‘Steve Canyon’ TV Series to DVD
Steve Canyon is a classic comic strip hero, created by Milton Caniff. Since his debut in 1947, the hero was a mainstay until Caniff’s death and the strip’s cancellation in 1988. Interestingly, there was little merchandising done with the character through the years with the notable exception of being part of the personas to be played by Captain Action in the 1960s and the short-lived NBC live action television series from 1958.
Being the series;’ 50th anniversary, the Caniff Estate has authorized a complete restoration and collection of the 34-episode series on DVD. The estate even established a blog to keep fans updated on progress.
According to TV Shows on DVD, work is nearing completion and the prototype package art was recently released. Plans now call for the series to be released in three volumes with the first due out on November 18 (same day as the 75th anniversary DVD collection of The Lone Ranger). Sales are limited to the website at present with no other retailers involved to date.
Volume one will contain the first 12 episodes starring Dean Fredericks as the Air Force plot and adventurer for $24.95. The second and third volumes will each follow some 60-to 90 days later and the blog says the episodes are being collected in their proper order for the very first time. The final volume will include as an extra the original unaired pilot plus a custom slipcase to hold all three sets.