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March 10, 2014

GREEN LANTERN AND THE NODELLS

Martin Nodell's cover to the historic Green Lantern #1 in 1940. Though considered 'crude' by today's slick standards, this image is a teriffic composition of color, action and drama....it's timeless!
Martin Nodell's cover to the historic Green Lantern #1 in 1940. Though considered 'crude' by today's slick standards, this image is a teriffic composition of color, action and drama....it's timeless!

Martin Nodell’s cover to the historic Green Lantern #1 in 1940. Though considered ‘crude’ by today’s slick standards, this image is a teriffic composition of color, action and drama….it’s timeless!

 

Perhaps the greatest by-product of working in the comics industry are the many great people I’ve met along the way. Certainly my two favorite friends were Marty and Carrie Nodell.

Marty was the co-creator of the original, Golden-Age Green Lantern–a truly iconic character. GL was an instant hit when introduced in 1940, and has endured in one form or another through today. I know this popularity had more than a little to do with Nodell’s creativity.

 

The day I first met the Nodells in 1990. Marty and I pose with one of his coveted cover recreations. This took place at one of the old pre-Wizard Chicago Comicons. They always put on a tremendous show.

The day I first met the Nodells in 1990. Marty and I pose with one of his coveted cover recreations. This took place at one of the old pre-Wizard Chicago Comicons. They always put on a tremendous show.

I first met Marty and Carrie in 1990, at one of the pre-Wizard Chicago Comic-Cons. I must always include Carrie in my thoughts, as they had such a close relationship that you treated them as one. ¬†Carrie was Mr. Nodel’ls wife, promoter, manager, publicist, and biggest fan. She grew up tough in Depression times, and was a steely, crusty old gal with a heart of pure gold.

I attended lots of conventions throughout the 90s and 2000s, and you could count on the Nodells being there. They loved the excitement of the shows and enjoyed making a few extra bucks to supplement their retirement by selling prints, drawings and other memorabilia.

The author poses with the Nodell's as we take a break at the Dallas Fantasy Fair in the mid-90s.

The author poses with the Nodell’s as we take a break at the Dallas Fantasy Fair in the mid-90s.

 

It was always interesting to watch the interactions between Marty, Carrie and their fans. Everyone treated them like visiting Royalty. Even the most popular comic-book pros would stop by to pay homage.

I had a great close, personal relationship with them both. One time when they were attending a local comic-book convention, they were even houseguests in my home. Marty and Carrie more than filled the void of my departed grandparents. I adored listening to their heavy Brooklyn accents and faux New York  gruffness, as they were both marshmallows inside.

Carrie and Marty Nodell at an early-90s Kansas City, MO convention appearance. Marty''s arm is around their dear friend and very talented artist, Franchesco.

Carrie and Marty Nodell at an early-90s Kansas City, MO convention appearance. Marty”s arm is around their dear friend and very talented artist, Franchesco.

 

I playfully referred to Carrie as ‘Weapon X’. If I ever needed books signed by some ‘hot’ comics artist, whose line of fans would extend forever, I had only to ask Mrs. Nodell. Carrie would get up from their book, grab what i wanted signed, and just cut to the front of the line and get it done! She could have cared less about the withering glares she would get from waiting fans.

Marty and Carrie Nodell at a St. Louis comic-book store appearance, c. 1995.

Marty and Carrie Nodell at a St. Louis comic-book store appearance, c. 1995.

 

It was with great sadness when I heard of Carrie’s death in the early 2000s. Marty’s health declined appreciably after losing his soul-mate and he passed in 2006.

I miss them both terribly, and every time I go to a comics show, I catch myself looking for them. I’ll never forget all the great times we had together.

 

Portion of one of Mart and Carrie's Christmas card. Golden-Age Green Lantern c) DC Comics

Portion of one of Mart and Carrie’s Christmas card. Golden-Age Green Lantern c) DC Comics

 

 






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