In just a few weeks, Irish and Catholic folks and plenty of would-be Irish and Catholic folks will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day, a feast day set aside by the Catholic Church (and other churches as well) to recognize the patron saint of Ireland and pretty much all things Irish.
I will be in Biloxi, MS on St. Patrick's Day working at CoastCon, the oldest and largest science fiction/comic/popular culture convention in the state of Mississippi as a representative of BayouCon, a convention for which I am the vice president.
Each year CoastCon picks a specific theme to celebrate for the duration of the event. The settled upon theme is then represented in the form of the convention's mascot, Herbie Crab, who has been everything from a robot to a zombie crab. This year's theme is superheroes, and the convention's tagline for the upcoming event is "The Dark Crab Rises" (a reference to Batman to all of you non-comics people).
With the convention taking place on the same weekend as St. Patrick's Day, I've been inspired to create a list of "green" superheroes and villains who've graced the page, silver screen, and the idiot box over the years. Many of these heroes only wear the color green, but a few of them are physically green. A couple of those heroes listed here only occasionally wear green but do it with such style and swagger that I had to list them.
I hope you enjoy this list and have a great St. Patrick's Day!
Okay Captain Obvious, there's no doubt in anyone's mind why the ol' Green Lantern is first on this list. His name does have the word "green" in it after all! I know that there's an entire corps of these guys out there, and quite a few people have donned the green skivvies as the protector of Sector 2814, but I'm giving Hal Jordan the nod as the most popular Green Lantern ever.
Number two on this list is another obvious choice (and often coupled with the Emerald Knight above in numerous adventures), Green Arrow. Although he left the printed page for a few years while his son, Connor Hawke took over arrow-shooting duties, Oliver Queen reprised his role as the green bow bender in the early '00s and hasn't looked back.
J'onn J'onzz not only takes a fairly bland human name and spells it in a really cool way, he's also an alien with powers that rival those of Superman. As the Martian Manhuner, J'onzz has busted plenty of criminal heads on our planet and planets well beyond our own galaxy. Is it ironic that he has teamed up on numerous occasions with Green Arrow and Green Lantern? I'm sure working with those guys (and plenty of other superheroes) has made plenty of people "green" with envy!
Gamma radiation never looked as good as it does whenever Dr. Bruce Banner gets angry. He's been hulking out since the 1960's and even though his skin has changed color a few times, it's the mean green version that we all know and love best.
Of course, no list of green heroes would be complete without Bruce's much lovelier cousin, Jennifer Walters, better known as She-Hulk. She's one of the most confident female characters you'll ever find on the printed page, and has been an inspiration to many young comics fans over the years.
Our first villain on this list happens to be one of the biggest thorns in Spider-Man's side. The Green Goblin has been wreaking havoc on the pages of comic books since the 1960's, and has a penchant for hurling pumpkins at his foes.
Although his skin isn't green, Dr. Otto Octavius, better known as Doctor Octopus, has been known to wear some pretty sweet green threads. He's also one of a very small list of heroes and villains that sometimes has a weight problem!
From a comic book created by a couple of guys having fun one evening to becoming one of the most recognizable quartets of heroes in the world, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have proven to be a force in the world of comics, television, film, and toys.
While not as popular as some of Spider-Man's other villains, the Lizard, or Dr. Curt Connors, has definitely made his mark on the Webhead. He gained a little more popularity when he appeared in Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 (but only in his human form) and will definitely get a boost in popularity once the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man is released, as he is the primary villain in that film. I honestly don't know much about the Lizard, but I'm sure I'll be researching him a lot more in the near future.
As little as I know about the Lizard, I know even less about Killer Croc, a supervillain in the DC stable who often ends up on the business end of one of Batman's many toys. Still, he popped into my head as a green guy, so I'm putting him on this list!
Okay, okay, I know the bald wonder of Lex Luthor might be a stretch here, but I'm putting him on this list for all of the wonderful battlesuits that he has worn over the years. Plus, he's very fond of kryptonite, which happens to be green.
Britt Reid originally made his mark as the Green Hornet on radio serials during the 1930's. He has been in and out of comic books since the 1940's and is probably best known thanks to the television program that came out during the 1960's that featured Van Williams as the Green Hornet and Bruce Lee as his loyal sidekick, Kato.
Unfortunately, the most recent memories of the Green Hornet aren't that great. The atrocious 2011 film, The Green Hornet, made Reid look terrible, and I'm pretty sure it ended any ideas for future films starring the Hornet for the foreseeable future.
Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more