Here's your Guy..
Sure, the Nineties were often an odd time to be a DC fan, characters were, killed off, changed identities and sometimes even gender (more on that later) and the status quo could change overnight as an editor decided a character needed a boost.
Created by John Broome and Gil Kane in Green Lantern #59 (March 1968).
Guy Gardner was always second fiddle.
Passed over for Hal Jordan as Earth's first Green Lantern due to simple proximity to the dying alien Abin Sur, when Guy finally got his turn at GL status, he got thrust into the Phantom Zone, became Brain Damaged and when he finally escaped, he fell into a coma and Hal stole his girl...classy Hal..classy.
The resulting brain damage gave Guy a split personality, he became the butt of everyone's jokes, the asshole you loved to hate..and this happened.
The Eighties may have brought Gardner to prominence..but at what cost?
Life didn't get much better come the new decade.
Taking his place as Earth's primo GL, Guy spent his time kicking ass and taking names, whilst Hal Jordan spent his time driving a truck, growing his temples white and finding himself.
After his bout of soul-searching, Hal once again decided to be THE Green Lantern.
Guy taking umbrage, challenged Hal to a fist fight..and well, let's just say, for this fan *the fix was in*.
Humiliated, Guy slunk off to find fortune as a non-powered hero.
Sadly, this didn't work out to well, so, with Lobo's assistance, Guy invaded Qward with the intent to steal Sinestro's Qwardian ring for his own.
Successful in his quest, Guy used the power ring to battle crime and remind the world just why he was "America's Number One"..all went well until a little thing called Zero Hour.
The now insane Green Lantern Hal Jordan destroyed Oa's central power battery, with the source of their emerald energy gone, thousands of GL's were left for dead and, more importantly, Guy's ring, which relied on leeching power from other GL's was now useless.
Never one to be deterred, Guy hit up his old JLI buddy Blue Beetle for something to even the odds.
This suit didn't last long when he again went up against Parallax, saved only by the sudden reactivation of his yellow ring, Guy fought hard but was ultimately bested by the cosmic level Hal.
Hurt and barely alive, Guy found himself back on Earth and ready to relinquish his life as a hero..
Enter Beau Smith and Mitch Byrd.
Teaming up with renowned adventurer "Buck" Wargo and his team, Guy ventured in deep into the Amazon Jungle in search of the legendary "Warrior Water".
After a long fight with a treacherous member of the team, Guy drank the fabled liquid which activated long dormant alien genes, giving Guy the powers of the Vuldarian Race, the greatest warriors ever to hit the DCU.
Returning to New York, Guy set up the Superhero themed (and much cooler than Planet Krypton
) Warriors bar and picked up his life where he left off, as the DCU's toughest hero.
Now powerful enough to fight Superman (due to his powers going out of whack), Guy enlisted the help of Wildcat, Buck, a time displaced Lady Blackhawk and Lead of the Metal Men to help keep Warriors from getting too
destroyed, not that that did any good when Lobo was in town.
Keeping true to his GL roots, a team up with then sole Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, proved that Guy was the Warrior the DCU needed.
Up against the villainous Major Force, a psychopathic killer, who had recently killed Kyle's girlfriend and Guy's brother, Guy made the decision to execute the criminal to avoid further bloodshed.
Later issues saw Guy come to terms with his Vuldarian heritage, facing the demonic Vuldarian Dementor, a product of forced breeding.
Killed during Our Worlds at War, Guy wouldn't be kept down, pulling a con on both Superman and foe Kancer in order to return to his rightful place as true ass kicker of the DCU.Notable Issues:
Guy Gardner:Warrior #28 (Death of Major Force)
Guy Gardner: Warrior#29 (Best issue ever...trust me)
Action Comics #789 - Warrior #30 (Superman fight)
Guy Gardner: Warrior #41 (Guy Gardner - Superfriend??)
Guy Gardner Warrior #42 (Gal Gardner)http://www.facebook.com/TheDecadeMattelForgot