39 years ago - Guy Gardner is born.
21 years ago - 18-year-old Guy goes to college on a football scholarship.
16 years ago - 23-year-old Guy begins working as a high school football coach.
11 years ago - When Hal Jordan is injured, 28-year-old Guy Gardner is activated as Green Lantern, but he breaks his leg, and is sidelined and replaced by John Stewart.
10 years ago - 29-year-old Guy is chosen by a rogue sect of Oans to serve as an honor guard Green Lantern.
8 years ago - When the rogue Oans are brought down, 31-year-old Guy arms himself with a yellow Qwardian power ring, and joins the Justice League.
5 years ago - 34-year-old Guy is depowered when Hal Jordan destroys the Oan Power Battery. He purchases the Blackhawks New York facility, where he recovers Zinda Blake's stasis chamber, and takes her to Doctor Midnite to cure her. He opens the Warriors Bar, where he hires Arisia Rrab & Zinda Blake.
1 years ago - When the Guardians restart the Oan Battery, 38-year-old Guy is chosen for a role among the New Corps Honor Guard.
While many characters are very visibly a product of their time, Guy is rather uniquely a reflection of the time he is being written in. While he was originally created all the way back in 1968, he was refashioned by Steve Englehart into, to quote wikipedia, a 'jingoistic parody of an ultra-macho 'red-blooded American male.'" Guy might have been depicted, to varying degrees, less moronically bull-headed and more legitimately heroic, but the fact is that he's never that far removed from either idea, and there's something intrinsically entertaining about that.
While his early depiction as a tough, no-patience-for-nerds badass green lantern is timeless, He's one of the only characters that really thrived under Keith Giffen & J. M. DeMatteis's Justice League, even as he was made the but of several jokes, most notably his infamous one-punch knockout at the hands of Batman. He was MEANT to be a bit of a buffoon, and he thrieved here. still, once he lost his Green Lantern ring, he began one of my favorite runs for the character, when he used a stolen Sinestro ring and joined the Justice League simply as himself. there are so few characters in DC whose personality is so strong that they don't even need a super hero identity, they can just put the first letter of their name on a leather jacket and go fight Doomsday, but Guy did it, and he looked awesome doing it. It's also during this time that Guy had his romance with Ice, making them one of the most loved couples in comics simply because of the huge contrast in their personalities.
After the downfall of the Green Lantern corp, most of the old Lantern supporting characters had to find new rolls to fill, and Guy was no exception. For a time, he used his suddenly revealed hybrid alien biology to become 'Warrior'. It was a look and a concept that very few characters could have pulled off, but Guy came as close as anyone could have. Still, the best outcome of that story was Guy becoming the proprietor of Warriors, a New York bar that often catered to superheroes. This is the story we're using, and it works quite nicely, allowing Guy a place in the DC while Kyle is the sole Green Lantern.
Still, once the Oan Batteries are re-lit, Guy's return as a Green Lantern is all but inevitable. The comics created the idea of embracing the original concept of Guy being part of an "Honor Guard", a powerful Green Lantern with no sector of his own who travels across the universe helping other Lanterns when their troubles are too much for them to handle. Given the fact that earth has so many Green Lanterns this is an absolutely fantastic role for Guy to fill, acknowledging the bombastic awesomeness of the character.