Van Williams-Bruce Lee TV series inspired 1960s “Green Hornet” comics from Gold Key
Green Hornet (Gold Key) 1-3
Created to tie in with the 1966-1967 TV show, these three “Green Hornet” issues feature Britt Reid and his valet Kato, who pretend to be criminals in order to fight crime. District Attorney Frank Scanlon and secretary “Casey” Case are in on Britt Reid’s secret. Mike Axford, a police beat reporter working for Reid’s newspaper, is constantly after the Green Hornet, but he falls into humorous mishaps that prevent any true discovery. Van Williams and Bruce Lee are featured on the covers, with photos from the show also appearing in the interior covers. The stories are roughly comparable to the TV show of the time, and are relatively enjoyable, if dated stylistically.
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Young X-Men #1-9
Marc Guggenheim and Yanick Paquette create this story of a new team of mutants following the”Messiah Complex” storyline. With no new mutants being born, Rockslide, Blindfold and Dust believe they are part of the last generation of mutants. Recruited by Cyclops, they are told that the old New Mutants are the new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and they must track down and kill the team. Not my favorite work by either Guggenheim or Paquette, but it has its moments (particularly in one neat Danger Room sequence). Ben Oliver becomes the artist with issue #6, as the origin of the Young X-Man “Ink” is explained.
Captain Confederacy (1-12, Steeldragon, 1986; 1-4, Epic, 1991)
Science fiction author Will Shetterly worked with artist Vince Stone on “Captain Confederacy,” an alternate-history comic-book series that looked at a propaganda-type superhero in a world where the South won the Civil War and remained a separate nation from the United States. Shetterly has posted his “director’s cut” of the material at a blog dedicated to Captain Confederacy. This is interesting, thought-provoking stuff, that has had its share of controversy. Even years after the series’ end, a parent who bought a remaindered copy at a dollar store was offended by its contents. The series definitely isn’t meant for kids, but is intended to look at issues of race relations in the context of a superhero adventure/alternate history story.
- Matt Price
Comics read in 2011: 1,881. Still to go: 130.
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