The Green Hornet
At any rate, the number of latter-day comic book creations specifically created to be set in the past, evoking the "pulp style" of hero, is a relatively small one. The Scorpion/Dominic Fortune may have been the first "comic book original" to evoke the pulp style hero and be set in that time period (again, unless we're considering contemporaneous ones like Golden Agers The Sandman and The Crimson Avenger). But THE SCORPION - despite evolving into his divergent parallel counterpart Dominic Fortune at Marvel - also got "updated to the present" (of the 1970s) with his third issue from Atlas Comics. That might have been a "first" for comic books (unless you count Archie Comics' 1965 updating of THE SHADOW into a superhero) -- but the pulps were already updating heroes to the present as far back as the 1930s NICK CARTER DETECTIVE MAGAZINE (which updated the "dime novel" hero Nick Carter from the turn of the century to the "present day" of the 1930s).
Then we got the Rocketeer, Lobster Johnson, and... I'm sure there were a few others. Recently, there was Marvel's MYSTERY MEN. I vaguely remember something called THE TWILIGHT AVENGER, but this only goes to show how quickly these characters tended to disappear and be largely forgotten, being pretty obscure to most people to begin with.
Last edited by pulphero; 12-13-2014 at 11:55 PM.