TV’s classic Bionic Man returns in new comic bookWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The final episode of TV’s The Six Million Dollar Man aired in 1978 after five seasons of bionic action. Now, Dynamite Comics is not only reviving the property in a new comic book, but also continuing right where the popular TV series left off. The Six Million Dollar Man: Season Six #1 will debut next month in comic shops; better, stronger, faster.
John S. Drew, host of Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast at www.abionicpodcast.com, seems excited by the announcement, but also a bit wary of what it might bring. “I love the idea of a Season Six comic book, personally,” he says. “I wonder if it’s going to work though for a modern audience of readers in general. In order for it to work with the fans, there has to be a respect for the fact that [in the comic it] will be 1979, not 2014. While the government may have technological advances we are not aware of, it can’t be too obvious in the story telling or it will kill a lot of the charm of the stories from that time period.”
The new title boasts likenesses of the original show’s cast, including Lee Majors as Steve Austin, and touchstones like Austin’s boss Oscar Goldman and OSI, the government agency they work for. Even better for grown-up children of the 1970s, though, is the news that the comic will also bring one of the Six Million Dollar Man toy concepts into the storyline: the chameleonic Maskatron. Again, Drew’s glad for the inclusion, but hopes that the book’s creators know their SMDM history. “Maskatron’s origins stem from the first season episode ‘Day of the Robot’,” he notes. “If they remember that, it will work fine and may draw in more readers.”
Overall, Drew sees something special happening with the property, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. “There is definitely a renaissance going on,” he says. “I think it has to do with the fact that out of all the elements of 1970s culture to get nostalgic about, Steve Austin is the kind of hero who never compromises on what it means to be a hero. He stands for what he believes in and he doesn’t put up smoke screens to be something he isn’t. We need that kind of a hero today when our TV, movie, and comic books are filled with dark, brooding characters.”