Batman, Bionic Woman a hit at Austin Comic-Con
AUSTIN, Texas — From Batman to the Bionic Woman, the first Austin Comic Con welcomed a host of superheroic characters.
The first Austin Comic Con, held last weekend at the Austin Convention Center, drew more than 20,000 fans to the Texas state capital.
Many fans and dealers indicated they planned on returning for the second Austin Comic-Con, currently scheduled for Nov. 11-13, 2011, also at the Austin Convention Center.
Adam West and Burt Ward maintain fierce fan followings decades after their “Batman” series roles. Saturday was declared “Batman and Robin Day” by Austin mayor Lee Leffingwell.
“All of us in Austin share Batman and Robin’s commitment to fighting crime and injustice — especially on the part of that repugnant villain Joker — so I think it’s only appropriate that we celebrate the original Caped Crusaders with an official proclamation,” Leffingwell said in a news release. “Plus, they drive (a) really, really cool car.”
The Austin Comic-Con also scored a coup with the reunion of “Six Million Dollar Man” stars Lee Majors and Richard Anderson with “Bionic Woman” Lindsay Wagner.
Wagner and Anderson (who played Oscar Goldman on both series) reminisced on the success of the “Bionic Woman” in a Friday panel appearance. Wagner said she was very aware of the influence her role as an action hero could have on younger viewers.
“I took it very seriously,” she said. “That was one of the things, when I accepted the role as an ongoing thing, I had to contractually be able to be involved in the development.”
Wagner said the Bionic Woman didn’t just win by being stronger — she had to think her way out of situations.
“If you look at the time Jaime (Sommers, the Bionic Woman) hit somebody, it’s actually so small,” she said. “Have her use her head. Let someone knock themselves over with their own force.”
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