The Twilight Zone celebrated 60 years on October 2nd and to mark the occasion Humanoids are publishing The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television. Out on October 9th in comic book stores, this graphic novel by award-winning illustrator and cartoonist Koren Shadmi tells the life story of Rod Serling and his battles to be heard. Battles that would end up changing television forever with a little black and white programme that debut on CBS way back in 1959 and airing until 1964. Here’s a preview of the book, and a larger overview of what to expect if you pick it up.
Before he became the revered master of science fiction, Rod Serling was a just a writer who had to fight to make his voice heard. Both on and off the screen, Serling was active in politics. He vehemently challenged the networks and viewership alike to expand their minds and standards―rejecting notions of censorship, racism and war. But it wasn’t until he began to write about real world enemies in the guise of aliens and monsters that people started paying attention. Serling pushed the television industry to the edge of glory, and himself to the edge of sanity. He operated in a dimension beyond that of contemporary society, making him both a revolutionary and an outsider.