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Green Lama

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Green Lama
Green Lama 1
Cover of Green Lama No. 1

Real Name

Jethro Dumont

First Appearance (Pulps)

Double Detective vol. 5, #5 (April 1940)

First Appearance (Comics)

Prize Comics #7 (Dec 1940)

Original Publishers

Prize, Spark

Created by

Kendell Foster Crossen

Golden Age Origin

Jethro Dumont, a rich resident of New York City, spent ten years in Tibet studying to be a lama (a Buddhist guru) and learning many mystical secrets in the process. He returned to the United States in order to spread the Buddhist teachings, but after witnessing a murder he realized he could be of more help by fighting evil and crime. He receives his Green Lama powers by reciting the mantra "om mani padme hum." Dumont is also endowed with superhuman abilities acquired through his scientific knowledge of radioactive salts. Dumont has two alter egos - the crime-fighting Green Lama, and the Buddhist priest Dr Pali.

The Green Lama has superhuman strength, is nearly invulnerable, can levitate, and can summon ghosts to aid him.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Green Lama #1-8
  • Prize Comics #7-34


  • The original comic books are in the public domain, but the character itself and the original pulp stories written about him, plus any new stories that might be written about the Green Lama, are protected by copyright since Double Detective Magazines (where Green Lama made his pulp appearances) had its copyright renewed. The rights to the Green Lama stories were retained by the author, Kendell Foster Crossen, and are now assigned to Kendra Crossen Burroughs.
  • The Green Lama is a trademark claimed to be controlled by Argosy Communications, Inc., by arrangement with the estate of Kendell Foster Crossen, who created the Green Lama character. However, the only trademark on file with the US government for Green Lama belongs to Super Power Heroes, LLC which is a subsidiary of Dynamite Entertainment.
  • The Green Jet was a re-printed version of the Green Lama, much like Atomaster was a re-printed version of fellow Spark hero Atoman. An earlier Green Lama story had previously been re-worked with Magga the Magnificent taking the title role.

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