In 1963, Japan’s first team of superheroes was created - Cyborg 009 - by the late creator Shotaro Ishinomori (Kamen Rider). Now, almost fifty years later, Cyborg 009 is being re-introduced to American audiences thanks to Archaia Entertainment, in partnership with Ishimori Production Inc. in Japan.
This forthcoming graphic novel, which will be written by F.J. DeSanto (The Spirit) and Bradley Cramp (Gattaca), and illustrated by Marcus To (Red Robin) will feature both the original characters and origin story from the original series, only re-imagined for present day audiences.
If you’re unfamiliar with Cyborg 009, it’s a story about nine humans from various parts around the world who are kidnapped and turned into cyborgs by The Black Ghost Organization. The story follows their exploits as they attempt to take down Black Ghost - an organization bent on creating the next world war by selling WMDs to whomever can afford them.
DeSanto states: “On the surface, Cyborg 009 appears to be a science fiction action/adventure story. However, Ishinomori’s creation has endured because it’s a story about the human spirit triumphing over incredible adversity. The sort of emotional trauma these nine people experience could happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time. Instead of becoming dark and oppressive, the story evolves into a message of hope and cooperation between people of different countries and races who share the singular goal of bringing peace to the planet. Humanity is the heart and soul of Cyborg 009.”
The goal is to publish the graphic novel around Comic-Con 2013.