In May 2008, Dynamite Entertainment President and Publisher Nick Barrucci announced that filmmaker/writer Kevin Smith (Clerks) would pen the all-new adventures of the legendary Green Hornet. Just the tip of the “stinger” as far as Dynamite’s plans go for the masked adventurer, Green Hornet #1 (JAN100862E, $3.99) is being solicited in the January PREVIEWS, along with a nest-full of awesome incentives and variants! Featuring J. Scott Campbell, Stephen “Wolverine Segovia”, John “Astonishing X-Men” Cassaday and Alex Ross on covers!
Joining Smith on this historic new venture, Dynamite has Alex Ross, John Cassaday, J. Scott Campbell and Stephen Segovia on board to produce the first issue’s covers and Jonathan Lau on interior art; Cassaday will be the regular series cover artist.
In addition to being one of Hollywood’s hottest writer-producer-directors, Smith has firmly established himself with comic readers on titles like Marvel Comics‘ Daredevil and DC Comics‘ Green Arrow. His love of the medium is so great that Smith opened his own comic book store in Red Bank, NJ, Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash (a reference to Smith’s View Askew-niverse, seen in films like Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back and Dogma).
Not surprisingly, Smith’s name has been attached to comic book-inspired movies numerous times in his career, including a big screen version of Green Hornet for Miramax that never materialized (and bears no direct relation to the Seth Rogan Green Hornet film in production). In 2004, Smith told Variety that “I dig the fact that he kicked off a run of billionaire playboys who decided to put on a mask and fight crime, and that he was Batman before there was a Batman.”
Star of film, television, and comics, The Green Hornet was originally created by George W. Trendle for an American radio program in the 1930s. Though various incarnations sometimes change details, in most incarnations the Green Hornet is Britt Reid, a newspaper publisher by day who goes out at night to fight crime as a vigilante, accompanied by his Asian manservant Kato and driving “Black Beauty,” a car equipped with advanced technology.
The Green Hornet is also a direct descendent of another masked vigilante, The Lone Ranger, and was created as a modern incarnation of that famous Western hero. Dynamite’s success with The Lone Ranger should encourage fans of the greater potential that The Green Hornet has – that this new series will not only respect the original, but make it fresh for a modern audience.
With Smith’s involvement, comic and movie fans alike can also expect to see exactly what the wildly creative writer might’ve had planned for Green Hornet’s cinematic return to greatness, adventures that will only now be found in the pages of the new comic from Dynamite Entertainment.