You'd be hard-pressed to find someone from the 80s who doesn't know who Evil Knieval is. The daredevil made his name with death-defying stunts and electrifying crowds, all in the name of showmanship. Bluewater Comics wants new folks to learn more about the motorcycle riding hero, offering him in a new series written by Michael Dorman and Darren Davis.
Davis, President and Editor in Chief of Bluewater Productions, says “our aim is to keep the legacy of Evel Knievel alive, presenting an homage to this amazing man that will appeal to adults who followed his career years ago, and introducing him to new fans among today’s teenagers.”
Evel Knievel became a national figure when a first-ever attempted jump over the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas went horribly wrong. His body was slammed 155 feet onto the concrete pavement, and he was hospitalized with a fractured skull, broken pelvis, hips and ribs. Knievel was unconscious for a month. After recovering, he put on his signature red-white-and-blue leathers, rode his motorcycle into the Los Angeles Coliseum, and jumped 50 stacked cars. Later Knievel staged his most ambitious stunt, which Davis says was the inspiration for the first comic book in the planned series. Knievel announced that he would make a one-mile jump across the Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho. Rather than a motorcycle, he would ride a steam-powered “Sky-Cycle X-2” to soar high over the gorge, then deploy a parachute and return to earth.
“In the comic book, the Snake River jump is just the start of Evel Knievel’s adventures,” says Davis.
In the pages that Davis and co-writer and artist Michael Dorman will create, the daredevil will confront the evil Snake band of terrorists, and do battle with a monster snake that lives underground. Accompanying Knievel on the pages of the comic book will be two teenage sidekicks, a girl and a boy, says Davis, to help younger readers relate to the stories.
Kelly Knievel, president of K&K Promotions and Evel’s oldest son, said, “My father is known as the Godfather of Extreme Sports, and extreme sports are enormously popular among today’s young people. We are delighted that this comic book series will introduce those youngsters to the amazing man who started it all.”
Full press release below.