Monday, February 19, 2024

Secret Saga of THE GREEN HORNET "Death in the Family" Part 1

...Britt Reid II had just collapsed from a heart attack...which was not fatal, but does end his costumed crime-fighting career.
Sadly, his elderly aunt, Britt Reid Senior's wife Ruth, has just passed (of natural causes) from this mortal coil...
Things are certainly looking up for Britt II and Hayashi, eh?
But just as Fate had plans for the first Hornet and Kato after they retired, it has plans for the second "Dynamic Duo"...and their families, which you'll see...
NEXT WEEK!

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Secret Saga of THE GREEN HORNET "Exit the Second Green Hornet"

We Have Already Seen...

...in "present day" 1989, a person dressed as a Green Hornet enters the remains of the burned-out Reid family mansion and finds the hidden manuscript for Britt Reid Sr / Green Hornet I's memoirs.
He continues reading of Green Hornet II and Kato II's exploits in the 1960s and 70s...
While this is, chronologically, Green Hornet II's final appearance in costume, Britt Reid II is not dead, and continues to appear in future issues.
And there are numerous flashback tales about 1960s/70s adventures to come in this series!

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Monday, February 5, 2024

Secret Saga of THE GREEN HORNET "Has 40's Crime Master returned?"

Cover by Dave Dorman
Upon seeing Page 1, your first reaction will be "That ain't the guy on the cover!"
And you'd be right!
Don't worry, we didn't skip an issue...
Written by Ron Fortier, penciled by Jeff Butler, inked by David Mowry, this tale from NOW's Green Hornet V1N2 (1989) starts in the then-present with a later Hornet, then shifts back in time to the Silver/Bronze Age version seen on TV.
We break off our presentation at the point where the story shifts pencilers.
Writer Ron Fortier stated that the "origin" flashback which followed was created as a fill-in to finish the issue and get it to the printer when Jeff Butler became too ill to work.
The segment was excluded, at Fortier's request, from the reprint collection which continues with the story from #3.
Since this was the writer's suggestion, we're following his editorial wishes in our re-presentation.
We may show that fill-in storyline as a standalone post in the near future.
But next week...more action with Green Hornet II and Kato II!

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Monday, January 29, 2024

Secret Saga of THE GREEN HORNET "My Last Case" Part 4

We change to "illustrated text story" format...
...for the epilogue to the tale of the Golden Age Green Hornet and Kato from NOW's Green Hornet V1N1 (1989)...
The story's not over!
In fact, it is just beginning!
Next Week:
The Silver/Bronze Age Green Hornet and Kato!
We told you this was a multi-generational story!
A couple of notes...
1) The site of the ambush of the Texas Rangers is usually referred to as "Bryant's Gap", not "Brian's Gap".
Presumably, this is because the authors couldn't get too close to naming anything that was part of "official" Lone Ranger continuity.
2) Though Daniel Reid Sr was buried on the site, John Reid (The Lone Ranger) and Tonto faked John's grave to fool the gang who killed the other Rangers into believing he was also dead.
It's possible that, in this universe, when John Reid/The Lone Ranger passed, Tonto and/or Dan Reid Jr interred him at that site.

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Monday, January 22, 2024

Secret Saga of THE GREEN HORNET "My Last Case" Part 3

When Last We Left Our Heroes...


...after years of work, newspaper publisher Britt Reid, pretending to be a criminal in his secret identity as The Green Hornet, has broken organized crime in his city.
With the major cartels gone, Reid feels he can finally retire his masked alter-ego, marry, and live a normal life.
But Fate, in the form of Gatland Tobias, last of the ganglords, has other plans.
Having only a month to live due to inoperable cancer, Tobias gathers every remaining gangster into an army of revenge whose only job is to make the city Tobias' funeral pyre!
Arming themselves by raiding minimally-guarded local military bases and armories filled with weapons no longer needed since World War II is over, the criminals attack government buildings, banks, stores, police stations, and even The Daily Sentinel!
The story's not over!
In fact, it is just beginning!
Next Week:
Epilogue...and a New Chapter!

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