Obscure Golden Age superhero The Green Turtle, newly invigorated from the graphic novel The Shadow Hero, joins the Amazing Heroes Kickstarter line as his own action figure. If funded, this limited edition retro style action figure will become the first ever of this hero. He joins a line that includes Captain Action, the Black Terror, Golden Age Dare-Devil, and Stardust the Super-Wizard.
Created during wartime by Chinese American artist Chu Hing in 1944, The Green Turtle was the first Asian superhero, briefly appearing in Blazing Comics. The character was revisited by Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) and Sonny Liew (My Faith in Frankie) in their acclaimed graphic novel The Shadow Hero (First Second Books). Due to the period’s racism, Hing cleverly kept his hero in the shadows—his face obscured to hide his nationality. Now, in the 21st century, The Green Turtle is allowed to openly add to the diversity of today’s ever-progressing comic book medium.
“With your help, The Green Turtle—arguably the first Asian American superhero—can finally get his own action figure!” Gene Luen Yang says. “As a fan of The Green Turtle, I couldn’t be more thrilled!
“If you are a fan of superheroes in general, you have to check out the entire Amazing Heroes line. The colors, the capes, the superpowers—they all got their start in the 1940s.”
The Green Turtle figure will be limited to 300 pieces and is offered as part of an exclusive six-figure set that will only be available on Kickstarter/Fresh Monkey Fiction. Gene Luen Yang has also made available some signed posters of The Shadow Hero for only $14.00.
“We’re extremely happy to offer this limited run of The Green Turtle figure for both fans of his Golden Age adventures, as well as new fans that just discovered him in The Shadow Hero,” says Bill Murphy, Founder of Fresh Monkey Fiction.
The Amazing Heroes Action Figure campaign is entering its last few weeks on Kickstarter with a goal of $30,000 to produce the entire line. The official figure is done in conjunction with First Second Books.