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The Prisoner Returns To Television, But Where’s the Novel?

215px-PrisonerPaperback.jpgToday AMC resurrected all 17 episodes of the classic British television show, The Prisoner, and GalleyCat has one simple question: Who will bring back Thomas M. Disch‘s novel based on the surreal spy show?

Disch died last year, but among his many writing credits was the first novelization of The Prisoner–a spy thriller miniseries seemingly scripted by Franz Kafka and shot by Federico Fellini.

The free web video versions of the original series will prepare uninitiated viewers (and fans who couldn’t afford the expensive DVD set) for the AMC remake of The Prisoner, scheduled for release this year. It’s the perfect time to resurrect Disch’s novel as a digital book or paperback.

And that’s not the only Prisoner tie-in material we’d like to see resurface…


Back in 1976, Marvel Comics had plans for a Prisoner book that would be written and drawn by the legendary Jack Kirby. The project never made it to publication, but the artwork still exists; here’s Kirby’s re-imagining of the television program’s iconic opening sequence.

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(Thanks to TwoMorrow‘s Jack Kirby Collector, which has the full story on this unrealized project.)

In the 1980s, DC Comics published an authorized “sequel” to the TV show, pitting Number Six against the most famous of the show’s Number Twos, the one played by Leo McKern. A graphic novel collecting the series remains in print.

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