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Green Lantern/Green Arrow Collection - VOL 01 Paperback – Jun 1 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (June 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401202241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401202248
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.3 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,811,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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It's good that DC has brought this run of stories by Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams back in print, and at an affordable price. It's not so good that these stories are straight out of the early '70s and loaded with the kind of heavy-handed social commentary that was so prevalent for the time. This book collects the first several issues of the famed "Hard-Travelling Heroes" arc, where Green Lantern and Green Arrow take, of all things, a road trip, where they hope to rediscover America and find out what happened to the "American dream" - yep, you read that correctly: it's EASY RIDER for superheroes. The two heroes, in the presence of a Guardian and with a brief assist from Black Canary, take on the alienation of African-Americans and Native Americans, corrupt corporations, cult leaders, and just about every other social ill that was making the front pages.
I applaud O'Neil and Adams for this work, as it was one of the earliest signs of breaking away from the world of absolutes so prevalent in super-hero comics. The problem is that it's somewhat overwhelming. I can take only so much dialogue about the evils of "The Man" before it unfortunately becomes humorous. I think that if O'Neil would have eased off and constructed his stories more logically, instead of just dumping GL and GA in one extreme situation after another, they would have fared much better over the years. But, at the time, these topics were rarely tackled in post-Code comics, so a hard message was better than no message at all.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb6cc8a5c) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
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HASH(0xb6cb730c) out of 5 stars Great comic series that addressed important social issues! Nov. 20 2004
By PFunkster - Published on Amazon.com
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb6cb6c90) out of 5 stars Just an important note.... May 29 2011
By Rmando - Published on Amazon.com
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.
HASH(0x9a7de198) out of 5 stars Classics in the spirit of the originals Feb. 25 2010
By Brad Teare - Published on Amazon.com
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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).
HASH(0xb6ca55c4) out of 5 stars Green Arrow Rocks! Green Lantern's Cool Too April 6 2008
By S. Rybinski - Published on Amazon.com
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.
HASH(0x99f9f57c) out of 5 stars Writing with a Heart and Trailblazing Comic Book Art Aug. 18 2014
By Ronald Brassfield - Published on Amazon.com
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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."