Created by John Broome and Gil Kane

The Original Universe


Base of Operation: Olympic County, Washington State
Gender: Male
Eyes: Blue
Hair: None
First Appearance: Green Lantern Vol. 2 #54 (July 1967): "Menace in the Iron Lung!"
Creators: John Broome and Gil Kane


Trapped in an iron lung, the man called Baron Tyrano longed to be healthy and free. He was a multi-millionaire, possessing a brilliant mind. The man in the iron lung learned of the dual identity of Green Lantern and sought to use this to his advantage.

Baron Tyrano filed a complaint of damages allegedly incurred by Green Lantern while the hero apprehended criminals in Tyrano's vicinity. The claim was sent to the Evergreen Insurance Company, employer of Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern of Earth.

Jordan was sent to investigate, but went as Green Lantern. The emerald crusader was attacked by a missile in the image of Tyrano. When struck by the mechanical man, Green Lantern and Hal Jordan were separated from each other.

Jordan remembered being Green Lantern but he was without his ring or costume. As Jordan was attacked by Tyrano's henchmen, Green Lantern felt the effects. It was not long before both Hal and his GL half were defeated, Baron Tyrano took Green Lantern for his plans.

Tyrano wanted the body of Green Lantern, and had created a body-switching machine to escape his iron lung. His plan had one flaw, he did not count on Hal Jordan being a threat to his plans.

The alter ego of Green Lantern broke into Tyrano's lair and recharged Green Lantern's ring. The emerald crusader put an end to Baron Tyrano's scheme and used the power ring to bring both halves of himself back together. Tyrano was taken into police custody. - Green Lantern Vol. 2 #54

In the years since his defeat at Hal Jordan's hands, Baron Tyrano escaped from imprisonment and sought to regain his secrecy. He systematically killed his human assistants and replaced them with mechanical servants, operated entirely by his will. Television was Tyrano's only friend, his servants were replicas of famous TV stars.

It was while watching television that Tyrano learned the original Green Lantern returned after a short absence. He was one among seven ring wielders in The Green Lantern Corps of Earth.

With his mental energy, Baron Tyrano created seven replicas of himself, as healthy in body as he was in mind. The seven Tyranos attacked the Corps at their Los Angeles Citadel.

Striking one Tyrano divided the pain into one seventh of its impact. The Green Lanterns discovered they would need to strike all seven Tyranos simultaneously to defeat their enemy.

The Baron Tyrano replicants faded away. In his hidden lair, Tyrano slipped into unconsciousness. His mechanical friends could not help him, as they had depended on his will alone to motivate them. - Green Lantern Corps #204

Somehow, Tyrano returned again. This time it appeared he had lowered his expectations. Tyrano took part in a vacation resort featuring has-been supervillains. The villains "rob" the psuedo-Bank of Littleville causing excitement for paying tourists.

Another Green Lantern faced Baron Tyrano and the villains. His name was G'Nort. After learning the truth about Littleville, G'Nort left to check it out with the Justice League. The current employment status of the villains in Littleville has yet to be revealed. - Green Lantern Corps Quarterly #3


For a definitive list of appearances of Baron Tyrano in chronological order click here


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