantern Corps appear in Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century #6.[3]


The Green Lantern Corps are reinterpreted as the Avant Guard in The Refrigerator Monologues.[4]


The following writers have been involved in the ongoing Green Lantern Corps series:

Writer Tenure Issues written
Steve Englehart Vol. 1 #201-223 1986-1988
Joey Cavalieri Vol. 1 #224 1988
Dave Gibbons Vol. 2 #1-6, 10-17 2006-2007
Keith Champagne Vol. 2 #7-9 2007
Peter Tomasi Vol. 2 #18-20, 23-47, Vol. 3 #1-20, 0, Annual Vol. 3 #1 2007-2013
Sterling Gates Vol. 2 #21-22 2008
Van Jensen Vol. 3 #21-40 2013-2015
Robert Venditti Vol. 3 #21-40 2013-2015


This listing is for the "core" series or limited series to feature the Green Lantern Corps in their various incarnations over the years:

Collected editions

Green Lantern Corps vol. 1

Some of the stories have been collected into trade paperbacks and hardcover:

Green Lantern Corps vol. 2

Green Lantern Corps vol. 3 (New 52)

See also


  1. ^ Gonzalez, Umberto (November 18, 2016). "DC Films 'Justice League': What We Know So Far (Photos)". The Wrap.
  2. ^ Simpson, George (25 November 2017). "Justice League: Deleted post-credits scene REVEALED – What does it mean for Green Lantern?".
  3. ^ "Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #6 - Attack of the Green Lantern Corps (Issue)". Comic Vine. Retrieved July 28, 2023.
  4. ^ Johnson, Ross (7 June 2017). "A Guide to the Comic Book Wives and Girlfriends Who Inspired the Refrigerator Monologues". Archived from the original on 21 October 2020. Retrieved 7 January 2024.
  5. ^ Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual at the Grand Comics Database
  6. ^ Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Archived 2009-03-06 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  7. ^ "DC Comics". DC Comics. 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2011-01-16.
  8. ^ "DC Comics Solicitations for November 2010". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 2010-10-24. Retrieved 2011-01-16.
  9. ^ Green Lantern Corps: Recharge Archived 2009-06-30 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  10. ^ Green Lantern Corps: To Be a Lantern Archived 2009-04-21 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  11. ^ Green Lantern Corps: The Dark Side of Green Archived 2009-06-30 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  12. ^ Sinestro Corps War: Volume 1 hardcover, at DC
  13. ^ Sinestro Corps War: Volume 1 softcover, at DC
  14. ^ Sinestro Corps War: Volume 2 hardcover, at DC
  15. ^ Sinestro Corps War: Volume 2 softcover, at DC
  16. ^ Green Lantern Corps: Ring Quest Archived 2009-06-30 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  17. ^ Green Lantern Corps: Sins of the Star Sapphire Archived 2009-06-11 at the Wayback Machine at DC