Great Covers – GREEN LANTERN #87

We talked earlier about the first BATMAN cover to feature an African-American character on it. This GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW cover is definitely the first DC book to feature a black man in a super hero costume. And while it would have been more plugged into the zeitgeist in, say, 1968 than when it saw print three years later, it’s nevertheless an incredibly powerful image. Neal Adams brings both a sense of reality and the pure emotion of righteous rage to John Stewart’s face here. There’s maybe a little bit too much copy crowding the figures, but that white background does make everything pop.

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