The Green Lama
Men of knowledge have always been my heroes. Super-heroes are traditionally people with rippling muscles and two-digit IQs, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the detectives, the learners, the strategists, the guys who can’t necessarily shoot or punch their way out of a bad situation, so they have to use their brains.
They have to think.
The Green Lama was created in 1939 by Kendell Foster Crossen, who later wrote: “I was asked by the head of the magazine department to try to work out a character to compete in the pulp market with The Shadow. A book had just been published about an American who had gone to Tibet and studied and had become a lama, the only white person who ever had at that time. The result was the Green Lama.”
Mr. Crossen, you had me at “studied.”
This version of the Green Lama isn’t like all the others appearing elsewhere. That’s the super-hero (which was also written by Crossen), the puncher. This one is more cerebral, more deliberative. Which doesn’t mean there won’t be a lot of action. The Lama will be up to his brains in it. Hopefully, those brains will be enough to get him out of it.
Mike W. Barr
Moonstone's "Return of the Originals"