I just wanted to share a fun story about the artist Dale Eaglesham.
A little over 20 years ago, I posted on the DC Comics Message Boards, particularly the Green Lantern forum.
Back then the GL forum on the DC boards were (not even kidding) one of the most toxic comic book environments on the web.
This was back when Kyle Rayner was the only GL and Geoff Johns hadn’t retroactively fixed Hal Jordan’s Parallax stuff.
The board was comprised of mostly two sets. Kyle Rayner and Hal Jordan fans. And they were constantly at each others throats and berating one another.
This went on for years. They even set up threads called “The Hal Jordan Club” and “The Kyle Rayner Club” which were sort of neutral zones where they weren’t allowed to troll each other.
Me? I liked both but was there to mainly talk about Kyle as he was the current Green Lantern.
You couldn’t do that, though, without a Hal fan ripping into you. Or Vice versa.
So I started a new approach.
My favorite Green Lantern was G’Nort, a humanoid dog that was pure comic relief.
Instead of talking about Hal or Kyle, I would literally spam every topic with G’Nort talk.
Eventually I created my own club which was restarted several times because the threads got too massive.
I even got a letter printed in the comic asking about the status of G’Nort as he hadn’t been seen for quite awhile.
They shot me down on a G’Nort appearance, but something magical happened right after my birthday a few months later.
Artist Dale Eaglesham wished me a happy birthday and told me to watch out for the upcoming issue 143.
Though it was only a cameo via poster…this was one of the panels…
That was really cool. Small but cool af.
Then ten issues later in 153…
Dale creates this panel with a familiar face in the background…
Some might say “big deal” but it was really cool. Especially since the editor was stone cold against showing any other GLs at the time for any reason lol (save a handful of Alan Scott or John Stewart appearances)
Thanks Dale Eaglesham