Saturday, December 10, 2016


When Van Williams passed away last week, I was hoping I could find reason to induct Britt Reid, the Green Hornet, into the TV Crossover Hall of Fame one day as a way to honor him.  (But not this year; 2016 is all about the League of Themselves for the inductees.  Even the far too many memorial tributes.)

It looks like I will be able to induct him even though I only have two different shows in which the Green Hornet appeared - his eponymous series, which also starred Bruce Lee as his sidekick Kato, and in two separate stories of 'Batman'.  (One was just a window cameo as the Dynamic Duo scaled the building.)

But I had forgotten the Wold Newton-sanctioned family tree in which Britt Reid was the grandson of the Lone Ranger's nephew Dan Reid.  Although it wasn't brought up in either of the two TV series, it was spelled out in the radio series for the Green Hornet and in a few comic books.  So in this case, I'm willing to accept that assertion as part of the Toobworld Dynamic.  Had it caused a Zonk, I might have thought differently about it.

At any rate, it will be part of the June entry into the TV Crossover Hall of Fame next year, which is shaping up to be a memorial tribute year.

In the meantime, here is a small salute to Van Williams as Britt Reid AKA the Green Hornet.  Being Saturday, we're going to take a quick look at the Green Hornet in the Comic Book Universe*.  The Green Hornet and Kato had a life in comic books before the TV show came along.  But we're only going to focus on issues that depicted the duo as being the characters played by Van Williams and Bruce Lee.

You would think such comics would only have been published during the two years when the TV show was broadcast.  But you would be wrong, Buffalo Breath!  The Batman flavor of the TV show back in the sixties were revived with the comic book "Batman 66".  Not only did the Dynamic Duo once again do battle with those ne'er-do-wells from the TV show but they also teamed up with the characters from 'The Avengers', 'The Man From UNCLE' and.....

If only their on-screen encounter with Colonel Gumm was this interesting!


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