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Strange And Interesting Comic Book Adaptations

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Comic books are all the rage right now, with the biggest films of the year being big superhero blockbusters and the most critically acclaimed TV shows being adapted from comic books. But this was not always the case; comics for a long period of time were looked down upon. So let’s take a look at a weird point in history when, in an attempt to be taken seriously, comics were the ones doing the adapting instead of the other way around.

Gold Key’s Star Trek

Star Trek: The Orginal Series debuted on American television screens in 1966. It changed the face of science fiction forever. However, across the world, there were attempts to advertise the show before it even aired. Gold Key, a now-defunct comic book company, did a long-running adaption of the series from a writer in the UK and an artist in Italy. Here is the problem: they had never seen the show. As a result, the nacelles of the Enterprise are treated as rockets, Spock gets quite angry, and various other inconsistencies occur. But what happens when a franchise is crossed into an actual comic book property?

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Superman Vs. The Terminator: Death To The Future

In late 1999, DC Comics crossed over the Terminator franchise with their most well-known character and face of their company, Superman. In a strange time travel story that is steeped in mid-90’s Superman continuity, it is revealed that Lex Luthor was behind the creation of Skynet. Cyborg Superman shows up and so does the underrated superhero Steel. The strange part is that due to a problem in the licensing deal for Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger was not drawn in the comic. So the most iconic image associated with the franchise doesn’t even appear. On the other hand, there is a character that Marvel created that is based on a real person.

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The Human Fly

In the mid-1970s, Marvel Comics was in a rough spot. They needed to get some media attention to sell more if they were going to survive into the next decade. So Jim Shooter, the man in charge at the time, decided to adapt real-life daredevil The Human Fly into a superhero comic book. The comic launched with the tag line “The Wildest Super-Hero Ever – Because He’s Real,” and lasted 19 strange issues. Speaking of strange issues, next up is a strange story that keeps getting adapted.

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Killdozer

Adapting something into a comic book is no small feat. But adapting another adaptation is a whole other thing entirely. Partially based on the 1944 short story by Theodore Sturgeon and also on the 1974 TV Film of the same name, Gerry Conway mixes and matches the various versions of Killdozer into his own strange rendition. Then again, a story about an alien bulldozer coming to life and killing people is ridiculous any way you look at it. Finally, see what happens when the adaptation is so good, it’s remembered more than the original.

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Rom: Spaceknight

Hasbro is well known for creating toys and then having things made to advertise the toys to children. Marvel Comics got ahold of the rights to turn Rom the Spaceknight into a comic in order to sell the toy. The hilarious irony is that the comic of Rom became far more popular than the toy itself, to the point that most think of him as comic book character instead of a toy. Recently, Hasbro sold the rights to IDW and created a shared comic book universe of their toy properties including RomG.I. Joe and countless others.

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