While you might have seen him at a convention or snagged an autograph from him, ’80s icon Dirk Benedict hasn’t been in the headlines much since back when Ron Moore’s Battlestar Galactica re-imagining put the old series back in the pop culture consciousness. Although he did pose for the picture below, which is worth at least a decade of steady work in my opinion. Now Benedict is returning to the genre that earned him his fame with a new comic book series entitled Dirk Benedict in the 25th Century.
Taking a page from Galaxy Quest, the new series has Benedict signing autographs at a convention when he’s whisked away by a strange scientist and dropped into the 25th century. As often happens in this sort of incident, he soon realizes he’s needed to save the world, in this case from an evil computer and its robotic army. Will Dirk Benedict save the day? Well, his name is on the cover, so draw your own conclusions.
Naturally enough, Benedict tossed out a soundbite-friendly statement about the project:
I have been on Broadway, in the movies and on TV, but being Dirk Benedict in the 25th Century beats them all. Not only will I be forever young — without surgery — but I can smoke my beloved fumerellos, un-heckled, throughout the universe.
Benedict isn’t just lending the project his likeness and raw animal charisma, oh no. The man who played Starbuck back when Starbuck was a dude and Face from The A-Team back before Face was the dude from The Hangover went all in, co-writing the comic with Scott Phillips.
Dirk’s adventures through the 25th century will be available this November from Bluewater Productions. In true 25th century fashion, it will be available as both a hardcopy comic and in digital form for the Nook, Kindle, and iPad.
It’s just a shame Benedict didn’t arrive a half-century earlier. He could have teamed up with Duck Dodgers.