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More than 75 years later, Green Hornet 'still at large'

Masked character has appeared in comics, film, TV, radio; Oklahoman writes story in latest prose anthology
by Matthew Price Published: December 14, 2012
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Dynamite picked up the Green Hornet comics license in 2009. The company published multiple series with various versions of the character starting in 2010, including the Matt Wagner-written “Green Hornet: Year One,” set in 1930s Chicago; and “Kevin Smith's Green Hornet,” based on a screenplay the filmmaker had written for the property. There were also two series based around the Seth Rogen “Green Hornet” film from 2011.

Now, the Hornet joins the Shadow and others in “Masks.”

“For years now, Dynamite Entertainment and I have desired to unite all of the varied pulp characters they've been publishing into one big crossover event,” said Ross in a news release. “When the Green Hornet and Kato paved the way for a successful relaunch of the original masked duo characters, we knew that the grand prize of revivals should then be the ultimate original, the Shadow. Now, to be able for the first time in history to have these legends meet, along with fellow mysterymen The Spider, Zorro, Black Bat, and others, makes this project a unique accomplishment.”

And in the future, writer Mark Waid is set to bring his stamp to the character in a new series that was announced at New York Comicon. That series is planned for a 2013 release.

“It should come as little surprise that I have an affinity for all costumed crimefighters no matter if their adventures are ‘period pieces' or not — heroism is heroism regardless of whatever year's on the calendar,” Waid said in a news release. “With this Green Hornet project, which I've been percolating on for more than ten years, I'm able to meld my love of the Hornet's legacy with a little bit of Citizen Kane and a lot of Lawrence of Arabia to tell a story never before told — the dark years of the Hornet's later career and the one mistake he makes that nearly costs him everything.”

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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