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After 70 years, Gene Luen Yang reveals the origin of the first Asian-American superhero

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From out of the past comes a singular hero both old and new—and the story of how he returned to the printed page may be as fascinating as any four-color adventure upon which he’s ever embarked. The costumed crusader in question is the Green Turtle, star of The Shadow Hero, a graphic novel by writer Gene Luen Yang and artist Sonny Liew. The graphic novel is new, but it marks the return of the Green Turtle, who was last seen (albeit briefly) in Blazing Comics in 1944. The Turtle appeared in five issues, was cancelled by his publisher, and then vanished into oblivion. Nearly 70 years later, Yang ran across those five issues of Blazing Comics online. Yang was drawn…

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