Green Turtle (comics)
|Publisher||Rural Home Publications|
|First appearance||Blazing Comics #1 (1944)|
|Created by||Chu F. Hing|
|Full name||Hank Chu|
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.
Powers and abilities
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
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. 
- Comic Vine: The Green Turtle
- Secret Origins of the Shadow Hero
- Digital Comic Museum - Blazing Comics collection
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