--DETROIT (AP) — When DC Comics decided to blow up its fabled universe and create a brave, diverse future, Geoff Johns drew from the past for a new character: his own background as an Arab-American.
The company's chief creative officer and writer of the relaunched "Green Lantern" series dreamed up Simon Baz, DC's most prominent Arab-American superhero and the first to wear a Green Lantern
ring. The character and creator share Lebanese ancestry and hail from
the Detroit area, which boasts one of the largest and oldest Arab
communities in the United States."I
thought a lot about it — I thought back to what was familiar to me,"
Johns, 39, told The Associated Press by phone last week from Los
Angeles, where he now lives. "This is such a personal story."The Green Lantern mantle in DC Comics
is no stranger to diversity with its ranks
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