Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Green Knight!

No, no, no, I don't mean the Green Knight from Arthurian legend (go look up the 14th century poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight if you're interested in that Green Knight). This is about Green Knight, the super-hero! I recently learned about this marvelously obscure old Golden Age hero thanks to Tony Z and his blog Golden Age Heroes (THANKS, Tony!).

Green Knight was wealthy American sportsman Denis Knight, who, inspired by tales of the knights of old, decided to use his archery skills to fight crime. He did bear more than a passing resemblance to Green Arrow, and also had a kid sidekick, named Lance. Green Knight debuted in Dynamic Comics #2, 1941, and lasted only two issues. And, yes, Green Arrow appeared in comics before Green Knight did.

Still, Green Knight had his moments. For one thing, he fought vampires! He also indulged in gloriously silly speech, such as ...

Who's this "old boy" he's talking to? Maybe we're better off not knowing.

Then there's the standard, innappropriate-when-out-of-context discussion with the kid sidekick:

Ah, but to give Lance the kid sidekick a little credit, he does something EXTREMELY rare for a kid sidekick of the time. Pay close attention to what he says to Green Knight here (while gazing adoringly at him with big, dewy eyes):

That's right! None of this "I'll make you my ward" malarky! We're talking ADOPTION, darnit!

Very rare for a kid sidekick from the 1940s. Very rare indeed.

At any rate, my old article on Green Comic Book Heroes has now been updated to include the Green Knight. THANKS AGAIN, Tony!


Erica said...

It's always funny to see the superheroes who last only two issues, and compare them to every other superhero who's really exactly the same... what a fun find!

TF said...


Lance sure one cuh-reepy looking kid...

Tony Z™ said...

You're welcome! :-)


I'm always scanning for that wacky out-of-context stuff and I totally missed that one!! What's wrong with me!?
Great catch! You're awesome!

ComicsAllTooReal's Chris said...

Sea, I'm amazed at your knack of finding green super-heroes, lol.
And this is the first transgender sidekick I've ever seen!

MetFanMac said...

Third scan--why exactly is Lance wearing a dress?

SallyP said...

Wow! The Green Knight is fighting Desaad (De'saad?) That's getting in the big leagues right off the bat!

I have to admit that Lance is a ridiculous name for that kid however. Maybe Bugsy. Or Alfalfa.

Sea_of_Green said...

Yeah, sometimes it's VERY easy to look at some of these Golden Age heroes and understand right off the bat WHY they didn't stay around for very long. ;-)