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Green Lantern/Green Arrow Collection - Volume 1 Paperback – June 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Green Lantern/Green Arrow (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401202241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401202248
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

These frequently reprinted Green Lantern/Green Arrow stories from the early ‘70s are both a harbinger of things to come in American comics and a dead end. As sales for DC’s Green Lantern fell, young writer O’Neil, influenced by ‘60s liberal politics, decided to have superheroes confront real social issues of the time, including racism, political corruption and capitalistic exploitation of workers. O’Neil compared Green Lantern to a policeman, accustomed to unquestioningly accepting the status quo. Green Lantern is clued into social ills by the newly radicalized superhero archer Green Arrow, whom O’Neil revamped into a contemporary Robin Hood. O’Neil thus started a trend of "relevant" comics that quickly faded. Nor have these stories aged well. Influenced by magazine illustrators, Adams’s art was acclaimed at the time for its realism, but now seems to glamorize naturalistic subjects. Though professing to portray moral complexities, these stories make their "real life" malefactors as purely evil as standard costumed villains. O’Neil vividly characterizes his two heroes, but they still lack true depth. The writer is more successful with characterization in Volume 2, and his introductions to Volume 1 provide proof of the sophisticated author he has become. Readers interested in comics history will want to read this collection; it represents an early step toward the medium’s maturity.
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About the Author

Dennis "Denny" O'Neil is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s. His best works include Green Lantern/Green Arrow and Batman with Neal Adams, The Shadow with Mike Kaluta and The Question with Denys Cowan, all of which were hailed for sophisticated stories that expanded the artistic potential of the mainstream portion of the medium. As an editor, he is principally known for editing Batman. His 1970s run on Batman is perhaps his most well known endeavour, turning Batman from the campiness of the 1960s TV show, to "The Batman", getting back to the character's darker roots and emphasizing his detective skills. This grimer and more sophisticated Dark Knight, as well as new villians such as Ra's Al Ghul, brought back Batman from the verge of pop culture oblivion. His work would influence later incarnations of Batman, from the seminal comic "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" by Frank Miller, to the movie Batman Begins in 2005.

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Neal Adams is probably the greatest comic book artist ever and his work here is his best.
Robert G. Daugherty
The volume is reprinted roughly the same size as the original comic books and on paper that is better than newsprint but will trigger memories of the originals.
Brad Teare
I bought this because I liked Green Lantern and I heard the stories in this book were good.
S. Rybinski

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PFunkster on November 20, 2004
The Adams/O'Neil Green Lantern and Green Arrow series was truly revolutionary. Although other reviews suggested that they were heavy handed and are now outdated, I think the majority of issues addressed in them are just as relevant today. I always thought that a real cool animated movie could be made from them. If you enjoy comics and care about social/political issues, you won't be disappointed with this book. Check out Volume 2. The two books compliment each other.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rmando on May 29, 2011
This review isn't about the quality of the stories or the artwork, which are both great. I just wanted anyone thinking of buying the two volume soft cover editions to know that if you want every story you must be careful to buy the right editions. These were reprinted in 1992 with both characters on a purple background and again in 2004 on a white background. The 1992 volume one reprint (at least the one I have) is supposed to reprint issues 76 to 82 but actually omits 82 and prints 83 instead. I don't know if the 1992 volume two reprints issue 82, but the 2004 volume doesn't. Basically, make sure you buy volume one and two from either the 1992 collection or the 2004 collection.
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This is a great compilation of some of the best comic book art ever drawn. The volume is reprinted roughly the same size as the original comic books and on paper that is better than newsprint but will trigger memories of the originals. Printing on a newsprint-like paper is more in keeping with the original experience. The coloring seems to be original, or at least is in the spirit of the originals, which preserves the graphic quality of Neal Adams' work. I am glad the publishers didn't opt for a full-blown color revision in the style of contemporary comics. Part of the charm of that era were the techniques relevant to that era. It is probably just an aspect of nostalgia but I prefer the old graphic comics style better than the new, more painterly style (although there are notable exceptions).

There are 174 pages which include seven stories with the original covers which function as chapter divisions. There is a five page introduction by Dennis O'Neil. It was fun to see the stories presented in a way that evoked the artistic spirit of the original comics. My only complaint is the art is occasionally too close to the gutter (for a perfect bound book).
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I bought this because I liked Green Lantern and I heard the stories in this book were good. What I got was one awesome adventure after another with Green Lantern (who is still cool) and Green Arrow (my new favorite superhero). It is clear that the themes of the stories work way better at the time they were written than they do now, but they are excellent themes nonetheless. Some of the dialogue is cheesy, but that's to be expected considering when it was written. None of the dialogue is "bad cheesy," though. Just a bit dated. The best part of the stories is definately Green Arrow. He always acts for good and isn't fooled by "The Man." It's cool to see Green Lantern change throughout the stories from super cop to a more open-minded hero. If you like this one, you'll definately like the second one as well.
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Great trip down memory lane! I love Neal Adams' artwork, and I missed a few of these issues on the drug store comics racks back in the day. My political sympathies are in line with writer Denny O'Neil's. Now, as then, I do find the politics and the heavy-handedly portrayed naivety of Hal Jordan a bit bald and simplistic, but the stories certainly have a heart, and that seems to be more than I can say these days for the country these two DC heroes set out to "find."
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MW on February 23, 2009
The nature of these stories ensured that they would not age well, and to try to process them apart from their historical context will not yield much enjoyment or appreciation. Much of the popular entertainment of the late sixties/early seventies veered into social commentary, always with a heavy hand, but the fact that we're listening to this antiestablishment stuff come from the mouth of Green Arrow (primarily) makes it all the more jarring and surreal. I laughed out loud several times during the first story. There's no allegory, no subtlety, and no effort whatsoever expended to reconcile the cosmic fantasy universe of Green Lantern and the hippie-era earthiness of the stories before throwing them together. Comic book storytelling has certainly come a long way.

That said, they were obviously influential stories at the time, and the artwork of Neal Adams is still wonderful to look at today. It may not pack the same startlingly realistic wallop that it did in the early seventies, but there's still much to appreciate.

If you want stories that in any way reflect modern sensibilities, this collection will not do a thing for you. But if you want to learn something about the advancement of the craft during some tumultuous times, particularly as it relates to the DC universe, I recommend it.
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By Mazukan on August 6, 2007
If you have an appreciation of old school comics and like green lantern and green arrow, this should be an easy buy for you
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