|Publisher||Rural Home Publications|
|First appearance||Blazing Comics #1 (1944)|
|Created by||Chu F. Hing|
|Full name||Hank Chu|
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 Chinese-American cartoonist Chu F. Hing.
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. He also had a manservant, Wun Too.
The Green Turtle's secret identity was never revealed, and readers never saw the character's face without a mask.
The Green Turtle as originally written has no special powers but is a skilled fighter and flies a high-tech Turtle Plane. He wears a large, flowing cape with a green turtle emblem, and is occasionally depicted with a huge, shadowy, black turtle silhouette rearing behind him, though the significance of this is never established in the original series.
In 2014, Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew created a six-issue miniseries The Shadow Hero to revive the Green Turtle, with a retcon explaining the turtle silhouette as a spirit who keeps the Green Turtle from getting shot. A trade paperback collecting all six issues was published by First Second Books in 2014.