ECCC 2016: Dynamite Entertainment Signs Van Jensen for Six Million Dollar Man Story


Our friends over at Dynamite Entertainment have a fun announcement to make at Emerald City Comicon. On the first day of ECCC, it was announced that comic book writer Van Jensen (The Green Lantern Corps, The Flash) will write a new wrinkle in the Six Million Dollar Man franchise with his all-new series, “The Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man,” with the first issue set for release July 13th.

Press release follows:

April 7, 2016, Mt. Laurel, NJ: It has been two years since Dynamite celebrated the 40th anniversary of The Six Million Dollar Man with the continuation of the NBC television show in the Season Six comic book miniseries. Now, Dynamite announces the return of Steve Austin in an all-new series, The Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man, written by Van Jensen in his first-ever project for Dynamite!

The year is 1979. Iran has seized American hostages. Columbian drug cartels run rampant. And Le Chic’s “Freak Out” dominates the charts. Amid this deeply troubled world, Steve Austin – everyone’s favorite Six Million Dollar Man – is America’s best hope in its fight against innumerable enemies. When Steve discovers disturbing secrets in OSI’s past, he uses his cybernetic upgrades to rebel against the agency… but he’ll face plenty of threats, like an enemy cyborg, lasers, and ninjas!

“I was attracted to this book for a lot of reasons,” Jensen says. “I used to cover cutting-edge tech as a reporter, so I’ve long been fascinated with the intersection of technology and biology, and the ethical and moral quandaries of that realm. And working with an artist as skilled and creative as Ron was impossible to resist. And, the cherry on top, we have free rein to make this book big and weird and fun as hell, and we aim to do just that.”

“Six Million seems like a remarkably apt place to begin my Dynamite work” says Dynamite senior editor, Matt Idelson. “In a lot of ways, I feel like I’ve come full circle with my career, and I’m in a place where the work takes front and center. To kick things off working on a character I spent a chunk of my childhood with couldn’t be more perfect.”

“We’ve wanted to work with Van for quite a bit, but the schedules did not work out till now,” says Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci. “We’re extremely excited to see his SMDM story, how he will create the groundwork for the next phase of Steve Austin’s adventures.”

Van Jensen is a comic book writer, best known for his work on The Green Lantern Corps and The Flash for DC Comics. A former newspaper crime reporter and magazine editor, he broke into comics as the writer of Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer, which was named one of YALSA’s Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens. He also has written The Leg: The Remarkable Reappearance of Santa Anna’s Disembodied Limb, Cryptocracy, and Two Dead. A native of western Nebraska, Jensen now lives in Atlanta, GA.

Look for the first issue of The Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man on sale July 13th, featuring story by Van Jensen, and art by Ron Salas.

About Dynamite Entertainment:

Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, Neil Gaiman, Andy Diggle, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, Gail Simone, Steve Niles, James Robinson, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.

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