October 17th is the birthday of John Stewart,
Green Lantern of Sector 2814. Happy
Birthday, John Stewart! (Not to be
confused with the fake news guy, Jon Stewart)
Created by Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams, John Stewart first appeared in Green Lantern v.2 #87 in December 1971. He is DC’s first African-American superhero. (The Black Racer appeared earlier in 1971, but is not exactly a “hero”).
A former Marine and architect from Detroit, John Stewart was
selected by the Guardians of the Universe to be the backup Green Lantern for
Hal Jordan when Guy Gardner was seriously injured. He served as the backup Green Lantern several
times before becoming the primary Green Lantern of Sector 2814 in Green Lantern v.2 #182 (November 1984),
when Hal Jordan relinquished his ring. He
has remained a member of the Green Lantern Corps, even after Hal Jordan
returned. He has also served as a member
of the Justice League.
Here are a few John Stewart comics from the DuGarm Collection at the University of Iowa: Special Collections.
Green Lantern v.2 #188 (May 1985), cover by Joe Staton and Bruce Patterson
Green Lantern: Mosaic v.1 #3 (August 1992), cover by Cully Hamner and Keith Aiken
Green Lantern v.2 #190 (July 1985), cover by Joe Staton and Bruce Patterson
Crisis on Infinite Earths v.1 #1 (April 1985), cover by George Perez
Green Lantern v.2 #165 (June 1983), cover by Gil Kane
Crisis on Infinite Earths v.1 #2 (April 1985), cover by George Perez
Green Lantern v.2 #182 (November 1984), cover by Dave Gibbons
Green Lantern Corps v.1 #202 (July 1986), cover by Joe Staton and Bruce Patterson
Green Lantern v.3 #6 (November 1990), cover by Pat Broderick
Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe v.1 #9 (November 1985), cover by Paris Cullins and Dick Giordano