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Is “Alan Scott” the Gay DC Comics Character?

Well, that’s the rumored report over at BleedingCool.com from the very insider who broke the story that DC was going to make one of its “iconic” male characters openly gay in its new reboot continuity entitled “The New 52.”

Understand that this is not a firm story. Not like DC Comics renumbering all their New DCU comics to issues zero through September, say.

This is based on a number of well sourced people and involves considerable hearsay.

It does however make a lot of sense.

Who is the, as yet unknown gay character being reintroduced to the DC Comics superhero titles? Male, an iconic character, someone who would become one of DC’s most prominent gay characters?

I’m hearing that it’s Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern.

Created by Martin Nodell, and first written with Bill Finger in 1940, Green Lantern was originally a mysticaly-based superhero, whose powers were derived from the flame of a magic lamp and he became an original member of the Justice Society Of America.

Eventually, Green Lantern would be rebooted in the sixties by DC as a science fiction superhero, Hal Jordan recruited by an alien police force to monitor the galaxy, the character that recently inspired a Hollywood movie. But in the comics, the original Green Lantern would also repeatedly reappear, often as an older man.

In the DC New 52 books, Alan Scott was reintroduced this month in Earth Two #1, as a young man, and head of GBC Productions.

If my assumptions are correct, we will learn of Alan Scott’s sexual orientation and his role as a Green Lantern of Earth Two in Earth Two #2, out next month.

Earth Two huh?  Don’t know if the joke is on us or on GLAAD who DC Comics is clearly trying to get under the good graces of.

Alan Scott has been a throwaway character for DC Comics since the mid-to-late 50s when he disappeared from their pages with many of the original “Justice Society” until they were brought back in the mid-60s under the “Earth-Two” heading and thus began the hell of explaining the DC Multiverse.

The irony of having the “Earth-Two Alan Scott” be DC’s “gay character” pretty much means he’s going to be ignored since most comic book fans — not those brought into a comic book store by a stunt like this — will know that none of his adventures will really matter since DC has said (even after the “New 52” reboot) that all the major stories and timelines of “Superman,” “Batman,” “Wonder Woman,” the “Hal Jordan, Green Lantern” and so on take place on something they’ve deemed “New Earth.”

(Don’t get me started about Pre-Crisis / Post-Crisis or I swear to God, my head will explode.)

So, what DC isn’t telling us is what of the “New Earth” version of Alan Scott.  You know, the one with twin adult children — the superheroes Jade and Obsidian — who at least in the standard Green Lantern continuity still exist.  In fact, one of the best stories revolving around all three characters is when they must confront Scott’s wife and the children’s mother who all three believed was dead but actually was the alter-ego of an enemy of Alan Scott’s Green Lantern.

Do I care that DC is changing one of their characters from the 40s gay?  No, I’m not upset with that.  What I am upset with is the constant continuity re-writes the company has been doing since the 80s that makes me want to have a brain aneurism rather than explain it to someone simply because the aneurism would be less painful.

Alan Scott was the first Green Lantern, but he’s not the Green Lantern most comic readers (or movie goers) know or care about — that is, and will always be Hal Jordan.

But honestly I don’t know what’s the biggest joke about this.  That DC Comics is going with him, that it’s the “Earth-Two” version of him, or that GLAAD was serious enough to think it was going to be a real “major” and “iconic” character. This is a retread of an old WWII character DC Comics thinks it can pull off since both of its creators are in the ground, and they think it will give them a bump in sales; which it probably won’t.

Ah well.

As for the other big “Gays in Comics” news, I have no real issues with it.  “Northstar” was always supposed to be a homosexual according to his creator, John Byrne, when he was introduced in 1979 and he was final allowed to be that way in 1992.  His change isn’t meant to fulfill a quota or get an award from an advocacy group.  It’s a natural evolution of an element of the character, which makes for good storytelling.

Besides, it’s  been a while since there’s been a decent reason to have an “Alpha Flight” reunion.  So why not find an excuse to have one?

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  • Seriously. Even…EVEN if this were the Alan Scott we knew before the reboot, he would hardly qualify as a ‘major iconic character’. It would be pretty cool, the whole ‘living a lie thing’….but the rebooted Alan Scott? Who cares.

  • StraightOnly

    Alan WAS my favorite character when I was a kid. Now…I think I’ll dust off those old comics and have a fire sale…