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January 14, 2011

Feature Story: The Green Hornet in Print


For nearly 80 years, the world has been thrilling to the adventures of the Green Hornet. First as a radio serial, then as a serial film star, then as a TV show and a comic book character. For a variety of reasons, the character—newspaperman Britt Reid, who dons a mask to fight crime along with sidekick Kato—endures to this day. Now, in a brand-new movie starring Seth Rogen, he’s been updated for a new generation of fans. But comics readers have never lost touch with the Green Hornet. Here’s a sampling of the many books available for modern readers.

Green Hornet: Year One, Volume One
by Matt Wagner and Aaron Campbell
Dynamite Entertainment
Matt Wagner, one of the most creative writers in comics, takes the reins on the Green Hornet, bringing the characters to their basic roots. Joining Wagner is artist Aaron (Sherlock Holmes) Campbell, whose stunning recreation of the industrial world of 1930s Chicago is sure to wow fans across the globe.
Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet, Vol. 1: Sins of the Father
by Kevin Smith and Jonathan Lau
Dynamite Entertainment
The Green Hornet is back, along with his faithful sidekick, Kato, and the Black Beauty. This collection includes Kevin Smith's unproduced Green Hornet film, featuring the one and only origin of the Green Hornet and Kato, as well as issues #1-5 of the bestselling series, along with a complete cover gallery.
The Green Hornet Chronicles
by various
With his faithful valet Kato, Britt Reid, daring young publisher, matches wits with the Underworld, risking his life so that criminal and racketeers within the law may feel its weight by the sting of the Green Hornet. Featuring stories by the likes of Harlan Ellison, Greg Cox, and Robert Greenberger, The Green Hornet Chronicles is an anthology featuring all-new, original crime fiction tales of the man who hunts the public enemies that even the FBI can't reach!
The Green Hornet: A History of Radio, Motion Pictures, Comics and Television
by Martin Grams and Terry Salomonson
OTR Publishing
A complete history of the radio series from the creation to conception sketches, reprints from production files to the untold adventures, biographic details of the cast and the characters they played (including Mike Axford, Kato, Gunnigan, Lenore Case, Linda Travis, Ed Lowry, Clicker Binney, Commissioner Higgins, etc.) and background information is all provided under one cover. Also included are details of the two cliffhanger serials produced by Universal in the early forties, the unaired 1952 television pilot, the long-running popularity of the comic books and the William Dozier television series (1966-67) starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee. A complete episode guide documents every adventure including unproduced scripts and plot ideas. Whether you are a casual fan or a serious enthusiast of the series, here is everything you want to know about The Green Hornet!