The Knight Rider Origin Comic Strip

Knight Rider How it all Began

I loved collecting Annuals in my youth and still have a few stored away, just in case I find the time to read them again. Sadly for me, I never owned a Knight Rider annual. I’m sure if I had, I’d still have it now, especially with comic strips like this one within its pages!

This brief 2 page origin is fantastic, conveying the story in a succinct manner with beautiful art and clear writing.

Knight Rider How it all Began

My favourite part is the “Faster than the wind and virtually indestructible, few obstacles can stand in the way of the Knight 2000… there are fewer still that it can’t go round or OVER!

There were plenty more comics in the Annuals and you can find many of them at the Knight Rider Archives website.

Hayden Yale

Child of the 80's. Born, raised and living in the Cheshire countryside, England.Lover of fan art, especially if it is based on my childhood heroes from Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Transformers and TMNT. Penchant for almost anything retro, especially movies, games and art.

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11 thoughts on “The Knight Rider Origin Comic Strip

  1. Hayden- I take it you’re from the UK, the way you talk about collecting these types of annuals?

    silver fang- If you’re not from the UK then it’s no wonder you wouldn’t have heard of these comics. These are british comics, which were only published in the UK and in british territories like south africa and australia.

  2. I got interested in UK comics a few years back, prior to that my only experience with them was with scans of the transformers comics from the 80s (only the transformers parts, none of the backup comics). It’s interesting comparing them to american comics, they’re sort of partway between comic books and newspaper strips, and quite similar in format to old newspaper comics from the 1940s or so (with a strip filling an entire 1-2 pages). Their anthology nature also sets them apart from american comics, a concept I like in regards to comics.
    One thing that I find particularly interesting is how many american tv shows & cartoons get strips in british comics, even though many of them never get anything at all in the US.
    Unfortunately I have no real access to british comics around here, all I can do is settle for scans of them.

  3. I think you’re right Drahken, British comics are a very different experience to the American variety. I didn’t really have access to comics as a child, it was more magazines targeted at children and “annuals” which were mostly just extended hardback magazines released annually, often at Christmas time. These magazines were usually 30-40 pages with short stories, puzzles, comic strips, letters etc. They are also much bigger than a US comic, generally A4 in size.

    To this day that format remains true, though for the art in the comic strips has largely been lost to stills from the TV shows that they are based on.

    I think 80’s Britain really fell for the various hero shows from the US – everything from Knight Rider to The Fall Guy got prime TV viewing times and this remained true for much of the decade. Of course we only had 3 or 4 channels during those years so viewing figures for shows could reach the millions! This might explain why publishers got so involved.

  4. I have a few issues of a crossover between transfomers & action force (gi joe) from the late 80s. The UK comics are about 3/4 of an inch taller and about 1.5 inches wider. The paper is also quite different. It’s thinner, but it’s a bit higher quality. The thinness combined with the extra size & fewer total pages (although most of the extra ones in the US comics are ads, it seemed very weird to open a comic & not have it filled to the brim with ads) make the thing very floppy, making it seem more like a cheap pamphlet. These comics are different from what I’ve come to view as the norm for UK comics though, because they have at least 10 pages per story, and only 2 stories per issue (and are in full color throughout).

    Regarding american shows in british comics: “tv comic” alone includes these shows; a-team, charlie’s angels, dukes of hazzard, star trek …and these cartoons; barney bear, bugs bunny, deputy dawg, droopy, pink panther, road runner, tom & jerry …and probably others as well.

  5. I would do an article on them, but I need to find a decent camera. My old one suddenly isn’t working for some reason. The only other camera I have on hand atm is my 3ds, but the pics I tried taking with it were low res & fuzzy.
    Nonetheless, here are some teaser pics:

    There’s a UK transformers/action force crossover from 1987 and a US transformers/gi joe crossover from 1993. The top pic shows an inside art comparison, the middle one compares the cover art, and the bottom one shows a size difference (with the US comic on top of the UK one).

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