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!