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
Green Hornet #31 /Nov. 1946
"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)."
Lobby Card for the 1943 Serial
|"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."|
|"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"|
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.