happy birthday john green!!

The Beatles reading fan mail, Green Street, London, 9 October 1963. Photo © The Beatles Book.

“I’d like to say thank you to all the Beatle people who have written to me during the year and everybody who sent gifts and cards for my birthday, which I’m trying to forget, in October. I’d love to reply personally to everybody but I just haven’t enough pens.” - John Lennon, The Beatles Christmas Record (1963)

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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

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Wow. The world has been blessed to have this beautiful spork for 25 years. Daniel. You have accomplished so freaking much in your lifetime.
You’ve:
•made a best friend for a lifetime
•saved millions of lives
•made opportunities for all of your viewers
•wrote a book
•been on a world tour
•living the life everyone wants
•hit 5 million subs and somehow still manage to be yourself. And we love you for it.
Dan, you are such an amazing human being. Keep doing you, Howell.

@danisnotonfire

I was just wondering how many hours of existence 36-year-old John has left, and it got me thinking. youve-got-your-love-online, who lives in a very different time zone from me, reminded me that it’s John’s birthday, and I was like, “wait, no, it’s tomorrow” because here it’s still Saturday. But John’s actual age has nothing to do with what time zone any of us live in now, including John. Your age doesn’t change as you change time zones, it’s completely dependent on what time it was (and where you lived) when you were born. Unless of course you’re travelling over time zones at light speed. 

What does The Art Assignment mean to you?

On the eve of our first birthday, we want to know what this series means to you. What does it make you think about? How has it affected what you make or how you look at things? We want to know!

So please show us or tell us! You can post with #theartassignment hashtag, or email me at theartassignment@gmail.com. John and I will be discussing our own responses, and yours, in a video soon! Thanks.