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Green Hornet Buzzes the Big Screen!
America and the World must be fascinated by Super Heroes! Why else would Hollywood keep putting out film after film featuring the super heroes previously relegated to comic books? Last week we talked about the new movie of DC Comics’s Green Lantern which will debut this Spring! So here we are again with yet another Green hero. This one, The Green Hornet dates back to BEFORE the Golden Age of Comics! But so as not to steal our esteemed Publisher-In-Training and resident green bee keeper’s thunder, let’s turn it over to Mr. Mark Poe right now. 🙂
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The Green Hornet is actually one of the oldest comic book hero characters around. He rivals the Shadow and Doc Savage in age and appeared 3 years before the first issue of Action Comics featuring Superman. Originally he debuted as a pulp hero and masked vigilante on radio! George W. Trendle created the character with advice from Fran Striker along with radio director James Jewell in 1936 . Since then, the Green Hornet has appeared in several drama series in various media outlets. There were film serials in the 1940s, a national television program in the 1960s, many comic book series from the 1940s until now and a major motion picture this month. The characters have been revamped many times over the years but for the most part remained faithful to the original concepts.
My first memory of Green Hornet was the 1967-68 television show which followed the Batman show on the ABC network. The success of the Batman series inspired Greenway Productions to adapt the old radio and movie-serial masked crime fighter for the ABC network in similar fashion in which they did the Batman series. The show starred Van Williams as the Green Hornet and the young martial artist Bruce Lee as his sidekick Kato. Instead of the campy approach they used for the Batman series, The Green Hornet was played in a more serious tone. The Greenway style of filming, music, use of gadgets and drama was still there but not treated as a parody of super heroes. Unfortunately, it was canceled after one season. Bruce Lee went on to become a major star of martial arts movies. Bruce Lee‘s popularity in Hong Kong, where he grew up, was so great that the Green Hornet show was marketed there as The Kato Show.
The TV Green Hornet followed the adventures of man-about-town and newspaper publisher Britt Reid, who was secretly the masked hero the Green Hornet. The Green Hornet fought crime with help of his martial-artist sidekick Kato and his weapons-tricked-out car, the Black Beauty. The series began September 9, 1966, lasting 26 episodes through July 14, 1967 . Although the TV show was not campy it was over dramatized in a few places.
Even though I have not seen it, the movie looks promising. Some of the previews I’ve seen make me wonder if the movie makers did what the TV show producers did not, that is, turn the serious characters into campy parodies of themselves. I certainly hope that is not the case. I don’t think the viewing public would buy that and certainly the age old characters deserve better treatment. The characters and concept have the potential for a great hybrid super-hero/spy thriller storyline. Hopefully the movie producers realized that fact from the treatments and reception of the major super hero film offerings of the past few years.
As an added treat for today’s blog we’ve linked to a couple edited down versions of the first 2 episodes of the TV show way back from the 1960’s. Find out all about the new Green Hornet Movie from the website: www.greenhornetmovie.com. Enjoy!
Any questions or comments? All are welcome.
We continue our look back at our previously posted web comics. We’ll be looking at all that’s come before with this feature and adding new comments as well. This month we are reviewing Project: New Man #2 and Humants #1! Stay tuned to this section every Friday for more of our archived titles.
Project: New Man #2 – Page 18 – Now we meet a guy who ends of being a prominent character in our little series. We love the exchange between Max and Dave in the last panel! 😀 Freazie can come up with some stuff! He da man! 😉
Mark’s Remarks: Now, with this page we begin to see a shift in the art. This page marks where I take over full pencils and inks. That’s a good thing with these layouts, which were mine to begin with, because I needed to correct a lot of my own mistakes. Of course, even with that I made a few more! ARRGHH! 😉
Humants #1 – Page 17 – When we first posted this… We were too shook up over a boneheaded numbering mistake over in Project: New Man # 2 to make any comments on this story! We left out one of the pages and it was like 5 days before we discovered the error. Than we had to go back and fix it. Geeze! Can you believe we did that? ACK! 🙁
Okay, let’s see if these page numbers match…hmmmm.. Okay. We’re good! See ya! 🙂
Mark’s Remarks: First look at our series bad guy! Well, actually it’s just his helmet and cloak we see, but he shows up for real on the next page! The guys name is Mageddon! And trust me, he’s no gentleman.
Any questions or comments? All are welcome.
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