Last week, we helped share the news about Dynamite Entertainment making a pile of their first issues available for free via the ComiXology service. If you missed that post, you might want to click HERE so you can secure them before they are cycled out for newer ones. The new week brings the announcement of a second wave of these offerings so let’s take a look at the press release and provided images. Enjoy.
Despite the news of the day continuing to keep us on the edge of our collective seats, I’m going to continue to serve up some alerts and announcements on the cool things that are coming our way in hope that they offer us some distraction during this time. Here’s an alert from Dynamite Entertainment who will be releasing a brand-new series for the iconic Green Hornet this June. Read on.
The Press Release:
Green Hornet, Kato, the Black Beauty and a bounty of gadgets are back in this artistically unique series. Featuring a slimmed-down, tight-knit creative team, fans of the classic pulp hero will be amazed. Writer Scott Lobdell (Flash Forward, Uncanny X-Men) is joined by artist Anthony Marques (Red Sonja, Vampirella), who is also handling coloring to create a stylish, minimalist palette of black, white and green. Letterer extraordinaire Taylor Esposito (Batman, No One Left To Fight) plays the comic book bass with his consistently on-point storytelling. And did we mention there’s a baby? An alien baby?
This creative team is going on nearly a decade working together in various capacities. First meeting on Red Hood and the Outlaws, Anthony has worked with his collaborators across multiple publishers including Dynamite as an editor. Today he is additionally the proprietor of the famous The Kubert School, where Esposito also currently works as an instructor. Their chemistry and candor could not be contained when Dynamite reached out for comment. Continue reading Dynamite Entertainment Announces “Green Hornet” Series For June→
The PiercingMetal Command HQ was saddened to learn of the passing of actor Van Williams earlier today. Mr. Williams is most famously known across geekdom as being the one and only Green Hornet from the short-lived television series back in 1966-67. He was 82 years old and while I didn’t follow much of his career after seeing him do this role as a young child, he is timeless to this writer and finds me raising a glass in his honor.
“The Green Hornet” television show was launched as a result of the success of the classic “Batman” series but unlike the campy show that so many of us know and still love, TGH was a straight up crime drama show but with a superhero element to it. Newbies to the mythology might not realize that the Hornet was playing the role of a crime boss who would “take over” the competition by letting them get arrested time and time again. He would always manage to elude capture with his man at arms, Kato (played by the late great Bruce Lee). Sadly this show has never been properly released in any official format. I know I have a copy of four episodes care of a company called Cheesy Flicks or something of that nature but no comprehensive full series run. It’s about time for this ABC so let’s get on it.
Williams starred in several other programs which were not on my viewing radar based on my age but all of that can be learned about in his official Wikipedia entry that I have linked for you below. Goodnight Mr. Williams, thank you for giving me memories that have remained for many, many years. May you Rest In Peace. Say hello to Bruce Lee for us all. It seems that The Green Hornet and Kato are together once again.
Today is the release of the long anticipated “Green Hornet” film in case you were wondering.
The Storyline: Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father’s large company, teams up with his late dad’s assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.
Seth Rogen as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet
Jay Chou as Kato
Christoph Waltz as Benjamin Chudnofsky
Cameron Diaz as Lenore “Casey” Case
Tom Wilkinson as James Reid
David Harbour as District Attorney Frank Scanlon
Edward James Olmos as Mike Axford
Jamie Harris as Popeye
Chad Coleman as Chili
Edward Furlong as Tupper
Analeigh Tipton as Ana Lee
Reuben Langdon as Crackhead
Jerry Trimble as Chudnofsky’s man
James Franco as Danny “Crystal” Clear”
Without going into too many details about it, the film appears to be more of an Action Packed Superhero Comedy as opposed to the playing it on the dramatic edge like the original television series was. Part of me is not too sure how this will work out because I really liked how the series was first presented as a crime drama and of course in that episode of the way classic “Batman” series where the two teams butted heads. If you’ve never seen it I can tell you with some certainty that it is on YouTube.com, just search for “A Piece Of The Action”, oh heck just click HERE 🙂 The crossover episode was the lead into the Hornet’s own short lived series and it starred Van Williams and Bruce Lee. To me it doesn’t seem smart playing it up as comedy but who knows, maybe it will be a fun ride just the same.
I’ve been a fan of The Green Hornet for a few years now and always enjoyed how he was on the side of the right but played it up as a master criminal. It was clever to see it done that way and when they issued a comic book title on the long defunct NOW! Comics, I bought a copy each and every month. I still have them somewhere in my collection. I am not too sure if the collected edition of some of those tales is still in print but if you can find one its a recommendation. Hopefully the movie does good, only time will tell.
Sadly the referenced classic sixties “Green Hornet” television series AND the “Batman” series where most fans of a certain age got their first glimpse of the character are NOT yet available on DVD for purchase. The movie serials that preceded them are however as are a number of books which I have embedded here for your perusal.