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Writer’s Commentary: FRED VAN LENTE on GREEN HORNET ‘66 MEETS THE SPIRIT #1, out NOW!

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  • Writer’s Commentary: FRED VAN LENTE on GREEN HORNET ‘66 MEETS THE SPIRIT #1, out NOW!

    A Writer’s Commentary: FRED VAN LENTE on THE GREEN HORNET ‘66 MEETS THE SPIRIT #1, on sale NOW from Dynamite!

    Page One:
    I've always loved retro-futures -- how the past imagined what things would be like today -- and of course one of these options is actually how the "Newspaper of the Future" comes about. You can pry my New York Times online subscription from my cold dead fingers!

    Page Two:
    Much of this issue (and the next) takes place at the Central City 1966 World's Fair which is, of course, a riff on the 1964 New York World's Fair, where a bunch of things we now take for granted first appeared as "cutting edge" -- including Walt Disney's "It's a Small World" ride. The New-York Historical Society did a great history of computing exhibit recently, and a computer on display at the '64 World's Fair was inspiration for the Newspaper of the Future in this issue.

    Fun fact: Footage of the 1964 World's Fair was used in the very first episode of the 1966 Batman TV show, big brother of Green Hornet 66. In the very first-ever scene of that show the Riddler robs the World's Fair equivalent in Gotham City.

    Page Three:
    The Unisphere is one of the few things still remaining in New York City from the 1964 World's Fair, along with a few of the pavilion buildings and those UFO-looking things used so effectively in Men in Black.

    Page Five:
    Bitchy Kato is Peak Kato.

    Page Six:
    Confession Time: I'm not much of a Green Hornet fan, but my dad was a big Spirit fan when he was a kid, and I inherited his affection for Will Eisner's creation. One of the first comics I remember getting is a tattered issue of the old Warren Spirit magazine in which the Octopus's gloves are prominently featured on the cover, so it's been a real kick working with these characters in this series.

    Page Nine:
    A lot of the space stuff from the ‘64 New York World's Fair is now part of the museum of science in Queens.

    Say, isn't there another major comic book franchise involving rockets and Central City? Huh, I wonder if that will come up in future issues...

    Page Ten:
    I know this bucks tradition, but this is the only place in the series (thus far -- I've only written #1-4) the famed Spirit logo treatment gets incorporated into the action in true Eisnerian fashion. I don't know if it's blasphemy but while I do get a kick out of seeing where the logo is incorporated in each Spirit appearance, I'm not gonna rearrange my story just for the damn logo. Also, it would kind of diminish the Green Hornet and Kato, and it's their book too. And doing our whole title would take up an entire page, I fear!