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The Green Mask
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Real Name

Johnny Green

First Appearance

The Green Mask #10 (1944)

Original Publisher

Fox Features

Created by

Unknown

Golden Age Origin

The second Green Mask was Johnny Green, an American teenager. He was the son of Walter Green, who, according to his back story, fought crime as the Green Mask until he joined the US Army. Unlike his heroic father, Johnny was meek, awkward, and generally dorky. Since Walter Green's secret identity became public at some point, Johnny got teased quite a lot, something which he tried his best to ignore. In his debut story, Johnny was referred to as "a motherless son," which suggests that his mother either dead or no longer in the picture. Ever since his father joined the army, he's been living on his own in a rented room above the exclusive Miramar Club, scraping by on his father's savings and the kindness of the club's owner, Punchy.

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Johnny Green

On the day Johnny turned 15, Michael "Slug" O'Banion, a former Prohibition-era Chicago crime boss, decided to come out of retirement and move in on Johnny's neighborhood. When Slug's goons failed to intimidate Punchy into letting them use the Miramar Club for their criminal enterprises, they tried to shoot him. Luckily for him, Johhny was coming back from walking his dog, Curly. Curly attacked one of the goons, preventing him from making a killing shot. The enraged gangster turned his ire on Curly, seemingly killing him. This was when the enraged Johnny suddenly transformed into a grown man who wore a slightly altered version of the original Green Mask's costume. In this form, he had the powers of the original Green Mask: super-strength, flight, and limited invulnerability. Using his new powers, Johnny brought Slug's gang to justice. With the mission completed, he sat down to rest and reverted back to his usual form. While he didn't remember anything he did as Green Mask, he was very relieved to discover that Curly was only wounded and that he would survive.

Since then, Johnny transformed into Green Mask whenever he was outraged by any sort of injustice and transformed back to Johnny Green once he became tired. In some stories, merely being outraged at injustice wasn't enough to transform Johnny into Green Mask - he had to be able to yell. If he was gagged or otherwise prevented from speaking, he remained in his civilian form.

The stories were inconsistent about the relationship between Green Mask and Johnny Green. In early stories, Johnny Green "blacks out" while he is Green Mask, not remembering what he did while in super-powered form. In some later stories, Johnny Green perceives his adventures as the Green Mask as dreams and thus remains oblivious to his dual nature. In others, he is aware of it and tries his best to facilitate the transformation when Green Mask is needed.

True to his meek nature, he spent many early stories avoiding trouble at all costs, but his heroic alter-ego seemed to have been a positive influence on him. In many later stories, Johnny tried to stop injustice from happening even while he was in his non-powered form. It didn't usually end well, but you have to commend the kid for trying.

Johnny Green had a girlfriend, Suzie, who was considerably braver and more outgoing. She remained unaware of her boyfriend's dual identity even after he transformed right in front of her, which suggests that the magic involved in the transformation kept any bystanders oblivious to the change.

Golden Age Appearances

  • All Good Comics (1944 one-shot)
  • Green Mask (Volume 1) - #10-11
  • All Good Comics (1945 one-shot)
  • Book of All-Comics #1
  • Green Mask (Volume 2) - #1-6

Notes

  • Aside from the name and costume, this character was unrelated to Fox's first Green Mask, Michael Shelby.
  • Walter Green only appeared in the first panel of Green Mask II's story, his adventures as The Green Mask were never explored in a comic.
  • Some sites state Suzie dressed up as the Green Mask and called herself "Miss Green Mask" however, she never used that name (nor did it ever see print in any comic). In truth, she wanted to look exactly like the real Green Mask for a contest and used the name "Green Mask" with no "Miss."

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