Lama Surya Das just sent us this article about a fascinating, Buddhist-inspired 1940s American comic strip called “The Green Lama.” Crafted to compete with pulp-market characters like The Shadow, the titular protagonist of “The Green Lama” followed up 10 years of study in Tibet with a superheroic anti-crime campaign back in the United States—all part of a grand scheme to spread enlightenment. It just so happens that Tricycle has a Green Lama connection: our copy editor, Karen Ready, is the daughter of the strip’s creator. In 2004, we ran a piece on the history of the comic.
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