Created by John Broome & Gil Kane

The Original Universe


Official Name: Coast City
Location: California, USA
Prominent Inhabitants: Green Lantern (Hal Jordan); Jim Jordan
First Appearance: Showcase #22/3 (September-October 1959): "Menace of the Runaway Missile!"
Creators: John Broome & Gil Kane


The home of Hal Jordan on the Pacific Coast where he worked for Ferris Aircraft, Coast City was one of the West Coast's most important cities. The city and its seven million inhabitants were destroyed by a combined assault of the Cyborg Superman and Mongul. With the goal of turning the Earth into a new Warworld, they grew a giant engine on the ruins of Coast City, a monstrous reactor later known as Engine City. Engine City was later sunk into the ocean and its desert location later allowed the alien ship/city of Haven to settle on Earth.


In the late 20th / early 21st Century, cities such as Metropolis, Gotham City, and Central City each boasted their resident super-heroes. Coast City was no exception, wielding an emerald power ring, test pilot Hal Jordan protected his hometown from a variety of threats as Green Lantern.

Located approximately 122 West Longitude, 38 North Latitude, Coast City is south of Pacifica near Sausalito on Highway 101. Situated on both sides of the Santa Clara Channel, Coast City lays in the shadow of Mount Pacific. Green Lantern Vol. 2 #40, #73-#74

Coast City was obliterated by Mongul and the Cyborg Superman during their failed attempt to turn Earth into a new Warworld. Though they were able to turn the ruins into the massive Engine City, their defeat at the hands of Superman and Green Lantrern Hal Jordan meant the end of their plans. The ruins of Engine City fell into the Pacific Ocean and the area was considered a monument to those who had lost their lives.

Some time later, the alien city of Haven crash landed in California, finally coming to a rest in the former Coast City area.

When the fear entity Parallax attempted to take control of Hal Jordan as the Spectre, it recreated the streets of Coast City, but only one building; Hal Jordan's old apartment.

After Jordan was freed from the control of Parallax and restored to life, Coast City also saw a return. Despite the support of the Wayne Foundation, the hope of reconstruction was fading as many were too fearful to return to the city where so many had lost their lives.

During the Sinestro Corps War, Coast City became a target due to its connection to Green Lantern. However, instead of evacuating, the citizens shined emerald lights from their homes, signifying they would stay in support of their hero. Following the war, Coast City became known as the city without fear as thousands moved in to start new lives.

Currently, Coast City is a target once more. Nekron has brought the Black Lantern Central Power Battery to Earth. The Blackest Night has fallen, and the dead have risen as the Black Lantern Corps.