The Six Million Dollar Man, vol.3 no.9, June 1978I thought it might be fun to take a walk through a relatively random comic from the seventies. The Six Million Dollar Man (T6MDM) comics were released by Charlton and ended when the TV series ended. There was a magazine version which was B&W and a bit more "adult" (with contributions by Neal Adams and Howard Chaykin), but this is the standard color comic. There's nothing particularly extraordinary about it, but it's still a lot of fun. Let's dive in!
Script: Joe Gill
Art: Fred Himes and Pat Boyette
So, Steve is nearly knocked out of his Speedo by Michele Marcoux. I'm not sure how he wound up on his ass in the middle of the Aegean Sea, but all that swimming must have dulled his reflexes. That roundhouse kick to the chops came without a fight.
How did Steve Austin get to be such a degraded embarrassing mess? Let's go back in time...
Yes, something IS wrong with Oscar Goldman's fair haired boy (God that sounds homoerotic). Spike, Steve's expert instructor, is making him his little bitch.
If you remember the TV series, Rudy Wells was the bionics expert/doctor who worked with both Steve Austin and Jamie Sommers. I'd like to have a seen a T6MDM spinoff "Spike & Rudy" : one's a hard-boiled tough-guy, the other's an eccentric academic - can they work together?
Well, it's a moot point. Rudy Wells is missing!
So, the original O.G., Oscar Goldman, tells Steve he could've told him in the morning. He seems pretty put out about it, too.
Wait, what? Rudy's been missing for 62 days, and Oscar was going to tell him in the morning? Jeez. The man's been gone for two months!
Time for a brief commercial interruption. Stay tuned. T6MDM will return in a moment.
Gotta pay the bills. Sea Monkeys keep the lights on, if you know what I mean.
Please, if I go missing, don't wait sixty two freaking days to start looking. Anyway, I'll take a deep breath and move on from this point. So, the private jet belonged to criminal mastermind Stavros Kopodouris. Apparently, he's in league with the two deadliest criminals in all Europe - Michele Marcouz and Nikki Pareche.
Good Lord. With these names, this comic is getting harder to read than a Tolstoy novel.
And here he is: Mr. Kopodouris himself. Sort a cross between Dr. Evil and Dr. Detroit.
After Kopodouris' lair was attacked, his henchmen, Nikki and Michele were injured. However, they had the recently raped Rudy Wells make them bionic! Way to go, Rudy. Why don't you just give them the location of the Rebel Base on Hoth while you're at it.
Back to where our story began - with The Bionic Man being getting his Speedo clad ass handed to him.
No, dammit. Not that Rudy, this Rudy....
Poor Rudy's been traumatized; a shell of his former self. Even so much as hearing the words "Bring out the Gimp" sends him into sobbing convulsions. Sixty two days is a long time to be Kopodouris' play toy.
The Six Million Dollar Man will be right back after this brief commercial interruption.
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Michele pretends to befriend Steve and set him free. Little does he know that that oh-so-common archetype is about to get real. There's nothing in this world Kopodouris would love more than to hunt some beefcake through though woods.
At least Michele gave him some clothes. The thought of a sweaty Kopodouris pursuing Steve running around in his Speedo might be a tad much.
Meanwhile, Kopodouris saunters down for a little one-on-one with Rudy, but Rudy will have none of it. He's had enough of being this fat ass' man slave. He puts the beat down on Kopo and escapes. Evidently, Rudy is a lot more badass in the comic than on the show. They've even drawn him to resemble Viggo Mortensen.
Rudy Wells to the rescue. Somehow, in the midst of this battle, he has a chance to reset Steve's fuses. I guess Nikkie and Michele more or less just stood around and watched their foe's powers restored. A tactical mistake.
And just like that, it's over. No explanation, no nothing. In one panel, Steve Austin throws Michele on top of Nikki, and the next panel everyone's arrested. WTF?
I thought they should have said Rudy installed Nikki and Michele's bionics with an expiration date; thus giving out in the midst of this battle. Something to explain the ease with which Steve took them out of commission..... and Kopdouris was taken out by Rudy Wells for chrissake.
These are the worst freaking villains in the history of comics - and yes I'm including Mxyzptlk in that calculation.
But why were Steve's fuses blown in the first place? Turns out this was all the master plan of Oscar Goldman. He knew that if he made Steve's bionics go bye-bye, Steve would go in search of Rudy to restore them.
In other words, Oscar assumed that Steve wouldn't give a flying f**k if Rudy was missing for 62 days, unless he gave him a selfish reason to go find him. Wow!