MIAMI - Martin Nodell, the creator of Green Lantern, the comic book superhero who uses his magical ring to help him fight crime, has died. He was 91.
Nodell died at a nursing home in Muskego, Wis., on Saturday of natural causes, his son Spencer Nodell told The Associated Press on Tuesday. He previously lived in West Palm Beach.
Nodell was looking for a new idea for a comic book in 1940 when he was waiting for a New York subway and saw a train operator waving a lantern displaying a green light, said Maggie Thompson, senior editor of Comics Buyer's Guide.
The rest, they say is history. I had read the Hal Jordon Green Lantern for years before I learned of the original GL. Today there are more GLs than you can shake a stick at. But they all started with this one.
"There were myriad of fans who would come up to my dad and would say `Green Lantern got me to read' or `Green Lantern got me to do something in my life,'" [son] Spencer Nodell said.
Nodell helped create another world famous character. He was part of the team that invented the Pillsbury Doughboy.
So which Green Lantern is your favorite? Alan Scott? Hal Jordon? John Stewart? Guy Gardner? Kyle Rayner? Katma Tui? That funky squirrel looking one?