The Lone Ranger rides again for justice along with another challenge from the Green Hornet. This summer, these masked men will come together for the first time, as Dynamite Entertainment announced a new comic book series of adventures entitled “The Lone Ranger Meets the Green Hornet: Champions of Justice”.
“Thematically,” writer Michael Uslan told Comic Book Resources, “it’s a story about family and the forces that can tear it apart and bring it together. It is an action-packed tale with scenes from the Wild West and scenes from Chicago in the 1930s filled with public enemies on the loose and Nazi Bund members inciting the worst in people… making it seem like the Wild West redux.”
Uslan is known to superhero fans for his work in the Batman film franchise that includes Michael Keaton, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne, the billionaire playboy/philanthropist who dedicates his life to the war on crime in avenging and honoring his late parents as the brooding Caped Crusader/Dark Knight Detective/Bat of Gotham. Batman serves in preceding the Lone Ranger and the Green Hornet.
The first chapter will be entitled “Return with Us Now”, as in: “Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear”, which was part of the opening theme to “The Lone Ranger”, which aired on ABC from 1949 to 1957. The 221-episode series – followed by two feature films – starred Clayton Moore and John Hart as the masked rider who led the fight for law and order in the early days of the American West with the help of his faithful horse Silver and his faithful Indian friend Tonto (Jay Silverheels). Dan Reid, the young nephew of the Lone Ranger, helped out his uncle from time to time in the pursuit of outlaws.
That led to the buzz of the Green Hornet, which aired on ABC from 1966 to 1967 with Van Williams as the dashing and handsome Britt Reid, crusading owner/publisher of “The Daily Sentinel” – and the grand-nephew of the Lone Ranger. With his faithful kung-fu aide Kato (Bruce Lee), his personal secretary Lenore ‘Casey’ Case and district attorney Frank Scanlon, Reid is on the hunt for justice as the Green Hornet, who has a reputation of being the most ruthless and vicious criminal of all time. In reality, the Green Hornet is covertly on the side of law and order as an urban Lone Ranger who’s out to put the sting on the mob and corruption with Kato and their rolling arsenal Black Beauty.
The Lone Ranger and the Green Hornet began their good fight for justice in the radio: first with the Ranger on January 30, 1933, followed by the Hornet on January 31, 1936. The Ranger and the Hornet are part of ABC’s masked crime-fighters alongside “Zorro” starring Guy Williams and “Batman” starring Adam West.
The first issue of “The Lone Ranger meets the Green Hornet: Champions of Justice” is set to go on sale July 6.