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The Green Hornet was the alter ego of the wealthy newspaper publisher Britt Reid. As the Green Hornet, Reid fought organized crime in Central City.

Britt Reid was a tall, handsome man with thick black hair. He was the owner and publisher of the Daily Sentinel newspaper in Central City.

Through the Daily Sentinel, The Green Hornet cultivated the public perception that he was an underworld kingpin. This enabled him to disrupt criminal activity under the ruse that he was seeking to eliminate competition and gain more spoils for himself, as well as developing a reputation for being ruthless and dangerous.

Encountering Dick Tracy[]

In 2018, The Green Hornet's partner Kato was abducted by the underworld figure Cyrus Topper. Topper then came to Dick Tracy's city to seek an alliance with the Apparatus to help him fight the Green Hornet. Britt Reid (accompanied by his assistant Lenore Case) arrived in the city to pursue Topper. He informed both the police and the local media in an attempt to publicize the Green Hornet's presence (and explain why both men were in the city at the same time).

Notes[]

  • The Green Hornet uses a specially modified car known as Black Beauty. Kato usually acts as his driver, but in Kato's absence Lenore Case drove the Black Beauty (while wearing a disguise herself).
  • BrittReid

    Britt Reid in his civilian identity.

    It has been established that Britt Reid is a distant relative of John Reid, the Lone Ranger. Both properties were originally produced by the Detroit radio station, WXYZ. The exact relationship varies from one source to another (a situation that further complicated by the copyrights for each property being owned by separate companies), but this would tend to indicate that the Lone Ranger was a real person in the world of Dick Tracy.
  • Comic books featuring the Green Hornet have been published by both Harvey Comics and Dell Comics. The rights to the character are currently held by Dynamite Entertainment.
  • Now! Comics released several Green Hornet comics series during the late 1980s and early 90s. Some of these comics featured artwork by later Dick Tracy artist Jim Brozman.
  • The Green Hornet property was originally popular on radio and in film serials, as well as a 1960s TV series which co-starred martial arts film luminary Bruce Lee in his first major American role as Kato. The Green Hornet was adapted into a feature film starring Seth Rogen in 2011.
  • The Green Hornet characters that appeared in Dick Tracy are similar to the versions featured on the TV series in style, demeanor, and resemblance to the actors. This was also the case with the characters in Now! Comics, which were set in the mid-to-late 1960s.
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