The Green Lantern wields a mystical ring, from which all his powers derive. All power ranks are based on the user's will power (equal to his Psyche rank, which is Monstrous for Green Lantern). The ring must be recharged every 24 hours, or it will cease to operate. The ring, or any of its constructs, is ineffective against wood or anything closely resembling it. A mystical intelligence called The Green Flame of Life exists within the lantern and ring, but it rarely communicates with Green Lantern. The ring has the following capabilities:
Martial Arts B * Engineering * Broadcasting * Finance
The Justice Society of America * Doiby Dickles (taxi driver) * Hal Jordan
Ages ago the Guardians of the Universe decided that in order to preserve the rule of order in their cosmos, they must remove most mystical energies from it. They gathered together most of the magical force in the universe and contained it within a mystic orb called the Starheart, which they concealed within a star. Upon the creation of the Starheart, a consciousness was born within it that is known as the Green Flame of Life. The Flame willed a small portion of its being to travel into a parallel universe, in order that its power might one day be wielded by a hero there.
The portion of the Starheart fell to Earth-2 centuries ago in the form of a glowing green meteor. A voice issued from it, saying, "Three times shall I flame green! First -- to bring death! Second -- to bring life! Third -- to bring power!" Chang, a Chinese man who found the "meteor," made a lamp from it. People, fearing that Chang would anger the gods by using the strange lamp, attacked him. The lamp flamed green, killing Chang's assailants.
Over the succeeding years the lamp passed through many hands, bring good fortune to the good and destruction to evildoers. It then came into the possession of a patient at Arkham Asylum who remade the lamp into a train lantern. The lantern flamed green, restoring the patient's sanity.
Finally, engineer Alan Scott found himself holding the lantern as he rode a train over a bridge the construction of which he had supervised. The government had chosen Scott's company to build the bridge over a company headed by a man named Dekker. The vengeful Dekker had the bridge blown up, wrecking the train as it passed over it. Scott, holding the lantern, survived. A voice came from the lantern instructing Scott to make a ring with which he could tap its power and to use that power to fight evil. Scott used his new powers to force Dekker, who died immediately afterward, to sign a confession. Scott decided to adopt the costumed identity of the Green Lantern.
As Green Lantern, Scott was a founding member of the Justice Society of America, as well as a member of the wartime All-Star Squadron.
Scott retired as Green Lantern as a result of the demand that he unmask during a Congressional Investigation of the Justice Society. During the following years Scott became president and chief owner of the Gotham Broadcasting Company. He returned to his career as Green Lantern when the Justice Society was reactivated.