Defective Green Lantern displays catch on FIRE in comics shops

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Dec 14, 2012

If you're a comic-book store owner, you could spend $150 for a special "Green Lantern Animated Light-Up display," based on a variant cover of Green Lantern #50, with art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams. But you really, really shouldn't.

These displays, designed for the purpose of catching the eyes of people walking by on the street and luring them into your comic-book store, have a minor defect. Although the details are slim, it seems as if they, um, catch fire.

And according to Bleeding Cool, other comic-book stores reporting smelling smoke after plugging in their displays, "And now DC has informed retailers to unplug the signs and await further instructions."

ComicList had posted the original press release for the display, which arrived in stores on April 27, 2011:

The display lights up in two different modes: It can run through a cycle in which different sections of the art lights up, or the entire picture can light up at the same time. ...

Please note that due to power system differences, this item will be available only in the U.S. and Canada.

Power system differences? DC is obviously referring to the power differences between the U.S., Canada ... and perhaps China, where it was likely shoddily manufactured.

The new Green Lantern Corps oath? "In brightest day, in blackest night and through billowing smoke ... "

Take a look at what comic stores and their customers are now missing.

(via TheMarySue)