Rick and Morty and 9 Other Comics Based on TV Shows
Comic book-based shows dominate television, ranging from adaptations of the usual DC and Marvel titles to more obscure comics from other publishing houses. With merchandising and media tie-ups, it’s only natural that even the original shows would have their own comics.
In some cases, comic book spinoffs have become as popular as their source material (batman beyond and avatar the last airbender, for two examples). In other cases, the comics reach out to fans by providing more context behind the show, as can be seen in adaptations of Supernatural and Firefly. These comics aren’t just a direct adaptation of the shows, but rather push the mythos forward with more original stories.
rick and morty
Running for 60 numbers, rick and morty the comics deal with the titular duo’s usual adventures as they encounter familiar and new creatures in the cosmos. The stories of rick and morty characters like Birdperson and Evil Morty are fleshed out more in the comics.
However, given how the show itself deals with alternate realities and diverse characters, the writing team used the franchise’s time travel premise to establish a new continuity that wouldn’t confuse the readers. In the first two volumes, alternate versions of the alcoholic scientist and his clumsy nephew are introduced. Even though they look and act similar to their TV counterparts, their exploits take place in another dimension.
Firefly only lasted one season but has since gained a cult following. Firefly was followed by the movie Serenity as well as several comics under Dark Horse (and Boom Studios as of 2018). The storylines “Those Left Behind,” “Better Days,” and “Leaves On The Wind” are essential reading. Readers can binge on these titles as they are either one-shots or mini-series.
For those with a greater appetite for reading, they can head to Boom Studios Firefly comic book series that serves as the canonical sequel to the series as well as the movie.
Despite its comic side Batman, the Adam West-led TV show is still iconic for its classic performances and self-aware humor. With hordes of Batman titles spanning his dark and brooding personality, a series of comic books like Batman ’66 feels like a breath of fresh air.
Batman ’66 is set in the continuity of the 1966-1968 series and features Adam West’s Batman and Burt Ward’s Robin as the main characters. The vintage art style and vibrant color palette goes well with its source material. And then, of course, in addition to battling supervillains, Batman can also show off the show’s hilarious gadgets, ranging from shark spray to Bat-Shield.
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Set between episodes of AvatarNickelodeon’s original run and its aftermath comic book adaptations have gained their own fan base. Not only do they explore Aang’s coming-of-age story, but some issues are dedicated solely to secondary characters like Zuko and Toph.
In addition to their powers, the characters’ personal arcs are also explored in Avatar: The Last Airbender comic books. For example, “Smoke and Shadow” deals with Zuko and Azula’s search for their mother while “The Promise” explores Toph’s strained relationship with her father. Besides the main storyline, another reading option is the eight story anthology Team avatar stories.
Comic from Doctor Who magazine
the Doctor Who The comic is perhaps the longest-running comic book adaptation of a TV show, debuting just a year after the first season of the BBC sci-fi series. The comics chronicle the adventures of the titular Doctor away from the continuity of the series.
Unlike most other TV show spin-off comics, this one doesn’t appear in a stand-alone edition, but as part of the content of the popular Doctor Who magazine which has been published since 1979. The magazine has also featured the show’s behind-the-scenes visuals and articles about the show’s episodes and legacy. The publication’s comics have featured the work of graphic novel heavyweights like Alan Moore, Grant Morrisson, and Dave Gibbons.
Masters of the Universe Minicomics
While He-Man has had several 21st century comic book adaptations under Dark Horse, it’s the bloodline of masters of the universe minicomics that serves as a fun blast from the past. In the 1980s, action figures of He-Man and other heroes of masters of the universe were accompanied by minicomics, most being standalone adventures.
With classic 80s artwork and paperback pages, the masters of the universe the minicomics are perfect time capsules for fans of the “sword and planet” franchise.
Star Trek (Marvel)
Despite its cultural impact, star trekThe original run of only lasted three years, from 1966 to 1969. A decade later, Marvel launched a short-lived star trek comedy series which borrowed only the characters from the series and not its plots. Instead, the 18-issue comic series covered Captain James T. Kirk and his Enterprise crew.
If produced, now canceled Star Trek Phase II The television series would have incorporated stories around this five-year mission. While Phase II never saw the light of day, star trekThe Marvel series offers a glimpse of what that would have looked like.
The twilight zone
The classic sci-fi anthology series The twilight zone was adapted into a comic book series by Gold Key Comics, covering both the original storylines and episodes of the series. True to the essentials The twilight zone episodeseach stand-alone comic is also introduced by an illustrated version by narrator Rod Serling.
The comic’s popularity was such that it continued to run even after two decades since the series ended. As the issues do not share the same continuity, the series can be read from any publication date.
With 15 seasons of dark fantasy entertainment, Supernatural also includes a dedicated comic series that aims to add more background detail while filling in the gaps between important episodic storylines. The three main storylines serve as prequels that serve as perfect fan service.
SupernaturalThe comic of started with Origin which explores the story behind John Winchester finding the cause of his wife’s death. This was followed by Rising wires which dealt with John’s sons Dean, 11, and Sam, 7, who accompanied him on his travels. End of the beginning then constructs the events that led to Sam leaving his family and attending Stanford.
Bruce Wayne’s classic version of Batman had dominated comics, TV and film for decades until batman beyond introduced a new age dark knight called Terry McGinnis. The animated series has garnered a cult fanbase with McGinnis’ cyberpunk-inspired Batman also appearing in DC comics.
From a six-issue miniseries of the same name, batman beyondThe comic book adaptation of ran for 24 issues from 1999 to 2001. Reception of The Adventures of McGinnis under Wayne’s direction received a positive response even in the comic book format. Since then, this futuristic version of Batman has become a canonical addition to several Batman comics.
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