GREEN LANTERN OATH

  First Appearance: (see below)

HISTORY

Despite the vast power of the emerald ring, it is limited to a twenty-four hour operating period before it needs to be recharged. A number of ring wielders consider this a solemn, private moment, when they would reaffirm their dedication. Though an oath is not necessary for the ring or battery to function properly, it can be used for timing and to steel the ring wielder's concentration.
[Showcase #22]

Oaths may reflect the ring wielder's adventures, their homeworld, the cosmos, or be a battle cry. A few Green Lanterns, such as Lysandra of Zintha, chose oaths to honor their deities, and would speak it as a prayer.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #162]

A number of oaths, such as that of Olapet of Southern Goldstar, remain untranslatable by the power ring. Katma Tui-Stewart of Korugar did not choose to recite an oath for many years. She would remain silent while recharging her power ring, but later chose a fellow ring wielder's oath. It is not known when members of the Green Lantern Corps started the practice of reciting oaths. Some oaths have been passed down through the years.
[Green Lantern Corps #217]

A Green Lantern might honor his/her/its predecessor, trainer, or other notable Green Lantern by adopting their oath. The most widely known oath was that of Hal Jordan of Earth, considered the greatest Green Lantern of all. Jordan's oath would be adopted by many of his fellow Green Lanterns, including most of the Green Lantern Corps of Earth. One member of that Corps, Salakk of Slyggia, chose to keep his oath, the oath spoken by Tomar-Re and Alan Scott.
[Showcase #22, Green Lantern Vol. 2 #201, Green Lantern Vol. 2 #36]

Jordan's oath was composed a week after he became Green Lantern. Each line has special significance to the emerald crusader. He explained how he wrote the oath to Tom Kalmaku, keeper of the GREEN LANTERN CASEBOOK.

"In brightest day" was from a bank robbery involving a super-magnesium bomb. When the device exploded, anyone without protective eye-goggles were blinded, including Hal Jordan. He switched to his Green Lantern identity, but still could not see the bank robbers. Green Lantern used his ring as a radar device and managed to capture the criminals.

A day or so later, Green Lantern followed a trio of train robbers to a network of caves in the Sierro Hills. The robbers had memorized every foot of the caves and easily eluded capture. The cave was darkened by a thick, black fog that even the power ring had trouble penetrating. Green Lantern commanded the ring to make the robbers themselves glow. Sweeping the beam around the cave, the robbers were now visible, even "in blackest night..."

A break-in at Ferris Aircraft netted two burglars a safe containing a large sum of money: the company payroll. Green Lantern knew he had no time to waste. It was his duty to find the criminals, "...no evil will escape my sight..." no matter how difficult it would be. He blanketed the area surrounding Ferris Aircraft with a wide belt of radiation. When the safe was blown, Green Lantern detected the minute earth tremors which led him to the criminals.

The last two lines "...let those who worship evil's might, beware my power --Green Lantern's light!" were added to make the oath rhyme.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #10]

In later years, Jordan changed the oath slightly. The word "blackest" was replaced with "darkest." He told Kalmaku that he was becoming a bit politically correct.
[Green Lantern Vol. 3 #43]

To be denied the recitation of the oath is a mark of dishonor. As seen in the case of Dalor of Timron, a Green Lantern accused of malfeasance may not speak his oath until his guilt or innocence is determined. Though the Green Lantern of Timron was cleared of charges levelled against him, he later adopted the oath of Tomar-Re, the previous ring wielder of Space Sector 2813.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #155, 193]

The sad case of Driq of Criq shows how important the oath is to a Green Lantern. Even after his death, his ring refused to let his life force escape his body. Despite the obvious difficulties, he still managed to verbalize some thought during the charging of his power ring.
[Green Lantern Vol. 2 #217]

OATHS

Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern - [All-American Comics #16, Martin Nodell, Bill Finger]
Tomar-Re of Xudar - [Green Lantern Vol. 2 #38]:

"And I shall shed my light over dark evil,
For the dark things cannot stand the light,
the light of the Green Lantern!"
Later adopted by: Dalor, Salakk

This would altered slightly in some comics, with "upon" replacing "over" in All-American Comics #23,

Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern - [Green Lantern Vol. 1 #4 - Summer 1942]

I shall shed my light upon dark evil,
For evil cannot stand the light of Green Lantern!"
Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern - [Green Lantern Vol. 1 #5 - Autumn 1942]
"Let the light of the lantern
penetrate the dark places
of ignorance and wrong,
setting all minds right
and overthrowing all servants of evil!

I shed my light upon the darkness!
Evil has no place to hide itself!
Green Lantern goes forth to conquer!"

Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern - [All-American Comics #45 - December 1942]
"My rays strike the darkest corner,
Banishing all wickedness!"
Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern - [Comics Cavalcade #1, Winter, 1942, author unknown]
(the only time this oath was spoken)
"Let all power and triumph be mine in whatever right I do!"
Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern - [Green Lantern Vol. 1 #6 - Winter 1942-1943]
"The light of the Green Lantern
pierces darkness and mystery,
and its radiance
will strike at the heart of evil!"
Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern - [All-American Comics #47 - February 1943]
"As the green rays strike forth into darkness,
so may all black evil be exposed and driven away!"
Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern - [1943, credited to Alfred Bester]
Hal Jordan of Earth
- [Showcase #22]
"In brightest day, in blackest night,
no evil shall escape my sight!
Let those who worship evil's might,
beware my power.. Green Lantern's light!"
Later adopted by: Arisia, Ch'p, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Katma Tui-Stewart, Kilowog, Quarzz Teranh, Symon Terrynce, El'Qa Sqa Zreenah

Hal Jordan - [Green Lantern Vol. 2 #13, John Broome]
(Hal was controlled by the Spectarns, an evil alien race)

"In brightest day, in blackest night,
all evil shall escape my sight!
Let those who worship evil's might,
fear not my power... Green Lantern's light!"
The "Evil Green Lanterns" led by Sinestro - [Green Lantern Vol. 2 #52, John Broome]
(Sinestro stole the Central Power Battery to form his own "Corps")
"In brightest day,
in blackest night,
no justice shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship justice's might,
beware my power,
Evil Green Lantern's light!"
Guy Gardner of Earth - [Green Lantern Vol. 2 #59, John Broome]
(in a "virtual reality")
"On worlds afar or scenes at home,
wherever the cause should make me roam,
always I vow to fight the good fight--
to combat evil with all Green Lantern's might!"
N'Gon (a villain who took Hal Jordan's ring and battery) - [DC Comics Presents #26, Jim Starlin]
"With power present in lantern's light,
No force shall stay my hand this night!
Let those who do prepare to fight,
Dare no man challenge N'Gon's might!"
Eddore of Tront - [Tales of the Green Lantern Corps #1, Len Wein]
(first of two oaths)
"From lantern comes the gift we give--
to shed light's grace on all that live!"
Dalor of Timron - [Green Lantern Vol. 2 #155, Mike W. Barr]
(interrupted before completion)
"I charge this ring with matchless might,
To banish all of evil's blight.
May all my --"
Penelops of Penelo - [Green Lantern Vol. 2 #159, Bob Rozakis]
"In brightest light,
in darkest sea,
all dangers will be seen by me!
While others from these dangers flee,
I shall always a Green Lantern be!"
Eddore of Tront - [Green Lantern Vol. 2 #160, Mike W. Barr]
(second oath)
"...power to foil evil with me instill...
my Green Lantern vow to fulfill!"
Liana of M'Elu - [Green Lantern Vol. 2 #162, Kurt Busiek]
"The cosmos through,
in every part,
one thing endures:
a loving heart.
Against the knaves
who'd quell this song
Green Lanterns stand,
to right the wrong!"
Lysandra of Zintha - [Green Lantern Vol. 2 #169, Jack C. Harris]
"As I touch this battery,
flow the power into me.
Guide my hand, my heart, my soul...
make right and justice my lasting goal!
In the name of Thar...Amen!"
Bizarro Yellow Lantern - [DC Comics Presents #71, E. Nelson Bridwell]
"In blackest day,
in brightest night...
huh? Why battery not charging my power ring?"
KT21 of Jerome - [Green Lantern Vol. 2 #187, Mike Baron]
(variation of Hal's oath)
"In brightest day,
in blackest night,
no evil shall escape my sight..."
K'ryssma of Etrea - [Green Lantern Vol. 2 #198, Steve Englehart]
"Once there was but darkness,
full and forever-
but then came the light,
and then the life,
and then the light of the Green Lantern--
and then myself,
to do it justice!"
The Green Man of Uxor - [Omega Men #29, Todd Klein]
(interrupted before completion)
"Bring light to the ring,
I charge thee--unveil every evil around me!
Replenish the power to--"
Flodo Span of Inner Tasnia - [Green Lantern Vol. 2 #217, Steve Englehart]
(alteration of K'ryssma's oath)
"Once there was but darkness,
full and forever--
but then came the light of the Green Lantern--
and then myself--
to do it justice!"
Driq of Criq - [Green Lantern Vol. 2 #217, Steve Englehart]
(since death, Driq's verbal skills are not what they used to be)
"PLUPHH!"
Rot Lop Fan of the Obsidian Deeps - [Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #3, Alan Moore]
"In loudest din or hush profound,
my ears catch evil's slightest sound.
Let those who toll out evil's knell,
beware my power: The F-Sharp Bell!"
Sinestro of Korugar - [Green Lantern Vol. 2 #222, Steve Englehart]
(flashback to his days as GL, a modification of Hal's oath)
"Let those who worship evil's might--
beware my power,
the power of the Green Lantern!"
Jack T. Chance of Garnet - [Green Lantern Corps Quarterly #1, John Ostrander]
"You who are wicked, evil, and mean--
I'm the nastiest creep you've *ever* seen!
Come one, come all; put up a fight;
I'll pound your butts with Green Lantern's light.
Yowza."
Barin - [Green Lantern Corps Quarterly #7, James Robinson]
"In this place of black and grey and dark...
the green shall be my light, my hope, my strength.
All that is good is all I defend.
I shall not falter."
Rak Arranya - [Green Lantern Annual #5, Chuck Dixon]
(variation of Hal's oath)
"In brightest day,
in darkest night,
beware my power--
Green Lantern's light!"
Later used by: Taa

Perdoo of Qualar IV - [Green Lantern Annual #5, Len Wein]
(a confused variation of Hal Jordan's oath)

"When day is bright...
...or is it night?
No... ah...
...something or other
will escape my sight...
...let those who...who...
Let all those looking for a fight...
...something something something...
Green Lantern's light."
Medphyll of J586 - [Swamp Thing #61, Alan Moore]
"In forest dark or glade beferned,
no blade of grass shall go unturned.
Let those that have the daylight spurned,
tread not where this green lamp has burned"
Anya Savenlovich of Earth - [Green Lantern: The New Corps #2 - April 1999, Chuck Dixon]
"For social justice
and the future of
workers everywhere"
Garl Rathbone - [Green Lantern: The New Corps #2 - April 1999, Chuck Dixon]
"uh...
I swear only to do the right thing and not hurt anyone...
uh...
who doesn't deserve it already."
Sool of Waystation - [Green Lantern: The New Corps #2 - April 1999, Chuck Dixon]
"To bring order to chaos.
Law to the lawless
and light to the shadow"
Hammeroon - [Green Lantern: The New Corps #2 - April 1999, Chuck Dixon]
(interrupted before the obvious completion)
"To protect the weak
and have the guts
to hunt down the bad guys
and kick their -"
Abin Sur of Ungara - [Legends of the DC Universe #21 - April 1999, Steven Grant]
"I will fear no evil,
for I illuminate the darkness
with the light of justice --
the justice of the Green Lantern!"
Teen Lantern Corps (Forrest & Hunter) (manifestations of Kyle Rayner’s imagination) - [Green Lantern: Circle of Fire #1 - 2000, Brian Vaughn]
"That the ring's light
will always be shared
and that no evildoer
shall ever be spared"
Kho of Khundia
- [Wonder Woman Vol. 3 #19 - June 2008, Gail Simone]
"Against dishonor and traitor’s flight
I stand beside my clan to fight
With dying breath I claw and bite
Beware my power
Green Lantern’s light!"
Sodam Yat of Daxam, 31st Century Guardian of the Universe - [Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #3 - 2009, Geoff Johns]
"In brightest day
through blackest night!
No other corps shall spread its light!
Let those who try to stop what’s right
burn like my power
Green Lantern's light!"
Finally, the oath of Sinestro - [Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps Special #1, August 2007, Geoff Johns]
"In blackest day...
in brightest night...
beware your fears made into light...
let those who try to stop what’s right –
Burn like my power –
--Sinestro’s might!"
...and the Sinestro Corps - [Green Lantern Vol. 4 #21, September 2007 – Geoff Johns]
"In blackest day, in brightest night!
Beware your fears made into light.
Let those who try to stop what’s right –
Burn like his power –
Sinestro’s might!"
...the Red Lantern Corps - [Green Lantern Vol. 4 #32, August 2008 – Geoff Johns]
"With blood and rage of crimson red
Ripped from a corps so freshly dead
Together with our hellish hate
We’ll burn you all, that is your fate!
...the Blue Lantern Corps - [Green Lantern Vol. 4 #36, January 2009 – Geoff Johns]
"In fearful day
In raging night
With strong hearts full
Our souls ignite
When all seems lost
In the war of light
Look to the Stars
For hope burns bright!
...and more recently, the Star Sapphires - [Green Lantern Vol. 4 #38, March 2009 – Geoff Johns]
"For hearts long lost
And full of fright
For those alone in Blackest Night
Accept our ring
And join our fight
Love conquers all
With violet light!

CREATIVE TEAM (First Appearance)

Unless noted otherwise, I gave sole credits to the writer of each issue as the creator of the oath. See individual character listings.

'mouse note-

    Other heroes had magic words. To invoke the name of "Shazam!" granted Billy Batson the powers of the World's Mightiest Mortal. In the Green Lantern Corps, the ring wielders had their magic words too. They chose their own. These words were not needed for the power, but they added a little something extra to the characters.

The story behind the most famous Green Lantern oath of all, "In brightest day..." was told by Hal Jordan to his friend, Tom "Pieface" Kalmaku in Green Lantern Vol. 2 #10 (January 1962) "The Origin of Green Lantern's Oath!" The tale was written by John Broome.

The true creator of Hal's oath remains debatable. I've read references crediting science fiction novelist Alfred Bester as the oath's author, but I've also read he denied writing it.

Alan Scott's oath was given to Tomar-Re in Green Lantern Vol. 2 #36. Surprisingly, none of the old-time fans noticed.

Oaths were always a popular aspect of the GL mythos. A number of readers sent in oaths they created for certain characters.

"I am chosen over all the rest
I must not fail when put to the test
Come what may,
come what might,
I am forever the servant of the Lantern's light"
-Green Lantern Vol. 2 #146 Letter Column. For Arisia by Bob Kohut

"For honor, duty, freedom, right,
I wield the power of Lantern's light;
All good rejoice, all evil flee,
for that power resides with me."
-Green Lantern Vol. 2 #148 Letter Column. For Arkkis Chummuck by Pam Miller

"I recharge my ring to use its power
To help the victims in their needing hour
And though my mindstalks may cease to live
I will use all the power I have to give."
-Green Lantern Vol. 2 #162 Letter column. For Medphyll by Tony St. Clair

"The light of justice is so serene,
that evil's dark can ne'er demean.
The light of justice must be seen--
And it shall--
in the lantern green."
-Green Lantern Vol. 2 #163 Letter column. One of 15 oaths by Kevin Dooley

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