This November, Dynamite Entertainment brings pulp heroes Green Hornet, Kato, The Shadow, Miss Fury, Black Bat, Zorro, The Spider and more together for “Masks” written by Chris Roberson with art by Alex Ross, a series focusing on the heroic icons joining forces for the first time to combat the Party of Justice, a powerful organization in 1938 New York with the goal of enacting a fascist police state. Dynamite has provided CBR with an exclusive first look at Alex Ross’ fully painted interior pages for “Masks” #1 featuring The Shadow, Green Hornet and Kato.
“They have been updated, many of them, to contemporary settings and things like that, but I think that most of the pulp characters are urban characters,” Roberson told CBR in July. “They might work outside of an urban environment, but it’s kind of a stretch. Outside of characters like Zorro, who exists in a very particular time and space geographically and historically, the vast majority of them exist in this post-industrial environment. They are a thing that fed into becoming the superhero genre, and in fact I think you could argue that they are one of a couple of main sources of story DNA for superheroes, the other being the strongman that came from a lot of the science fiction pulps. It’s something I’ve been obsessed with for a long time. I think one of the first novels I wrote, it was published eventually as ‘Book of Secrets,’ is entirely about that kind of character and what it does and I kind of spoil by giving it a much bigger supernatural background, but at the forefront it’s men and women who put on masks and fight bad guys. But yeah, fedoras and .45s are a cool look too!” [Laughs]
“Masks” #1 by Chris Roberson and Alex Ross hits stores in November from Dynamite Entertainment