This is the wonderful Brian Bolland cover for the Tales of the Green Lantern Corps trade paperback, which also happens to be the cover art of the first issue of the original 1981 miniseries, which also happens to have been Bolland's first (CORRECTION: second) published work for DC Comics. It's interesting that his covers graced this miniseries, drawn by my Femme Noir collaborator, Joe Staton, since Bolland has also become the go-to guy for covers on most of the paperback collections of Staton's early DC work (the recent Justice Society and Huntress collections, in particular). At least in this case, he didn't need to draw a new piece - this cover is still as striking as it was 28 years ago.
For those unfamiliar with the Green Lantern concept, the Green Lantern Corps is an intergalactic police force made up of 3600 members, each responsible for a specific sector of the galaxy. Each Green Lantern is equipped with a emerald power ring, which can do virtually anything that the wielder can imagine, providing their willpower is strong enough. These rings must be recharged every 24 hours from a power battery in the shape of – wait for it – a green lantern. The Corps is answerable to a race of blue-skinned immortals who live on the planet Oa, at the very center of the universe. (For more, check out the Wikipedia page.) The 1981 miniseries collected in this volume was one of the very first –if not the first – Green Lantern story to involve the entire membership of the Corps.
So, what's the contest? Well, thanks to the generosity of Mister Staton, I've ended up with an extra copy of the above trade paperback collection, and I'd like to find a good home for it.
All you have to do is send an e-mail containing your name, mailing address and, if you've got one, the name of your favorite GL, to email@example.com with the words "GL Contest" in the subject line. I'll pick one entry at random, and send the book (not signed, sorry!) to the lucky winner.
Entries must be received by midnight Wednesday, April 15th. The winner will be announced sometime on Friday. Good luck!
One entry per person, please. Double entries will be disqualified. One winner will be drawn at random and announced on Friday, April 17 2009. The winner’s name will be posted here and will be notified via email. All entries will be deleted immediately after the contest’s close, and no personal information will be retained or transmitted to any third parties. The contest is open to anyone, in any country. Unfortunately, I cannot assume responsibility for items lost or damaged in transit.