Beware Evildoers there is a new costumed hero on the prowl to put an end to your nefarious ways! But wait, that’s not a “new” hero, The Green Hornet has been around for years. He was originally created for an American radio program in the 1930s by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker, then went on to appear in movie serials in the ‘40s, as well as a network TV show in the ‘60s. Not to mention that The Green Hornet and his ever-faithful sidekick appeared in numerous comicbook throughout the 1940s and on through to the present day, and will even return to the silver screen in January of next year in a big-budget feature film starring Seth Rogen, and Cameron Diaz.
While much has been written about the upcoming film It is important to note that The Hornet has a rich history in comics, and that Dynamite Entertainment, is doing what it does best, and is not only republishing Golden Age material, but is adding to that legacy by creating a new tapestry of Green hornet mythology with an impressive line-up of books and top-flight talent.
“We’ve been working on this one for a long time now,” stated Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. “The Green Hornet is a cultural icon and touchstone for modern super-heroes, including the greats like Batman. To work with such a character, and faithfully represent him along the lines of how we’ve handled The Lone Ranger and Zorro, and the upcoming Buck Rogers, is truly a momentous opportunity.”
Currently, Dynamite is publishing five on-going new Green Hornet titles as well as a pair of series spotlighting Kato. This in addition to remastering Golden Age comics, Dynamite is also issuing trade paperbacks, hardcover collections, and one-shots featuring a wide array of A-list talent, including Kevin Smith adapting his own unused Green Hornet film script, other writers include Matt Wagner, Brett Matthews, and Phil Hester; covers to the various series are illustrated by Alex Ross and Matt Wagner, with interiors by Jonathan Lau , Nigel Raynor and other talented artists.
According to Barrucci, the comics are not only doing quite well, but make an excellent lead-in for the upcoming flick. So if you are a fan of the Hornet, recalling him from your youth, if you are only passing familiar and want to learn more about the character prior to the film, or just went to keep current with his new adventures, Dynamite’s line of Green Hornet comics is an ideal place to start.
Dynamite Entertainment, the publishing division of Dynamic Forces, Inc., was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling titles and properties, including Red Sonja, Green Hornet, Project Superpowers, The Boys, Army of Darkness, Battlestar Galactica, The Lone Ranger, Zorro and more. Dynamite comics can be found in comic shops and online at its website.