Monday, June 20, 2011
Does The Green Lantern Feature David Ben-Gurion?
This weekend, the summer blockbusters continue to unleash their assault on the box office. First it was Thor, then it was X-Men: First Class, now it’s “The Green Lantern” starring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, Earth’s protector. Unlike many super heroes who attain their abilities through a transformation (spider-bite, radiation spill, accident etc.), Hal Jordan is literally chosen to be a “Green Lantern,” protector of the Universe and with it comes a ring that grants him superhuman abilities.
The immortal founders of the Green Lantern Corps are an ancient race of aliens that, no joke, bare a striking resemblance to the State of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion. The similarity is no urban legend - when the alien race the “Guardians of the Universe” were first drawn in Volume 2 #1 (July, 1960), the illustrators didn’t want to create unusual looking aliens, but opted to make them more human, more approachable. For whatever reason, the blue-skinned aliens with large heads and white hair were all modeled off of Ben-Gurion. Over the last 50 years, Israel’s Prime Minister has been in the comic books, cartoons, and now - a feature film.
Check out the picture of how the Guardians of the Universe looks in the movie, trailer and see if you can spot the Ben-Gurion doppelganger at the 2:11 mark.
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