The TV version of the Green Hornet from 1966 is making a new friend. The characters played in the classic television series by Van Williams and Bruce Lee will be another masked hero in Will Eisner's The Spirit. The Green Hornet '66 Meets the Spirit is being written by Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong, Cowboys and Aliens), with art by Bob Q (Kings Quest).
The Green Hornet is back and on the case! With his aide Kato and their rolling arsenal, The Black Beauty, by his side, The Green Hornet is ready to face the toughest of challenges! On police records a wanted criminal, The Green Hornet is secretly Britt Reid, owner/publisher of The Daily Sentinel. Reid and Kato have traveled to Central City to participate in the futuristic World's Fair, and to get the skinny on the new and potentially dangerous "Newspaper of Tomorrow", a device capable of predicting headlines before events happen.
Writer Fred Van Lente says,
I'm very excited to link these two iconic characters. The Spirit has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid, and the opportunity to pair Will Eisner's legendary creation with a character that has an actual year in its name allowed me to age The Spirit cast fourteen years forward. In our world, the Spirit hasn't been seen since 1952 (the year the strip ended) but suddenly this new guy has appeared in the mask and hat — one who will look pretty familiar to longtime fans. Who is this guy, and why has he returned? This is the mystery Green Hornet and Kato must solve.
The debut issue of The Green Hornet '66 Meets the Spirit features cover artwork by Mike and Laura Allred (Batman '66, X-Force, iZombie), Ty Templeton (Batman 66, The Simpsons) and Javier Pulido (The Amazing Spiderman, Robin: Year One), respectively. The Green Hornet '66 Meets the Spirit #1 will be solicited in the May 2017 Previews catalog and slated for release in July.