The comic book character began as a back-up feature in the pages of Detective Comics by stalwart creators Len Wein (creator of the Swamp Thing) and Carmine Infantino (artist of the Flash). Much later Peter Milligan developed the Human Target into a series for Vertigo, utilizing some great ideas inherent in the concept regarding identity (where oh where are the collections for this series, DC???).
A brief fling with a TV version in 1992 starring pop idol Rick Springfield has retained a cult following yet few are even aware that it exists.
This year Fox TV will debut a brand new adaptation of the Human Target, bridging the gap between 24-style intrigue and comic book action. So far, it looks fantastic and has generated some strong positive reactions from the San Diego Comic Con preview this past Summer. Leaping from the series Fringe actor mark Valley will be making good use of his military training as he dodges explosions and stares down the barrel of one gun after another without blinking an eye. Watchmen star Jackie Earle Haley stars as Guerrero, the mustachioed hired gun.
The premiere episode will see Christopher Chance acting as body guard on board the first Californian bullet train during its high-speed transit from Los Angeles to San Francisco.
Premiere date: January 17, 2010