Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Green Lantern #72

Green Lantern #72 (On Sale: August 25, 1969) has a cover by Gil Kane.

Inside we have "Phantom of the Space-Opera" by Denny O'Neil, Gil Kane and Joe Giella. I have this book around here some where and will read it soon and give a detailed description. This story was reprinted in Showcase Presents: Green Lantern Vol. 4 TPB.

Edited by Julius Schwartz.

2 comments:

Alton Thompson 唐博敦 said...

The alien people described in this story, the Ver-dees, take their name from Guiseppe Verdi, the famous opera composer.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verdi

The futuristic space scooters make everyone look a bit like Valkyries, mythic creatures in The Ring of the Nibelung by Richard Wagner.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_Ring_des_Nibelungen

An allusion to Wagner's Ring is interesting in the context of Green Lantern tales, which have their own 'ring' motif!

It would be interesting to read the story again and see what other ways the writers may have worked opera lore into their SF world.

Alton Thompson 唐博敦 said...

The alien people described in this story, the Ver-dees, take their name from Guiseppe Verdi, the famous opera composer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verdi

The futuristic space scooters suggest Valkyries, the heavenly horseback warriors in the Ring operas by Richard Wagner. (An allusion to Wagner's Ring is interesting in the context of Green Lantern tales, which have their own 'ring' motif!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_Ring_des_Nibelungen

The writers were clearly having a lot of fun with this. It would be interesting to see what other ways they worked opera-house lore into the hero's SF world.