Pulp Appeal: The Green Hornet
Today I talk about another old time radio hero, The Green Hornet.
“The Green Hornet – He hunts the biggest of all game, the public officials that even the G-men cannot reach!” Thus starts the half-hour-long radio serial about a millionaire playboy with a crime-and-corruption fighting secret identity, The Green Hornet. The radio drama was created by George Trendle and Fran Striker, the same people behind The Lone Ranger, the Texas Ranger who was left for dead in the Wild West before striking it rich and turning that fortune into fighting crime. This connection explains why the main character, Britt Reid, claims The Lone Ranger as a relative, and why they also share similarities in backgrounds, ethos, and sidekicks. They are both rich, white do-gooders with minority bodyguards/sidekicks.
In the fictional context of the character, Britt Reid is a newspaper publisher and former reporter with tons of money from his inheritance–a silver mine. Chronically bored, he takes a trip to Asia…
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