The 50th anniversary of the British sci-fi show The Prisoner will be celebrated in style this year, even though fans in the U.K. have already feted it. For U.S. audiences, though, the milestone has yet to come. To mark the occasion, the show -- which featured Patrick McGoohan being chased by a giant white balloon -- is not attempting another return to television, but rather, it's finally coming to comics, in forms both old and new.
Back in the '70s, the team of Jack Kirby and Gil Kane created a work based on the original show's pilot episode, but it was never released. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Titan Comics is finally going to let The Prisoner free.
This release will come fairly close to a new series based on the show, which will be coming later this year. Created by Peter Milligan and Colin Lorimer, the new comic will feature a story about a character who came after McGoohan’s prisoner-with-no-name. The cover by Mike and Laura Allred can be seen in THR's tweet below:
The real excitement for anyone who routinely says, "I am not a number, I am a free man," however, will be the aforementioned released of the unpublished material. It will come in the form of The Prisoner: Original Art Edition, and will feature the unreleased work from Kirby, Kane, and writer Steve Englehart. The hardcover collection will include the complete array of original Kirby artwork, 18 pages of penciling from Kane, and Englehart's full script.
This has been a long time coming, as the comic was originally created for Marvel, but they held the rights without doing anything with them. With the rights now in the hands of Titan, The Prisoner can celebrate its 50th anniversary (in the U.S.) in style. Even if you've never heard of the show, new Jack Kirby artwork is a cause for celebration in and of itself. Nightmares about the giant white balloon can officially re-commence.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)