Monday, December 3, 2012

Captain's Library & Theatre: GREEN HORNET FIGHTS CRIME "Desperate Gamble"

Not a dream!
Not a hoax!
Not an imaginary story!
The Harvey Comics series had been adapting radio show scripts for years, but cramming a status quo-changing four-episode arc into only two eight-page chapters took a lot of modifications...
Here's a link to the October 28, 1947 Green Hornet radio show episode "Exposed" that most of this comic story is based on.
There are some interesting differences, such as Clip Phelan being the murder victim in the radio episode, but Phelan's the murderer in the comic story and the murder victim is "Frankie Striker", a reference to Hornet co-creator Fran Striker!
The art on this lead tale from Green Hornet Fights Crime #43 (1949) is presumed to be by Al Avison, but I believe he only did the pencils.
The inking looks a lot like Lee Elias, who was doing, among other things, The Black Cat for Harvey.
The writer of the comic adaptation is unknown.

This entry is part of our Retroblogs™ Masks Marathon, celebrating the new Dynamite comic series Masks which combines, for the first time, the major masked mystery men of pulps and comics including The Green Hornet, The Shadow, The Spider, Zorro, The Black Terror, The Green Lama, and Miss Fury (ok, a masked mystery woman), among others.
We'll be presenting more never-reprinted stories featuring these characters throughout the month of December.
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