Given our current economic climate, it was only a matter of time before superheroes would be forced to tighten the old utility belt.

Let’s face it, shark repellent ain’t cheap.

The Green Hornet has always embraced a much more minimalist approach to crime fighting than some of his tights-clad collegues. A mask, a gun, a fedora, and an Asian sidekick was all it took to inflict the sting of the Green Hornet upon the world of organized crime.

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There was also the car: Black Beauty.

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Black Beauty was equipped with explosive warheads, “knock-out” gas, audio/video surveillance, and many other cool gadgets necessary for crime fighting.

Needless to say, I was quite disheartened to see Green Hornet’s current means of transport, parked on a Seattle street.

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Sure, we’ve heard about all of the cutbacks, layoffs, foreclosures, and bankruptcies recently. But when superheroes are relegated to fighting crime with a beat-up truck and an old wooden oar, we’re in trouble.

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