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Science-fiction writer Alfred Bester wrote a good chunk of the early Green Lantern/Alan Scott stories. He introduced readers to the undead monster Solomon Grundy and the immortal Vandal Savage. He also created one of the biggest parts of Green Lantern lore, the Green Lantern oath. Although “blackest” was changed to “darkest” a few years later, the oath is still said to this day.
GREEN LANTERN #10 (Dec. 1943)Art by Martin Nodell
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Science-fiction writer Alfred Bester wrote a good chunk of the early Green Lantern/Alan Scott stories. He introduced readers to the undead monster Solomon Grundy and the immortal Vandal Savage. He also created one of the biggest parts of Green Lantern lore, the Green Lantern oath. Although “blackest” was changed to “darkest” a few years later, the oath is still said to this day.

GREEN LANTERN #10 (Dec. 1943)
Art by Martin Nodell

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TODAY IN COMIC BOOK HISTORY: July 12, 1939
The original Sandman, Wesley Dodds, one of the founders of the JSA and sleeping gas enthusiast appeared for the first time on newsstands on the cover of Adventure Comics #40. To get technical his very first appearance is said to be in New York World’s Fair Comics #1 which debuted a mere 3 months earlier. But that’s semantics. I’m going with today as his 75th birthday.
Created by Bert Christman and Gardner Fox, Wesley Dodds was born into wealth. He spent his childhood traveling. While visiting “the orient” with his father he learned about herbalism, origami and martial arts. He had wished to become a writer, but after his father’s death, the Dodds estate went to him and he became an investor and businessmen. 
Shortly thereafter Dodds began to have vivid dreams of murder and criminal acts. Interpreting these visions as crimes, he built a lab in his town house and used his knowledge of herbilism to create a sedative and hypnotic gas that would put people to sleep. Clothing himself in a business suit, fedora and a WWI-era gas mask, he would use his keen intellect and amateur detective skills to peruse the criminals that haunted his dreams.
Some of his deadliest foes included The Butcher, Scorpion and Dr. Death. When he defeated a criminal, he left them a poem enclosed in a bit of origami.
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TODAY IN COMIC BOOK HISTORY: July 12, 1939

The original Sandman, Wesley Dodds, one of the founders of the JSA and sleeping gas enthusiast appeared for the first time on newsstands on the cover of Adventure Comics #40. To get technical his very first appearance is said to be in New York World’s Fair Comics #1 which debuted a mere 3 months earlier.
But that’s semantics. I’m going with today as his 75th birthday.

Created by Bert Christman and Gardner Fox, Wesley Dodds was born into wealth. He spent his childhood traveling. While visiting “the orient” with his father he learned about herbalism, origami and martial arts. He had wished to become a writer, but after his father’s death, the Dodds estate went to him and he became an investor and businessmen. 

Shortly thereafter Dodds began to have vivid dreams of murder and criminal acts. Interpreting these visions as crimes, he built a lab in his town house and used his knowledge of herbilism to create a sedative and hypnotic gas that would put people to sleep. Clothing himself in a business suit, fedora and a WWI-era gas mask, he would use his keen intellect and amateur detective skills to peruse the criminals that haunted his dreams.

Some of his deadliest foes included The Butcher, Scorpion and Dr. Death. When he defeated a criminal, he left them a poem enclosed in a bit of origami.

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