Back before the VHS tape made it possible to watch the movies you wanted when you wanted (as long as Blockbuster had a copy in stock), movie novelizations and comic book adaptations of films were some of the only options fans had when it came to reliving a movie they wanted on-demand. While the majority of these were rightly viewed as cash-ins that let comics companies float on someone else's success, there were the occasional pieces of work that proved to be something more. For example, Marvel's off-model, six-part Star Wars adaptation proved to be so popular in the summer of 1977 that many credit it for helping the company pull out of a fiscal free-fall, even as it acted as a bog-standard 1970s Marvel book in a lot of ways.
Now that we can watch Magic Mike on our phones any time we want, comic adaptations can seem like a quaint throwback. However, some of them are legitimate pieces of comic history in their own right, providing an alternate look at our favorite films even as they gave a few comic creators the chance to play with the medium in a new way. In this piece, we take a look at five of them, including long lost work by Jack Kirby, Jim Steranko, Walt Simonson, Kyle Baker and Bill Sienkiewicz and more.
If you twisted my arm and made me choose just one, I might tell you that Kyle Baker is my favorite cartoonist. Since his first professional work was published nearly 30 years ago, Baker has been one of the greatest talents in comics. The Cowboy Wally Show and Why I Hate Saturn remain two of my favorite books, with the latter being a book I frequently loan to people who think they couldn't ever enjoy a comic. I like Kyle Baker, is what I'm saying.
So whenever Baker does anything new, I take note. And now the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning creator has launched a new comic strip, simply titled Meh.There are only two installments so far, but if you're a fan of Baker's, it's about as great as you would expect.
Kyle Baker is a national treasure. You're probably already familiar with his work as the eight-time Eisner Award-winning cartoonist behind books like The Cowboy Wally Show and DC's Plastic Man, but the past few years have seen him experimenting with new formats for his work. And now, he's satirized the climactic battle from Man of Steel with a stylish interactive game.
Robert Morales, whose writing on the Marvel Comics miniseries Truth: Red, White and Black represents a seminal moment in the complicated history of race and comics, has passed away. The somber news was broken online by lege
A multiple Eisner, Harvey, and Glyph award-winner, Kyle Baker is a more than 25 year veteran of the comics industry. The legendary cartoonist, whose early work in the graphic novel format was essential to its rise in popularity, is a master of the craft, and arguably one of the more underappreciated artists in recent memory.
Released around this time last year, the first hardcover collection of Rocketeer Adventures anthology quickly shot to the top of my list of 2011's best looking comic books. Created by the late Dave Stevens, The Roc
The recent trend of creator-owned digital anthology projects is well documented, and now another name can officially be added to the rapidly growing list. David Lloyd, co-creator and artist of V for Vendetta, is launching his own digital imprint, Aces Weekly.While i
On sale this week is Rocketeer Adventures #2, continuing the latest anthology miniseries from IDW Publishing that finds many of comics' coolest creators both contemporary and veteran indulging themselves in the graphically rich and infinitely charming world of The Rocketeer, the cult classic adventure hero created by the late, great Dave Stevens. Edited by Scott Dunbier, the latest issue comes with short
As one of Marvel's most inherently violent protagonists, Deadpool may not seem like he's really in need of a MAX banner.. Considering the publisher has tapped the creative team of David Lapham ("Stray Bullets") and Kyle Baker ("Special Forces"), however, the branding isn't such a bad idea, especially considering the whacked content of the all-new "DeadpoolMAX" #1 preview.From Marvel's
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