Jack O'Lantern (DC Comics)
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Jack O'Lantern from the cover of Justice League Europe #30
|First appearance||(I) Super Friends #8 (November 1977)
(II) Justice League Europe Annual #1 (1990)
Justice League Quarterly #14 (spring 1994)
|Created by||(I) E. Nelson Bridwell, Ramona Fradon
(III)Steven T. Seagle, Ken Hooper
|Alter ego||Daniel Cormac
|Team affiliations||(I) Global Guardians
(III) Primal Force
|Abilities||(I, II) Mystical lantern provides flight, flame projection, teleportation, illusion casting, enhanced strength, fog creation.
(III) Has internalized the powers of the lantern used by his predecessors
Fictional character biography
The first Jack O'Lantern is Daniel Cormac of Ireland, who was born to a poor farmer who was granted a magic lantern by an Irish fairy. Cormac is a member of the Global Guardians, the international group of superheroes. His first recorded mission in Super Friends #8 is to help Green Lantern dismantle a bomb in Ireland. He appears in three solo back up stories in Super Friends #s 37, 40 and 44.
Cormac's first appearance in the mainstream DC Comics universe is DC Comics Presents #46, helping Superman find an ancient ruin in Ireland. He is later seen as part of a group of heroes from Ireland and England trying to save the world in the Crisis on Infinite Earths.
When the United Nations decide to fund the Justice League International, the Global Guardians find themselves without financial support, and disband. Cormac subsequently joins Rumaan Harjavti's army in Bialya. After Harjavti is killed by the Queen Bee, Jack voluntarily joins forces with the villainess in taking over the world. He is left dying in a sewer after a battle with the Justice League. He is found alive by his girlfriend Owlwoman in Justice League Quarterly #s 6 - 8 when the two heroes are found by Doctor Mist. They take a major part in reuniting the Global Guardians and fight with Sonar against the Justice League in Justice League Europe #s 49 and 50. Afterwards, Jack dies of natural causes.
Marvin Noronsa is a native of Bailya who takes over the Jack O'Lantern identity at Queen Bee's behest. Noronsa is able to use Cormac's mystical lantern only after Queen Bee modifies it. Noronsa is killed in an explosion caused by Sumaan Harjavti in Justice League America #55 (October 1991).
More recently, Cormac's cousin Liam McHugh takes up the mantle of Jack O'Lantern. An Irish "freedom fighter" who wields a mystical jack o'lantern and is blessed with incredible agility, McHugh has fought evil in various arenas over the past few years. He was a member of the Leymen (Primal Force) and later joined the Ultramarine Corps in Superbia. He appears in three solo stories in Justice League Quarterly #14, 15 and 17. He became a member of Dr. Mist's Leymen in Primal Force #0, appearing in every issue until the book was cancelled with issue 14. Liam is last seen as a member of the Ultramarine Corps in JLA #26 and JLA Classified #1-3.
Powers and abilities
Daniel Cormac and Marvin Noronsa have a mystical lantern that gives them the power of flight, flame projection, teleportation, illusion casting, enhanced strength, and the ability to create fogs. The power of the lantern is at its weakest at noon, and gradually increases to its peak at midnight.
Liam McHugh has found a way to internalize the powers of the mystical lantern, and no longer needs to carry it.
- Greenberger, Robert (2008), "Global Guardians", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 138, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017
- Justice League International #s 8, 9, 16, 17 and 27.
- Captain Atom Annual #2, Justice League Europe #2-4.
- Revealed in Primal Force #0.
- Justice League Europe #29-30; Justice League #53 - 55.