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THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN

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Full Name: Steve Austin
Series Name: The Six Million Dollar Man
Nationality: American
Organization: Office of Special Operations*
Occupation Agent

Creator: Martin Caidin
Time Span: 1972 - 2018

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Steve Austin in an agent for the O.S.O.
       In 1972, noted science fiction writer Martin Caidin published an outstanding novel detailing the use of cybernetics. It was in this book that most people got their first exposure to words like 'cyborg', 'cybernetics' and 'bionics'. In that novel, an astronaut named Steve Austin, test-piloting a revolutionary aircraft, was critically injured in an horrendous crash. The government, through the services of the Office of Special Operations, chose this opportunity to test its cybernetics program by rebuilding the man better than he had been before. As a service to his country to repay for the high cost for the repairs, Austin is pressed into action as a agent.
       The next year Caidin followed up the first book with a sequel, Cyborg 2: Operation Nuke. That same year, three different pilots for a proposed television series was shown: "The Moon and the Desert" in March, "Wine, Women and War" in October, and "The Solid Gold Kidnapping" in November.
       In January of the next year, the actual series began as a mid-season replacement. The show would last 101 episodes with the final one airing in March of 1978. It would also produce three made-to-TV movies, shown in 1987, 1989, and 1994.
       The starring role of Steve Austin was admirably played by Lee Majors, a 33-year old actor who was already well known from his years as Heath Barkley in The Big Valley and who was co-starring as an assistant lawyer in Owen Marshall: Attorney at Law. In the show, the role of Oscar Goldman, operations head of OSO, was played by Richard Anderson.
       Lt. Col Steve Austin was a highly skilled Air Force pilot who was assigned to NASA for most of his military career. As lead pilot on Apollo 17, Austin was the last American to walk on the moon. With the reduction in the space program, Austin took a position with the test pilot program he had worked with prior to his NASA stint. It was while working with this group that the near fatal crash occurred that changed his life so much.
       While Austin's entire body was severely damaged in the accident, the major injuries that were corrected by the cybernetic wizardry of his friend, Dr. Rudy Wells, were two leg replacements, one new arm, and a new eye. While the entire matter of the change took considerable amount of time to accept, eventually Austin came around and began to use his new powers in the assistance of OSO and U.S. activities.
       *Note on the Organization:
       In the books, the organization that Austin worked for was the OSO. In the television show, however, the agency was the OSI, the Office of Strategic Intelligence, headed by Oscar Goldman.

BOOKS

Number of Books:10
First Appearance:1972
Last Appearance:1977

1 Cyborg Cyborg
Written by Martin Caidin
Copyright: 1972

No matter what you might feel of the television show, this is truly an awesome book to read. The whole issue of cybernetics is discussed at length. The trauma of a man suddenly becoming both less human and more powerful is fantastically presented. The writing is just superb. From an espionage aspect, the book doesn't even begin to branch into that area until well into the second half but when it does, it gives two complete missions. The first is to check out and disrupt the creation of a Soviet submarine base in Suriname. The second is to do the same for a Soviet air force base in the Red Sea area.
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2 Cyborg II: Operation Nuke Cyborg II: Operation Nuke
Written by Martin Caidin
Copyright: 1973

After an extensive recovery period from the troubles of the first two missions, Steve Austin is again called into service when a nuclear explosion in Malagasy provides proof that there is an organization of black marketers selling nuclear bombs. It is Austin's job to infiltrate that group and destroy it.

3 Wine Women and Wars Wine Women and Wars
Written by Mike Jahn
Copyright: 1974

As the primary arms dealer to any terrorist or dictator, Findletter is about to pull off his greatest sale - a complete U.S. nuclear submarine. Steve Austin is sent to stop him. Novelization of the second pilot episode released on Oct 20, 1973.

4 Solid Gold Kidnapping Solid Gold Kidnapping
Written by Evan Richards
Copyright: 1974

After he rescues an ambassador kidnapped by members of a powerful crime syndicate, Steve Austin earns their animosity. When he sent on another rescue mission, they are ready for him. Novelization of the third pilot episode, aired November 17, 1973.

5 Cyborg III: High Crystal Cyborg III: High Crystal
Written by Martin Caidin
Copyright: 1974

Steve Austin leads an expedition high up into the Andes to investigate what seems like a highway built two miles above sea level.

6 Pilot Error Pilot Error
Written by Jay Barbree
Copyright: 1975

Steve Austin owes a huge favor to Senator Hill for having pushed through the appropriations for his augmentations. Now he hopes to repay some by finding if Hill was the cause of a plane he was piloting. Novelization of the 2nd season episode aired September 27, 1974.

7 The Rescue Of Athena One The Rescue Of Athena One
Written by Mike Jahn
Copyright: 1975

Investigating a UFO sighting, Steve Austin finds the lone survivor of an interterrestrial delegation. As he seeks to find a way to return her from where she came, he must also find a way to rescue the crew of a damaged space rocket. Novelization of the 1st season episode aired March 15, 1974.

8 Cyborg IV Cyborg IV
Written by Martin Caidin
Copyright: 1975

In a competition for supremacy in space, Steve Austin must literally plug himself into the controls of a spaceship. Besides survival, another question is whether he can be unhooked from it later.

9 The Secret Of Bigfoot The Secret Of Bigfoot
Written by Mike Jahn
Copyright: 1976

On Battle Mountain in the northern part of the US, Goldman's team is making seismological investigations but investigating them seems to be Sasquatch himself. Novelization of the two-part episode in the 3rd season aired February 1 and 4, 1976.

10 International Incidents International Incidents
Written by Mike Jahn
Copyright: 1977

Steve Austin must rescue a Russian gymnast who is being played as a pawn by the Kremlin. He must also stop an assassin who wants to kill an Arab prince, blaming it on the Israelis.

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:17
First Appearance:1976
Last Appearance:1978

1 No Way Out No Way Out
short story
Written by Joe Gill
Copyright: 1976

Printed in the 1st issue of The Six Million Dollar Man Comic Book series by the Charlton Comics Group. - After testing an orbiter space craft, Austin wants a couple days off but Goldman say no. Austin does not like the answer.
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2 Win A Few Win A Few
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1976

Printed in the 2nd issue of The Six Million Dollar Man Comic Book series by the Charlton Comics Group. - A class reunion for Austin. Using his abilities around the people he grew up with was not in his plans.
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3 Forbidden Reef Forbidden Reef
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1976

Printed in the 3rd issue of The Six Million Dollar Man Comic Book series by the Charlton Comics Group. - Austin takes some leave and heads to Florida where scuba diving pits him against a very large shark.
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4 The Ransom The Ransom
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1976

Printed in the 4th issue of The Six Million Dollar Man Comic Book series by the Charlton Comics Group. - Austin learns of a very pricey kidnapping and decides to investigate.
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5 The Best Of Friends The Best Of Friends
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1976

Contained in The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1977 - An old friend of Steve Austin wants him to write a biography about himself. Yet Oscar thinks Steve's friend Lou is a spy. Is Oscar right or wrong?
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6 No Oil Painting No Oil Painting
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1976

Contained in The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1977
Steve Austin comes across an old friend named Jackie and they go to an auction, dinner and her art show together. At the show he meets a man he doesn't like. Are the paintings the man got at the auction junk or something else?
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7 Troubled Waters Troubled Waters
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1976

Contained in The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1977 - plot unknown
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8 Came The Revolution Came The Revolution
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1976

Contained in The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1977 - plot unknown
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9 Counter Punch Counter Punch
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1977

Printed in the 5th issue of The Six Million Dollar Man Comic Book series by the Charlton Comics Group. - Goldman presses Austin into an inter-service boxing match with something naughty up his sleeves.
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10 Bodyguard Bodyguard
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1977

Contained in The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1978 - plot unknown
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11 Kidnap Kidnap
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1977

Contained in The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1978 - plot unknown
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12 Explosive Situation Explosive Situation
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1977

Contained in The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1978 - plot unknown
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13 Assembly Line Assembly Line
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1977

Contained in The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1978 - plot unknown
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14 Wall Of Fire Wall Of Fire
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1978

Printed in the 6th issue of The Six Million Dollar Man Comic Book series by the Charlton Comics Group. - On a rainy foggy night drive, Austin come upon a multi-car pileup and a vehicle fire with a baby inside.
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15 The Escape The Escape
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1978

Printed in the 7th issue of The Six Million Dollar Man Comic Book series by the Charlton Comics Group. - Grabbing a bite to eat in an airport during a layover ends up with Austin in an island prison.
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16 Crash Dive Crash Dive
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1978

Printed in the 8th issue of The Six Million Dollar Man Comic Book series by the Charlton Comics Group. - An experimental aircraft that could also operate as a one-man sub is being test by Austin.
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17 Bait Bait
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1978

Printed in the 9th issue of The Six Million Dollar Man Comic Book series by the Charlton Comics Group. - Someone is attaching police officers near Austin's home and the latest victim is a good friend.
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18 The Long Sleep The Long Sleep
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1978

Contained in The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1979
[plot unknown]
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19 The Vanishing Tribe The Vanishing Tribe
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1978

Contained in The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1979
[plot unknown]
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20 A Monstrous Tale A Monstrous Tale
short story
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1978

Contained in The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1979
[plot unknown]
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YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

Number of Books:4
First Appearance:1976
Last Appearance:1979

1 The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1977 The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1977
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1976

Published by Stafford Pemberton Publishing.
A collection of 4 short stories, 3 comic stories, 2 non-fiction articles, 3 games and 1 featured biography as well as many illustrations. Contents are as follows.
The Short Stories are:
1. The Best Of Friends
2. No Oil Painting
3. Troubled Waters
4. Came The Revolution
The Comic Stories are:
1. A Broken Promise
2. Mistaken Loyalty
3. Boots Are Made for Skiing
The Non-Fiction Articles are:
1. Codes (About Cryptography)
2. Way To The Stars (About the Space Program)
The Games are:
1. Bionic Eye
2. Bionic Bound
3. Code Wheel
The Featured Biography is about Lee Majors.

2 The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1978 The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1978
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1977

Published by Stafford Pemberton Publishing.
A collection of 4 short stories, 3 comic stories, 2 non-fiction articles, 3 games and 1 featured biography as well as many illustrations. Contents are as follows.
The Short Stories are:
1. Bodyguard
2. Kidnap
3. Explosive Situation
4. Assembly Line
The Comic Stories are:
1. Exhibition
1. Combination
1. Foiled Again
The Non-Fiction Articles are:
1. Hijackers (About hijacking prevention)
2. Moonshot (About going to the Moon)
The Games are:
1. Close Up
1. Bionic Feats Quiz
1. Six Million Dollar Quiz

3 The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1979 The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1979
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1978

Published by Stafford Pemberton Publishing.
A collection of 3 short stories, 2 comic stories, 3 non-fiction articles, 1 game and 2 features with pictures. Contents are as Follows:
The Short Stories are:
1. The Long Sleep
2. The Vanishing Tribe
3. A Monstrous Tale
The Comic Stories are:
1. Seems Suspicious
2. Set To Kill
The Non-Fiction Articles are:
1. The Planets (About known Worlds)
2. Pioneers Of Flight (About those that wanted to fly.)
3. In Vision (About Seeing Eye Dogs & Steve's Bionic Eye)
The Game is:
1. Steve's Diary ( A Board Game)
The Features are:
1. Interview with Lee Majors. (Majors answer a few questions.)
2. Dinner For Steve (What Austin wants for the meal with Angie.)

4 The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1980 The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1980
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1979

Published by Stafford Pemberton Publishing.

MOVIES

Number of Movies:6
First Appearance:1973
Last Appearance:1994

All six of the movies listed here were made-for-tv movies. The first three were done as pilots for the proposed series while the last three came years after the series ended its run.
Further, the last three combined the main characters from The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman.
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TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:100
First Appearance:1974
Last Appearance:1978
Network:ABC

REGULAR CAST
Lee MajorsSteve Austin [ 1-5 ]
Richard AndersonOscar Goldman [ 1-5 ]
Alan OppenheimerDr. Rudy Wells [ 1-2 ]
Martin E. BrooksDr. Rudy Wells [ 3-5 ]

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:48
First Appearance:1976
Last Appearance:2018

       The first Six Million Dollar Man adventure in comic book form was a very short satiric appearance in Scholastic's Bananas magazine in 1976. Since it is not canon, you can find it in the Parodies, Satires, and Pastiches section.
       That same year, Charlton Comics, which was surviving at the time by publishing tie-ins to television and movie hits, released TWO different series about the SMDM, one a 9-issue series of The Six Million Dollar Man comics between 1976 and 1978 and the other a 7-issue series of The Six Million Dollar Man "comic magazine" from 1976-1977. The former had one comic story in each publication while the latter had several comic stories and a couple text articles..

       Three and a half decades later, Dynamite Comics, in conjunction with noted film director and writer Kevin Smith, brought back the world of Steve Austin in a new re-telling of his origin and the first few missions. 26 issues were written. These were augmented by 5 issues in a storyline showing Steve Austin going up against Jaime Sommers.
       This series was concluded and followed by a short 6-issue series based more on the original television show, presenting what might have been its sixth season.
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PARODIES, SATIRES, AND PASTICHES

Number of Entries:10
First Appearance:1974
Last Appearance:1978

1 The Six Billion Dollar Man The Six Billion Dollar Man
Published by Major Publications

Copyright: 1974

From Cracked Magazine #120, October 1974, with 6 black & white pages.
A hilarious mission with TV's Bucket of Bolts! Stebe Awkward was an astronaut that had to have an operation that cost the U.S. Government a huge bill. So, Stebe became an agent and his first mission was to get a submarine back that is in the Andes Mountains and Oskie a vanilla cone. Yet when he returns with the sub he discovers that he's been recalled.
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2 The Six Million Dollars, Man! The Six Million Dollars, Man!
Published by EC
Contributors: Lou Silverstone (writer), Angelo Torres (artist)
Copyright: 1975

Printed in MAD Magazine #172, January 1975, and from "The Sum of the Parts Dept."
A parody of the TV series with a bionic man. Starring Lee Majors as Steel Awesome, Richard Anderson as Roscoe Brassman and Martin Balsam as Doctor Balsawood. Astronaut Steel Awesome is injured and given bionic parts, then must rescue the doctor who saved his life from the Soviets. He also meets "The Ten Million Ruble Woman" who falls in love with a Pepsi Magazine. After he returns with the doctor he is then put into a Government Surplus Sale for only $6.98 (as is).
Reprinted in the summer of 1979 in the Mad Super Special #27.
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3 The Far-Out Four The Far-Out Four
Published by Major Publications

Copyright: 1975

From Cracked Magazine #123, March 1975, with 5 black & white pages.
President Ford needs help so he uses four guys that he calls Super Heroes. They are Lee Majors as The Six Billion Dollar Man, Henry Kissinger as Super K, Tom Laughlin as Silly Jack and David Carradine as Kung Phooey. So is born Ford's new group of heroes called 'The Far-Out Four' and their mission is to help the U.S. economy. Eggs at 9 cent a dozen and a gallon of gas as well. That would be great, for sure. But it looks like Hubert Humphrey has his own Super Heroes. They are Bobby Fischer as Super Chessman, Dean Martin as Super Guzzler, Hank Aaron as Super Slugger, Mark Spitz as Super Swimmer and Billy Joe King as Super Net Star.
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4 The Real Origin Of The Six Million Dollar Man The Real Origin Of The Six Million Dollar Man
Published by Scholastic
Contributors: Bob Stine (artist), Bob Taylor (writer)
Copyright: 1976

Printed in Bananas Magazine #4
A parody of The Six Million Dollar Man. The story is of the creation of a Bionic Man, but he is named Steve Houston. Issue also includes an article called Lee Majors: The Best Superhero Money Can Buy!
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5 The Bionic Lady Blows A Fuse!! The Bionic Lady Blows A Fuse!!
Published by Major Publications

Copyright: 1976

From Cracked Magazine #135, September, 1976, with 6 black & white pages.
Gamie Summers (The Bionic Woman) loved Stebe Auston (Bionic Man) but she had some accidents and became The Bionic Lady. Will she need Stebe to help her save Mr. Pringle?
Note: Also includes the poster of the Bionic Duo with Sylvester.
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6 Six Million Dollar Man Meets Bionic Woman Six Million Dollar Man Meets Bionic Woman
Published by IPC Magazines

Copyright: 1976

From Krazy Comic #1, October 16, 1976, with 1 black & white page.
A KRAZY look at TV No. 1 - Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers greet each other by saying "hi" and shaking hands, bionically. They then fall apart to the ground.
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7 The Billion Dollar Bionic, Invisible Stewpot The Billion Dollar Bionic, Invisible Stewpot
Published by IPC Magazines

Copyright: 1976

From Look-In Book's Stewpot Fun Book, 1977.
Cashing in on popular British DJ Ed 'Stewpot' Stewart's popularity, this is a send-off of him being somehow connected with The Six Million Dollar Man.
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8 Bionic Man Or Superhero Bionic Man Or Superhero
Published by IPC Magazines

Copyright: 1977

From Krazy Comic #27, April 16,1977, and the series Micky Mimic - He Can Impersonate Anybody! with 1.5 black & white pages.
Micky wants to be a part of the Tug O'War Team but the other boys don't want him. So he poses as Steve Austin (Lee Majors) and also an American comic book Superhero.
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9 The Fort Knox No! No! The Fort Knox No! No!
Published by Charlton Comics

Copyright: 1977

From Sick #117, October 1977, - 7 pages
Steve Offten was a good many things, but a pilot wasn't one of them. So, after his crash Oscar Goldboy and the O.S.I. made him better they thought. He failed at saving Washington from a bomb, yet was repaired and give the mission to save Fort Knot from a gold heist, but he ends up wrecking the place while do it and costing everyone almost hundred eighteen million. Then of course there is also Washington gone. Talk about bad odds and luck!
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10 If Frankenstein's Monster Did Guest Appearances On T.V. If Frankenstein's Monster Did Guest Appearances On T.V.
Published by Major Publications
Contributors: Howard Nostrand (artist)
Copyright: 1978

From Cracked Magazine #151, July 1978, with 6 black & white pages.
Only listed because of the 2nd parody story. Let's take a look at what 5 TV Series would be like if the Frankenstein Monster were a guest star on them. They are listed with the Parody Titles followed by the Real Series Titles in Parentheses ( ), then the plots of each as follows;
1. The Walled-Ins (The Waltons) - Franken Boy is thought weird & strange by John and Lully, plus Grandpa is ticked at him for eating the chickens. So he become the family scarecrow.
2. The Six Billion Dollar Man (The Six Million Dollar Man) - Oskie introduces Stebe Austin to Mr. Stein (aka The Original Six Hundred Dollar Man). He happens to be Stebe's father.
3. Laverne And Shirley (Laverne & Shirley) - Shirley has a new boyfriend and it's the Frankenstein Monster, but she wont get mugged now.
4. Good Tymes (Good Times) - Mykel is saved by his new friend Frank from bullies. J.J. thinks it "Dynomite! Then Frank ends up staying because he likes Delma's cooking.
5. Happy Daze (Happy Days) - The Monster join the frat of Richie and Potsie. The Fonz says he's a wimp, nerd and clod. Then Fonzie meets him and makes him Cool.
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GAMES

Number of Games:14
First Appearance:1974
Last Appearance:2013

1 The Six Million Dollar Man: Chained To The Tracks The Six Million Dollar Man: Chained To The Tracks
Jigsaw Puzzle
Casse-Tete
Copyright: 1974

A 200 piece jigsaw puzzle that measures 11 x 17 inches when complete. Persons unseen have chained Steve Austin to the tracks in a subway or railway tunnel not knowing of his true bionic strength and power. After they leave he starts to brake these very chains. The likeness of Lee Majors as Steve Austin is clearly used for the puzzle.

2 The Six Million Dollar Man The Six Million Dollar Man
Board Game
Parker Brothers
Copyright: 1975

A game for up to 4 players based on the popular TV series. Each player has to prove being the real Six Million Dollar Man. The Spinner (Computer) read out a player's moves giving them the power to take the assigned mission. Power Cards can be used to make moves as well. Each assignment makes one stronger. The stronger that player becomes, the faster they move around the board. The player that is the strongest that makes it back to the Bionic Research Lab is the winner. Game includes board, spinner, power cards and playing pieces.

3 Prison Cell Break Prison Cell Break
Jigsaw Puzzle
American Publishing Corp.
Copyright: 1975

1st in a series of 3 puzzles that came in it's own cylinder cardboard canister with a photo of Lee Major on it. It has 200 pieces and most likely measure 11 x 17 inches when completed. Depicts Steve Austin breaking out of a prison cell by going through the brick wall and knocking over the guards standing near by.

4 Radioactive Barrel Attack Radioactive Barrel Attack
Jigsaw Puzzle
American Publishing Corp.
Copyright: 1975

2nd in a series of 3 puzzles with a photo of Lee Majors that came in it's own cardboard cylinder canister. Most likely it measured 11 x 17 inches like the 1st and has 200 pieces. Depicts are hero Steve Austin lifting a barrel of dangers chemicals in what appears to be a plant of some kind and hitting some men with it.

5 Salvation By Bionic Salvation By Bionic
Jigsaw Puzzle
American Publishing Corp.
Copyright: 1975

3rd in a series of 3 puzzles to feature a picture of Lee Majors that came in it's own cardboard canister of cylinder shape. Measuring 11 x 17 inches most likely when put together and has 200 pieces like the other two. Depicts woman in possible danger of being crushed by a car and Steve Austin lifting it to save her using both of his arms bionically.

6 The Six Million Dollar Man: Bionic Crisis The Six Million Dollar Man: Bionic Crisis
Board Game
Parker Brothers
Copyright: 1975

A game for ages 8 to 14 and up to 4 players. It is a game kind of like Battleship and based on the TV show that was popular at the time. Players raced to complete Steve Austins's bionic circuits. First player to complete a circuit is the winner. Includes 4 Circuit Boards (boxes), 4 Console Cards, 24 Bionic Circuit Cards, 48 Number Cards, plus Red Pegs for correct sand Yellow Pegs for incorrect guesses.

7 Six Million Dollar Man - Large Piece Puzzles Six Million Dollar Man - Large Piece Puzzles
Jigsaw Puzzle
Whitman Publishing
Copyright: 1976

A series of 4 large jigsaw puzzles that each have 224 pieces and measure 18.5 X 13 inches (47cm X 33cm) after completed. All images are in animated form. They are as follows:
1. Austin Destroys Car - Depicts Steve Austin (Lee Majors) kicking a car that ruins its front passenger side causing it to wreck.
2. Bionics vs. Helicopter - Depicts Steve Austin in a battle with a helicopter.
3. Escaping The Enemy - Depicts Steve Austin leaping over a fence to escape the military police of the enemy.
4. Fighting A Great White - Depicts Steve Austin confronting a Great White Shark to help save drivers, but some are already hurt.

8 Steve Austin Bionic Fun Steve Austin Bionic Fun
Series of Games
Stafford Pemberton Publishing
Copyright: 1976

A 3 Games Series found in The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1977 as follows:
1. Bionic Eye - Guess The Pictures
2. Bionic Bound - Board Game
3. Code Wheel - Code Maker & Decoder

9 The Six Million Dollar Man: Adventure Montage The Six Million Dollar Man: Adventure Montage
Jigsaw Puzzle
Whitman Publishing
Copyright: 1976

A large 300 piece jigsaw puzzle that when completed measures 55.5cm x 42cm (about 21.75 x 16.5 inches) and depicts many adventure scenes in an animated form. All of them are of Lee Majors as Steve Austin. He is shown running, jumping, flying a jet, getting out of a jet, fighting another man, going into space aboard a rocket, space walking in front of the Moon, possibly landing on the Moon in a lunar lander, in a helicopter moving away from an explosion, holding a rifle and there is also a portrait type image. Looks like he was quite the Adventurer.

10 Bionic Fun Bionic Fun
Series of Games
Stafford Pemberton Publishing
Copyright: 1977

A 3 Games Series found in The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1978 as follows:
1. Close Up - Guess The Pictures
2. Bionic Feats Quiz - Board Game
3. Six Million Quiz - Code Maker & Decoder

11 Man Vs. Monster: Battle of Bionics Man Vs. Monster: Battle of Bionics
Jigsaw Puzzle
American Publishing Co.
Copyright: 1977

An Illustrated depiction of Steve Austin (Lee Majors) fighting with Bigfoot (Andre The Giant) that is based on an episode from the TV series.

12 The Six Million Dollar Man (Pinball) The Six Million Dollar Man (Pinball)
Pinball Machine
Bally
Copyright: 1978

Classified as a 6 players Flipper Pinball game with a famous free ball gate, Bionic power scoring that operated on recall ability, 100% electronic circuitry and a built-in testing switch. The winner is the player with the highest score. Depicts the likenesses of Lee Majors as Steve Austin and Richard Anderson as Oscar Goldman in animated form.

13 Steve's Diary Steve's Diary
Boardgame
Stafford Pemberton Publishing
Copyright: 1978

Single game found in The Six Million Dollar Man Annual 1979
A board game.

14 The Six Million Dollar Man: Bionic Spin The Six Million Dollar Man: Bionic Spin
Video Slot Machine
Playtech
Copyright: 2013

A Video Slots Machine that can be played on a number of online Casinos. It's classified as Bionic Free Games with Collective Features! Can a Person win Six Million? It is highly unlikely, but anyone that wishes to try might give it a spin!

COLLECTIBLES

Number of Collectibles:8
First Appearance:1974
Last Appearance:2014

1 Six Million Dollar Man Lunchbox Six Million Dollar Man Lunchbox
Food Container
Aladdin
Copyright: 1974

A metal food container (lunchbox) for the popular TV series with illustrated pictures of Steve Austin (Lee Majors), Oscar Goldman (Richard Anderson) and others on it.
The illustrated pictures on all sides are as follows;
Front (Lid Side) - Depicts Steve Austin is an action montage of bending a railroad track, racing a horse, jumping a car and pulling up a tree.
Back - Depicts two guys being knocked down with a log by Steve Austin to save Oscar Goldman from them.
Top (Handle Side) - Depicts Steve Austin being operated on and getting his bionic parts.
Left Side - Depicts Steve and Oscar in his office talking.
Bottom - Depicts Steve Austin as an astronaut on a mission out in space.
Right Side - Depicts Steve lifting up a car with his bionic legs.

2 Six Million Dollar Man Thermos Six Million Dollar Man Thermos
Drink Container
Aladdin
Copyright: 1974

An insulated drinking container (thermos) for all your "Bionic Drinks" that will hold about a quart. It was sold with the lunchbox listed above or by itself in the USA only.
The lid (thermos topper) is black and can be used for a cup. It features illustrated pictures of Steve Austin (Lee Majors) and Oscar Goldman (Richard Anderson) on it.
The illustrations on this drink container (thermos) are as follows;
Front - Is of Steve Austin and Oscar Goldman in a double portrait type picture.
Back - Steve Austin in an action montage of running with a horse, running with a log to jump something and head view of his bionic eye.

3 Bionyx Bionyx
Poster
Mike Hinge
Copyright: 1974

A Poster that measures 23 x 15 inches that was originally published as the center spread (2 pages) of the 10th issue of a magazine called Moviescene. The artist has clearly given his own take on the iconic character. Poster of Lee Majors as the Six Million Dollar Man known as Steve Austin (part man and part machine) who becomes a cyborg after the crash that might have killed him otherwise.

4 Six Million Dollar Man Lunch Set Six Million Dollar Man Lunch Set
Food & Drink Containers
Aladdin
Copyright: 1974

A set of a food container (lunchbox) with a decal and a drink container (thermos) for the "First Bionic Spy" that was sold only in Canada. The details about these 3 objects for this Canadian Version are as follows:
Lunchbox - A blue plastic box to store food in with no images. When first gotten the decal must be put on.
Decal - Same as the metal lunchbox front above but with a small image of the Canadian Flag
Thermos - Same as the thermos listed above but with a blue lid (thermos topper).

5 Six Million Dollar Man Models Six Million Dollar Man Models
Model Kit Series
Fundimensions & Deny Fisher
Copyright: 1975

A series of 4 model kits that snap together without glue that had to be painted. Each has a 2 Strip comic story on the side of its box. Released by Fundimensions in the US and Denny Fisher in the UK.
They are as follows:
1. Bionic Bustout - Depicts Steve Austin in an NASA uniform diving against a prison cell door. In the strip, Austin is a prisoner at a castle and breaks free.
2. Fight For Survival - Depicts Steve Austin about throwing a large gorilla over his head. In the strip, Austin and others crash land in an African jungle. It is up to him to help all survive.
3. Evil Rider - Depicts Steve Austin stopping a renegade motorcyclist bionically. In the strip, Austin must save a little girl from getting killed by a man on a motorcycle.
4. Jaws Of Death - Depicts Steve Austin battling with a large crocodile. In the strip, Austin is sent to Louisiana to catch Mr. Big and must battle a crocodile.

6 Bionic Disco Bionic Disco
Poster
Jack Thurston
Copyright: 1977

An artwork with Steve Austin (Lee Majors) and Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner) in a disco dancing. Also Oscar Goldman (Richard Anderson) is pictured behind them. Remember the days when disco was king and bionics were cool.

7 Six Million Dollar Man - Tin Tote Six Million Dollar Man - Tin Tote
Food Container
Bif Bang Pow!
Copyright: 2012

A food container (lunchbox) to hold a truly "Bionic Lunch" in. Eat like you are Steve Austin (Lee Major), The Six Million Dollar Man! The illustrations on this television-inspired container are as follows;
Front (Lid Side) - Depicts Col. Steve Austin running in his red jogging outfit after his bionic operation and a portrait like image.
Back - Unknown, but believed to be the same as the front.
Sides (Left, Top, Right) - Depicts the images from a heart monitor.
Bottom - Just has the name of the TV series printed on it.

8 Better Stronger Faster Better Stronger Faster
Poster
Unknown
Copyright: 2014

Steve Austin (The Six Million Dollar Man), Jaime Sommers (The Bionic Woman) and Max (The Bionic Dog) were known as the Bionic Trio. Herein they battle with the Death Probe, Fembots, Maskatron, Bigfoot and others.

ODDS & ENDS

Number of Items:4
First Appearance:1976
Last Appearance:1976

1 The Bionic Joke Book The Bionic Joke Book
Joke Book
Copyright: 1976

A short paperback filled with kid jokes (or Dad jokes) all based around the idea of bionics such as used by the Bionic Man and Bionic Woman (Steve Austin and Jaime Summers).

1 The Bionic Joke Book The Bionic Joke Book
Joke Book
Copyright: 1976

A short paperback filled with kid jokes (or Dad jokes) all based around the idea of bionics such as used by the Bionic Man and Bionic Woman (Steve Austin and Jaime Summers).

2 The Six Million Dollar Man Album The Six Million Dollar Man Album
Record Album
Copyright: 1976

A long playing vinyl album containing "4 exciting new stories". The stories are:
Birth of the Bionic Man - This is loosely a retelling of the original 1st TV movie when Steve Austin becomes bionic.
The Iron Heart - Steve Austin is sent to the country of Valmaria in Eastern Europe and meets the king who lived after going through an atomic blast.
The Man From The Future - Steve Austin meets his double from the year 2976 who has been sent back to 1976 to save him.
The Future Bionic Berserker - Austin must stop radioactive fallout from endangering an entire city.

2 The Six Million Dollar Man Album The Six Million Dollar Man Album
Record Album
Copyright: 1976

A long playing vinyl album containing "4 exciting new stories". The stories are:
Birth of the Bionic Man - This is loosely a retelling of the original 1st TV movie when Steve Austin becomes bionic.
The Iron Heart - Steve Austin is sent to the country of Valmaria in Eastern Europe and meets the king who lived after going through an atomic blast.
The Man From The Future - Steve Austin meets his double from the year 2976 who has been sent back to 1976 to save him.
The Future Bionic Berserker - Austin must stop radioactive fallout from endangering an entire city.

3 The Six Million Dollar Man Christmas Adventures Album The Six Million Dollar Man Christmas Adventures Album
Record Album
Copyright: 1976

A long playing vinyl album containing "4 exciting Christmas adventures". The stories are:
The 10-cent Maker
The Kris Kringle Caper
Elves Revolt
Christmas Lights

3 The Six Million Dollar Man Christmas Adventures Album The Six Million Dollar Man Christmas Adventures Album
Record Album
Copyright: 1976

A long playing vinyl album containing "4 exciting Christmas adventures". The stories are:
The 10-cent Maker
The Kris Kringle Caper
Elves Revolt
Christmas Lights

4 The Six Million Dollar Man Volume 2 Album The Six Million Dollar Man Volume 2 Album
Record Album
Copyright: 1976

A long playing vinyl album containing an additional 4 "New! Never before heard stories". The stories are:
The Haiti Connection
Operation Deep Freeze
To Win An Oscar
The Loch Ness Syndrome

4 The Six Million Dollar Man Volume 2 Album The Six Million Dollar Man Volume 2 Album
Record Album
Copyright: 1976

A long playing vinyl album containing an additional 4 "New! Never before heard stories". The stories are:
The Haiti Connection
Operation Deep Freeze
To Win An Oscar
The Loch Ness Syndrome

REFERENCE BOOKS

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

1 The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman
Written by Joel H. Cohen
Copyright: 1976

"Here's the inside info on your favorite bionic stats. Loads of super pix too."

MY COMMENTS

       This is a rather interesting series, to say the least. It consists of nine books but four of the books were by the original author and were themselves originals while the other five were by different writers and were novelizations of teleplays from the TV show.
       The first book was obviously a total original - a completely unique blending of science fiction and espionage in a way that worked incredibly well.
       From there on, the series went downhill.
       I was a big fan of the television series but novelizations are never satisfying as they give the body without the soul, so to speak. They'll do only if nothing else is available. Thankfully, the original works of Mr. Caidin were wisely interspersed among the teleplays.

       Regarding the grade, had it been rated on the books by Mr. Caidin alone, it would have been a B+ or even an A-. Adding in the novelizations, however, dragged it down.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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