Mike Curtis and Joe Staton have graciously leaked promotional artwork for the 2018 Dick Tracy crossover and we couldn’t be more ecstatic to announce that Tracy will be meeting The Green Hornet!
Born as an adventuresome radio drama in 1936, masked crime fighter, The Green Hornet has a rise to fame very similar to Tracy himself. From “birth” the Hornet franchise branched out from radio to comic books, serials, movies and television. While the various incarnations of the Green Hornet change in details, in most versions the Green Hornet is the alter ego of Britt Reid, wealthy young publisher of the Daily Sentinel newspaper by day. But by night, clad in a long green overcoat, gloves, green fedora hat and green mask, Reid fights crime as the a mysterious vigilante and is often accompanied by his masked partner and confidant, Kato, who drives their technologically advanced car, the “Black Beauty”.
Unlike previous “team-up” crossovers (see Annie and The Spirit), the artwork is quick to point out that this is not a team up! What that means could be open to a lot of fun interpretation. Will Tracy and the Hornet be at odds? Or is Mike simply saying that the crossover will be fairly short? Regardless of the answer, we will say, Curtis and Staton handle these crossovers masterfully, no matter the length. They seem to effortlessly merge these different comic entities into the Tracy universe with engrossing writing and skillful artwork that stays true to both comics. We can’t wait for April!