Riding high in cinemas at present is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which got us thinking about previous comic book films and something in particular!
Today we ask, What has happened to the official movie comic adaptation magazine? Over the many years I’ve bought ones for films such as Blade Runner to The Mask. My personal favourite is my treasured Jaws 2 tie in.
Yet unless I’m very much mistaken, which I’m sure I’m not, now the films are now an advert if you will, for reading the new adventures or past content and the comic novelization is a thing of the past!
The exception to this being those that are actually based on original graphic novels, 300; Watchmen; Kick-Ass and Hellboy to name a few.
Yet when a book is turned into a film, the book is re-released as a film tie-in edition with the movie art as its new cover, this does not appear to happen with graphic novels!
I remember seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark and the following Christmas getting the Raiders annual, which was the retelling of the film in comic book form, so it does surprise me the likes of X-Men; Guardians of The Galaxy; Fantastic Four and recent box office monster Deadpool have not had a Comic adaptation tie-in!
I would definitely have brought a Deadpool comic novel adaptation.
When I grew up, I used to get the Star Wars comic which would retell the film in Comic Strip form so surely the Force Awakens could have done so as well.
Today’s modern blockbusters such as Mad Max: Fury Road; Star Trek; The Hunger Games and even the likes of John Wick could surely be served well by having an adaptation done.
Fans of the films would surely snap them up as well. It would also I imagine be a form that possibly could sell well for fans wanting a movie souvenir.
I much prefer reading a comic/graphic novel in hard copy rather than on a Kindle/Tablet although I do accept that these electronic devices could add sound and effects for example but either way, sure could sell well and help with the film’s success.
We should also not forget the current comic/graphic novels out there that could become the next big film! The Old Man Logan is being talked about as the source for the new Wolverine film, and I personally would love to see the Krampus short set in a department store, from the Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas graphic novel be the basis for a sequel.
Man of Steel and Pacific Rim both had graphic novel prequels released, but we would love to see more of the main features getting adaptations too.
Is it just us? Would you like your favourite blockbusters to have a graphic novel/comic strip adaptation? Do you read the other works of the likes of Spider-Man and co after seeing the films? We would love to hear from you hear at Barking Mad about Films
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