Green Turtle (comics)

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Green Turtle
Blazing Comics, July 1944, No. 2 featuring The Green Turtle, by Chu F. Hing
Publication information
PublisherRural Home Publications
First appearanceBlazing Comics #1 (1944)
Created byChu F. Hing[1]
In-story information
Full nameHank Chu
PartnershipsBurma Boy

The Green Turtle is a fictional character, a superhero published by Rural Home Publications. He first appeared in Blazing Comics (1944), and was created by Chu F. Hing.[2]

Character history[edit]

The Green Turtle aided the Chinese in guerrilla warfare against the Japanese invaders in World War II. He wore a green cowl and a cloak with a turtle-shell design. Most origin stories around the comic say that Hing initially wanted to make him an overtly Chinese hero, but his publisher would not allow this, believing there would not be a sufficient market for an Asian superhero, so Hing never drew the character without his mask. He had a sidekick, Burma Boy, a young beggar whom the Green Turtle rescued from execution by the Japanese army.[3]

Powers and abilities[edit]

The Green Turtle had no special powers but was a skilled fighter and flew a "Turtle Plane". He wore a large, flowing cape with a green turtle emblem, and was occasionally depicted with a huge, shadowy, black turtle silhouette rearing behind him, however the significance of this was never established.

In other media[edit]

In 2014, Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew created a six-issue miniseries The Shadow Hero to revive the Green Turtle. A trade paperback collecting all six issues was published by First Second Books in 2014. [4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chu is the family name: see Gene Luen Yang, A Mistake in The Shadow Hero, Diversity in YA (2015)
  2. ^ "Green Turtle (Character) - Comic Vine". Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  3. ^ The Shadow Hero
  4. ^ Yu, Phil (2014-02-20). "The Heroic Return of the Green Turtle". Retrieved 2014-03-14.

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