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Of the many "Dynamic Duos" who populate the superhero pop culture universe, one of the most versatile, prolific, yet strangely unsung pairs has to be the Green Hornet and his manservant Kato. Sprung from the fertile imaginations of George W. Trendle and Fran Striker, these two have kicked criminal behinds in comic books, novels, and on radio, television and the big screen for over 70 years, and they're still going strong! According to Wikipedia:
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"The Green Hornet is a masked superhero, created ...for an American radio program in the 1930s. The character also has appeared in film serials in the 1940s, a network television program in the 1960s, and multiple comic book series from the 1940s to the present."

 


Green Hornet #31 /Nov. 1946
Harvey Comics

"Though various incarnations sometimes change details, in most incarnations the Green Hornet is Britt Reid, a newspaper publisher by day who goes out in his masked "Green Hornet" identity at night to fight crime as a vigilante, accompanied by his similarly masked Asian manservant Kato -- who drives their car, equipped with advanced technology, called "Black Beauty".

"The Green Hornet is often presented as possessing fair to above average hand-to-hand combat skills and is often armed with a gun that sprays knock-out gas (a sonic blast weapon located in Reid's walking stick called the "Hornet's Sting" was added to his arsenal for the TV series)."

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Lobby Card for the 1943 Serial
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"One relatively minor aspect of the character that tends to be given limited exposure in the actual productions is his blood relationship to The Lone Ranger, another character created by Striker. The Lone Ranger's nephew was Dan Reid. In the Green Hornet radio shows, the Hornet's father was likewise named Dan Reid, making Britt Reid the Lone Ranger's great-nephew."
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"During World War II, the radio show's title was used as a codename for SIGSALY, secret encryption equipment used in the war. "The Green Hornet" also became a popular nickname for Lieutenant-General George S. Patton, due to the unique and attention-getting uniform that he proposed for tank crews, which featured a gold-painted football helmet. Supposedly, while Patton was testing it after development (which he funded out of his own pocket), one Army trooper said "Look! It's the Green Hornet!" and the name followed Patton for years"
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The Green Hornet model I've designed is includes parts to allow you to create the Golden Age comic version, or the 1960s TV version. The Kato model is more like the TV version, as I prefer the look of that chauffeur uniform. These are beta models, so as always, please let me know if you find problems.

Happy Modeling!!
The Professor

*** If you build either of these models please send me pix!.

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