16Honorable Mention: Alan Scott
Before we get this list underway, let’s kick things off with an honorable mention. Alan Scott is the Golden Age incarnation of the Green Lantern character and is the first to ever hold the mantle. The rest of the Green Lanterns of Earth all look
up to Scott as a mentor of sorts for his decorated service and position as a founding member of the Justice Society of America, itself a predecessor to the Justice League.
With a resume like this, you may be wondering why isn’t Alan Scott higher up on the list. Unfortunately for Scott, his Golden Age tenure pre-dates the creation of the Green Lantern Corps, and the rest of the lore that goes along with it. It wasn’t until the Silver Age Green Lantern Hal Jordan hit the pages that we came to know the Green Lantern lore as we know it today.
While Scott does fight crime with a ring that creates objects at his bidding, its power is magic-based and not linked to the Central Power Battery on Oa from which every other Green Lantern draws their power. It’s a bit of a technicality, but Alan Scott’s heroics during the Golden Age and beyond still lands him a place on the periphery of this list.