Green Lantern Extreme
This is the fourth in a series of photos that show two extremely different interpretations of the same DC Comics character.
The figure on the left is Green Lantern Hal Jordan from the Fisher-Price DC Super Friends line of Little People toys, released in 2011.
The figure on the right is Parallax from the Total Justice line of action figure, released in 1997. Parallax was an evil version of the Green Lantern Hal Jordan in the comic books of that time. The over-muscled sculpting and "ready for action" pose of the figure is consistent with other late 90s action figures.
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At Christmas in 2012 my wife gave me a set of Fisher-Price DC Super Friends Little People, designed for very young children, as a kind of gag gift. But of course she also suspected I would likely involve them in a photo at some point, and she was correct.
During the 90s comic book creator Todd McFarlane captured the attention of the toy market with several lines of ultra-realistically sculpted action figures. The success of McFarlane Toys prompted other manufacturers to “buff up” their super-hero toys. I thought it would be fun to create a photo series comparing and contrasting that style of action figure with their Little People counterparts.
I chose the Total Justice Hal Jordan Parallax figure for several reasons:
- Unlike the previous characters in this series, this pairing additionally shows the extremes of good and evil.
- I have only a couple of Hal Jordan Green Lantern figures at the appropriate scale, and neither of them is as extreme-looking as Parallax.
- Like previous Total Justice figures in the series, the character is shown over-muscled and in an extreme pose.
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This photo was posted to Flickr on 06 June 2013. It was one of 500 images featured on Flickr Explore for that day. The last time I checked, it had 28,704 views on Flickr.
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Green Lantern is the name given to numerous superheroes in comic books published by DC Comics. Alan Scott, the first Green Lantern, was created by Bill Finger and Martin Nodell and premiered in All-American Comics #16 in 1940. Each Green Lantern is armed with a power ring that projects solid-light constructs limited only by the wearer’s imagination and willpower. Except for Alan Scott, Green Lanterns are specially selected members of the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic police force. Notable Green Lanterns of Earth include Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, and Kyle Rayner. Throughout their history Green Lanterns have often been members of the various incarnations of the Justice Society and Justice League with fellow superheroes such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and others. The Green Lanterns have appeared in numerous TV series, including Green Lantern: The Animated Series (2011), and the film Green Lantern (2011).
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