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Eclipso Pt. 12: Green Lantern #133-136


Title: Green Lantern

Issue #: 133

Cover Date: October, 1980

On Sale Date: July 24, 1980

Writer: Marv Wolfman

Artist: Joe Staton

Editor: Jack C. Harris


Nightmare at the North Pole

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Dr. Bruce Gordon, sans Mona and Prof. Bennett, now works at Ferris Aircraft. He tries to help Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris determine why experimental solar planes keep failing.

Title: Green Lantern

Issue #: 134

Cover Date: November, 1980

On Sale Date: Aug. 28, 1980

Writer: Marv Wolfman

Artist: Joe Staton

Editor: Jack C. Harris


Mind Over Magnetism


Ferris Aircraft faces termination of its government contract over the failings of its solar aircraft. While Green Lantern is stranded at the North Pole and Carol Ferris has been kidnapped, Dr. Bruce Gordon gives mechanic Tom Kalmaku a phone call with some bad news…

Title: Green Lantern

Issue #: 135

Cover Date: December, 1980

On Sale Date: Sept. 25, 1980

Writer: Marv Wolfman

Artist: Joe Staton

Editor: Jack C. Harris


Doctor Polaris Conquers the Universe


The story skips ahead as Hal Jordan and Tom Kalmaku prepare to fight Dr. Polaris with a weapon of Bruce Gordon’s creation…

The Space Ranger Strikes Back


Green Lantern and Tom Kalmaku return to Ferris Aircraft…

Eclipso! Is that the name you are searching for? Within each man there lies evil I am Bruce Gordon’s dark side! And should I desire it, Green Lantern, I can destroy Gordon, or even you!!

One of Eclipso’s blasts ricochets off Green Lantern’s force field and causes the building to collapse. As the good guy tries to save Tom, the bad guy disappears.

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Notes

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With Green Lantern #133, Marv Wolfman assumes writing responsibility. It’s obvious in his first couple of issues that he’s placed Bruce Gordon in a role that will expand. At first, it’s not much more than a subplot, mentioned once or twice at Ferris Aircraft while Green Lantern is away on an adventure fighting Doctor Polaris.

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We don’t know how Bruce got his new job, but he’s trusted enough to be left alone to mind the store. Even Tom leaves unsupervised at Ferris Aircraft, but I’m not sure he trusts him. He all but says so in Green Lantern #134. Yep, Wolfman is providing clues that all is not right with Bruce. You and I know it. Hal Jordan and company do not… yet.

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Finally, Eclipso appears on the cover of Green Lantern #136, even if it is him standing under Green Lantern’s junk.

Eclipso emerges... for a couple pages. He’ll skip an issue, then return in #138. With a title like, Total Eclipso, I think he’ll be a more prominent part of the story. I like how Bruce is woven into the story as if he’s always been there, but there are questions remaining for which I hope we get answers as his appearances continue.

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