John Stewart was the fourth Green Lantern of Earth, formerly a sniper for the U.S. Marines (Prime Earth) and an architect (New Earth). In his origins story, when Hal Jordan presents Stewart with the Green Lantern ring and explains about the corps, John Stewart immediately rejects the mask to conceal his identity by saying (image below):

This black man lets it all hang out! I've got nothing to hide.

enter image description here Green Lantern: Issue # 87

Although this has been the case in every depiction of John Stewart's Green Lantern, I definitely remember seeing him wearing a mask (like Hal Jordan's) one time.

Some details that could help narrow down the search. The issue:

  • is definitely Silver Age era and the art is definitely old
  • is prior to the New-52 and Rebirth times
  • has John Stewart drawn with hair (as in the image above) and not bald/shaved head as he's depicted now.
  • This may be helpful too: There was a female Green Lantern character with him (I don't remember who but it was definitely another GL and was a female)

Can anyone help me find this issue/storyline where Stewart wore a mask?

  • It would appear the answer is no. – Edlothiad May 25 '18 at 13:54
  • @Edlothiad uh huh. But I do remember seeing it somewhere. I'll admit though, it was quite a long time ago. Anyways, I will try my best to find it too. – Shreedhar May 25 '18 at 14:12
  • I mean that was quite a quick search, depending on how much time I have and how many issues he’s in I might go trawling through the copies. In which case some more details (as outlined in the story ID guide) May be helpful such as what time period the comic book may have been from, was the artwork older? Etc. – Edlothiad May 25 '18 at 14:14
  • @Edlothiad. I could add some details: it was definitely older art (Silver Age era) and before the New 52. And he was depicted with hair like the one in my question above (and not bald/shaven head as we see him now). – Shreedhar May 25 '18 at 14:19
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    I read it quite some time ago. I have wager with a friend and I don't wanna lose :P – Shreedhar May 25 '18 at 14:21

Found this website: http://majorspoilers.com/2013/02/17/hero-history-green-lantern-john-stewart/ Doesn't cite issue number unfortunately but here's a picenter image description here


John Stewart become the backup Green Lantern for sector 2418 in Green Lantern/Green Arrow 87. Years later, when Hal Jordan decided to retire as Green Lantern, The Guadians of the Universe chose John to take on the role as the active Green Lantern (as Hal (and readers) discovered in Green Lantern (1960) #182, cover dated November 1984).

From issue 182 through 187, his real identity was unknown. John chose to reveal it publicly in Green Lantern #188, cover dated May 1985 (the splash page of which was seen in this answer), and stopped wearing the domino mask at that point.

Note that these stories lead into the issues of Green Lantern that were tightly tied into Crisis on Infinite Earths, which saw another resident of Earthand former backup GL, Guy Gardner, get a power ring, and saw Hal un-retire, giving us three active GLs from Earth.

Aside: the female Green Lantern mentioned was probably Katma Tui, who John met in Green Lantern 182, and who he became involved with by the time the title changed to "Green Lantern Corps" with issue #201. They were together until her death a few years later.

  • Hey RD :) further reading proves that Green Lantern #188 is totally correct: here's the panel OP was referring to. You were first to the party man, I suggest you'd edit that in your answer since the mystery is solved! :) – Jenayah Sep 24 '18 at 22:43
  • @Jenayah - Eh, the splash page is already on the answer page - it would seem redundant to put it in my answer as well, even though I did identify the issue. Thanks, though! – RDFozz Sep 25 '18 at 13:43
  • Your call, but I noticed the OP since your answer provided an actual identification (issue, number etc). That deffo needs to rise up in the answers, as story-ids do! – Jenayah Sep 25 '18 at 17:15
  • Unrelated, but drop by in chat sometime, we talk about comics from time to time and I for one would love to read your anecdotes, explanations and stuff more often. You're a walking comics encyclopedia, man :D (of course we do talk about other stuff too and you're just as much invited to come by as well!) – Jenayah Sep 25 '18 at 17:15

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