One of the Greatest Steampunk Shows that Never Was – “The Amazing Screw-On Head”

“As I’ve always said; All intelligent people should be cremated for the sake of public safety.”

~Screw-On Head


The Amazing Screw-On Head was originally a comic book by artist Mike Mignola, who also brought us the Hellboy series and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. In 2006, the SyFy Channel (the then SciFi Channel) aired several pilots on their website for possible shows. Unfortunately for the Steampunk world, Mignola’s creation did not make the cut. On the bright side, you can still watch the 22-minute pilot . . .

Screw-on Head is an agent of the US government during the Lincoln administration. He has the ability to attach his head to a number of different mechanical bodies that have different weapons and other tactical advantages.

Did those voices sound familiar? That’s because you just heard the voice talents of Patton Oswalt (Mr. Groin), David Hyde Pierce (Emperor Zombie) and Paul Giamatti (Screw-On Head).

I thought this was a fun little show with some good body part puns and a strong Steampunk premise (a super secret agent who can use a variety of mechanical bodies). It’s too bad it didn’t get made into a series, I bet the writers and actors had a lot more to offer.


Phoebe Darqueling is a writer and artist working in the Steampunk oeuvre who is living in California but whose heart will always belong to Minnesota.

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