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Today In Comics History: The First Appearance of Hal Jordan, Green Lantern!

On this day in 1959, issue #22 of DC Comics' Showcase appeared on newsstands. Three years earlier, in issue #4, the anthology series had introduced a radically new take on the company's super-speedy Flash character, and in doing so, laid the groundwork for a full-fledged revival of the superhero genre. In the time since, Showcase alternated through a variety of new features (Manhunters; The Flash; Challengers Of The Unknown; The Space Ranger; Rip Hunter, Time Master; Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane; Adam Strange), but with #22, it once again returned to the well of iconic properties, taking the name of a Golden Age hero and lending it to an all-new character.

The original Green Lantern of the 1940s was a guy who channeled mystical "green flame" powers through a talking lantern (and a ring made from metal that he cut out of said lantern), and wore an eye-popping multi-hued outfit that looked like it was assembled by a color-blind tailor on his last day before retirement.

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Ask Chris #312: Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Superman

Q: Are superheroes inextricably tied to their alter-ego day jobs? For example, does Clark Kent have to be a journalist, or Hal Jordan a pilot? — @Chan_180

A:For all the questions about whether the Secret Identity is a concept that can still provide drama within the superhero genre or something that just sticks around as an outdated trope from the Golden Age that was handed down to comics by Emma Orczy and the Scarlet Pimpernel, the idea of getting rid of the day job is something that's rarely discussed, probably because it hasn't actually happened all that often. Let's face it: If you're a superhero, you're a whole lot more likely to literally come back from the dead than you are to start a new career once you're in your thirties.

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Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department Hosting Car Seat Inspection Today

Safety measures with children's car seats seem to be constantly evolving. By the time a second or third child enters your life, the car seat from the first one is likely no longer up to snuff. To make sure you not only have the proper seat, but have it properly installed, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Department will host a child seat inspection clinic this Today from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Washington Square Mall at the corner of Green River Road and Washington Avenue on Evansville's east side.

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