Note: With today being the final deadline for our Green Lantern: Emerald Ensemble contest, P:R contributing writer Vito Delsante shared with us some epic snafus in costuming for one particular Green Lantern, Guy Gardner. – Chris A.
As a product of the 80’s comic scene, Guy Gardner was (and still is) my favorite Green Lantern. And I have no real reason to like the guy, pardon the pun. He’s obnoxious, egotistical, and a bit of a danger to everyone around him. Those might be the very reasons why I like him, but I wouldn’t call those admirable traits.
Guy has had a rough go, costume wise, in his career. Some of his choices…hmmm, not so much. So, while they might not be as hideous as the title suggests, let’s take a look at some of Guy’s “shoulda-zigged-when-he-zagged” costume missteps.
While there’s really nothing wrong with the Joe Staton-designed costume, you have to point to the top of this dude’s hair and wonder, “Double u, tee, eff.” I went to school with plenty a bowlcut (and plenty a mullet, while we’re at it), but there is no good reason for a superhero to have one. A supervillain? Maybe. In looking back at it, I wouldn’t be surprised if Guy’s bowlcut was there to make us think this guy is a jerk. The way the front offsets his eyebrows…it gives his face a square shape and almost acts as a mono-brow above his actual brow. A mono-brow gives the look of no emotion, hence a villainous shape. Despite the fact that I’m not a fan of the haircut, it does work with the character, if you follow my extremely convoluted and oddball logic.
2. Yellow Ring Slinger
They took his ring away, but not his attitude! I’ve always been on the fence on this one. It’s certainly indicative of it’s time period (dude, where was YOUR leather jacket?!), and for the times, it wasn’t as bad as some jacketed ensembles (looking at you, Wonder Woman), but it was far from the best (hello, Kon-El Superboy). Again, I contend that villains should only wear a bowlcut, and I stick by my guns that visually, it’s what gives Guy an edge, but what really drives me a little to not liking this one is…we’ve seen Sinestro Corps uniforms. That’s basically what Guy is at this point in his career; a Yellow Lantern. He’s barely wearing yellow (to be fair, at this point in history, Sinestro was barely wearing yellow, too). My take? I would have somehow mixed this look with that of a Weaponer of Qward:
To explain how this happened would make me appear even crazier than I probably already look, but…Guy drank “Warrior Water” (I kid you not) which activated dormant alien DNA within his bloodline and turned him into the Last Vuldarian, patent pending. It’s a stretch, but it happened. This look is just…if you thought the leather jacket was over the top, this takes everything 90’s and adds tattoos…because there wasn’t enough going on here. If I remember correctly, the look was inspired by Native American war paint (although I can’t remember where I heard that). And yeah, that’s in here…somewhere. Who can tell with those Liefeld guns coming out of his arms?
4. Back in Black…and Green
Not much different here from his original togs (NOTE: In his first appearance, Guy wore a traditional Gil Kane GL costume, but for the sake of this article, we’re calling his Crisis on Infinite Earths costume the original). Except…hello haircut! You might notice what I’m talking about in regards to the bowlcut and his more modern haircut here. It’s hard to consider a haircut part of a costume, but look at what a difference it makes. Guy’s smirk doesn’t look as threatening as it did before. It looks…almost charming. He’s finally the Han Solo to Kyle’s Luke Skywalker.
Before we move on, I have to make note of his Green Lantern Corpse costume:
Taken from a three issue run by Keith Champagne and Pat Gleason early on in the Green Lantern Corps comic (Issues 7-9, pre New 52), this was a storyline specific costume that, while not big on design, was really cool storywise.
5. Red Right Hand
I never geeked out so hard as I did when I saw this. It made perfect sense. Guy Gardner, a character full of rage, HAD to be a Red Lantern at some point. I just love the way it takes the original and makes some subtle tweaks in red. And to take it one step further…Gleason gave him a faux-hawk, making his transformation into a jerk complete!