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DANIEL WESTIN

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Full Name: Daniel Westin
Series Name: The Invisible Man
Nationality: American
Organization: Klae Resource
Occupation Other - Scientist

Creator: Harve Bennett
Time Span: 1975 - 1976

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Daniel Westin is a scientist.
       Working for the Klae Resource company, a for-profit research facility financed with contracts from various organizations but primarily the U.S. military establishment, Westin and his wife, Kate, both possessed PhDs as well as expertise in apparently several branches of science but it was in the realm of teleportation they were hired to explore.
       According to comments by their boss, Walter Carlson, they had been hard at work at that research for nearly the previous year. Considering the familiarity with which the Westins talked with Carlson, it is likely their history went further back and it is possible the Westins had been involved in other things first. Still, teleportation was their objective. They would not achieve that.
       What Daniel Westin discovered was invisibility. He found a way to affect molecules of items hit by a special ray to not be affected by light beams such that the light would pass around the molecules and .... alright, that exceeds my understanding of it (the author in the recorded chronicle of the initial adventure of the Westins told it better).
       The key thing that Westin realized was that there were not many practical uses for invisibility outside of childish pranks, largely harmless, and military application, something he was adjectly opposed to. When he started at Klae, he had made sure there was no doubt he would not be involved in making weapons and now he had discovered something that was undoubtedly going to be militarized.
       So the Westins were against telling anyone and Carlson was for making income from it. The balance they eventually would strike would get Westin involved in numerous escapades for which he had no training but for which he had extremely good cover.

BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:1975
Last Appearance:1975

1 The Invisible Man The Invisible Man
Written by Mike Jahn
Copyright: 1975

Novelization of the pilot episode for the television series. Daniel and Kate Westin, husband and wife scientist team, are working on teleportation when Daniel discovers the secret to invisibility. The Westins are upset when they learn the military is interested but nothing like how they feel when they are kidnapped to be sold to the Eastern Bloc.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:13
First Appearance:1975
Last Appearance:1976
Network:NBC

REGULAR CAST
David McCallumDaniel Westin [ 1 ]
Melinda O. FeeKate Westin [ 1 ]
Craig StevensWalter Carlson [ 1 ]

PARODIES, SATIRES, AND PASTICHES

Number of Entries:1
First Appearance:1976
Last Appearance:1976

1 Pin Up Pic - The Invisible Man Pin Up Pic - The Invisible Man
Published by IPC Magazines

Copyright: 1976

From Krazy Comic #2, Oct 23, 1976, with 1 black & white page.
A Krazy look at TV No. 2 - This is a pin-up of Daniel Westin, but be careful where you put the pin!

MY COMMENTS

       I admit I had to sort of push my boundaries as to what rightfully fit in the compendium and what did not in order to squeeze this series in. I was determined to do so, however, because I have been a huge David McCallum fan since the Man From U.N.C.L.E. days. And though I am sorry his The Invisible Man series did not work out, if it had, McCallum would not have been available for one of my absolutely favorite series, the sci-fi future drama Sapphire and Steel.
       So, back to Daniel Westin and his invisibility. What a fantastic weapon for a spy, someone who has to live in the figurative dark alley so as to not be seen doing what he or she needs to do. With invisibility, that problem is resolved. Other problems would crop up, of course, but the biggie was beaten.
       The tales that we got, largely through the television episodes, did not go far enough into the spy realm to suit me but it did touch on it a time or three. So much more could have been done and wasn't that the show did not last, and did not deserve to. But I like to think 'what might have been'.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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