Green Lantern #9

DC ⋅ 1943

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Key Facts

Green Lantern, Alan Scott, first uses the phrase: in brightest day, in darkest night - no evil shall escape my sight - let those who worship evil's might - beware my power, Green Lantern's light

Issue Details




Sheldon Moldoff


Alfred Bester


September 1943


"The School for Vandals!" Alan inherits a school from a deceased uncle, which he uses as a front to help him take down a gangster corrupting local youths. Green Lantern created a catchphrase for the ages in this issue, with the first reading of what would become the official Green Lantern oath. Alan Scott charged his mystical ring by reciting: "In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight, let those who worship evil's might, beware my power - Green Lantern's light!" Green Lantern's ring needed recharging every 24 hours and although an oath was not necessary, it added a certain gravitas to the occasion. This wasn't the first time Scott had used an oath. In his first appearance in All-American Comics #16, he had used "And I shall shed my light over dark evil, for the dark things cannot stand the light, the light of the Green Lantern!" He also tried other variations including: "My ray strikes the darkest corner, banishing all wickedness!" (All-American Comics #45, December 1942) and "As the green rays strike forth into darkness, so may all black evil be exposed and driven away!" (All-American Comics #47, February 1943). Such variety was not uncommon as creators tried to find that magical connection with readers. However, it was the "In brightest day, in blackest night" oath that proved to have true staying power, as it was resurrected by Alan Scott's successor, Hal Jordan, during the Silver Age."Love Shouldn't Happen to a Dog!" Doiby faces a dilemma when he falls for a female crook who tries to use him to destroy Green Lantern."Patsy the Punk Commits Haki Saki" Hop Harrigan challenges a notorious Japanese pilot to an aerial dual."The Tale of the Timid Terrors!" Three men with anxiety issues decide that the solution to their problems is stealing tokens unique to their desired careers, but Green Lantern disagrees.

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