At last weekend’s Emerald City Comic Con, Lion Forge Comics made the announcement that they are pitting Knight Rider against Airwolf for the very first time in a special crossover event!
Airwolf will be familiar to fans of the 1980’s “super-machine” genre (kickstarted by the success of Knight Rider). The show starred Jan Michael Vincent as Stringfellow Hawke, a hotshot pilot recruited by ‘The Firm’ to retrieve a sophisticated attack helicopter (Airwolf) that had fallen into terrorist hands. Once recovered, he retains the machine and agrees to use it for special government missions only to be returned if his brother – an MIA in Vietnam – can be found. Airwolf was the most successful of all the KR-inspired series, lasting three seasons from 1984-86 on CBS, and a fourth (with a new cast including Barry Van Dyke) on the USA network.
It has always been a favourite game of fanboys to speculate whether K.I.T.T or Airwolf would come out on top in a one-on-one confrontation, and the potential duel has also spawned some interested YouTube fan edits.
Adam Warren (Empowered) is writing the event and said he enjoyed playing around with the characters from these two shows. In addition to the event, the publisher mentioned there will be several one-shots that lead into the crossover and that one of them will be written by industry veteran Chuck Dixon (G.I. Joe, Batman).