Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Friendship Is Where the Heart Is

"Friendship Is Where the Heart Is" from Green Lantern/Green Arrow #81 (DC, 1970) by Denny O'Neil, Neal Adams and Dick Giordano
Well, Green Lantern Fortnight wouldn't be complete without Neal Adams on GL/GA, the book that made DC Comics "relevant". Today, oblivious Hal and activist Ollie's trip through America, discovering and dealing with social issues like racism, poverty and drugs, would still read as a bit old-fashioned, if not for Adams' slick, modern layouts. If the book remains relevant today, it's really because of its art. In lesser hands, they might come across as heavy-handed PSAs. Which isn't a dig at O'Neil by any means, only that the issues discussed, while still relevant today, had a readership that wasn't necessarily as versed in those issues as we are today. I look at GL/GA now and I put it in the same category as the original Star Trek as far as social commentary goes. Not bad company.

1 comment:

  1. Oh Hal. Neal Adams made you look SO purty.

    And once again, Hal gets away with sassing the Guardians.