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Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Green Lantern (vol. 2) #87
(December 1971)
Created by Dennis O’Neil
Neal Adams
Characteristics
Alter ego John Stewart
Species Human
Team
affiliations
Green Lantern Corps
Justice League
Darkstars
Notable aliases Darkstar, The Master Builder
Abilities Wields Green Lantern power ring

John Stewart is a fictional comic book superhero in the DC Universe, and a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. He was created by writer Dennis O’Neil and artist Neal Adams, and first appeared in Green Lantern volume 2, #87 (December 1971/January 1972). Stewart is a recurring character in the Green Lantern mythos, usually serving as Earth’s most prominent Green Lantern during the times when other notable Earth Green Lanterns, such as Hal Jordan or Kyle Rayner are absent, on leave, or retired. While initially not as popular as other human Green Lanterns in comic books, he has gained prominence in the past few years due to his lead character status in the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited television series. In the early 1990s, Stewart also starred in his own spin-off series, Green Lantern: Mosaic, a short-lived DC Comics title that ran from June 1992-Nov. 1993, lasting 18 issues. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Dennis Denny ONeil is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of books until his retirement. ... Neal Adams (born June 6, 1941, Governors Island, Manhattan, New York City) is an American comic book and commercial artist best known for his highly naturalistic style of illustration. ... The fictional Green Lantern Corps is an intergalactic police force featured in DC Comics, particularly series featuring the superhero Green Lantern, Earth’s member of the group. ... For the animated television series, see Justice League (TV series) or Justice League Unlimited. ... Darkstars Issue 1 A fictional intergalactic squadron of cosmic cops that no one had heard of before 1992 in DC Comics. ... The three of the four (Alan Scotts Starheart powered ring exlcuded) known variants of the power ring Zamaron (magenta), Oan (green), and Qwardian (yellow). ... FicTioNaL is a Gaming Legend. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... For other uses, see Superhero (disambiguation). ... Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ... The fictional Green Lantern Corps is an intergalactic police force featured in DC Comics, particularly series featuring the superhero Green Lantern, Earth’s member of the group. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Dennis Denny ONeil is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of books until his retirement. ... The definition of an artist is wide-ranging and covers a broad spectrum of activities to do with creating art, practicing the arts and/or demonstrating an art. ... Neal Adams (born June 6, 1941, Governors Island, Manhattan, New York City) is an American comic book and commercial artist best known for his highly naturalistic style of illustration. ... For the DJ, see DJ Green Lantern. ... Hal Jordan is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. ... This article is about the DC Comics character. ... Justice League is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. ... Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was the name of an American animated television series that was produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ...

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Fictional character biography

Stewart is an architect who was selected by the Guardians as Hal Jordan’s backup after Guy Gardner was seriously injured in a disaster. Although Jordan objected after seeing that Stewart had a belligerent attitude to authority figures, the Guardians stood by their selection. For other uses, see Architect (disambiguation). ... The Guardians of the Universe are fictional characters in the DC Comics universe. ... Guy Gardner is a fictional character, a comic book superhero published by DC Comics. ...


To Jordan, Stewart’s first mission began badly with the assignment of protecting a racist politician and Stewart took advantage of averting an accident to embarrass him in the process. However, Stewart soon proved his worth when an apparent African-American assassin shot at the politician, but Stewart refused to intervene with Jordan to move in response to the attack. Stewart had good reasons for this apparent dereliction of duty when he stopped a gunman from killing a police officer in the outside parking lot at the event while Jordan was pursuing a decoy. When Jordan confronted Stewart about his actions, Stewart explained that the politician had staged it for political advantage. With that adventure, Jordan concluded that Stewart was an excellent recruit after all. Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Police officers in South Australia A police officer (or policeman/policewoman) is a warranted worker of a police force. ...

First appearance in Green Lantern vol. 2, # 87. Art by Neal Adams.
First appearance in Green Lantern vol. 2, # 87. Art by Neal Adams.

For some time, Stewart occasionally filled in for him as Green Lantern when Jordan was unavailable, including some missions of the Justice League. Image File history File links GL087. ... Image File history File links GL087. ... Neal Adams (born June 6, 1941, Governors Island, Manhattan, New York City) is an American comic book and commercial artist best known for his highly naturalistic style of illustration. ... For the DJ, see DJ Green Lantern. ... For the animated television series, see Justice League (TV series) or Justice League Unlimited. ...


After Jordan gave up being Green Lantern in the 1980s, the Guardians selected Stewart for full time duty. Stewart filled that role for some years, during which time he married Katma Tui, the Green Lantern of the planet Korugar who was initially assigned to train John in the use of his ring. Kat and John served together within the Green Lantern Corps of Earth alongside Hal Jordan, Arisia, Kilowog, Salakk and other alien Green Lanterns. Katma Tui is a fictional comic book superhero, an extraterrestrial from the planet Korugar, and a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. ... Arisia is a fictional character featured in comic books published by DC Comics. ... Kilowog is a fictional superhero from DC Comics, and a member of the Green Lantern Corps. ... Salakk. ...


After John’s ring was rendered powerless through the schemes of Sinestro and Katma Tui was murdered at the hands of the insane Star Sapphire, Stewart’s life began to unravel. First, he was falsely accused of killing Carol Ferris, Star Sapphire’s alter ego, and then falsely accused of theft by South Nambia (a fictional DCU nation similar to Apartheid era South Africa). Jailed and tortured in South Nambia for weeks, John freed himself with his old ring, now re-powered thanks to the efforts of Hal Jordan. As a result, John inadvertently freed both a serial killer and a terrorist. When Jordan confronted John over his actions, the two friends came to blows until John realized the “revolutionaries” he had been aiding intended to murder innocent civilians. Sinestro is a fictional character, an alien supervillain in the DC Comics Universe. ... Katma Tui is a fictional comic book superhero, an extraterrestrial from the planet Korugar, and a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. ... Star Sapphire is the name of several female supervillains in DC Comics, all connected in origin. ... A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ...


Cosmic Odyssey

Afterwards, John left Earth for space, where he participated in the Cosmic Odyssey and failed to prevent the destruction of the planet Xanshi by an avatar of the Anti-Life Equation. The incident earned him the ire of J’onn J’onzz, who was with him at the time. This series of tragedies left John a shattered man on the brink of suicide and created the villainess known as Fatality. Book One: Discovery Cosmic Odyssey was first published in 1988 by DC. It was a 4 part limited series written by Jim Starlin, penciled by Mike Mignola and lettered by John Workman. ... The Anti-Life Equation is the equation that the DC Comics villain Darkseid is lusting for in the Jack Kirbys Fourth World setting. ... Fatality is a fictional character from the DC Comics universe. ...


Green Lantern: Mosaic

John Stewart as the mortal Guardian of the Universe, Master Builder
John Stewart as the mortal Guardian of the Universe, Master Builder
Main article: Green Lantern: Mosaic

John finally forgave himself for his past mistakes and grew into a stronger, more complex hero when he became the caretaker of the "Mosaic World", a patchwork of communities from multiple planets that had been brought to Oa by an insane Guardian who had raped John’s mind. Although bitter and sullen at his assignment at first he overcame this and, using his formidable intellect and talent for unconventional thinking, Stewart forged the Mosaic into a new society and eventually became the first mortal Guardian of the Universe, known as the Master Builder. As his reward for this new level of awareness, John was reunited with his late wife, Katma Tui. However, tragedy struck once again and Hal Jordan, possessed by Parallax, destroyed both the Guardians and the Central Power Battery, robbing John of his newfound powers and his resurrected wife. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 390 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (400 × 615 pixel, file size: 69 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Cover to Well See Green Lantern: Mosaic #18 (Nov 93). ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 390 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (400 × 615 pixel, file size: 69 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Cover to Well See Green Lantern: Mosaic #18 (Nov 93). ... For other uses of Oa and oa, see OA. Oa is a fictional planet located at the center of the DC Comics Universe. ...


Darkstars and beyond

Main article: Darkstars

Following Emerald Twilight and the collapse of the Green Lantern Corps, Stewart was recruited by the Controllers to command the Darkstars, another interstellar peacekeeping force. Using the new resources at his command, John evacuated the Mosaic cities from Oa prior to its destruction and served the Darkstars with distinction until he was crippled in battle with Grayven on the planet Rann. John eventually regained the use of his legs as a parting gift from Jordan before Jordan sacrificed himself to destroy the Sun-Eater. Soon afterwards, he accepted a new ring entrusted to Kyle Rayner by a time-lost Hal Jordan and joined the Justice League. Darkstars Issue 1 A fictional intergalactic squadron of cosmic cops that no one had heard of before 1992 in DC Comics. ... Emerald Twilight is the name for the story that was detailed in Green Lantern Vol. ... The Controllers are a fictional extraterrestrial race existing in the DC Universe. ... Darkstars Issue 1 A fictional intergalactic squadron of cosmic cops that no one had heard of before 1992 in DC Comics. ... Grayven is a fictional deity and supervillain published by DC Comics. ... Rann is a fictional planet in the Polaris star system (formerly the Alpha Centauri system) of the DC Comics universe. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... This article is about the DC Comics character. ... For the animated television series, see Justice League (TV series) or Justice League Unlimited. ...


Green Lantern: Rebirth

Main article: Green Lantern Corps: Recharge

With the return of Hal Jordan and the Guardians, the Corps has been reorganized. Each sector of space now has two Green Lanterns assigned to it, and Stewart and Jordan now share the responsibilities for Earth’s sector, 2814. After the dissolution of the Justice League in the aftermath of the events depicted in the 2004 miniseries Identity Crisis, and the destruction of their Watchtower headquarters on the moon, Stewart has begun playing a larger role in metahuman affairs, working with many former Justice Leaguers. A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... This article is about the DC Comics series. ... A cutaway of the JLA Watchtower on the moon. ... This article is about Earths moon. ... Metahuman is a term to describe superhumans in the DC Universe. ...


During the opening “One Year Later” storyline of Green Lantern, Hal Jordan tells Green Arrow that John Stewart is on an off-world undercover mission. The details concerning this mission were revealed in Green Lantern #17. John Stewart disguised himself as "Hunger Dog" to investigate in Europe. When John hears that Hal Jordan is being held captive by Amon Sur and Loragg, he goes off to rescue him. This leads to a confrontation with Amon Sur, who turns out to be the son of their predecessor, Abin Sur. During the fight, Amon receives a ring from the Sinestro Corps and vanishes. One Year Later event logo. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this comics-related article or section may require cleanup. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... Amon Sur is a fictional alien supervillain in the DC Comics Universe. ...


In Justice League of America #7 Vol. 2, he and Wonder Woman designed one of the League’s new headquarters, The Hall. John later resumes his role as the League's resident Green Lantern upon Hal Jordan's request.


Sinestro Corps War

Main article: Sinestro Corps

In Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1 the Green Lantern Corps are attacked by Bedovian, the sniper of the Sinestro Corps who is capable of taking out a target from three sectors away, all from the inside of a red Sun-Eater. After Bedovian takes out several Green Lanterns, John Stewart uses his power ring as a scoped sniper rifle to track the nearby sectors. He eventually discovers Bedovian's hiding spot and shoots him. As Green Lanterns are forbidden from killing it's likely that Bedovian survived the attack, however his fate has not yet been made clear. The Sinestro Corps is a group of fictional characters, a villainous analogue to the Green Lantern Corps in the DC Universe led by the supervillain Sinestro. ... The fictional Green Lantern Corps is an intergalactic police force featured in DC Comics, particularly series featuring the superhero Green Lantern, Earth’s member of the group. ... Bedovian is a DC Comics alien and a member of the Sinestro Corps. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ...


In Green Lantern Vol. 4, John and Guy Gardner are captured by Lyssa Drak and taken back to Qward, where the two Lanterns are held captive. Hal manages to defeat Lyssa and free John and Guy from their nightmare, while the Lost Lanterns recover Ion. The earth-based Lantern then return home, only to find that New Earth, as the center of the Multiverse, is the Sinestro Corps' next target. Guy Gardner is a fictional character, a comic book superhero published by DC Comics. ... Lyssa Drak is a fictional alien supervillain in the DC Comics Universe. ... This article is about the DC Comics character. ...


The Sinestro Corps and the Manhunters invade Earth. The Cyborg Superman and Superboy-Prime attack Superman, while Hal confronts Parallax just before the latter is about to kill Hal's family. John orders Guy to retrieve the real life painting seen in the Parallax one-shot. When Parallax absorbs Hal inside himself, John looks on with sudden shock. Guy returns and shoves the painting into Parallax's eyesight, allowing Hal to use the painting (made by Kyle's mother) to help Kyle overcome his fears and expell Parallax. Now in its original form, Parallax is then contained by Ganthet and Sayd within the Power Batteries of Hal, John, Guy, and Kyle. Ganthet and Sayd then reveal that they are no longer Guardians. Ganthet gives Kyle a new Power ring and asks Kyle to become a Green Lantern again, to which he agrees. The four then race off to finish the fight. The story is ongoing.


Abilities

John Stewart’s ring provides him with the abilities of all other Green Lanterns. These abilities include flight and limited invulnerablility. As with all other Green Lanterns, the ring is a weapon of the mind and powered by will, therefore only limited to the wearer’s imagination. Like all Green Lanterns, Stewart's personality affects his ring's creations, giving them a solid, architectural quality. In Green Lantern: Rebirth, Hal Jordan remarks that "everything John builds is solid". Hal has also remarked that Stewart is the best flyer in the Corps.


Other versions

Main article: Alternate versions of Green Lantern

John Stewart has appeared in the Justice League Unlimited spin-off comic book. The many incarnations of the DC Comics superhero Green Lantern have had many alternate versions of themselves. ...


In Amalgam Comics, John Stewart is combined with James Rhodes to form Stewart Rhodes. War Machine (Jim Rhodes) is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. ...


John is a member of the Green Lantern Marine Corps in Superman: Red Son. Spoiler warning: Superman: Red Son is a comic book published by DC Comics unveiled under their Elseworlds imprint in April, 2003. ...


Other media

Animation

Main article: Green Lantern in other media

John Stewart (as voiced by Phil LaMarr) is one of the founding members of the Justice League, as seen in the animated series of the same name and its subsequent Justice League Unlimited. His characterization differs from the comics version by being a former United States Marine and having not been explicitly revealed to have studied architecture. The DC Comics superhero Green Lantern (alter ego: Hal Jordan) has appeared in numerous media over the years. ... Phillip Phil LaMarr (born January 24, 1967) is an American actor, comedian and prolific voice actor as well as one of the original cast members on the sketch comedy series MADtv. ... Justice League is an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. ... Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was the name of an American animated television series that was produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is the second smallest of the five branches of the United States armed forces, with 170,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2002. ...


In a development not seen in any other version of the Green Lantern mythos, Stewart’s eyes glow green as a side effect of his fifteen years of exposure to the power ring’s radiation; the glow fades when the ring runs out energy or if he is physically separated from the ring. Bruce Timm said this was done to give Stewart’s face a more visually interesting look, as they decided to stick with the comic’s tradition that Stewart refuses to wear a mask because he’s not ashamed to let people know who he is.[citation needed] Bruce Walter Timm (born on February 8, 1961) is an American character designer, animator and producer. ...


By many accounts, the ring is also effective against yellow, contradicting an age-old weakness of the Lantern Corps. This is in continuity with the earlier appearance of Kyle Rayner on Superman: The Animated Series (producer Dwayne McDuffie has supplied a version of this historical facet in the choice of Stewart’s favorite film. As McDuffie has said, he’s always had a weakness for Old Yeller[citation needed]). There have been a few instances in the show of something yellow somehow counteracting the Lantern energy, but he is never explicitly shown to have the same weakness from the comics, much like the show’s J’onn J’onzz is never said to have his comic weakness to fire despite several quick moments across the series implying it. This article is about the DC Comics character. ... Superman: The Animated Series is the unofficial title given to Warner Bros. ... Dwayne McDuffie is a comic book animation writer and a creator of the Emmy Award winning show Static Shock. ... Old Yeller is a classic 1957 film directed by Robert Stevenson, produced by Walt Disney Productions, and released to theaters by Buena Vista Distribution. ... Martian Manhunter Real name unpronouncable Publisher DC Comics First appearance Detective Comics #225 ( 1955) Created by Joe Samachson Joe Certa Jonn Jonzz, the Martian Manhunter, is a comic book hero appearing in DC Comics. ...


The coincidence of having two main characters named John/J’onn (once referred to as “the two Johns”) can lead to minor confusion (Flash sometimes collectively refers to them as the two John's); the closed captioning of some episodes misspell John’s name as J’onn. A commonly-used symbol indicating that a program or movie is closed-captioned. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


History

While specific details have been vague at best, much of the history of John Stewart can be determined through various comments and revelations over the course of the series. Stewart grew up in a predominantly African-American urban neighborhood of Detroit (where, in his adult life, he declined the offer of private housing on the Justice League Watchtower, and rented a room from a Korean landlady). As a child, he was a big fan of "Justice Guild of America" comics (loosely based on the Justice Society of America). Stewart credits these comics with teaching him what it meant to be a hero. Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... A cutaway of the JLA Watchtower on the moon. ... A landlord is the owner of a house, apartment, condominium, or land which is rented or leased to an individual or business, who is called the tenant. ... Justice Guild as shown in the Justice League series The Justice Guild of America is a superhero team featured in the Justice League animated series two-part episode Legends, a homage to the Golden Age Justice Society of America, and to a degree the Silver Age Justice League of America. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ...


He enlisted in the Marine Corps as a young man. His service dates are unknown, but it can be assumed it was at least for several years, given how much he absorbed the military’s demeanor and methods into his own. It was here that Stewart learned how to fight and strategize, as well as becoming a good friend of fellow Marine Rex Mason. After his service ended, he was chosen to be a Green Lantern, and trained in ring usage with Katma Tui, with whom he developed a romantic relationship. It is unknown how the relationship ended. Metamorpho (Rex Mason) is a fictional character, a superhero appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. ... Katma Tui is a fictional comic book superhero, an extraterrestrial from the planet Korugar, and a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. ...


Because Sector 2814—the one that includes Earth—had a Green Lantern already (Abin Sur), Stewart spent fifteen years patrolling another sector in the universe. It was during this time when, pursuing space pirate Kanjar Ro, Stewart believed himself to be responsible for the destruction of the planet Ajuris 4—later revealed to be a falsehood concocted by the Manhunters. Abin Sur is a fictional character and a superhero from the DC Comics universe. ... Kanjar Ro is a fictional supervillain in the DC Comics universe. ... The Manhunters are a fictional race of robot warriors that exists within the universe of DC Comics. ...


When Abin Sur was murdered by Sinestro and passed his ring on to Kyle Rayner, Stewart was transferred to take over 2814 so that Rayner could train with Katma. It is at this point that Justice League joins John’s story, when he answers a telepathic call from the Martian Manhunter, which leads him to join a battle against an alien invasion force, with the help of four other heroes. Sinestro is a fictional character, an alien supervillain in the DC Comics Universe. ...


Characterization

During the course of the series, Stewart would be the main focus in more stories than any of the seven members of the League: "In Blackest Night", "Legends", "Metamorphosis", "The Savage Time", "Hearts and Minds", "Secret Society", and "Starcrossed" (though he shares the focus with Wonder Woman in "Savage" and with Hawkgirl in "Starcrossed"). List of Justice League episodes The Savage Time is the first-season finale of the Justice League animated series. ... List of Justice League episodes Starcrossed is the second-season finale of the Justice League animated series, composed of the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th episodes. ... For other uses, see Wonder Woman (disambiguation). ... Hawkgirl is the name of several fictional superheroines all owned by DC Comics and existing in that companys DC Universe. ...


The most crucial development during this time was the love story between him and Hawkgirl (real name: Shayera Hol). Shortly after they admitted their feelings for each other, "Starcrossed" occurred, revealing that Hawkgirl was a spy for the Thanagarian forces, and that she has betrayed their secrets to her home Thanagarians. Worse than that, she’d been promised/engaged to the leader, Hro Talak (whose name is an anagram for that of the Silver age Hawkman Katar Hol), before she even came to Earth. Over the course of the Justice League finale, Shayera and Hro fell out of love with each other and Shayera helped save Earth from destruction. After the battle, the League votes on whether to allow her back, but she resigns and flies off into the sunset without John ever telling her that he still loved her. Thanagar is a fictional planet in the DC Comics universe. ...


During Shayera’s self-imposed exile, the League expands to 57 members (in the retitled Justice League Unlimited) and Stewart gets a new girlfriend: superheroine and supermodel Mari Jiwi McCabe/Vixen. At first he treats this as a rebound relationship, but once Shayera returns to the League, he's conflicted by feelings for both women. These feelings are exacerbated in "The Once and Future Thing", when he travels to the future and meets his son with Shayera, Warhawk. He does not immediately share this revelation with her. Upon meeting Carter Hall, the would-be Hawkman, John makes the decision to inform Shayera of the son he met in the future. However, as his relationship with Mari had advanced (and Mari had been quite seriously injured before), he makes the decision to not leave Mari just because destiny would seem to decree it; he tells Shayera that whatever happens needs to happen because of how they feel now. Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was the name of an American animated television series that was produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... Vixen is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... For other meanings of the term, see Hawkman (disambiguation) Hawkman is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ...


In the episode "In Blackest Night", Stewart resigns himself to the treatment of the residents of Ajuris 4, believing he has destroyed a planet (unaware that he has been framed), claiming that superheroes need to be held accountable for their actions. In "Metamorphosis", he deals with the opposite problem, noting how wealthy and carefree his old Marine pal Rex Mason is, and wonders if being a Lantern has cost him social and romantic opportunities. The episode "Only a Dream" explores Stewart’s fears over how his hometown has become as alien to him as the farthest reaches of the galaxy, and how he worries about the Lantern energy being the only thing of focus in his life.


Controversy

When Bruce Timm first announced the lineup for Justice League, there was a good deal of commotion over the choices of John Stewart and Hawkgirl.[1] Regarding Stewart, the first complaint was that he had been included simply to have a black man on the team. Fans were angered for one of two reasons; they were not including the “real” Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, or they were not keeping in line with the continuity established in Superman by including Kyle Rayner, who was the current Green Lantern of the comic books at the time. Hal Jordan is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. ... This article is about the DC Comics character. ...


Timm did admit that one of the reasons for Stewart’s inclusion was that he brought diversity to the team, but also felt that Stewart was a more interesting character. Timm was fond of pointing to Dennis O’Neil’s original incarnation of the character, who was a complex character, and it was from that position that they ran with it. As the series ran, fans came to embrace Stewart's presence as he became a deeply developed character. Dennis Denny ONeil is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of books until his retirement. ...


The other major controversy, especially amongst Internet fans, was Stewart’s use of the ring. In the first season of the series, John would use his ring in a very straightforward, no-frills manner. Where a Lantern in the comics might form a clamp to restrain a fleeing vehicle, John would simply encase it in a bubble. Many felt they could accept this new character, but were disappointed with the limited imagination with which the power ring was used. Bruce Timm admitted that they could have been more creative in the first season with Stewart’s power-ring usage, and in the episode “Hearts and Minds,” Katma Tui even berates John for his lack of creativity. In the later seasons Stewart showed more creativity with his ring, creating objects and machines such as a gigantic power drill in "Starcrossed".


It’s worth noting however that John’s business-like use of his power ring fit with his character in Justice League’s early seasons, and provided a clue in the Static Shock episode “Fallen Hero,” where the more creative use of the ring by Sinestro, impersonating Stewart to besmirch his good name, was a tip-off that something wasn’t right. In his audio commentary for Legends, Timm states that they also avoided using more complex constructs because he and his creative staff thought a modern audience would not accept it as being too much like Superfriends, and that going for straight up beams or bubbles were meant to differentiate Stewart from Kyle Rayner, who had used his ring in a very creative manner in his guest starring role on the preceding Superman series. Static Shock is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. ... Sinestro is a fictional character, an alien supervillain in the DC Comics Universe. ...


Video games

John Stewart is a featured character in the video game Justice League Heroes, voiced by Michael Jai White. Justice League Heroes is a console game released in the fourth quarter of 2006 across 3 different platforms. ... Michael Jai White (born November 10, 1967) is an American actor and professional martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. ...


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