The Green Hornet is well into his ninth decade of being a supporting player in main stream pop culture, despite perhaps never reaching the heights of his more illustrious counterpart, Batman. He has a legacy in most forms of modern day story telling through his radio show, comics, his famous TV series featuring Bruce Lee, and the 2011 blockbuster movie.
The character was created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker for a radio show in the 1930s. He is generally the alter ego of Britt Reid, a wealthy media mogul/newspaper owner and accompanied by Kato, his skilled body guard and driver. This differentiates the Green Hornet from other superheroes who have stood the test of time, most of which were born through comic books.
From the Green Hornet radio show, Reid and his Green Hornet alter ego soon moved into all types of main stream media. He featured in Green Hornet comic books, film serials, fiction books, merchandise, movies, and of course the famous, if short lived, 1960s Green Hornet TV show. Most recently, in 2011, The Green Hornet has been made into a movie starring Seth Rogan.