Have I told you about the Bionic Woman?

So… as many of you know, I’ll be writing Bionic Woman, working with Dynamite in order to bring the adventures of Jaime Sommers to life. Incidentally, it IS Jaime, not Jamie, as I see around from time to time.

I'm Jaime, dammit. Do not make me go all na-na-nannana on your ass.


Here's the cover for our first issue. As you can see, artist Paul Renaud has captured the... uhh... hold on a second. Bit of a snafu, here.

HERE we go. The cover of our first issue, by Paul Renaud.

Let's bring in an image of Lindsay Wagner to read the official rundown of our first storyline. "Paris is the city of love? Not anymore... not since Jaime Sommers, the Bionic Woman, came to town hot on the trail of the Mission, a collection of insanely high-priced surgeons who've been murdering OSI's bionic prototypes in order to provide new life for billionaire patients. But while the Bionic Woman is hunting the Mission, their #1 hunter is after her! Can Jaime pick up the pieces of her past while protecting her life in the present, or will the city of love turn its back, and its bullets, on the Bionic Woman? Acclaimed writer Paul Tobin brings you a tale of baguettes, bullets, and bionic badass!"

Yes. Everyone. You can slow down with the emails. I have plans to eventually deal with the Fembots.

Here’s a Fembots television commercial to tide us all over until the Fembots show up.

We’re going to be dealing with extensions of the original television show, for the most part. We’re going classic with the Bionic Woman, but there are quite a few surprises on the way. In celebration of the original television series, I was GOING to drop in the original theme opening, but… couldn’t get the damn thing to embed, and, to be frank, it was kind of boring. So, instead, here’s one of the greatest opening sequences in television history… the opening to Mission Impossible.

And here… a BONUS. A catchy song about the fembots, by the Swedish popstar, Robyn.

So, yes… don’t worry, there are fembots waiting for us down the road. Who doesn’t love fembots? I’ve got plans for them, plans being seeded in the 1st storyline, so pay attention. Speaking of the 1st storyline, I wish I could officially show you some art, but right now it’s all secret, so instead, I’m going to wrap up this post by going through a selection of some of the classic toys from the era of the first television show. And there were a LOT of them. I’m barely going to touch on them, here.

A selection of the Jaime Sommers dolls. There were many more of them. Many many more of them.

I'm rather fascinated by how many different cloths you could buy for the Jaime Sommers dolls. This is just a selection of a broader group. And, don't worry, I've extensively studied them and am passing along reference to the artist!

Here's one of my favorites. Jaime is a schoolteacher, so here's her classroom! And what's GREAT about it? Well... she has written "Call OSI" right there on her chalkboard, so her students can ask her, "What's OSI?" And then she can answer, "Why, it's the Office of Strategic Intelligence. Headquartered in Washington, DC. It's semi-secret, although there ARE some VERY classified aspects, such as the bionic program. Oops! I have to kill you all now. My bad."

They spent the equivalent of 75 million dollars (in today's money) creating the Bionic Man, and they spent MORE on the Bionic Woman, but they couldn't buy Oscar a desk with some god-damn leg room.

More of the old Charlton comics. I love this shit.

Why should I buy a car that's clearly defective? I can see from the image that it has no brakes, as Jaime is having to stick her legs out and stop the vehicle. Maybe it's like one of those old Fred Flintstone cars?

I'm not sure how much fun could have been had with this... BUT... I love the part of the packaging where...

... Jaime is just straight up cartoon bitch-slapping a man through a wall.

This one never went into actual production in America, but it did make it out in a couple other areas of the world. It's the Jaime Sommers shower set, where all pretense of "I won't be stripping this doll naked" is entirely discarded. Bravo!

Anyway… the point is… I’m writing Bionic Woman, and I’m having a blast doing so, and I hope you all come along for the ride. She’s a great character, and Dynamite and I are doing some good comics, here.

And, you don't want to miss the fembot storyline, DO you?


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22 Responses to Have I told you about the Bionic Woman?

  1. Hope the series is great! Been a fan since the 70s! Good luck!

    And love all these pics, thanks!

  2. Paul Tobin

    Thanks much! I had a lot of fun making this post. It’s UNBELIEVABLE how many toys were made, and the great range of those toys.

  3. Nicholai

    I’m a huge fan of the Bionic Woman. So you’ve sold me pretty well on this series.

    Do I need to go track down the issues of the Bionic Man Dynamite has put out?

  4. Paul Tobin

    You don’t NEED to track down the Bionic Man issues, because we’re largely stand alone. But… my friend Phil is writing Bionic Man, and he’s a pretty good writer.

  5. Chris

    I’m really looking forward to reading issue #1 and all of the rest of them! I will be a loyal reader. Please do some crossovers with Steve too. And some romance between the two of them would be sweet!!

  6. Paul Tobin

    I’m definitely on board for some romance, but I want to talk things slow in that area. I’d like a romance to develop… not just appear. Steve’s definitely making appearances, though… and there’s an attraction.

  7. Mark

    Hi Paul,

    Can you shed any tidbits about the upcoming fembots story? Will it be a sequel to the Kill Oscar trilogy? Will Doctor Franklin (played by John Housman) return even though he was mentioned as dying in prison during the sequel episodes in season 3? Will Steve Austin make an appearance?

    Will the fan favorite fembot #1/Katy be resurrected or rebuilt or the captured and deactivated Lynda fembot return?

    Thanks again.

  8. Paul Tobin

    Can’t say too much about it, at this point, as it’s several issues away, yet, and I don’t want to give up too much in the way of plot. Steve will be around, and there’s a returning fembot, and new ones as well. Other than that, I should stay mum. I’m really looking forward to working with them, I should add, though!

  9. Mark

    Thanks again Paul. Already it sounds like it’s shaping up to be a better sequel than the Disappointing “Fembots in Las Vegas” from season 3. Looking forward to it.

  10. Paul,

    I’ve been really patient – When will issue #2 actually be released? You’ve got me excited after reading issue #1 but don’t lose the momentum.


  11. Paul Tobin

    Shouldn’t be long at all! I’ve approved all the letters and colors! Everything is ready to go!

  12. Chris

    Is it possible to get Nicola Scott to draw some issues of The Bionic Woman?

  13. Paul Tobin

    She’d certainly be a good choice! I’m not sure she’s on the list of available artists, though.

  14. Mark

    Hi Paul,

    I’m still psyched for the upcoming fembot storyarc. Will there be any early preview on the artwork on Katy or any of the other fembots? Thanks again.

  15. Paul Tobin

    I’m not sure what we’re doing for previews on the storyline. Hmmm… I’ll have to check. If we aren’t doing much / enough, then I’ll probably post something on here!

  16. anthony

    what’s happening with The Bionic Woman schedule?
    #2 has been released in May and there are no news about the upcoming issues!!!

  17. Paul Tobin

    We hit an art snafu and had to bring in some different talent in order to get back on track. Everything’s okay, now, though. The third issue should be out anytime, and I just this morning okayed the colors on issue #4, and the art for # 5 is done. So… whew… we’re back at it!

  18. anthony

    Thank you for the answer, Paul: I feel relieved!

  19. anthony

    Dear Paul,
    Re: The Bionic Woman#3 – 5 page preview: the new artist is a HUGE improvement other the first two issues and Jaime is FINALLY with long hair and very hot! The opening is kick-ass. Really pleased: keep up the great work!

  20. Paul Tobin

    Thanks, Anthony! Really gratifying to hear these thoughts, AND to finally have all the logistics problems on the title behind us, and getting back on schedule!

  21. Anthony

    just read the third issue and for the first time I’m very satisfied with the outcome. Truth be told: I was a bit perplexed about Jaime characterization in the first two issues (no resemblance at all with the Kenneth Johnson character) but now you won me over. Looking forward to the Fembots saga! How much do you plan to stay on?
    Greeting from Italy!

  22. Paul Tobin

    I’m on board until issue #9, and then we’ll see from there. Love working with the character… just a matter of schedules.

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