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Movies and TV shows are often adapted into comic book form. Comics have certain advantages over other media: They are much easier and cheaper to produce than TV shows, and since the reader isn't restricted to experiencing the story at a particular time each day, the creators are more free to write longer-running, more complex stories.

Such adaptations tend to take three forms:
# The comic retells the story of the original work.
# The comic takes the characters and setting of the original, but tells a different series of stories.
# The comic [[{{Continuation}} continues where the original left off]], or [[{{Prequel}} fills in the backstory]].

In cases where the comic is intended to be released right from the start, it sometimes appears before the work from which it is adapted.

Comic book adaptations of movies were fairly common in the 1970's and 1980's, before home videos became common. In those days, a comic book was the easiest way to re-experience a movie no longer playing in theatres. But because of AnimationLeadTime the comics were often written and drawn based on earlier scripts than the final draft, and before the movie was edited, which could result in scenes appearing in the comic adaptation that was never in the movie.

Another phenomenon is a comic strip series based on a famous celebrity. These comics are usually cheaply produced and part of the [[CashCowFranchise CashCowMerchandise]] around the media star himself. Sometimes the original celebrity is involved in the creation, but often it happens without his knowledge or approval. As soon as the fad around the star dies out these comics usually die a quick death.

See also AnimeFirst. For comics adapted ''into'' other media, see LiveActionAdaptation, AnimatedAdaptation, and LicensedGame. Sometimes, the end product will actually be called [[TitleTheAdaptation Name: The Comic Book]].
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[[folder:General]]
* Western Publishing (Creator/DellComics, Creator/{{Gold Key|Comics}}) did adaptations of many movies and TV shows, usually taking extensive liberties with the story and its continuity.
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[[folder:Adapted from Anime]]
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha The Comics''. Covers the quiet moments not shown in the anime before, during, and after the season that [[AllThereInTheManual it supplements]].
* ''Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne'' was adapted into two different, simultaneously published mangas. One was aimed at [[{{Shonen}} boys]], and focused on the fighting at the expense of the LoveDodecahedron. The other was aimed at [[{{Shojo}} girls]], and went into much more detail of the love story while downplaying the fighting aspect. Both are considered inferior to the anime.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is an interesting example. The first manga adaptation was based off the light novels; however, it was utterly terrible, and when the anime was released, the author actually [[OldShame disowned his manga out of shame]], and instead gave way for another, much better manga adaptation, this time based off the anime.
* While the Pokémon mainline franchise has a few notable game-derived manga [[Manga/PokemonZensho in]] [[Manga/PokemonGoldenBoys their]] [[Manga/PokemonDiamondAndPearlAdventure own]] [[Manga/PokemonSpecial rights]], ''Manga/TheElectricTaleOfPikachu'' is set in a verse heavily influenced by [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the first two seasons of the anime]]. Later seasons and the movies also got their own manga adaptations. Anime adaptations (including ''Electric Tale'') are Type 2, the movie adaptations are Type 1.
* The two ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' manga, ''No Need for Tenchi'' and ''The All-New Tenchi Muyo!'' (''Tenchi Muyo!'' and ''Shin Tenchi Muyo!'' in Japan) is this. It was initially just a two volume story set in the OVA-verse, but when it proved popular, it kept going for an impressive 22-volume run, greatly expanding on the universe (even if it was just for that canon) and the characters living there.
* A type 2 manga of ''Anime/TheBigO'' was released.
* The DetectiveConan movies have manga adaptations...well, at least some of them. ''The Raven Chaser'' is the latest one to get a manga adaption as of far. They're type 1.
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[[folder:Adapted from Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/LittleLulu'' comic books themselves were adapted from single-panel magazine cartoons that ran in ''SaturdayEveningPost''. The comic books are probably more well-known (and well-received) than the source material.
* In a strange example, the ''Comicbook/{{WITCH}}'' comic was adapted into a manga to be published in Japan. There have also been manga adaptations of other existing "western-style" comic books, including ''Spider-Man'' and even ''Sabrina the Teenage Witch'' (albeit the latter was incorporated into the actual Archie publication itself).
* There was also a ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' manga.
* Many newspaper strips have had comic book adaptations, with longer stories involving the characters. These include:
** ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' (Dell, 1960-62; Gold Key, 1962-64; [=KaBoom=], 2011-present).
*** Schulz only drew the first issue; the rest were done by assistants.
** ''{{Nancy}}'' (Dell, 1960-62)
** ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS'' (Fawcett, 1959-79; Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} 1981-82)
** ''Comicstrip/{{Heathcliff}}'' (Marvel, 1985-91)
** ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'' (Charlton, 1969-76)
** ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' (1956-80, through Dell, Gold Key, King Comics, and Charlton)
** ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' (1948-84 through Dell, Gold Key, King Comics, Charlton, and Whitman; 1993-94 through Harvey; 2012-present through IDW)
** Surprisingly, ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' didn't get a comic book until 2012, through [=KaBoom=].
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[[folder:Adapted from Celebrities]]
* Many film comedians have had NewspaperComics based on them: Creator/CharlieChaplin, Creator/HarryLangdon and Creator/LaurelAndHardy, for instance.
* ComicStrip/{{Urbanus}}: This long running comic strip series is based on the popular Flemish comedian Urbanus. He is directly involved in the creative process and writes all the scripts. Since he is popular in both Flanders and the Netherlands the comics sell extraordinarily well.
* Creator/WoodyAllen: Yes! Even he had his own newspaper comic strip, drawn by Stuart Hample.
* Dennis P. Eichhorn drew a comic strip about Music/WildManFischer once.
* The comic strip "Sjef Van Oekel" (called "Léon la Terreur" in French and "Leo, der Terrorist" in German.) by Theo Van Den Boogaard and Wim T. Schippers was based on a comedic character created by Dolf Brouwers. Since Schippers already wrote Brouwers' monologues he worked along with the comic strip scripts as well. Despite being a very popular comic strip Brouwers eventually took Schippers and Van Den Boogaard to court because his character was continuously shown in very vulgar and obscene situations. This ended the comic strip series effectively.
* BassieEnAdriaan: Had a comic strip based on them drawn by Frans Verschoor, and direct involvement from one of the comedians themselves: Aad van Toor (who played Adriaan).
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[[folder:Adapted from Films -- Animation]]
* Several {{Disney|AnimatedCanon}} movies have some sort of ComicBookAdaptation, which either end up in their own special promotional comic book/mini-series, or simply in the pages of ''Walt Disney's Comics and Stories''. Sometimes both.
* Gold Key's adaptation of Music/TheBeatles ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'' follows the basic premise of the film -- the Blue Meanies attacking Pepperland--but it changes the entire continuity. A more faithful adaptation was planned in the late 90s after the movie was re-released on DVD but Apple (the Beatles' corporate entity) nixed it.
* Creator/MarvelComics did a ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'' comic. It's OffModel. [[http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c308/Suren2/Fievel/fgwcomic.png Very off model.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix'' was adapted into the unofficial comic book story ''Recap/AsterixConquersRome''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DaisyTown'' and ''WesternAnimation/LaBalladeDesDalton'' were later adapted as an official comic strip album in the ''ComicStrip/LuckyLuke'' canon.
* ''WesternAnimation/TintinAndTheLakeOfSharks'' has been adapted to a comic strip too, though this is not officially part of the Tintin canon and it's more or less a collection of screenshots from the film with text balloons added.
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[[folder:Adapted from Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' has a number of comics among its ExpandedUniverse titles.
* In the 70s and 80s, quite a few top-tier talents contributed to adaptations of films.
** {{Film/Alien}}, by Archie Goodwin and WaltSimonson.
** CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind by WaltSimonson.
** {{Outland}} by Jim Steranko.
** [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001: A Space Odyssey]] by JackKirby. This actually became an ongoing series and introduced concepts to the MarvelUniverse that are still around today, including [[{{Nextwave}} Machine Man.]]
* There was a comic adaptation of Creator/TerryGilliam's ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchausen''. Because it had a [[UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Comics Code]] seal, it suffered from {{Bowdleris|e}}ation, and compressed the dialogue very badly. The artwork isn't bad, though, if you can find a copy.
* ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' has a manga sidestory.
* The soundtrack of ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' came with a prequel comic that explained the spread of the virus.
* A comic strip published in 2000 promoting ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'', titled "''There's Something About Mary''" explained how Mary, the zombie girl who Shaun and Ed find in their garden, and other side-characters became zombies. The story now appears on the film's DVD as an extra feature.
%%* ''Film/TheWarriors''
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', with versions by Creator/{{DC|Comics}} and Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}}.
** The first Marvel[=/=]DC collaboration was an oversized edition of ''MGM's Marvelous Wizard of Oz'', based on the 1939 film. Marvel had almost completed its adaptation when they discovered that DC was working on their own adaptation and held the actual rights.
* Graphic novels based on Creator/CliveBarker's ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' were more like anthologies of short illustrated stories that invited writers and artists to contribute their own interpretations to the continuity. Adaptations of the movies were made later, and Pinhead had his own (brief) regular title with Marvel.
* The 2010 ''Film/TheATeam'' had two four-issue series released just prior to the film.
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' had a one-shot comic, ''The Cobol Job'', which recounts the events immediately leading up to the movie. A motion comic version is included in the Blu-ray release of the film.
* An especially interesting example of these was Harvey's adaptation of ''Film/TheFlintstones''. It presented the film's story in two forms -- one drawn in the live-action style, the other drawn in the cartoon's style.
* Similar to ''Flintstones'' movie instance, a comic adaptation of ''Film/GhostbustersII'' was published, with the characters drawn in their cartoon designs.
* In addition to adaptations of the first two movies, ''ComicBook/BillAndTedsExcellentComicBook'' was a continuation of the ''Film/BillAndTed'' series, starting after the second film. It was written by Evan Dorkin, published by Creator/MarvelComics, and ran for twelve issues.
* The now-defunct publishers Dell Comics and Gold Key Comics published many standalone adaptations of movies from the 1950s through the 1970s, including many Walt Disney titles. Dell published many of these under its ''Four Color'' anthology title.
%%* ''Film/ThreeNinjas [[http://d1466nnw0ex81e.cloudfront.net/iss/600w/985/559851/3067081_1.jpg Kickback]]''.
* ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' has one, though it's based on the novelization. Justified, seeing as it would be hard to put the musical numbers into a comic book.
* ''[[Film/PacificRim Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero]]'' which was written by the film's screenwriter Travis Beacham. The comic acts as a prequel to the film covering the events of the first {{Kaiju}} attack, how the Jaegers were created and goes into details about the backstories of characters such as Stacker Pentecost and Mako Mori.
%%* Both 80's ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' movies.
%%* ''Film/{{Alien}}''
%%* The first three ''Film/IndianaJones'' movies.
%%* ''Film/{{Meteor}}''
* Out of the 10+ ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' films, only ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'' got a comic book adaptation.
* ''[[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Elm Street]]'' series' [[SeriesFauxnale sort-of finale]] ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'' got a three-issue adaptation by Innovation Publishing, which also made two prequel series to the film.
* ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' had a condensed three-part comic book adaptation that also included a section of popular (at the time) callbacks used in AudienceParticipation screenings.
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[[folder:Adapted from Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'' has a very faithful manga adaptation.
* The first three ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' books were adapted by Creator/DCComics.
* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' currently has an ongoing comic adaptation being published by Marvel, both adapting portions of the novels and introducing new material.
* ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' has had a manga made. The manga series differs from the novel in three areas. It is far more graphic (not surprising, considering it's in a visual format), spends much more time on developing the whole cast of characters, and ramps up the action as it approaches the conclusion.
* The first two ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' books. They retell the plot accurately and well, the art is quite eyecatching, and the graphic novels are pretty well-liked among casual fans, but the character designs have been criticized. A lot. Among the criticisms are characters who pass as human in the books looking like they couldn't pass for RubberForeheadAliens, Foaly the centaur appearing to have the top half of a baboon rather than a human, and just plain contradictions with the originals -- Artemis's eyes not being blue is comparatively minor, but a pet peeve for his fangirls. Captain Holly Short, the heroine, is arguably recognizable only by her role in the story, as other than being female and attractive, the drawings have ''nothing'' in common with the descriptions -- among other things, her hair is an ash-brown bob instead of an [[FieryRedhead auburn]] crew cut, and her [[RaceLift skin colour has changed]] from [[StarbucksSkinScale coffee-brown]] to almost exactly the same shade as [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette Artemis's]].
* The first book of Robert Asprin's ''Literature/MythAdventures'' series was adapted into comic form by him and Creator/PhilFoglio; [[ComicBook/MythAdventures the adaptation]] was ''mostly'' faithful, but there were some noticeable differences, mostly to do with the motivations and ultimate fate of the BigBad.
* Some of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels -- ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'', ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'', and ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' -- have been adapted into graphic novels.
* ''MaximumRide'' had a manga adaptation by [=NaRae=] Lee.
* ''Classics Illustrated'' printed comic versions of classic literature, such as ''Literature/MobyDick'', for 20 years.
** Though a few comic book adaptations of the novels of Creator/JaneAusten existed prior to 2009, they were mostly small press, low profile works, such as the Graphic Classics inclusion of a short, black-and-white ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'' in their "Gothic Classics" anthology. However, in 2009, Creator/MarvelComics revamped the "Marvel Illustrated" line and started adapting the novels. So far, ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', and ''Literature/{{Emma}}'' have been adapted, with Hugo Petrus, Sonny Liew, and Janet Lee on art, respectively, and Nancy Butler on scripting. ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'' is scheduled to start shipping November 2011, with art again by Lee.
* ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' has a manga adaptation to go along with its {{anim|atedAdaptation}}e and VideoGame counterparts, which mostly follow the original story but with a few changes ([[AdaptationDyeJob hair color changes]], changes in story sequences, more battles...). [[NoExportForYou Most of which have yet to come out of]] [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Japan]].
* Creator/RichardMatheson's seminal vampire novel ''Literature/IAmLegend'' (responsible for inspiring both Charlton Heston's ''Film/TheOmegaMan'' and George Romero's ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead'') was put in graphic novel form a few years ago. It is a great work, all black and white art, and contains virtually all of the original's text. Anyone reading it before reading the original novel could be forgiven for assuming it was a word for word transcription!
* Quite a few of ''Creator/NeilGaiman'''s novels and short stories have been adapted to comic book form.
** ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'' had a 9 issue adaptation by ''MikeCarey'' which was otherwise pretty good but left out a few things (Lamia's not in it).
** ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'' has a graphic novel adaptation that retains every scene and all the dialogue.
** ''Creator/DarkHorseComics'' published 3 trade paperbacks adapting his short stories; ''HarlequinValentine'', 'Murder Mysteries' and 'Creatures of The Night' (it collects 'The Price' and 'Daughter of Owls')
** ''Comicbook/TheSandman'': The Dream Hunters, the only Sandman novel, was turned into a comic book by Vertigo.
** His short story 'Goliath' (the one based on ''Film/TheMatrix'') was illustrated and put in with the Matrix comics.
* The ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series has four manga trilogies and a standalone volume that tell some side stories, such as a villain's backstory and what happened to a character when he disappeared for several books. The [[ExpandedUniverse Super Editions]], after the first one, also started doing a short manga chapter at the end that shows a brief scene that takes place after the end of the book.
* Creator/AgathaChristie has over fifteen graphic novel adaptations of her works.
* The comic version of ''Literature/LeftBehind''. Unfortunately only the first book of the series and ''Tribulation Force'' were adapted.
* Literature/TheBible. [[http://www.amazon.com/Comic-Book-Bible-Adaptations/lm/RP6HJFWU5YV9X Several in fact.]]
** Even Creator/RobertCrumb did a faithful adaptation of the entire Book of {{Genesis}}.
* Sci-fi author HarryHarrison saw two of ''TheStainlessSteelRat'' novels adapted into comic form for British serial comic 2000AD. The two strips were later released in Graphic Novel format.
* ''Literature/TheBookOfTheNamed'' has an adaptation planned for its first novel (''Ratha's Creature''), successfully funded on Website/{{Kickstarter}}.
* The ''Literature/{{Uglies}}'' series has a graphic novel trilogy, showing the events of each book from Shay's point of view.
* A comicbook serial adaptation of Creator/BramStoker's ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' ran in the pages of Creator/MarvelComics's ''Comicbook/DraculaLives''. After the book was cancelled, the remaining chapter was released in ''Legion of Monsters''.
* The first three issues of ''[[Comicbook/TheFrankensteinMonster The Monster of Frankenstein]]'' adapt Mary Shelley's ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' in a form of flashbacks.
* ''Literature/BeautifulCreatures'' received a manga adaptation entitled ''[[TitleTheAdaptation Beautiful Creatures: The Manga]]'', in February 2013 shortly before TheFilmOfTheBook was released.
* ''Literature/DeLeeuwVanVlaanderen ("The Lion of Flanders")'' by Belgian author Creator/HendrikConscience was adapted in comic book format by Creator/BobDeMoor. The quality of this adaptation is outstanding!
* ''Literature/TillEulenspiegel'' was adapted into two comic book stories by Creator/WillyVandersteen. The first one followed the original novel and stories closely. The second one was totally new.
* ''Literature/BillyBunter'' has been adapted into a succesful comic strip series too. In the Netherlands he is probably better known as a comic strip character than as a literary figure.
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[[folder:Adapted from Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' now has its "[[LongRunner season 11]]" comics.
* The ''Series/BabylonFive'' comic is fully "in continuity", covering early events only mentioned in passing in the TV show.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' both have sequel comics currently being published.
** ''Angel'' also has comic adaptations of some of the TV series' stories.
** Both also had Type 2 comics while the shows were on the air.
* ''Series/ThePrisoner'' was given a sequel in the four-issue comic miniseries "Shattered Visage" (books A through D), later collected, of course, in one volume. Patrick [=McGoohan=] read it and said he didn't hate it.
* There's 50+ years' worth of ''Series/DoctorWho'' comics across various publishers. The style of later (1990s to present) comics have strongly influenced the 2005 television revival; Creator/RussellTDavies is an avowed fan of the comics, even writing into Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine to praise a particular character development.
* There are two ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' comic miniseries, ''Those Left Behind'' and ''Better Days'', which fill in events between the series and the movie.
* The first ''Franchise/StarTrek'' comic started in 1967. Since then, the license has jumped between various publishers; currently, it's held by IDW, who publish stories based on the TV series and the movie reboot.
* ''PushingDaisies'' will have a 12-issue series from DC Comics to close out loose ends and unresolved plots from the series, written by Bryan Fuller. At least it has been announced.
* Even ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' had a few years' worth of original comics based on it.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' has a season 9 in comic book form.
* In addition to the above, it should be noted that the now-defunct publishers Creator/DellComics, Creator/GoldKeyComics, and Charlton published dozens upon dozens of comic books based upon TV series of the day, from westerns and sci-fi, to straight dramas. Some, like Gold Key's version ''Series/TheTwilightZone'', ran for decades ''after'' the original series ended. Many others ran for only one or two issues. One of the best examples of "keeping it alive" was a comic based upon a short-lived Creator/BorisKarloff series entitled ''Thriller''. After the series was cancelled after one season, Gold Key, rather than cancelling the comic book version, renamed it ''Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery'' and kept it going for 20 years after the series ended and more than 10 years after Karloff himself died.
* In Great Britain there have been numerous long-running publications featuring licensed comic strips based upon TV series. ''TV Comic'' ran for some 1,700 issues starting in 1952, and there was also ''TV Action'', ''Countdown'', ''TV Century 21'' (aka ''TV 21'') - based on Gerry Anderson's puppet series primarily, and ''Look-In'', as well as a handful of series-specific publications such as ''Doctor Who Magazine'' (formerly ''Doctor Who Weekly/Doctor Who Monthly'') which has featured an original comic strip based upon the TV series since 1979.
* Apparently, there's a manga adaptation of ''Series/{{Bones}}'' on the way. It's rumored to be a prequel of the show but there's not much info at the moment.
* There have been a number of attempts to create comics based on ''Franchise/PowerRangers''. Gladstone did two mini-series based off of season 2. Marvel did an adaptation of ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' along with two series based off of season 3, one of them with back-up stories featuring ''Series/VRTroopers''. Image attempted to do one for ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'', but it ended up ceasing after its first issue. Acclaim Comics released a few comics based on ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', including a crossover with the Beetleborgs. TokyoPop did a series of ''Cine-Manga'' for ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' and ''Magazine/DisneyAdventures'' did a series of comics based off of ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' With the exception of the movie and the SPD series, they were all Type 2s.
* MarvelComics published an adaptation of the original ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic Battlestar Galactica]] '' TV movie, and then (unusually for most comics based on TV series) went on to adapt some of the early episodes as well before branching into original stories (the comic ran for nearly two years, outliving the TV series). Dynamite Comics later published comics based on the classic series alongside its adaptations of the remake.
* Due to what can charitably be called a case of "getting totally shafted in favor of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}''", ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' got a comic spin-off a few years after the miniseries finale, which was a truncated version of the show's promised fifth season. The comic series gave the show's executive producer a chance to further some languishing plot threads like Rygel's quest for his throne, which is the very first story arc.
* There was a newspaper comic strip based on ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' that ran from 1981 to 1984.
* In a recursive example ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' (itself based on the comic book ''GreenArrow'') has a comic book adaptation published by DCComics (the same company that publishes ''GreenArrow''). The comic fills in parts of the backstory, and deals with what happens between episodes of the TV series.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' has a comic book adaptation from Dynamite Comics telling new stories. It is supposedly set in the same continuity as the TV series, although it has yet to be seen how well the two mesh.
* ''Series/SamsonEnGert'' was adapted as a succesful children's comic book series by Wim Swerts and Jean-Pol.
* ''FCDeKampioenen'' has also been made into a succesful children's comic book series whose success has in fact surpassed many other comic strips in Flanders and even the length of the original TV sitcom it was based on.
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[[folder:Adapted from Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' has been turned into a comic book, ''TheMuppetShowComicBook''. While it doesn't have guest stars (for obvious reasons), it does well on focusing on characters and manages to get a lot of the show's regular sketches in.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' finally got a comic book adaptation in the second quarter of 2013.
* ''Series/FraggleRock'' had a comic adaptation from Marvel in the eighties, and a 2010 comic from Archaia Press in the same nonstandard 8x8" format as ''Comicbook/MouseGuard''.
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[[folder:Adapted from Theater]]
* Most of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's plays, including but not limited to ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'', and ''Theatre/KingLear''; naturally, the text is usually abridged.
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[[folder:Adapted from Toys]]
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' has had quite a few. ''[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Generation 1]]'' has had comics published by both Marvel and Dreamwave, and new stories are currently being published by IDW, not to mention several mangas. Dreamwave also was publishing an adaptation of the Unicron Trilogy before it went bankrupt. IDW is currently publishing both a sequel and a prequel to 2007's live movie, as well as an ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Animated]]'' comic. IDW also published a few ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'': Fun Publications published ''Beast Wars'' and ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' comics, while the Japanese-only ''Beast Wars II'' and ''Beast Wars Neo'' each had a companion manga.
** IDW also published a ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' comic that came out ''before'' the show and functioned as a prequel. Sadly, it's since been contradicted by the show itself, likely rendering it non-canonical.
** The original comic series actually started slightly before the cartoon; essentially they were parallel canons working from the [[MerchandiseDriven same starting point]].
*** It then met up with the cartoon again when the 1986 movie adaptation came out, although the comic used an early script and abridged many scenes, leading to some odd differences.
* ''Franchise/GIJoe'' has also had multiple comics published, many of which are considered superior to the cartoon. Although the comic actually debuted a year before the animated series.
* Throughout the full span of its run, Franchise/{{BIONICLE}} was accompanied by a comic series published by Creator/DCComics. It was initially virtually the sole storytelling source for the series, and arguably remained the primary one throughout its run. Its successor line, ''HeroFactory'', also has one; however, its distribution is limited to LEGO's magazine and the internet, instead of being a standalone comic book. Other Franchise/{{LEGO}} lines have received smaller, lower-key comic adaptations on occasion as well, such as ''{{Lego Exo-Force}}''.
* The ''ComicBook/MadBalls'' had their own comic book adaptation published from 1986 to 1988 and had them depicted as ordinary rubber balls mutated into grotesque but friendly beings who frequently thwarted the plans of MadScientist [[BigBad Dr. Frankenbeans]] and his assistant [[TheIgor Snivelitch]].
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[[folder:Adapted from Tabletop Games]]
* Both ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' and ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' got comic adaptations from Moonstone.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' had a [[Comicbook/{{Exalted}} miniseries]] from UDON, with another comic created as a stretch goal for the 3e Kickstarter.
* Dynamite have done a number of ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' comics.
* There have been several ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' comics, dating from the late 80s on.
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[[folder:Adapted from Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' has adaptations ranging from the Roman Empire to the Russian Revolution.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' had a manga adaptation.
* Devil's Due is publishing a ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}'' comic, presumably to [[MindScrewdriver explain what the game is about.]]
* ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'' was adapted into a four part comic book series by Dark Horse Comics.
* Due to the [[LongRunner long-running status]] of ''Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', it is the only thing left that tries to keep the Western continuity (Robotnik, Mobius, etc.) It was originally a spin-off inspired by the [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM Saturday morning TV show's]] proposal.
** Though there were several other comic adaptations, the longest running of those was Comicbook/SonicTheComic, which is [[Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline still being made]] by [[FanFic fans of the series.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' has a manga series that depicts the events before the games. Reveals, among other things, how Samus and Ridley first met, Samus' time with the Chozo, and the history of Mother Brain and the Metroids.
* ''[[VideoGame/WildArms Wild ARMs: Flower Thieves]]'' is set in Filgaia, but with different characters and a different continuity. There are also manga adaptations of the games themselves.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' has had a number of comic book adaptations, all of which are fairly terrible except the Korean manhwa adaptation of ''Code Veronica'' which is slavishly accurate to the game. Meanwhile, Wildstorm released a couple of short-lived ''Resident Evil'' series in the late '90s, the latter of which managed to make STARS into an angst-laden version of G. I. Joe, even including a half-zombie member with [[SpiderSense Zombie Sense]] and a disgruntled convict who was given the choice of joining STARS or life in prison. They blow up a Mexican Day of the Dead celebration and circus. The first series uses the RE 1 and RE 2 characters, but in situations that featured things such a walking Fish Tyrant. The new 2009 series seems poised to join their ranks, as it begins with zombies in space and a main character named... Holiday Sugarman.
* The writer/artist duo known collectively as Akira Himegawa has made [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda official manga]] based off of several ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' titles: ''Ocarina of Time'', ''Majora's Mask'', ''Oracle of Seasons'', ''Oracle of Ages'', ''Four Swords Adventures'', ''The Minish Cap'', and ''Phantom Hourglass''. They ''usually'', though not always, follow the plot pretty well.
** There have been other ''Zelda'' manga adaptations as well, including ''A Link To The Past'' by Creator/ShotaroIshinomori that was featured in ''Magazine/NintendoPower''.
* Back in the [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]] days, Nintendo authorized ValiantComics to write ComicBook/NintendoComicsSystem, comics based on a number of their most popular video game titles, including ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' and ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}.'' The [[ComicBook/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda comics]] based on ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' are set in the world of the original NES Zelda games (the first two in the series), although rather than retelling the stories of those games as the manga do, they focus on the continuing adventures of Link and Zelda.
* ''Comicbook/SuperMarioAdventures'', which was loosely based on ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' and ran in ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' for a few issues.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' and its sequel were turned into comic book form by IDW, with art by Ashley Wood. The first series was adapted into a PlayStationPortable game titled ''Digital Graphic Novel''; essentially it was a digital version of the comic with limited interactive functions.
* ''{{Mercenaries}}'' was turned into a three-issue comic book miniseries by Dynamite Entertainment in anticipation of the second game (Brian Reed wrote both the comic and Game Script). It features the mercenaries fighting in war between China and Taiwan, and gives Jennifer Mui [[ExpansionPackPast two brothers on opposite sides of the conflict]], Chris Jacobs [[DidntSeeThatComing trying (and failing) a fake defection]], and Mattias Nilsson [[CrazyAwesome getting intel by drinking half the People's Liberation Army under the table]].
* ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' was ''supposed'' to be adapted into a comic by Dreamwave -- but it came out at around the time Dreamwave was in the toilet, so to speak, and thus only three issues were released, with the fourth delayed for months and leaving a few plot threads hanging. If nothing else, the artwork was great, and the plot for the first three issues was all right.
** Although that definitely can't be said of the ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'' adaptation...
** However, the series finally got [[ComicBook/MegaMan an adaptation]] by ArchieComics, the same company that adapted the ''Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}'' series.
** There have also been several {{Manga}} adaptations of the games. ''Manga/MegaManMegamix'' is one of the more notable ones.
** There was also a Brazilian comic known as ''ComicBook/NovasAventurasDeMegaman''. This one was trying to go for a DarkerAndEdgier, HotterAndSexier vibe, but [[{{Understatement}} perhaps it tried a little]] ''[[{{Understatement}} too]]'' [[{{Understatement}} hard]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has a manga adaptation, and the story started a few times later in the game.
* The ''Franchise/BreathOfFire'' series has a whole series of ComicBookAdaptation treatments, including a separate set of {{Shoujo|Demographic}} and {{Shonen|Demographic}} comics for ''I'', a side-story/continuation for ''II'', and a complete "graphic novelisation" for ''IV''.
** The ComicBookAdaptation for ''IV'' is especially notable as it fell under the FleetingDemographicRule and the final volume is to be released just in time for the 10th anniversary of ''IV's'' release (lending to fan speculation that the manga was meant as Capcom's way of doing an acknowledgement of the anniversary). It is also the sole ''Breath Of Fire''-related ComicBookAdaptation that isn't [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]], having officially licensed Chinese and French versions.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' series has a comic for each game, with the exception of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'', which has at least ''three''. They also provide the [[WordOfDante near-universally accepted names]] for the protagonists in each. ''Persona 2'' is again exempt because the protagonists for [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo those games]] already have {{Canon Name}}s.
* ''Manga/{{Pokemon}}'' has several adaptations, the most prominent of which is ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' (''Pokémon Adventures'' in English markets). These are a combination of types 1 and 2, loosely retelling the games (challenging the gyms, fighting an evil Team) but adding subplots and character interactions that have no game basis.
* There are several ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' comic and manga adaptations, the most recent being [[Comicbook/StreetFighter the one by Udon]].
** [[ComicBook/MalibuComicsStreetFighter Here comes an]] [[http://4thletter.net/2006/09/malibus-street-fighter-comic-here-comes-an-old-challenger/ old challenger!]]
* ''VideoGame/GothamCityImpostors'' has one in the form of ''ComicBook/BatmanImpostors''. Due to the rather [[ExcusePlot plot-less]] nature of the original videogame it's closest to being a Type 2.
* ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortal_Kombat_(comics) Komiks]].
* ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' had four manga adaptations when it was translated into Japanese in order to build interest. The plots range from quite divergent to completely original.
* ''ComicBook/PocketGod'' is an adaptation of the video game of [[VideoGame/PocketGod the same name]]. It started out as a four-issue miniseries, but was so well-received that it became an ongoing series.
* ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster'' has spawned a number of manga adaptations, some original, some not.
* ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' received ''six'' different manga adaptations in its first year, all telling different stories. Then again, it has LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, and only the vaguest semblance of a plot in the game itself.
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* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'' was a '''''''sound''''''' novel series made into a manga, PlayStation2 remakes, an anime, and eventually DS remakes.
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* ''WebVideo/TheGuild'' has a comic book.
* ''WebVideo/LeVisiteurDuFutur'', which is an {{Interquel}} between Seasons 1 and 2.
* ''Series/{{Noob}}'' has one with [[ComicBook/{{Noob}} its own page]].
* ''Roleplay/PokemonDigimonMonWars'', FanWebComic based on a PlayByPost site

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' have their own comic strip series since 1993.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' had a comic written by the original director, which followed on from the end of the second series of the cartoon. There was also a comic published by Marvel while the show was still in production. It portrayed Xanatos as an [[ObviouslyEvil over-the-top evil villain]] and featured a romantic subplot between Goliath and a cloned amalgam of ''his own DNA'' combined with Elisa's. Needless to say it is CanonDiscontinuity.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'': the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 '80s cartoon]], itself an adaptation of a [[Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage comic]] (more or less) had its own [[Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures comic spinoff]], which rapidly developed its own characters and continuity and is still well-remembered among fans.
** Some of the talents that worked on the original independent comics even worked the title, most notably artist Jim Lawson.
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitansGo'': Originally a tie-in book to [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans the TV show]], had A-name talents like J. Torres, Todd Nauck, and Sean Galloway working on it. After the show ended, the series continued a few of its unresolved story lines.
* Most Disney movies and cartoons usually have some form of comic book adaptation. This includes ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', which was already an AnimatedAdaptation of CarlBarks' comic stories.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has had four of its TV episodes directly and indirectly distilled from stories from their comic book (by DC Comics). "Squirrely Burly" (issue #1, reprinted in #70) became season four episode "Stray Bullet." Issue #7's "Remote Controlled" was initially written as a season 1 episode but the staff feared a lawsuit from Fred Rogers (''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood''), so they gave the outline to DC to do as the comic. The story would eventually surface in season 5 as "Neighbor Hood." Issue #21's "Big Fish Story" would be tweaked as the episode "Lying Around the House." Issue #46's "See You Later, Narrator" would see TV as "Simian Says," but the TV episode was produced and screened elsewhere before it aired in the United States and before the comic story was published. The adaptation of ''The Powerpuff Girls Movie'' was put on sale the same day as the movie release (July 3, 2002). An unmade episode, "Deja View", was published as issue #50 of the comic.
* Since the original days of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', various Creator/HannaBarbera cartoons have had comic books made based on them, published by different companies over the years (Dell, Gold Key, Whitman, Charlton, Creator/HarveyComics, Creator/MarvelComics, Franchise/ArchieComics, and most recently, Creator/DCComics). Currently, though, ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' is the only one that still has a comic running.
** In the Gold Key run, ''Scooby-Doo'' had the gang going from solving mysteries as a hobby to being ghost breakers for hire. And Scooby Snacks were used only in the first issue.
* During the original run of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', a comic book series was also published. A few issues also came out several years after the show ended.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has both backstory/fill comics and "The Promise," "The Search," and the upcoming "The Rift," all three of which connect ''The Last Airbender'' to ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra,'' and the second of which resolves a long-demanded plot point from the series finale.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'' had four volumes published by Gold Key and drawn by Warren Tufts. They were adaptations of episodes 1, 2, 3, 5 and 11 plus a new adventure not seen in the cartoon.
* In addition to the above, pretty much every major animated TV series of the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s saw comic book adaptations published by Dell Comics, Gold Key Comics, and Charlton Comics (now all defunct), with Marvel Comics taking a stab at Hanna-Barbera's stable of characters in the late 1970s; the H-B characters were also later licensed by Archie Comics and Harvey Comics.
* In TheNineties Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} put out comic books of several shows, including:
** ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' (1992-96, 44 issues)
** ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' (1994-96, 28 issues)
** ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' (1994; 7 issues)
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' had a comic book through DC Comics (1999-2003; 34 issues). After that more stories were made for ''CartoonNetwork Block Party'' (2004-2009), also from DC.
* Creator/DCComics put out five comics based on ''Creator/CartoonNetwork'':
** From 1997 to 1999, ''Cartoon Network Presents'' had stories based on old Creator/HannaBarbera characters, but included their original series ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'', ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', and ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken''. Five issues were branded as ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'', which featured stories with Moltar commenting in between.
** After two years, it was replaced with ''Cartoon Network Starring'', which dropped the old cartoons and added ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' and ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo''.
** In early 2001 it was replaced with ''Creator/CartoonCartoons'', and added ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'', ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'', ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'', ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', and ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''.
** In 2004 it was replaced again with ''Cartoon Network Block Party''. It dropped some of the older stuff but added ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'', ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'', ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'', and ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}''. Some of those shows continued to have comics long after they were cancelled from the network and taken off regular time-slot. It finally ended in 2009.
** In 2006 another comic, ''Cartoon Network Action Pack'', began. It focused on more action oriented shows like ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', ''Franchise/BenTen'', ''WesrernAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'', and ''WesternAnimation/SecretSaturdays''. ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' appeared both here and in ''Block Party''. It ended in 2009.
* 2012 saw the debut of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' ([=KaBoom!=]) and ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'' comic books.
* Failed prime-time cartoon ''WesternAnimation/CalvinAndTheColonel'' had two issues put out by Dell in 1962.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' had several comics published in the ''Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} Magazine'' until it went under. Eventually got its own title in 2011 through its production company, United Plankton Pictures.
* A lot of animated works were adapted for newspaper comics. These include:
** ''MickeyMouse'' (1930-1994)
** ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' (1939-1990)
** ''WesternAnimation/DrKatzProfessionalTherapist'' (1997-1999)
** ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' (1978-1988)
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' (1998-2003)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' has one. Annoyingly, it's titled Ultimate Spider-Man and thus easily confused with what is now ''[[Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan Ultimate Comics Spider-Man]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has [[ComicBook/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes a four-issue miniseries, 12 issues' worth of new stories, and five comics adapting episodes]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ewoks}}'' was accompanied by a series of fourteen licensed comic books, a couple of Spanish two-page comics of somewhat dubious origin and one licensed UK annual. All of that was produced between 1985 and 1988 and these comics (as well as books) are considered to be a prequel to the animated series. However, a comic titled ''Shadows of Endor'' published in 2013 is set in the time after the animated series, but before ''Film/StarWarsEwokAdventures'' and ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''. A scene from the later, where Wicket is poking princess Leia Organa with his spear, appears at the very end of the comic.
* ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'' had a three issue mini-series published by Creator/DCComics, with each issue focusing on one of the main trio.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' had a Type 1 comic of the premiere movie published by DC, then Type 2 in several stories published in ''Cartoon Network Action Pack''. In 2013 it got a Type 3 continuation from IDW.
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