A US publisher has decided to release a top-of-the-range comic series through environmentally friendly, paperless media.
Mohawk Media launched its "Mr. T" series through Eco Comics, a new range of paperless comic books designed with the specific purpose of having a minimal carbon footprint
Mr. T will join other famous names at Eco Comics including Dracula, Robin Hood, Dick Turpin, and Tough Guy.
The Hollywood hard man, renowned for his image of Mohawk haircut, gold chains and catchphrases, previously appeared in print in the publisher’s graphic novels.
Editor Stuart Buckley said: "It was always our intention to release the Mr. T graphic novel as a comic book series. Each chapter was intentionally structured to be the same length as a comic book.
"However, we’ve had to adjust to market demands. The graphic novel has sold out. The digital titles of Eco Comics have no print run, and so will never sell out, meaning every T fan can order a copy. The added satisfaction is that the environment hasn’t suffered as a result of paper production.
"The clean cut art of JL Czerniawski makes this series a joy to behold in any format."
"This is great, and I am truly humbled," is how Mr. T describes becoming the star of a comic book in the foreword. And in the world exclusive interviews throughout the series, he goes further, including stating why he is an even tougher comic book hero than Wolverine.
Series writer Chris Bunting added: "I’ve gone to great lengths to do things never attempted, such as making T as close to a super hero as possible while retaining his classic persona. After over twenty-five years of fame, this action icon finally gets a rogues' gallery, and even a new catchphrase. Old and new T fans can expect plenty of other surprises too.
"Plus the amazing formats offered by Eco Comics really help bring this classic character into the digital age."
Bunting, who hails from the UK, has worked on impressive series such as Action Man, Dick Turpin, Dracula, Robin Hood and Jekyll & Hyde.
Critics have called the latest editions "punchy" while retaining the series' "retro charm".
"T is back, and he's tougher than ever," said Brandon Peterson, an acclaimed comic artist who has worked on iconic series The Hulk and Ultimate X-Men.
Mr T is the star of popular productions The A-Team, Rocky III, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. He has been one of Hollywood’s most recognisable faces across the globe. His BBC series, World’s Craziest Fools, will return for a second season and is one of BBC3’s most watched shows on iPlayer. The first ever Mr. T graphic novel was released by Mohawk Media in 2008. He has also appeared in The Simpsons, Wrestlemania, and is a former bodyguard.