Dynamite Comics recently announced their plans for the July release of their upcoming Green Hornet/The Spirit crossover. Set to debut this summer, Dynamite’s “The Green Hornet ’66 Meets The Spirit” will feature the two famous pulp heroes meeting in comics for the first time. The latest addition to Dynamite’s line will be written by Fred Van Lente (“Magnus: Robot Fighter,” “Archer and Armstrong”) with art by Bob Q.
The synopsis, according to Dynamite’s press release, reads:
The Green Hornet is back and on the case! With his aide Kato and their rolling arsenal, The Black Beauty, by his side, The Green Hornet is ready to face the toughest of challenges! On police records a wanted criminal, The Green Hornet is secretly Britt Reid, owner/publisher of The Daily Sentinel. Reid and Kato have traveled to Central City to participate in the futuristic World’s Fair, and to get the skinny on the new and potentially dangerous “Newspaper of Tomorrow”, a device capable of predicting headlines before events happen.
“I’m very excited to link these two iconic characters,” said Van Lente in the announcement. “The Spirit has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid, and the opportunity to pair Will Eisner’s legendary creation with a character that has an actual year in its name allowed me to age The Spirit cast fourteen years forward. In our world, the Spirit hasn’t been seen since 1952 (the year the strip ended) but suddenly this new guy has appeared in the mask and hat — one who will look pretty familiar to longtime fans. Who is this guy, and why has he returned? This is the mystery Green Hornet and Kato must solve.”
Clearly looking forward to working on The Green Hornet/Spirit crossover, Bob Q added that he’s “incredibly excited to be working with Fred Van Lente who has written a script that’s fun all the way through. Artistically, my plan is to capture that spirit as best I can with a series of ham-handed pencil and brush strokes. What I’m really striving for, though, is to shake up masked-vigilante fashion. It’s time to trade in spandex onesies, capes, and pouched belts and get back to some nicely tailored suits and fedoras. If you’re going to fight crime, do it with some class.”
The first issue of “The Green Hornet ’66 Meets The Spirit” will also have a wide range of variant covers. The three different covers feature artwork from the husband and wife team Mike and Laura Allred, as well as Ty Templeton and Javier Pulido. Additionally, variant covers in “Black & White” and “Virgin Art” formats will be available as retailer incentives for comic shops that meet stocking thresholds.