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Five Great Comic Book Adaptations Of Movies (And One That’s Just Really Cool But Kind of Terrible)

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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.

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Best Art Ever (This Week): Edward Scissorhands, Hellboy, Go Nagai, Jurassic Park & More

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.

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Walt Simonson Brings All-New ‘Ragnarok’ Series Plus ‘Star Slammers’ Artist’s Edition to IDW [SDCC 2013]

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Following up on the Thor material for which he is perhaps best known, cartoonist Walter Simonson announced at Comic-Con that he's created Ragnarök, a creator-owned Norse mythology project to be released through IDW Publishing. Additionally, Simonson confirmed that IDW will produce deluxe editions of his cult favorite science fiction title Star Slammers.

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Best Art Ever (This Week) – 06.07.13

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we've created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it's new, some of it's old, some of it's created by working professionals, some of it's created by future stars, some of it's created by talented fans, and some of it's endearingly silly. All of it's awesome.

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Best Art Ever (This Week) – 04.12.13

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we've created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it's new, some of it's old, some of it's created by working p

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You Should Read Seven Pages of ‘Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror’ #3 by Roger Langridge & J. Bone [Preview]

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On sale this week from IDW Publishing is The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror #3, continuing what is only the second-ever full-length Rocketeer story not written and drawn by the late, great Dave Stevens. Produced in full cooperation with Stevens'

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Hollywood Horror: Langridge, Bone and Bellaire’s Sexy New Rocketeer Mystery Launches This Week [Preview]

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On sale this week from IDW Publishing is The Rocketeer Vs. Hollywood Horror #1, beginning what is only the second-ever full-length Rocketeer story not written and drawn by Dave Stevens, the visionary cartoonist who back in the 1980s introduced the handsome, impertinent and ferociously jealous stunt pilot-turned-accidental-hero Cliff Seacord and his long-suffering, impossibly beautiful model/actress girlfriend Betty (designed after the iconic pin-up queen Bettie Page). Produced in full cooperation with the late Stevens' estate, the new miniseries by

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Marvel Teases Hulk And Spider-Man Events Coming in April

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In a move similar to its recent one-word teases, today Marvel Comics released two images for upcoming stories in Superior Spider-Man and Indestructible Hulk, with one word attached to each. For the Hulk, it was Smash, and for Spider-Man, Fired.
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‘Rocketeer Adventures Vol. 2′ Collection is the Best Looking Anthology of the Holiday Season

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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

‘Rocketeer Adventures’ #4 Flies with Louise and Walt Simonson [Preview]

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On sale this week from IDW Publishing is Rocketeer Adventures (vol 2) #4, concluding another all-star anthology miniseries of short-form comics starring The Rocketeer Cliff Secord and his girlfriend Betty. Created by the late Dave

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