Saturday 1 March 2014


Love it or loath it, it's fair to say the 2011 Green Lantern film didn't exactly capture the imagination of the wider movie-going public.  My own hope is that it will take on a cult status to be watched and treasured by a discerning following for many years to come.

Lantern fans are well known for their love of history, whether real or fictional.  In these days of multi-million dollar budgets and stunning CGI special effects there are few outside of our little group who give much attention to the 1951 classic Green Lantern and the Menace from Planet Qward.  Not only is the film a B-movie science-fiction masterpiece but it is also famous for being Warren Beatty's very first appearance on celluloid, a full ten years before Splendour in the Grass brought him critical acclaim and box-office success.

Another peculiarity of the film is that... What? ...What's that?  Have I got my dates right?  Of course.  Green Lantern was created in 1940. Planet Qward was released 11 years later in 1951...

OK, ok.  The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that our poster depicts a Silver-Age GL and his masters, the Guardians of the Universe. These characters, whilst inspired by the rising popularity of 1950s sci-fi, did not make their débuts in comics until late 1959 and mid 1960 respectively.  This wonderful image is actually the creation of Photoshop aficionado Paul Cornish who produced it in the 50s/60s style as a tribute anticipating general release of the previously mentioned Green Lantern, 2011.

I think you'll agree Paul has captured all the best elements that make movie posters of that era so collectable today.

You can read Paul's original post here.  I highly recommend you check out his blog, Last of the International Fanboysfor a plethora of comic book curiosities and all things geek, and follow him on Twitter @PaulGCornish.

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