Dressing up as a superhero goes back to the beginning of the comic book genre. I would have guessed most kids would have dressed up as Batman or Superman, but a photograph being shared by NOLA.com shows an early Alan Scott fan ready for action.
On Mardi Gras 1946, Fred Lipps Jr., 13, donned the costume and was photographed at his aunt’s house on Polymnia Street, near the corner of Dryades, in Central City.
A great fan of comic book superheroes, Lipps chose Green Lantern ‘frankly, because I thought the costume was the easiest to reproduce; no fancy cowls, burning flames, wings or such.’
I think this is pretty awesome for a couple of reasons 1) the kid was 13 at the time, and 2) the guys behind him aren’t looking at him like he is some kind of weirdo. Of course it was during Mardi Gras, so his costume may have been tame in comparison.