Why Did the GL Content Change?

Does anyone know why DC changed the content of the Green Lantern Greatest Stories Ever Told book they just brought out?

It looks like they eliminated all the 1940s era stories promised, plus a Superman-as-Green-Lantern story by Elliot S. Maggin (Superman #257), Green Lantern: Mosaic #5, and the Alan Moore story from Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #3. That’s the F-Sharp Bell one, certainly one of the best-known Green Lantern stories. I can understand (although not agree with) DC wanting to avoid dealing with Moore any further, given the recent V for Vendetta contretemps, but what’s the problem with the rest of the material?

8 Responses to “Why Did the GL Content Change?”

  1. Kelson Says:

    Just a guess on the Alan Moore story. I recall hearing that either “For the Man Who Has Everything” or “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” was pulled from the new edition of Superman Greatest Stories Ever Told. Both those stories and the F-Sharp Bell are printed in DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore, which came out earlier this year.

    So as far as those are concerned, maybe they figure the stories are already out in a high-profile reprint book, and why duplicate them when they can put something else in the space?

    If the Elliot S! Maggin story is in the Greatest Imaginary Stories book released last(?) year, that might explain that one, too. (I don’t know if it is, I’ve only flipped through the book to see which Flash story is included.)

    No idea on the 1940s stuff.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Oh, good speculation, thank you!

    I’ve reviewed the Imaginary Stories book, but I don’t recall if that one is in it.

  3. Hal Shipman Says:

    It’s not. Though the principle might hold regarding the Moore story. I would like it if they had more of a no duplication policy – for example, with the Imaginary Story volume, I have my 4th or 5th reprint of Superman-Red, Superman-Blue. I went ahead and bought it for the other stories, but the relative value of the volume was diminished.

  4. chasdom Says:

    From reading the thread here:


    .. I would guess that somewhere along the line, DC decided to make this book a “Greatest Hal Jordan Stories” instead of the broader “Greatest Green Lantern Stories” book.

    Personally, I’m disappointed, but I guess they had their reasons. I’m surprised they didn’t notify retailers earlier, though, especially if they thought the new contents were a better idea.

  5. Johanna Says:

    Thanks for the additional information. It is surprising that DC hasn’t made more announcements about this; they’re usually good about that.

  6. Lisa Lopacinski Says:

    My guess it has something to do with paying royalties. From what I’ve heard, DC hates to pay royalties to people. Did you know that DC Direct doesn’t pay royalties to the artists who have action figures designed from their comic book art?

  7. Tony Isabella Says:

    I can’t address whether or not the artists get/got paid, but I received some royalty payments when Kenner (I think) did a Black Lightning action figure several years ago.

    It’s pretty much a crap-shoot when it comes to DC paying me royalties. There have been times when they didn’t pay me for things I felt they should’ve paid me for…and times when they did pay me my royalties after I challenged them on it. I know this has been the case for some other creators as well.


  8. Comics Worth Reading Says:

    […] It’s about time! I’m glad to see Wonder Woman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (JAN07 0323, $19.99), although I’d like to know more about its contents. Perhaps DC learned from the outcry over the changed contents of the Green Lantern book not to promise anything ahead of time. […]




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