You’ve probably never heard of it, but DIABOLIK was a smash hit (honest!) on the M6 Network in the world’s most civilized city, Paris, in 2000-2003.

DIABOLIK was based on an Italian comic which is very adult in nature, so making it work for kids’ TV – even European kids’ TV – was no piece of cake. For those of you who aren’t able to watch European TV, here’s a little teaser to start you thinking about the character: Diabolik is the thief who steals from–thieves. (Hey, the perfect guy to have on your side at pitch meetings!)

A live-action feature film version of the comic currently is in pre-production. But if you just can’t wait to see something really, really strange and, I think, wonderful, you might be able to dig up a tape of a film called DANGER: DIABOLIK that featured the character. It starred the ever-popular John Phillip Law, and as for quality, well, it was featured on the last episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 so you know what you’re getting.