Original Green Lantern comes out as gay in DC Comics' 'Earth Two'

In DC Comics' "Earth Two" issue two, Alan Scott, the first Green Lantern, is reintroduced as a gay man.

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  • DC Comics' "Earth Two" issue two shows Alan Scott, the first Green Lantern, as an openly gay man
  • "He doesn't come out in issue two; he is already a gay man," writer James Robinson says
  • Scott's sexuality is revealed to the reader in a decidedly matter-of-fact sort of way
When DC Comics relaunched its fictional world from scratch last fall, some aspects of the DC mythos temporarily fell by the wayside, such as the notion of parallel worlds featuring different versions of the company's iconic heroes.
"Earth Two," a new series by writer James Robinson and artist Nicola Scott, reintroduces the concept by putting a new spin on the original versions of characters like the Green Lantern, the Flash and Superman that diverges notably from the past several decades of DC lore. In the second issue of the comic, in stores June 6, Robinson and Scott prove just how different this world is by revealing that their version of Alan Scott, the first Green Lantern introduced back in 1940, is an openly gay man.
Up until recently, a middle aged version of Alan Scott was one of the stars of "Justice Society of America," a comic series featuring the 1940s versions of DC's heroes set in the present day. The new versions of these characters in Earth Two have all been aged down considerably, to the point that Scott's gay superhero son Obsidian had to be sacrificed. Robinson says he was inspired to write Scott himself as a gay character to make up for that loss. "The logical leap that I made was, oh, why don't we make Alan Scott gay?," he says. "To DC's credit, there wasn't any hesitation