Evel Knievel: Daredevil. Godfather of Extreme Sports. Comic book hero?

In a comic book series to be launched late this year, the man who called himself the Last Gladiator will not only perform death-defying stunts, but will also battle snake monsters, terrorists and other evil-doers in a never-ending quest to save the world.

“Evel Knievel” is the brainchild of writers Michael Dorman and Darren Davis, and will feature art and covers by Dorman as well. Alternate covers will be by “William Shatner: TekWar” artist Erich Owens. Along with a forthcoming graphic novel, the comic books will be published by Bluewater Productions of Vancouver, Washington, in both paper and digital form.

“Our aim is to keep the legacy of Evel Knievel alive,” Davis says. “[The comics] will appeal to adults who followed his career years ago, and introduce him to new fans among today’s teenagers.”

The comic book opens with Knievel’s infamous Snake River jump. In the pages that follow, the daredevil will confront the evil Snake band of terrorists, and do battle with a monster snake that lives underground. Accompanying Evel will be two teenage sidekicks, a girl and a boy, to help younger readers relate to the stories.

EVELKNIEVELCOVERThe image above shows the inked cover to issue #1 by Michael Dorman as well as the alternate cover by Owens.

Kelly Knievel, president of K&K Promotions and Evel’s oldest son, said, “We are delighted that this comic book series will introduce … youngsters to the amazing man who started it all.” Evel Knievel died in 2007 at the age of 69. Information about the life and career of Evel Knievel is at www.EvelKnievel.com

Bluewater Productions Inc. is an independent production studio of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its catalog of titles includes “10th Muse” and “The Legend of Isis.” Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (“TekWar Chronicles”), legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (“Wrath of the Titans,” “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars,” “Jason and the Argonauts”) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (“Vincent Price Presents”). Information about Bluewater Productions can be found at www.BluewaterProd.com.