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Quote1.png We don't know each other, but I promise you I know how dark things can get when you keep emotions secret. To live with truth as a north star...that takes real willpower. Quote2.png
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Alan Scott is a young engineer who later on became the world's first Green Lantern and a member of the Justice Society of America.

Origin

On July 16th, 1940,[3] Alan Scott and Jimmy Henton were travelling aboard a train together. Jimmy and Alan had met as passengers aboard a similar train some time prior, and become close friends after Jimmy found work as a conductor. They became entangled romantically, and Alan would ride the train four times a week just to see Jimmy, where they would meet in the engine room.[4] On this particular evening, their romantic encounter would end in tragedy, however. The train would pass over a bridge that Alan designed; he recently outbid a rival engineer named Albert Dekker for that bridge contract, but a bomb exploded beneath the bridge derailing the train. Everyone on board was killed in the explosion – everyone but Alan Scott. When Alan woke up, he tried to save the dying Jimmy, who pointed out to him the presence of a strange green light among the wreckage.

With this fantastic new power under his command, Alan set out to find Albert Dekker – the man responsible for blowing up the bridge and killing Jimmy. Glowing like a green phantom, he phased through the walls of Dekker's office and made him see justice.

After a revealing encounter with Jimmy's mother, Doris Henton, Alan promised her that he would continue to use that light, which she said was also in her son, to help people find their way through the darkness.[5]

As the Green Lantern, Alan would become instrumental in founding the Justice Society of America. At some point he would be present for a battle against the Injustice Society, unknowingly fighting alongside the time-displaced conciousness' of the present-day Carter Hall and Shayera Thal.[6]

Over the years, he would remain closeted to all but a few close friends, primarily fellow members of the Justice Society. He would occasionally visit a local bar frequented by, as he referred to them, 'confirmed bachelors', though he never worked up the confidence to flirt with the other patrons.[7] Like many gay men of his era, Alan Scott married a woman; more than one over the years, as a matter of fact.[8]

Scott was investigated under the campaign to root out suspected communists by Senator Joe McCarthy, but declared innocent. However, eventually mounting political pressure did force the disbanding of the Justice Society. [9]

Alan fathered two children, Todd Rice and Jennifer-Lynn Hayden, though he was unaware of either's existence until they were fully grown and had formed Infinity, Inc.

Justice/Doom War

A version of Alan and the rest of the Society encountered John Stewart and Barry Allen during the Justice/Doom War, when the latter two had travelled to 1941 in search of a shard of the Totality. Scott restrained them when the JSA found them in their headquarters and learned that the Legion of Doom had already won in JSA's timeline two weeks ago.[10] It was later revealed that this version of the Justice Society was isolated in Hypertime by Perpetua, who had split pieces of the past and future in order to avoid changes echoing from one era to the next.

Barry and John explained their mission to them and how they came into their timeline, also stating they were members of the Justice League. The JSA came to the realization that their existence must have been erased if the the two hadn't heard of them, with all of the team members then introducing themselves. Scott expressed surprise when John brings up the Green Lantern Corps and implores John to tell him more about it, but is stopped by Doctor Fate who states it will be dangerous for them to even interact as the timeline had been altered many times.[11]

The JSA agreed to team up with Barry and John and headed to Pearl Harbor to find the Totality shard kept there[11] but found that the Legion of Doom had taken over the minds of all soldiers present there. He battled the Japanese forces under their control alongside John and was impressed by his great willpower but remarked that he needed to be more truthful. After getting into the base, they were attacked by American soldiers under the Legion's thrall and eventually confronted their enemies. Aquaman however subdued the Legion and stated that they needed to get to Atlantis in order to get the Totality back to their time.[12]

As they travel to Atlantis, Alan reminded him to be more open about his emotions. John remarked that he was dismayed at people siding with Doom in both their times, but Alan stated that it isn't about what they achieve but fighting for what they want. The JSA and the League members were however stopped by the Atlantean guards, realizing that Atlantis was now ruled by Vandal Savage of the past and his Legionnaires Club who demanded they hand over the Totality. They were however again confronted by the Legion of Doom and the god Poseidon.[13]

John convinced Vandal to help them by stating that the real fight was always within them and that the fate of the universe depended on his decision. Impressed, Alan stated that he was worthy successor to the name of Green Lantern. As Alan and the JSA battled the Legion of Doom, Vandal opened a portal for them to travel to the League's timeline.[14] After arriving in the timeline, Alan told John that the JSA will stay there to help them fight against the forces of Perpetua after she regained part of her former powers.[15]

Doomsday Clock

On July 16th, 1940,[3] Alan was riding a train one evening, but a bridge it was passing through collapsed. He was supposed to grasp at a Lantern that would save his life and transform him into the first Green Lantern of Earth, however Doctor Manhattan moved the lantern six inches out of Alan's reach so that Scott dies in the train accident and leaves no family behind, as the green lantern is passed through different locations thereafter.[16][17][18]

His death causes Justice Society of America to never exist in the first place as he was a major cause behind it. Their past existence was first leaked to Lois Lane secretly by Ozymandias. She however had never heard of them, a result of Dr Manhattan's meddling with the timeline.[19] Manhattan however undid his alterations and moved the Green Lantern back into Scott's reach after being inspired by Superman's words. This caused Scott to survive and the JSA to be restored back to reality.[3]

The JSA including Alan came to the aid of Superman in Washington, D.C. and helped him stop the ongoing battle between the metahumans. Scott later promised that JSA will investigate the role of the Department of Metahuman Affairs in the "Supermen theory", which alleged that the American government had been creating metahumans to act as its tools.[3]

Manhattan's attempt at fixing the timeline and reality failed however, as they merely re-adjusted into a new version.[20][21] Wonder Woman became the world's first superhero and her heroics and ability to see the greatness in every individual inspired Alan to become a superhero himself.[22]

Back in the present

Alan returned to the present timeline along with other Justice Society members when Wally West, having gained the powers of Dr. Manhattan and acquiring the Mobius Chair, attempted to fix time by merging the various timelines, but he was now significantly older. He guarded the Valhalla Cemetery alongside other surviving JSA members, after the Batman Who Laughs and the Dark Knights conquered the world.[20][21][23]

When Alan was called to be the sentinel overlooking the Totality of their world, he decided to have a frank conversation with his twin children before he left. Having remained closeted for much of his life, inspired by his own son, openess, Alan came out as gay to his children. Todd and Jennie-Lynn accepted their father's truth, supporting him unconditionally.[1]


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