Monday, July 1, 2013

Secrets of Tonto

Because a new Lone Ranger movie is opening in a few days...
...July is "Lone Ranger & Tonto" month on this blog.
First up; an in-depth look at Tonto.
Everybody knows the basics, but how many of you know the full background of the Lone Ranger's "faithful Indian companion"?
The following was the "official" information which applied to every media (radio/movies/tv/comics/pulps) incarnation of the character until 1981, and the not-as-bad-as-people-think Legend of the Lone Ranger movie...
Like the sidekick of The Lone Ranger's grand-nephew, The Green Hornet (created by the same men, George Trendle and Fran Striker) the second banana was not a sterotyped ethnic lackey, but equal to the hero in brains and skills.
Despite that, both Tonto and Kato had trouble with English...
(Kato, in every version of The Green Hornet except the 1960s TV series, was a scientific genius who built the Black Beauty and created the duo's unique weaponry.)
This text feature first appeared in the comic book adaptation of The Lone Ranger feature film done when the TV series switched from black-and-white to color in 1956.
The comic also had a text feature about the Lone Ranger's background (which we ran HERE).
There's much more Lone Ranger & Tonto stuff to come, so bookmark us and visit often!
And you can see our previous Lone Ranger & Tonto posts by clicking HERE!

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