"The Green Hornet" debuted January 31, 1936 on radio station Wxyz Detroit, the creation of George W. Trendle and Fran Striker of "The Lone Ranger" fame. Broadcasting until 1952 on the Mutual and NBC Blue networks, the series followed the adventures of 'Britt Reid', a bored playboy whose life changes when he inherits his father's newspaper 'The Daily Sentinel' and saves the life of 'Kato', a Japanese man with martial-arts skills.
After Reid and Kato witness a brutal crime, Reid becomes a crime-fighter, using two special, non-lethal guns, with one firing 'knock-out gas' and the other producing a 'Hornet's Sting' electric shock.
Following its successful run on radio,
"The Green Hornet" ran in several comic books and a 1940's movie serial from Universal.