Did You Know The Six Million Dollar Man Was Based On A 1972 Novel?

Did You Know The Six Million Dollar Man Was Based On A 1972 Novel?

I have very fond memories of watching the Six Million Dollar Man in my youth, it was one of those programs that I think my Father was grateful was as entertaining for him as it was for me. I was lucky enough to have the a few of the toys and even the board game but I do also happen to remember being afraid of the famous Bigfoot fight, even if the big guy was actually played by Andre the Giant!

[Via] LEGO World

I will admit I was never aware that it was based on a novel entitled Cyborg by Martin Caidin from back in 1972, I guess I still wouldn’t have known if someone hadn’t donated the book to the arcade last week! Apparently even the TV series was known as Cyborg during the pre-production phase before it was picked up as a TV movie of the week and was changed to The Six Million Dollar Man…to be honest that is a catchier title to my mind.

Six Million Dollar Man - Warner Books
Six Million Dollar Man - Back Cover

Caidin wrote four novels in total with the sequels to Cyborg being Operation Nuke, High Crystal and Cyborg IV. Like I said I didn’t know about the Six Million Dollar Man‘s origin in book form but I think I’m going to have to see if I can’t get my hands on the series.



Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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  1. The Caidin book actually started me on reading science fiction. I noticed the name in the credits of 6M$M, a show I was crazy about at age ten, so I got it from the library. After that I found similar novels that launched SF movies: Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle, “Roller Ball Murder” (short story) by William Harrison, and (my favorite) I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (inspiration for the apoca-gasmic Omega Man).

  2. I’m really digging Cyborg so far, Prof. Mitch! By the way, William Harrison lives in my neck of the woods and I bumped into at a local Barnes and Noble when that remake of Rollerball was coming out…super nice guy, had a wonderful chat about his book and the 1975 film. :D

  3. One of my favorite shows as a kid.
    Possibly THE favorite show, as I became Steve Austin on a daily basis.

    Woulda loved to have read the book.
    That cover is amazing.
    I dig the tube fingertips, but it’s just as well Col. Austin had more practical engineers working on his actual bionics.

    Yeah, I was also rather disturbed by Bigfoot, in his initial encounters with our bionic hero.
    Truly great makeup work to transform a beloved ‘good guy’ wrestler we knew so well into an unrecognizable creature of myth.

    I hope producers today who loved the show back then will have the respect to never attempt a reboot/remake.
    An original series inspired by it? Great!

  4. Atari, one of our loyal Players at the arcade’s very first reaction to seeing that cover was to say the same thing. Ha, ha.

    The book is definitely a little different from the TV show but it makes for a very, very nice alternate world take on the Six Million Dollar Man. :D

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