Comics inherit art in its most crude form and expand it beyond boundaries of imaginations by knitting a web of stories that are wildly ingenious. With an infinite budget for special effects and a more rigid fan base, comics have no actors or limitations. For years comics have reigned over a gigantic proportion of audiences leading to several movie adaptations. But more often than once, it has been the other way round. Conceived and created by a gifted bunch of highly creative independent comic book publishers, here we are listing some tremendously successful comics that were inspired from movies.
Transformers, IDW Publishing
It was previously called Transformer: Robots in Disguise and this comic book series resulted in the Transformers movie series. This comic book is spun across three series each providing prequels and sequels to the movie series. The first was The Transformers: 2007 series and has 4 issues in the prequel, 4 that are movie based and another 5-issue sequel mini-series called Transformers: The reign of Starscream. Transformers: Saga of the Allspark is a 4-issue reprint of the Titan Magazines’ Transformers Comics UK that are also a prequel to the 2007 Transformer movie.
The Revenge of the Fallen series has Destiny, Alliance and Defiance mini-series which are sequels to The Reign of Starscream and a prequel to the Revenge of the Fallen series. A 4-part issue covers the second movie followed by two mini-series each with 6-issues that reveal the sequel.
The Dark of the Moon series has three prequels followed by the movie adaptation. In the upcoming editions readers witness Optimus Prime as never before.
Published till January 1992 by Marvel Comics for its first series that had 23 issues, this comic book resulted in the 1987 movie of the same title. The publishing rights for this spectacular hit were passed on to Dark Horse Comics and later to Avatar Press, each releasing a number of well-received series. In 2013 Boom! Studios obtained the license to print this series and began their 8-part series Robocop: the Last Stand. They have published four parts already which will be tied up for the script in the upcoming Robocop remake movie.
Since its inception in the 1954 movie, Godzilla has been adapted as a comic series by publishers in Japan as well as U.S. Marvel Comics began publishing in U.S. from 1976 and lost its license in 1987 to Dark Horse Comics, which published the comics for a span of 12 years. Taking audiences into a world far beyond the originals these comics are still in printing. After Dark Horse Comics, IDW Comics took the rights and continues publishing these issues.
The Ghostbusters comic series has been published by a large number of publishing houses in various countries including names like NOW comics and Marvel UK and 88MPH Studios. Currently the rights are with IDW Publishing and they have issues hundreds of prints for the series. The current ongoing series is the Ghostbusters: International where the Ghostbusters team is taken outside of U.S. and into various international locations to solve cases.
Tokyopop, Marvel Comics and Dark Horse Comics have all published various series under this title. Marvel has the license to print the series which was re-attained by the publishing house in 2014. Three different series are currently ongoing in this category, Star Wars: Poe Dameron, The Force Awakens and Han Solo.
Planet of the Apes
From the Planet of the Apes media franchise, these comics have been published by a large number of publishers in various countries. Gold Key, Marvel Comics, Power Records, Chad Valley, Dark Horse Comics, Mr. Comics and Boom! Comics are some of the few publishing houses that have released series in this title.
In an unbounded territory where imagination and creativity work hand-in-hand, comics have expanded various original inspirations to levels that are unimaginable to be covered by movie plots.