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Eclipso Pt. 13: Green Lantern #138-140


Title: Green Lantern

Issue #: 138

Cover Date: March, 1981

On Sale Date: Dec. 23, 1980

Plotter: Marv Wolfman

Scripter: Roy Thomas

Artist: Joe Staton

Editor: Jack C. Harris


Total Eclipso

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Green Lantern returns from the 58th century to find Eclipso standing over Tom Kalmaku, who’s lying on the floor moaning and groaning. He buries Eclipso in rubble and creates a “green lung” for Tom, but Eclipso isn’t down for long. “Did you hear me, Lantern? I said you are going to –”

Now, you split-level Svengali, the gloves are off – and I can give you my undivided attention. Let’s see what you’ve got!

When the sun comes out, Eclipso transforms back into Bruce Gordon and Green Lantern says that it’s startling to see him pull a Larry Talbot on him.

While Green Lantern is away…

Eclipso launches a satellite that transforms into a sphere once it’s in space, creating an eclipse. But why, since Eclipso is already present?

It will keep the sun in eternally recurring eclipse – so that I need never fear being trapped in Bruce Gordon’s hateful frame again! For another, it will serve as an impressionable fortress – from which I can dominate the earth!.

Title: Green Lantern

Issue #: 139

Cover Date: April, 1981

On Sale Date: Jan. 22, 1981

Plotter: Marv Wolfman

Scripter: Roy Thomas

Artist: Joe Staton

Editor: Jack C. Harris

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Slay On, Silvery Moon

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Tom Kalmaku is already mended and back to work when he notices an eclipse... although there’s not one due until the next century.

That must mean Eclipso’s still at large. But, if he is – then what’s happened to Hal??

Hal suspect’s the negative version of himself would have a weakness opposite his own and that weakness would be the color purple (the chromatic opposite of his weakness, the color yellow.) He envelops his negative self in purple cloth and he disappears.

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Green Lantern then has to face Eclipso again, who has hit Earth…

Eclipso sends word that…

He wants one billion dollars or he’ll fry Los Angeles like an oversized omelet!

Green Lantern deduces that since Eclipso is part of Bruce Gordon, his “murder moon” must be powered by solar energy. He constructs a barrier between it and the sun, then…

Long story short, Green Lantern is able to separate good from evil...

Title: Green Lantern

Issue #: 140

Cover Date: May, 1981

On Sale Date: Feb. 19, 1981

Writer: Marv Wolfman

Artist: Joe Staton

Editor: Jack C. Harris

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As Ye Sow…

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Green Lantern is still trying to understand what’s happening with Carol Ferris when he returns to Ferris Aircraft. He asks to see Bruce Gordon because he has an idea…

Jumping ahead, we learn that Bruce built a tracer to help him locate Carol...

Notes

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Of these three issues, only the cover of Green Lantern #138 gives any indication that Eclipso appears within its pages, and it's a great cover.

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At the end of Green Lantern #136, the titular character was pulled into the future for an adventure that unfolded in #137. I love the recap that's not really a recap because it might just be too complicated to explain...

What about Eclipso's new costume?!?

The obligatory flashback origin story for Eclipso takes two pages. At the end, we get a couple of my questions from last time answered (like how he came to work at Ferris Aircraft.)

I appreciate the fact that the story address the frequency of eclipses. Just like a werewolf depends on the frequency of a full moon, so does Eclipso depend on the frequency of an eclipse.

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It's a nice touch that Green Lantern hasn't been the only hero fighting Eclipso and/or the results of his actions. It's like there's a missing crossover issue of Firestorm or Superman that was never really published.

Finally, the ending of Green Lantern #139 indicates that Eclipso is gone forever. Pay close attention to the previous panel, though. The word, "hopefully," is meaningful, especially since Eclipso will indeed be back in the pages of this very comic book.

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It's not in #140, although Bruce Gordon does appear, acknowledging that always sticky situation of who's responsible for Eclipso's actions. I like that Bruce is apparently going to remain an ongoing character rather than be written out following Eclipso's defeat.

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It remains to be seen, though, how either character is going to be used in future issues...

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