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Real Identity: John Stewart
Affiliation(s): Green Lantern Corps and Justice League Unlimited
Appearances (STAS): In Brightest Day...
Appearances (JL/U): Secret Origins Part Two, Part Three, In Blackest Night Part One, Part Two, Enemy Below Part One, Part Two, Injustice For All Part One, Part Two, War World Part One, Part Two, Brave and the Bold Part One, Part Two, Fury Part One, Part Two, Legends Part One, Part Two, Metamorphosis Part One, Part Two, Savage Time Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Tabula Rasa Part One, Part Two, Only a Dream Part One, Part Two, Maid of Honor Part Two, Hearts and Minds Part One, Part Two, A Better World Part One, Part Two, Eclipsed Part One, Part Two, Secret Society Part One, Part Two, Hereafter Part One, Part Two, Wild Cards Part One, Part Two, Comfort and Joy, Starcrossed Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Initiation, Kid's Stuff, the Return, Greatest Story Never Told, Dark Heart, Wake the Dead, Once and Future Thing Part One, Part Two, Doomsday Sanction, Task Force X, Clash, Hunter's Moon, Panic in the Sky, Divided We Fall, Shadow of the Hawk, Chaos at the Earth's Core, To Another Shore, Flash and Substance, Patriot Act, the Great Brain Robbery,Far From Home, Ancient History, Alive! and Destroyer
Appearances (SS): A League of Their Own Part One, Part Two and Fallen Hero
Voiced By: Phil LaMarr/ Marc John Jefferies (Kid GL)
John Stewart grew up in Detroit, Michigan during the Cold War, an era of political tension among countries. Despite this, Stewart exhibited potential recognized by one of his former History teachers, Al McGee. McGee saw him as smart, impatient and headstrong. After school, Stewart would race to his Uncle James' home to read his collection of Justice Guild of America comic books.
As an adult, Stewart enrolled in the US Marine Corps near the end of the Vietnam War. He befriended Rex Mason during this time. The military training and experience subsided his impatience and brash attitude. Some time after, he was selected by the Guardians of the Universe to join the Green Lantern Corps. He trained under Katma Tui and the two fell in love with each other. One day, Stewart would replace Abin Sur as Green Lantern of Sector 2814, a quadrant of the galaxy that includes our own solar system.
When fellow Lantern Sinestro became power hungry and tried to overthrow the Guardians of the Universe, Stewart joined the Corpsmen who united to defeat the traitor. Sinestro returned with a new power ring and a blood oath to kill all Green Lanterns. Abin Sur's untimely death at Sinestro's hands accelerated Stewart's ascension among the ranks to official Green Lantern of Space Sector 2814. Upon his return to Earth, Stewart repressed several fears, one that he lost touch with his people by being away in space for so long and two, being just another general issue soldier. Nonetheless, he refused to train Sur's successor, Kyle Rayner and sent him to Katma Tui. During this time, he also encountered Hawkgirl, who first arrived on Earth.
Soon after, Stewart was one of the few heroes to receive a telepathic summoning from J'onn Jonzz. He joined the newly formed Justice League and quickly proved to be a methodical and strategic member. This contrasted the blind luck that the League seemed to garner with every victory. At one point, he attempted to help train the League. Tensions mounted between members, and Grodd, with his Secret Society, took advantage of the situation. After responding to a fake distress call alone, Stewart was ambushed by Sinestro and had his Lantern stolen. Posing as Stewart, Sinestro began to smear his reputation by stealing. Stewart conserved as much energy as he could and tracked Sinestro to Dakota City where he encountered Static and Gear again, after a previous Justice League mission. At first, they believed Stewart turned to a life of crime and defeated him. As a gesture, he hid his power ring in Static's jacket before being taken away by the local police. Static believed his story and charged Stewart's ring, temporarily, with electromagnetism to defeat Sinestro.
Over the years, Stewart and Shayera Hol (Hawkgirl) fell in love with each other. Hol was at odds with herself because she had a secret agenda. She was an advance agent sent to research Earth's defenses. When the rest of her unit arrived, her true purpose was revealed. Stewart felt betrayed when he learned of this and that she was already engaged. After the Thanagarians were defeated, Shayera Hol parted ways with the League and Stewart.
Since then, a hair style change later, Stewart took on his role as a founding member and began to date a recruited heroine named Vixen. He also took it upon himself to personally train Supergirl. However, Stewart's tulmultous relationship with Hol had not ended. During a time traveling chase to the past and future, he discovered he had a son named Rex with Hol. He struggled with telling Shayera Hol the truth and being around her.
The appearance of Hawkman and his obsession with Hol further complicated matters. Following Shadow Thief's elaborate kidnapping, Stewart decided to remain with Vixen and share the revelation of the future with Hol. He admitted he'd always love her but he didn't want his knowledge dictate his future and make him a puppet of destiny.