I don’t know about everyone else, but for me Power Records was a staple of my comic book experience when I was a kid. The book and record sets brought the comics to life for me and really stirred my imagination in a day and age when comic book related movies and television shows were nearly a pipe dream. The sets focused on a number of comic book superheroes and television shows that were popular at the time and I remember often lamenting that Green Lantern had been overlooked when it came to these audio adventures. It wasn’t until recently that I learned that Green Lantern had been adapted much earlier, years before the record and book sets existed.
It came as a revelation when I was talking with my cousin Bryon not too long ago. He and I grew up swapping comic books and spending an inordinate amount of time with our Megos together as kids when our families would get together as superheroes provided us both with the escapism and adventure that we both craved. We were reminiscing when he told me about another series of audio adventures that predated the Power Records sets and were released on MGM’s Leo the Lion label. One album in particular featured Aquaman, The Flash and Green Lantern and was released in 1967. While the cover shows Hal Jordan, the actual adventure is the origin of the Golden Age Alan Scott version of the Green Lantern. The records can still be found occasionally on the secondary market, but you can listen to it for free on YouTube and you’ll find the video embedded above.