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This is a list of comics based on films. Often a film becomes successful, popular or attains cult status and the franchise produces spin-offs that may include comics. The comics can be direct adaptations of the film, a continuation of the story using the characters, or both.

Comics allow a degree of flexibility which can result in crossovers with other film characters as well as those from comics. In particular, the Aliens and Predator comics have crossed over with The Terminator, Superman, Batman, Judge Dredd and Green Lantern.

There are a number of companies that specialise in licensed properties, including Dark Horse, Titan, Avatar and Dynamite Entertainment. With the bigger series the license can often pass between a number of companies over the history of the title.

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Film

Film

A film – also called a movie, motion picture, moving picture, picture or photoplay – is a work of visual art that simulates experiences and otherwise communicates ideas, stories, perceptions, feelings, beauty, or atmosphere through the use of moving images. These images are generally accompanied by sound and, more rarely, other sensory stimulations. The word "cinema", short for cinematography, is often used to refer to filmmaking and the film industry, and to the art form that is the result of it.

Media franchise

Media franchise

A media franchise, also known as a multimedia franchise, is a collection of related media in which several derivative works have been produced from an original creative work of fiction, such as a film, a work of literature, a television program or a video game. Bob Iger, chief executive of the The Walt Disney Company, defined the word franchise as “something that creates value across multiple businesses and across multiple territories over a long period of time.”

Spin-off (media)

Spin-off (media)

In media, a spin-off is a radio program, television program, film, video game or any narrative work, derived from already existing works that focus on more details and different aspects from the original work.

The Terminator

The Terminator

The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction action film directed by James Cameron. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, a cyborg assassin sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son will one day save mankind from extinction by Skynet, a hostile artificial intelligence in a post-apocalyptic future. Kyle Reese is a soldier sent back in time to protect Sarah. The screenplay is credited to Cameron and producer Gale Anne Hurd, while co-writer William Wisher Jr. received an "additional dialogue" credit.

Superman

Superman

Superman is a superhero who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, and debuted in the comic book Action Comics #1. Superman has been adapted to a number of other media, which includes radio serials, novels, films, television shows, theater, and video games.

Batman

Batman

Batman is a superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and debuted in the 27th issue of the comic book Detective Comics on March 30, 1939. In the DC Universe continuity, Batman is the alias of Bruce Wayne, a wealthy American playboy, philanthropist, and industrialist who resides in Gotham City. Batman's origin story features him swearing vengeance against criminals after witnessing the murder of his parents Thomas and Martha as a child, a vendetta tempered with the ideal of justice. He trains himself physically and intellectually, crafts a bat-inspired persona, and monitors the Gotham streets at night. Kane, Finger, and other creators accompanied Batman with supporting characters, including his sidekicks Robin and Batgirl; allies Alfred Pennyworth, James Gordon, and Catwoman; and foes such as the Penguin, the Riddler, Two-Face, and his archenemy the Joker.

Judge Dredd

Judge Dredd

Judge Joseph Dredd is a fictional character created by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra. He first appeared in the second issue of 2000 AD (1977), which is a British weekly anthology comic. He is the magazine's longest-running character. He also appears in a number of film and video game adaptations.

Green Lantern

Green Lantern

Green Lantern is the name of several superheroes appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. They fight evil with the aid of rings that grant them a variety of extraordinary powers, all of which come from imagination, fearlessness, and the electromagnetic spectrum of emotional willpower. The characters are typically depicted as members of the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic law enforcement agency.

Dynamite Entertainment

Dynamite Entertainment

Dynamite Entertainment is an American comic book publisher founded by Nick Barrucci in 2004 at Mount Laurel, New Jersey. It is best known as the owners of The Boys franchise across several IP medias. Dynamite primarily publishes adaptations of franchises from other media. These include licensed adaptations of film properties such as Army of Darkness, Terminator, and RoboCop, and licensed or public domain literary properties such as Zorro, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Alice in Wonderland, Red Sonja, Tarzan and John Carter of Mars. It also publishes superhero books such as Project Superpowers.

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  • The Naked Prey (Dell Movie Classics #612, Dell Comics, December 1966)
  • Napoleon and Samantha (Walt Disney Showcase #10, Gold Key Comics, September 1972)
  • Navy Secrets (Movie Comics #3, Fawcett Comics, June 1939)
  • New Mexico (Movie Love #8, Eastern Color Printing, April 1951)
  • The Night of the Grizzly (Dell Movie Comics #612, Dell Comics, December 1996)
  • Night of the Living Dead:
    • Night of the Living Dead (FantaCo Enterprises, November 1991—October 1992)
    • George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (IDW Publishing, April—June 2004)[4]
    • The Death of Death (Toe Tags — Featuring George A. Romero #1—6, DC Comics, December 2004—May 2005)
    • George A. Romero's Land of the Dead (IDW Publishing, September 2005—January 2006)[5]
    • Escape of the Living Dead (Avatar Press, September 2005—March 2006)[6]
    • Plague of the Living Dead (Avatar Press, April—October 2007)[7]
    • Empire of the Dead (Marvel Comics, March 2014—November 2015)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street:
    • Freddy Krueger's A Nightmare on Elm Street (Marvel Comics, October—November 1989)
    • Nightmares on Elm Street (Innovation Publishing, September 1991—July 1992)
    • Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (Innovation Publishing, October—December 1991)
    • A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Beginning (Innovation Publishing, 1992)
    • A Nightmare on Elm Street Special (Avatar Press, April 2005)
    • A Nightmare on Elm Street: Paranoid (Avatar Press, November 2005—June 2006)
    • A Nightmare on Elm Street: Fearbook (Avatar Press, June 2006)
    • A Nightmare on Elm Street (DC Comics/WildStorm, December 2006—August 2007)
    • "Copycat" (New Line Cinema's Tales of Horror #1, DC Comics/WildStorm, November 2007)
  • Nikki: Wild Dog of the North (Four Color #1226, Dell Comics, 1961)
  • Ninja Scroll (WildStorm, November 2006—October 2007)
  • "No Sleep till Dawn": The Story of Bombers B-52 (Four Color (Volume 2) #831, Dell Comics, September 1957)
  • No Time for Sergeants (Four Color (Volume 2) #914, Dell Comics, July 1958)
  • None but the Brave (Dell Movie Classics #506, Dell Comics, June 1965)
  • The North Avenue Irregulars (Walt Disney Showcase #49, Gold Key Comics, March 1979)
  • North to Alaska (Four Color (Volume 2) #1155, Dell Comics, December 1960)
  • Northwest Stampede (Cowboy Western Comics #25, Charlton Comics, December 1949)
  • Nosferatu:
    • Nosferatu: Plague of Terror (Millennium Publications, May—November 1991)
    • Nosferatu (1991) (Tome Press, July—August 1991)
    • Nosferatu: The Death Mass (Venus Comics, December 1997—March 1998)
    • Batman: Nosferatu (DC Comics, March 1999)
    • Silent Screamers: Nosferatu 1922 (Image Comics, October 2000)
    • Nosferatu (2010) (Viper Comics, December 2010)
    • Nosferatu! (Toonhound Studios, December 2019)
  • Nyoka the Jungle Girl (Fawcett Comics, Winter 1942—June 1953, Charlton Comics, November 1955—November 1957)

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  • Zulu (Dell Movie Classics, Dell Comics, August 1964)

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Gold Key Comics

Gold Key Comics

Gold Key Comics was originally an imprint of American company Western Publishing, created for comic books distributed to newsstands. Also known as Whitman Comics, Gold Key operated this way from 1962 to 1984. Currently, Gold Key Comics is owned by Gold Key Entertainment LLC, which consists of business partners and comic book enthusiasts Lance Linderman, Adam Brooks, Mike Dynes, and Arnold Guerrero.

101 Dalmatians (franchise)

101 Dalmatians (franchise)

101 Dalmatians is an American media franchise owned by The Walt Disney Company and based on Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians. It began in 1961 with the release of the traditionally animated feature film, One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Various adaptations produced from Disney have been released over the years.

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

One Hundred and One Dalmatians is a 1961 American animated adventure comedy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith. The 17th Disney animated feature film, it was directed by Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi and Wolfgang Reitherman and written by Bill Peet, and features the voices of Rod Taylor, Cate Bauer, Betty Lou Gerson, Ben Wright, Lisa Davis, and Martha Wentworth. The film's plot follows a litter of Dalmatian puppies who are kidnapped by the villainous Cruella de Vil ("deVille"), who wants to make their fur into coats. Their parents, Pongo and Perdita, set out to save their puppies from Cruella, in the process of rescuing 84 additional ones that were bought in pet shops, bringing the total of Dalmatians to 101.

Four Color

Four Color

Four Color, also known as Four Color Comics and Dell Four Color, was an American comic book anthology series published by Dell Comics between 1939 and 1962. The title is a reference to the four basic colors used when printing comic books. The first 25 issues (1939–1942) are known as "series 1". In mid-1942, the numbering started over again, and "series 2" began. After the first hundred issues of the second series, Dell stopped putting the "Four Color Comics" designation on the books, but they continued the numbering system for twenty years.

Dell Comics

Dell Comics

Dell Comics was the comic book publishing arm of Dell Publishing, which got its start in pulp magazines. It published comics from 1929 to 1974. At its peak, it was the most prominent and successful American company in the medium. In 1953 Dell claimed to be the world's largest comics publisher, selling 26 million copies each month.

Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics

Marvel Comics is an American comic book publisher and primary imprint of Marvel Worldwide Inc., part of Marvel Entertainment. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company acquired the parent company.

20 Million Miles to Earth

20 Million Miles to Earth

20 Million Miles to Earth is a 1957 American horror science fiction monster film directed by Nathan Juran and starring William Hopper, Joan Taylor, and Frank Puglia. It was produced by Charles H. Schneer's Morningside Productions for Columbia Pictures. The screenplay was written by Bob Williams and Christopher Knopf from an original treatment by Charlott Knight. As with several other Schneer-Columbia collaborations, the film was developed to showcase the stop-motion animation of Ray Harryhausen.

Aircel Comics

Aircel Comics

Aircel Comics was a comic book publisher founded by Barry Blair, in Ottawa, Ontario in 1985. In 1988, it merged with American publisher Eternity Comics, itself an imprint of Malibu Comics, and in the late 1980s was taken over by Malibu before ceasing publication in 1994. It was best known as the original publisher of The Men in Black, a comic book which was later adapted into a media franchise.

28 Days Later

28 Days Later

28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Alex Garland. It stars Cillian Murphy as a bicycle courier who awakens from a coma to discover the accidental release of a highly contagious, aggression-inducing virus has caused the breakdown of society. Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns, and Brendan Gleeson appear in supporting roles.

28 Days Later: The Aftermath

28 Days Later: The Aftermath

28 Days Later: The Aftermath is a graphic novel, as a continuation of the hit film 28 Days Later, written by Steve Niles and distributed by Fox Atomic Comics. It was released on April 3, 2007.

28 Days Later (comics)

28 Days Later (comics)

28 Days Later is a comic book series published by BOOM! Studios, written by Michael Alan Nelson and drawn by Declan Shalvey and Alejandro Aragon.

Boom! Studios

Boom! Studios

Boom! Studios is an American comic book and graphic novel publisher, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Comic adaptations of films based on pre-existing comics.

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Asterix Conquers Rome

Asterix Conquers Rome

Asterix Conquers Rome, first published in 1976, is the comic book adaptation of the animated Asterix film The Twelve Tasks of Asterix and "unofficially" the twenty-third Asterix volume to be published. The comic follows the movie very exactly. It has very rarely been printed and is not widely known even amongst Asterix fans. The English translation has only been printed as part of a one-off comic book annual, the Asterix Annual 1980. It is thus often excluded from "canonical" lists of Asterix volumes with the subsequently published Obelix and Co. typically being listed as the "official" twenty-third volume. An unauthorized English language digital edition in CBR format, titled The Twelve Tasks of Asterix, is also known to exist.

The Twelve Tasks of Asterix

The Twelve Tasks of Asterix

The Twelve Tasks of Asterix is a 1976 Belgian/French animated feature film based on the Asterix comic book series, and the third in the animated franchise. René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, the creators of the series, wrote the story and directed the film themselves; with co-direction by Pierre Watrin and the screenplay co-written by Pierre Tchernia, a friend of Goscinny and Uderzo. The film was directed, produced and animated at Goscinny and Uderzo's own animation studio, Studios Idéfix and is the only Asterix animated film that has used the Xerography Process. At the time of its release, the film received mixed reviews since its tone is more cartoony and frequently breaks the fourth wall. Nowadays its reception is more favorable, with it often being cited as one of the best Astérix films, even reaching the status of a cult classic.

Pilote

Pilote

Pilote was a French comic magazine published from 1959 to 1989. Showcasing most of the major French or Belgian comics talents of its day the magazine introduced major series such as Astérix, Barbe-Rouge, Blueberry, Achille Talon, and Valérian et Laureline. Major comics writers like René Goscinny, Jean-Michel Charlier, Greg, Pierre Christin and Jacques Lob were featured in the magazine, as were artists such as Jijé, Morris, Albert Uderzo, Jean (Mœbius) Giraud, Enki Bilal, Jean-Claude Mézières, Jacques Tardi, Philippe Druillet, Marcel Gotlib, Alexis, and Annie Goetzinger.

Batman '89 (comic book)

Batman '89 (comic book)

Batman '89 is a superhero comic book limited series published by DC Comics that serves as an alternative continuation of Tim Burton's first two Batman films, Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), which starred Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne / Batman. The series is written by the first two films' screenwriter, Sam Hamm, and illustrated by Joe Quinones. It was launched in August 2021, and ran for six issues.

Blade (franchise)

Blade (franchise)

Blade is a film and television franchise based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, starring Wesley Snipes as Blade in the original trilogy, and Sticky Fingaz in the television series. The original trilogy was directed by Stephen Norrington, Guillermo del Toro and David S. Goyer, the latter of whom also wrote the films and served as a co-writer for the first and last two episodes of the television series. The original films and television series were distributed by New Line Cinema from 1998 to 2006.

Source: "List of comics based on films", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_comics_based_on_films.

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