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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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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DSXJA4BV3LZRJYDWK27RYHZWWA Dale Sams

    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…