Review by C.J. Bunce
Starting next Wednesday, September 17, 2014, the Bionic Woman is back. This time, in her third comic book series in the past two years, following Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, and The Six Million Dollar Man, it’s a continuation of the original television series, right where the series last left our bionic heroine.
Dynamite Comics is publishing the new series written by Brandon Jerwa, with interior art by David T. Cabrera. Issue #1 features cover art by Sean Chen and Ivan Nunes and a photo incentive cover featuring Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers.
So how does Issue #1 fare?
They have the introduction right, presumably to begin each issue like an episodes of the series. As to moving the series forward in continuity of the era, the tech gets a slight–but only slight–upgrade, with walkie-talkies replaced with wireless comm-links in Jaime’s ears. Dr. Rudy Wells and Oscar Goldman are back, too. So the setting checks out.
Dynamite Comics’ The Bionic Man series, especially Issues #17-26, was among the best comic book reading of 2013. They are now available in a trade paperback: The Bionic Man Volume Three: End of Everything. Featuring a story by Aaron Gillespie, with art by Ed Tadeo and Rey Villegas, colors by Thiago Ribeiro, letters by Simon Bowland, and covers by Mike Mayhew with other regular edition covers and variants by prolific Dynamite Comics artists Jonathan Lau and Ed Tadeo.
The Bionic Man is a great read and recommended for comic book fans. It features Aaron Gillespie’s storytelling, which we lauded on our borg.com Best of 2013 list last year. It also has the whole package from cover to cover–story, art, covers, humor, action, and fun. We won’t re-state what we said in our review last year–you can read that here. Enough of the origin stories that bogs down superhero books, this Steve Austin was able to get out there and do something.
The series featured some of our all-time favorite cover art, with a cover run on Issues #17-22 by The Star Wars artist Mike Mayhew. Mayhew created a new, cool, young look for Steve Austin, who sported the classic track suit updated for a modern audience and fashion sense. His Issue #19 cover has Steve holding a car over his head, and you get to really see the strength. Probably his best cover is for Issue #20, an inspiring cover which reminds me of one of my favorite paintings of President Kennedy.
Zica Toys is releasing a new wave of action figures in its seven-points of articulation 3 3/4 inch line, which previously consisted of Steve Austin in his red tracksuit, a blue tracksuit variant, and Bigfoot. The line includes five new characters and we’re previewing here both the card backs and the sculpts.
We think they look great. Fans of the recent onslaught of 1970s Kenner-style action figures will love these. But you better act now if you want them. Craig Owen, owner of Zica Toys, posted to his Facebook account the following heads-up:
Based on the recent preorder numbers I’ve received it looks like the SMDM wave 2 assortment is at risk of being canceled. Considering how well wave 1 did I’m more than a little shocked at the low numbers for wave 2. For a small company like mine projects typically live or die based on preorder numbers.
So there you have it. You can pre-order them at this link.
They include Oscar Goldman (with his trademark briefcase), Barney Hiller, John Saxon’s evil robot Mr. X, and both actors that played Dr. Rudy Wells.
The final day of Planet Comicon 2014 is here, with a turnout as great as Saturday. Above, your borg.com editor has some fun with The Big Valley, The Fall Guy, and The Six Million Dollar Man star Lee Majors today.
Then author and borg.com writer Elizabeth C. Bunce met William Shatner at one of his several signings. Shatner is shown above with his security detail moving between events.
Elizabeth was sporting her steampunk Red Sonja from Bill Willingham’s Legenderry series.
Thanks to a tip from Firstline Media on Twitter, we bring to you a useful public service announcement (PSA) at a time of year when a new round of flu seems to be sweeping across the country. Lee Majors has donned his Six Million Dollar Man jumpsuit and turtlenecks for an important new mission.
Check out this PSA and take heed, and any Bronies out there should pay close attention:
Funko’s classic Kenner style 3 and 3/4-inch ReAction series of action figures are sure to be a big focus at Sunday’s annual Toy Fair in New York, and we have a first look at the sculpts and packaging courtesy of Entertainment Earth. We revealed the new Predator, Terminator, Escape from New York, Rocketeer, and The Nightmare Before Christmas figures here at borg.com last week, and we couldn’t be more excited about the rest of the line of 1980s style action figures.
The rest of the figures include Back to the Future, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Pulp Fiction, the Universal Monsters, Horror Classics, Goonies, and The Crow.
Some highlights can be found in the Firefly line. Zoe’s sculpt looks particularly well done, Wash comes with his toy dinosaurs, and Jayne comes with his favorite weapon: Vera. Oz from Buffy the Vampire Slayer comes with his guitar. Hellraiser’s Pinhead comes with a tiny puzzle cube. And Bruce Willis finally gets an action figure–his Pulp Fiction character is wearing his dad’s watch from the film. Several characters are represented in the Pulp Fiction line, but no Christopher Walken, yet. There’s no Xander from Buffy, either, or Josh Brolin’s character from Goonies, or a River or Simon for the Firefly line.
Each of these can be pre-ordered from Entertainment Earth at the early bird prices by clicking on the images below. We’re betting this first line will be a big success and that Funko will move on to expand these lines and add more licensed properties in the future. Check out these great series:
The Six Million Dollar Man himself, Lee Majors will be one of the featured guests at the next Planet Comicon comic book and pop culture convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Propelled to sci-fi icon status in the 1970s because of his five-year stint as the astronaut Steve Austin who became the first modern cyborg, Majors was already known to Western fans for his roles on The Big Valley and The Virginian. And the action figure with his likeness remains one of the best-selling toys of all time.
In his post-borg years Majors starred as stuntman Colt Seavers in The Fall Guy. Not a year has gone by since his five years on The Fall Guy that Majors hasn’t appeared as a guest actor on TV series after TV series, including having a key role in Season 2 of TNT’s Dallas reboot this year.
After meeting up with the Bionic Woman Lindsay Wagner at Planet Comicon 2013, we’re doubly psyched to see one of our favorite borg actors in person. We’re looking forward to meeting the man who sported that red track suit and, backed by the sound effects and famous techno theme song, became the guy that OSI’s Oscar Goldman promised us each week “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the
capability to build the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.”
Planet Comicon 2014 will be held in Kansas City’s giant Bartle Hall, March 14-16. Ticket sales will begin December 1, 2013. Check out the Planet Comicon website link at the bottom of the borg.com home page in the coming weeks for more announcements. Planet Comicon 2014 promises to be the biggest show in more than a decade of being one of the Midwest’s premier fan conventions. borg.com will again have a presence at the show with updates all weekend.
Today at Entertainment Earth the retro-styled Six Million Dollar Man action figure pairings are on sale for up to fifty percent off. You can choose either the 8-inch Bionic Man with 9 5/8-inch Bigfoot set, or the 8-inch Oscar Goldman with Fembot set–or pick up both sets. The Bionic Man set comes with sound effects key chains, and Oscar comes with his signature briefcase. Scare your friends with the freakish Fembot. Wreak havoc with your own Bigfoot (originally played on the TV series by Andre the Giant). The sale runs today only and since each set is regularly nearly $40, now’s the time to grab these if you ever were considering checking them out.
Click here to order the Bionic Man/Bigfoot set, and here to order the Oscar Goldman/Fembot set.
This series is produced by Bif Bang Pow! with EMCE toy company, who has also released Mego-style carded action figures from the classic Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, The Twilight Zone, Flash Gordon, and recent series Big Bang Theory, Dexter, and Lost. Yes, now you can pit Hurley and Locke from Lost and Prince Barin from Flash Gordon against a large-headed Sontaran from Doctor Who, the airplane wing gremlin from The Twilight Zone, and a chrome Cylon from Battlestar Galactica.
Following on the heels of the successful Dark Horse Comics series Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 and 9 and IDW Publishing’s The X-Files Season 10, this week Dynamite Comics announced Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man will be continued where the TV series left off with The Six Million Dollar Man Season 6.
Unlike the current successful monthly series Bionic Man and Bionic Woman, which updated the original TV series for the 21st century, The Six Million Dollar Man Season 6 will make an effort to look back to elements, styles, designs and even sounds that made the original series popular in the 1970s. Expect familiar special effects, slow motion movements, and kung-fu gripping action.
After a crazy day of an insane volume of fans storming Bartle Hall in Kansas City Saturday for the biggest Planet Comicon event in more than a dozen years of events, it seemed like everyone came back Sunday for Day Two with aisles jam-packed again. And for fans of all things borg like us, it was a banner day, meeting up with the original Bionic Woman herself, Lindsay Wagner, and the current writer on Dynamite’s Bionic Man series, Aaron Gillespie.
First up–Bionic Man cosplay. The idea was inspired by my own large-sized action figure as a kid. Originally planned by DW and me for SDCC 2012, it seemed a great fit for a borg.com tie-in, too. Always looking for something original for other fans to enjoy, we’d never seen anyone re-create Steve Austin, the Bionic Man, at any convention ever, or posted online anywhere. As the idea developed we decided it needed something more–and we moved from the character to the 1970s action figure itself. With bionic eye, inserted arm circuitry, a pair of classic red and white striped Adidas Dragons, the classic red track suit, and the key identifier–the patch that was used as the official fan club badge and stuck on the chest of every Bionic Man action figure, which makes sense for the toy but would never make sense on the show–we had all but one thing left. Decades ago you could find plastic hair at costume or theatrical shops but go searching and you’ll come up empty. So we searched for full face masks that could be altered and came up with a JFK mask that could be cut and repainted, which seemed to do the trick. Add some spirit gum (which may never ever come off my face) and temporarily lose the goatee, we found contact lenses from a UK retailer, made the patch from transfer paper using Web images and interfacing, and temporary tattoo material, and we have the Six Million Dollar Man large-sized action figure. We got some good reaction to it at the Elite Comics Halloween event last year, and when we saw Lindsay Wagner as a guest of this year’s Planet Comicon it was obvious I was going to wear it to the show.