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Publisher: Now
Title: Tales of the Green Hornet Two Issue Mini-Series
Page Count: 36
Genre: Crime, Superhero
Era: Copper
Cover Price: 1.75 USD; 2.25 CAD
Cover Date: September 1990
Country: United States
June 14, 1977 (per a Daily Sentinel front page, p. 13): As the second Green Hornet & Kato team break up a drug ring in The City, the senior partner receives a bullet wound to the upper left arm. The injury is superficial, but enough to put him out of action for a while (and to make him think about "retirement"). Hayashi consequently opts to accept a long-standing invitation to visit his family back in Japan and catches a flight "the next day." The two Britts find nothing more interesting in the drug ring's captured records, made available to them by District Attorney Diana Reid (no appearance), than the "reference to something called 'The Burma Horse.'" After a mere three days of inactivity, Kato is restless. Little sister Mishi recommends he enter a martial arts competition, under a pseudonym so as to not reveal the fact that Britt Reid's butler is a practioner of kung fu. "Ikano Kurosawa" catches the eye of chop-socky film producer Kazuya Fujikawa, who offers Kato the lead role in his next picture. He and the man's daughter, martial artist/actress Aiasha, have caught each other's eyes, as well. A trans-oceanic telephone call confirms that the younger Britt's arm needs more time to heal (it is now described as "broken"), so he agrees. There is one proviso, however, which is for Kato to keep his eyes open, as the script, about jade smuggling in the Far East, includes one such object called "The Burma Horse"! Furthermore, the production schedule calls for "three weeks principle filming in Thailand" to be followed by shooting a few final scenes in The City, making the shared term quite suspicious. During the Thai shoot, the new star is bothered by the use of mini-trampolines for "spectacular" but obviously faked stunts, as well as the many crates of equipment that are never opened. This, Aiasha explains, is the result of a desire to not run short of supplies while on location. As for Kato's other concern, his leading lady adds, "Not EVERYTHING in the movie is faked." Meanwhile, the real head of the drug ring, Mr. Lewis, learns that his front man was arrested due to the Hornet's intervention, and instructs his second-in-command, Pinter Marcus, that if the masked man should interfere in Lewis' operations again, he is to be killed! Concluded next issue....