20 Films Fans Probably Didn’t Know Were Comic Books

Comic Book alterations have always embellished the big screen for more than 70 years.  Some of them have been famous like The Avengers, Flash Gordon, Justice League etc, etc. While some of them have been infamous like the Jonah Hex comics, and some of them have been absolutely unfamous like the Tailspin Tommy. Has anyone ever heard of Tailspin Tommy?  Anyone? But a few comics have been conveyed from their comic originals almost stealthy, with bigger audiences all but unaware of their origin. One such example is Blue Is The Warmest Colour, which started life as a comic-book? Gainsbourg? Timecop?. So we at Animated Times thought, why not have a list of movies that have been inspired by the comic books. But before we continue, let us give a brief intro on Comic Books. So basically, a comic book is a publication that consists of comics art in the form of consecutive collocate panels, which represents individual scenes. These panels are often assisted by an extended monologue and written narrative, usually, dialog in the word balloons demonstrative of the comic art form. Although the comics have their origins from the 18th century in Japan. The comic books were first popularized in the US and the UK in the 1930s. The first-ever modern comic book known as Famous Funnieswas released in the US in 1933. Which was also a reprinting of the earlier newspaper humor comic strips that had established many of the story-telling devices used in the comics. Well, if we talk about the term comic book is driven from the American comic books that were once a collection of comic strips of an entertaining tone. However, this action was replaced by highlighting stories of all genres that weren’t humorous in tone. So now, as we know, a short history of the comic books. Let us read on… As we have compiled a list of more surprising inclusion to the comic book and graphic novel canon. We’ve even taken a closer look at the original source material that became the inspiration and ideas for some of the most successful movies.  Not only gaining massive hits but also acquiring a lot at the box office.  Sounds gripping… Let’s hop into the list and find out which movie is an adaptation of the comics.

1. Comic book: Old Boy (1996-1998) Films: Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, 2003), Oldboy (Spike Lee, 2013)

2. Comic book: The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adèle Blanc-Sec (1976-present) Film: The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adèle Blanc-Sec (Luc Besson, 2010)

3. Comic book: Wanted (2003-2005) Film: Wanted (Timur Bekmambetov, 2008)

4. Comic book: The Surrogates (2005-2006) Film: Surrogates (Jonathan Mostow, 2009)

5. Comic book: Road To Perdition (1998, plus spin-off sequels) Film: Road To Perdition (Sam Mendes, 2002)

6. Comic book: Gainsbourg (2010) Film: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (Joann Sfar, 2010)

7. Comic book: Timecop (1992-94) Film: Timecop (Peter Hyams, 1994)

8. Comic book: Barb Wire (1994-1998) Film: Barb Wire (David Hogan, 1996)

9. Comic book: The Fountain (2005) Film: The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky, 2006)

10. Comic book: From Hell (1989-1996) Film: From Hell (The Hughes brothers, 2001)

11. Comic book: Oblivion (2009) Film: Oblivion (Joseph Kosinski, 2013)

12. Comic book: A History Of Violence (1997) Film: A History Of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005)

13. Comic book: Alien Vs. Predator (1989-present) Films: Alien Vs. Predator (Paul W. S. Anderson, 2004), Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem (Greg and Colin Strause, 2007)

14. Comic book: The Men In Black (1990-1997) Films: Men In Black (Barry Sonnenfield, 1997), Men In Black II (Barry Sonnenfeld, 2002), Men In Black 3 (Barry Sonnenfeld, 2012)

15. Comic book: Flaming Carrot Comics (1979-2006)Film: Mystery Men (Kinka Usher, 1999)

16. Comic book: Richie Rich (1960-1994) Films: Richie Rich (Donald Petrie, 1994), Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish (John Murlowski, 1998)

17. Comic book: Le Transperceneige (1982-2000) Film: Snowpiercer (Bong Joon-Ho, 2013)

18. Comic book: The Mask (1989-2000) Film: The Mask (Chuck Russell, 1994), Son Of The Mask (Lawrence Guterman, 2005)

19. Comic book: Howard The Duck (1973-present) Film: Howard The Duck (Willard Huyck, 1986)

20. Comic book: Sabrina The Teenage Witch (1962-present) Film: Sabrina The Teenage Witch (1996)

These are some of the most prominent and highest-grossing movies who’s original source were these brilliant comic books. Well, the directors of these movies must have been inspired and overwhelmed by the way these comics were written. Thus they came across this beautiful idea of getting these stories and their characters on the big screen. So do you like our list? Which among these comics have you read, and which one is your favorite? Do let us known in the comment section down below!

Azhan Ali
Azhan Ali

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