Marvel and DC paragon acquires a whole universe of massively popular comic book and their movies adaptations. However, there are some classical comic series from the 90’s, which had garnered huge approbations at their time, however, lost their shine in this modern world. Hence, this article contains the topnotch comic books titles which were later transformed into feature films, television series, video games and much more, by reason of their exceptional plots and penetrating timelines.
1. Men in Black
The Men in Black is an American comic book created and written by Lowell Cunningham and illustrated by Sandy Carruthers. The comic was published originally by Aircel Comics in 1990. However, Marvel Comics bought it later, as it expanded the comic book into movies adaptations.
Although “Men in Black” comics are a bit darker and therefore failed to garner much praises, the comic book was worth transforming in multiple movies, all of which were critical and commercial successes.
The Men in Black is a sci-fi- comedy, centered on is an international intelligence organization of the same name. The investigation body oversees and explores both good and evil paranormal activity on Earth. Their remit includes alien life, demons, mutants, zombies, werewolves, vampires, legendary creatures and other paranormal beings. In order to keep their investigations secret, much of the global population are unaware of their activities, and are liable to be neuralyzed to blank their memory of any interaction with the agents or phenomena connected to them.
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The widely renowned Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series was published by Mirage Studios, featuring the characters of the same name, with a 30-year run from 1984 to 2014.
Ninja turtles was planned to be a single shot initially, but, on account of its mounting popularity was transformed into an extended series. And, at present, the comic book possesses six movies adaptations, five television series, numerous video games, and a wide range of toys and merchandise to its name.
Massive 90’s comic hit, ‘Spawn’ was one of the first big comics to attract public eye outside the Marvel and DC paragon.
Created by Todd McFarlane, the comic book was based on a narrative of an antihero Spawn, who enjoyed loads of superhuman strength, such as speed, immortality, teleportation, martial art, self-healing and time freeze etc.
Spawn enjoyed considerable popularity upon its initial release in the 1990s. Its first issue had sold 1.7 million copies.
Likewise, the comic book was turned into movies, feature films, television series and video games. However, at present time, the Spawn has lost the value and recognition it once possessed, and the comic is rarely ever mentioned or heard of.
4. The Crow
Running success of the 90s, The Crow is a superhero comic book series created by James O’Barr, following the titular character of the same name.
The series was originally created as a means of dealing with the death of his girlfriend at the hands of a drunk driver. It was first published by Caliber Comics in 1989.
The crow became an underground success, and was later adapted into a film of the same name in 1994. So far, three film sequels, a television series, and numerous books and comic books, published by numerous franchises, have also been subsequently produced.
Teen humor comic book and movies adaptation Josie and the Pussycats remains the premium till present. The comic, based on a fictional band, had been created by Dan DeCarlo and published by Archie Comics and was published from 1963 until 1982.
Wyatt and Fiona run a record company where they insert subliminal messages into their music so that teenagers continue buying their albums. Josie and her band learn about this and plan to expose them.
6. Tank Girl
Classical comedy comic book movies adaptation Tank Girl comes from British post-apocalyptic comic series of the same name by Jamie Hewlett. Although the feature film was a box office flop, the comic series had gathered wide acclamations.
British cult comic-strip, Tank Girl follows the main protagonist, an anti-heroine, who fights against a mega-corporation, which controls the world’s water supply.
7. Ghost World
Darkly written comic, Ghost World follows the day-to-day lives of best friends Enid Coleslaw and Rebecca Doppelmeyer, two cynical, pseudo-intellectual, and intermittently witty teenage girls recently graduated from high school in the early 1990s. They spend their days wandering aimlessly around their unnamed American town, criticizing popular culture and the people they encounter while wondering what they will do for the rest of their days.
The comic book was later adapted into movies of the same name released in 2001. And, on account of the comic’s fame, the movie had earned several accolades and nominations, including a nomination for the Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay, written by Clowes and Terry Zwigoff.
8. Mystery Man
A group of aspiring superheroes repeatedly fail to protect their city due to their ineptitude. However, they soon get another chance to prove themselves when a mysterious villain rises to power.
9. The Mask
The Mask is a comic book series created by Doug Mahnke and John Arcudi and published by Dark Horse Comics. Its artists include Mark Badger, Chris Warner and Keith Williams. The series tells the story of a supernatural mask that grants its wearers nearly limitless power, often at the cost of their sanity.
10. Sin City
Sin City is another series of neo-noir comics by American comic book writer-artist Frank Miller, which was transformed from comic book to movies franchise, owing to its wide popularity.
Much of the film is based on the first, third, and fourth books in Miller’s original comic series. The Hard Goodbye is about an ex-convict who embarks on a rampage in search of his one-time sweetheart’s killer. The Big Fat Kill follows a private investigator that gets caught in a street war between a group of prostitutes and a group of mercenaries, the police and the mob. That Yellow Bastard focuses on an aging police officer who protects a young woman from a grotesquely disfigured serial killer. The intro and outro of the film are based on the short story “The Customer is Always Right” which is collected in Booze, Broads & Bullets, and the sixth book in the comic series.