Martin Nodell, the creator of comicbook hero the Green Lantern, died Saturday in Muskego, Wisc., of natural causes. He was 91.

The Green Lantern, who used his ring to fight crime, was originated by Nodell in 1940 in a comic that featured other characters as well. Soon after, the Green Lantern had his own comicbook series until it was canceled in 1947.

The character was re-booted in 1959, and has since been revived multiple times in several different incarnations.

Philadelphia-born Nodell drew the comic under the name Mart Dellon, and then left the industry. He would go on to a career in advertising and was part of an ad team that created the Pillsbury Doughboy in the 1960s.

Nodell got the idea for Green Lantern after waiting for a subway in New York and seeing a train operator waving a green light.

He is survived by two sons, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.