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John Stewart to shine in Green Lantern 50th anniversary collection

Green Lantern: John Stewart – A Celebration of 50 Years
(Image credit: Jim Lee/Scott Williams/Alex Sinclair (DC))

DC is putting Green Lantern John Stewart on a pedestal this summer with a 'best of' collection coinciding with the 50th anniversary of his debut. 

Scheduled to go on sale June 22, Green Lantern: John Stewart – A Celebration of 50 Years will include comics as well as original essays by co-creator Neal Adams, the character's voice actor for many cartoons Phil LaMarr, along with comic writers John Ridley and Geoff Johns.

(Image credit: Neal Adams (DC))

The comics scheduled for inclusion are:

Some of those are among the best Green Lantern stories of all time, for ANY Green Lantern.

(Image credit: Jim Lee/Scott Williams/Alex Sinclair (DC))

In this announcement, DC frames Jon Stewart as "DC's first Black Super Hero," but the publisher may be overlooking Black Racer, whom Jack Kirby created in a book (New Gods #3) published a few months before Stewart's debut (Green Lantern #87) .

Like many of DC's anniversary collections recently, Green Lantern: John Stewart – A Celebration of 50 Years will featurely a newly-drawn cover by DC chief creative officer/publisher Jim Lee, along with inker Scott Williams and colorist Alex Sinclair.

John Stewart is currently starring in the Future State: Green Lantern limited series, and will be one of the central characters in the upcoming April relaunch of the Green Lantern ongoing title.

John Stewart ranks high on Newsarama's list of the best Green Lanterns of all time.

Chris Arrant

Newsarama Senior Editor Chris Arrant has covered comic book news for Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)