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Eclipso Pt. 16: Green Lantern #173-185


Title: Green Lantern

Issue #: 173

Cover Date: Feb. 1984

On Sale Date: Nov. 18, 1983

Writer: Len Wein

Artist: Dave Gibbons

Editor: Len Wein

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Old Friends, New Foes









As we return to the saga of the solar jet, Hal Jordan, who has recently come back to Earth, reunites with Dr. Bruce Gordon and we get an appearance by Eclipso… sort of...

 

Crisis Connection!

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With Green Lantern #173, DC was already dropping hints about Crisis on Infinite Earths and the Monitor began appearing in storylines. Click here to read how it connects...

 

Title: Green Lantern

Issue #: 176

Cover Date: May 1984

On Sale Date: Feb. 6, 1984

Writer: Len Wein

Penciller: Dave Gibbons

Inker: Dick Giordano

Editor: Len Wein

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Mind Games






Dr. Bruce Gordon is getting closer and closer to testing the solar jet when he receives a mysterious note…


 

Crisis Connection!

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With Green Lantern #176, DC continued to drop hints about Crisis on Infinite Earths and the Monitor appeared again. Click here to read how it connects...

 

Title: Green Lantern

Issue #: 179

Cover Date: Aug. 1984

On Sale Date: May 24, 1984

Writer: Len Wein

Artist: Dave Gibbons

Editor: Len Wein

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Let Us Prey







In the aftermath of an attack by the “Demolition Team,” the crew of Ferris Aircraft are left reeling…


 

Crisis Connection!

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Wirth Green Lantern #179, DC dropped its final hints about Crisis on Infinite Earths in this title. Click here to read how it connects...

 

Title: Green Lantern

Issue #: 180

Cover Date: Sept. 1984

On Sale Date: June 21, 1984

Writer: Len Wein

Penciller: Dave Gibbons

Inker: Dick Giordano

Editor: Len Wein

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Aftermath









Astonishingly, the “aftermath” for Dr. Bruce Gordon isn’t bad at all…


 

Continuity Checker!

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It seems wrong not to mention that these issues of Green Lantern feature the character of John Stewart inheriting the ring when Hal Jordan says, "I quit!"

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After making his debut way back in Green Lantern #87, John appeared in only a half dozen or so DC titles until he returned full time in #181 and became a primary player. His full origin story will be told in Green Lantern #185.

 

Title: Green Lantern

Issue #: 182

Cover Date: Nov. 1984

On Sale Date: Aug. 16, 1984

Writer: Len Wein

Penciller: Dave Gibbons

Inker: Mark Farmer

Editor: Len Wein

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It’s a Dirty Job, But…








Carol Ferris notices Doctor Bruce Gordon approaching… and he doesn’t seem happy…


 

Title: Green Lantern

Issue #: 183

Cover Date: Dec. 1984

On Sale Date: Sept. 20, 1984

Writer: Len Wein

Penciller: Dave Gibbons

Inker: Mark Farmer

Editor: Len Wein

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Day of Disaster







With the test flight of the solar jet scheduled for later that week, Dr. Bruce Gordon gets a phone call…


 

Title: Green Lantern

Issue #: 185

Cover Date: Feb. 1985

On Sale Date: Nov. 15, 1984

Writer: Len Wein

Artist: Dave Gibbons

Editor: Len Wein

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In Blackest Day…







Another day, another prank phone call for Dr. Bruce Gordon? No, our suspicions that may have begun back in Green Lantern #173 are confirmed…

What does this mean? For one thing…

 

Notes

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In #171, Editor Len Wein steps up as writer with Dave Gibbons as artist. By #173, it appears the creative team would like to continue where they left off, with Bruce Gordon still trying to perfect that darned solar jet. In publishing terms, nearly two years has passed when the character returns, albeit in only a few panels, as usual.

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When Bruce Gordon returns in issue #173 and we catch a glimpse of Eclipso, you have to wonder if the villain is not dead. Although, he blames Congressman Bloch for the note he receives in #176, you can’t help but think something else is happening. And it turns out you’d be right!

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There’s a great panel on the last page of the story in #179. As in previous posts, it has nothing to do with Eclipso, but I love the way it depicts the disaster at Ferris Aircraft…’

In Green Lantern #182, we get another clue about Bruce’s mysterious notes. Could it be? Are things finally heating up? Will there soon be a return of Eclipso?!?

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First, Bruce gets a “crank” call in #183. Then, another one in #185, but… we’re rewarded with the big reveal. Yes, Eclipso is back! What’s his plan? When test pilot Davis spots “some sort of miniature moon – eclipsing the sun” and a column of black light appears in front of him, all the pieces are in place for a showdown! Next issue of Green Lantern… next week on this blog….

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Cliffhanger much?

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