To celebrate the first fiftieth anniversary of the first broadcast of The Prisoner, Titan Comics licensed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment have announced an all-new comic book based on the original TV show written by Peter Milligan (Shade The Changing Man) with art by Colin Lorimer (The X-Files) coming out in 2018.
The Prisoner first aired on ITV on 29th September 1967 – and in 1968 in the US – and mixed spy fiction with sci-fi, allegory, surrealism and psychological drama. And lots of big white balls roaming around the place.
The series starred Patrick MacGoohan (Danger Man, Escape from Alcatraz) as Number 6 – the fiery British former secret agent who is abducted and held prisoner in a shadowy coastal village, where his captors try to find out why he abruptly resigned from his job.
"For a story where all is ambiguous, it's hardly surprising that everyone takes from The Prisonersomething different; like most people I had my own theories, my own twisted notions – mostly Kafkaesque and existential – of what was really going on in those mock Italianate dwellings. Personally the stranger and more baffling it was the better it suited me," said Peter Milligan writer of the new re-imagined comic books. "So what an honour it is now, thanks to Titan Comics, to be writing Number 6's successor into that enigmatic and beguiling world. And how cool it is to imagine that while I'm writing this new iteration of the Prisoner, I am at least for a while… number one."
Previous Prisoner comics have been created, not least by Jack Kirby who completed an entire first issue, though it was never published, and ythen by Gil Kane, also never published. The original art from both will be reproduced in an IDW Artists Edition next year.
Remember he is not a number, he is a free Milligan!