Monday, January 18, 2010

The Human Target: 1992 Version

A new TV show called Human Target, about a professional bodyguard who impersonates his clients in order to 'smoke out' their would-be assassins, premiered last night on Fox.  If you've watched any of the NFL playoff games on the Fox network over the last couple of weekends, I'm sure you knew that already (even if you didn't watch the show), because they relentlessly promoted it during commercial breaks. 

But did you know that the show was actually based on a comic book?  That's right. The Human Target was originally created in 1972 by Len Wein and Carmine Infantino, and ran as a back-up feature in some Superman comic books. In fact, almost 20 years ago a prior TV adaptation ran on CBS starring Rick Springfield.  Yes, the Rick Springfield of "Jesse's Girl" and General Hospital fame. It was pulled off the air by CBS after only 7 episodes because of poor ratings. I've embedded below the 1 minute opening credits from this 1992 version, as well as a teaser for the current series that premiered last night.

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