Roy Thomas doesn't approve of turning Alan Scott gay
Hi Pedro--And this alludes to just what I was thinking, that if there's anyone the editors slighted the most, it was Bill Finger and Martin Nodell. The reason why they did this, of course, is because they clearly see Scott as an easier property to victimize than Hal Jordan or even Superman himself. Obviously, they think nobody could possibly care a whit about a Golden Ager who's long been out of the main spotlight for a long time, when here Thomas and company came up with a successful series throughout the 80s (first All-Star Squadron and then Young All-Stars) that would highlight the Golden Age heroes in their prime, and a special spinoff series (Infinity Inc) that would focus on their children and proteges.
Just learned of this this morning. I've nothing against gays, but I think the notion of making Alan Scott retroactively gay (even if this is a new Earth-2 version, an abomination of an idea in and of itself) is ludicrous and offensive.
It is also a slap in the face to Dann, Jerry Ordway, Mike Machlan, and I, who co-created his children Jade and Obsidian... and of course Dann and I also engineered his fathership with Thorn and his later marriage to Harlequin... as it even undercuts the potential economic value of our creation.
I believe this concept shows contempt for us and for long-time faithful readers. And I think we should return the favor. But, in the end, it's all just word and pictures on paper (or in cyberspace), and is no more valid re the original Green Lantern created by Mart Nodell and Bill Finger than was the retroactive continuity we did back in the '80s.
Thomas also has a point that this can do potential damage economically, since now, there's less chance we'll be seeing kids wearing an Alan Scott GL costume on Halloween, and maybe not at conventions either. Nor will many parents be buying their children toy action figures based on Alan, or even coloring books (as for Obsidian, his chances have probably already been totaled in the past several years). Yes, the damage they're wroughting could be tremendous, and just think of how it could rub off upon Hal Jordan and other GLs as well. This is exactly what they obviously won't consider, that long-term, it can and does have a very negative effect on spinoff merchandise they can publish, to say nothing of the source material itself, since some potential buyers could be discouraged even from trying those out.