10 Best Comic Books Based On TV Shows, Ranked – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Many excellent comic book series, ongoings, and miniseries are based on TV shows, letting fans keep up with their favorite heroes in various mediums.
The world of comic books has served as fertile ground for television adaptations, now more than ever. These books have also formed the basis for some of the biggest projects in Hollywood history, most significantly in the MCU. While the most prominent adaptations see comic book stories being turned into film and television, this is by no means a one-way street for the entertainment industry.
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Some of the most enjoyable comic books have been adaptations of movies and TV franchises. While these are often based on blockbuster movies like John Wick and King Kong, there are many excellent comic book series, ongoings, and miniseries based on TV. Indeed, some of the most popular TV shows in history have gone on to enjoy a whole new life and continuity in comic book form.
While not as well known to modern audiences, Hanna-Barbera's superhero Space Ghost has enjoyed numerous comic book appearances. Not only has he had his own one-shot stories and miniseries, but he was also even given a fun crossover story with DC Comics' Green Lantern.
The crossover showcased, as several stories have before, what a great addition Space Ghost would be to the DC universe as a new hero. His space adventures with Jace, Jan, and the monkey Blip have made for fun stories in comic books since, especially those run by DC.
Since its inception, Matt Groening's popular cartoon sitcom, The Simpsons, has enjoyed numerous comic book projects over the decades. Not only has there been a long and well-received ongoing series from 1993-2018, but there have been several spin-off miniseries and one-shots too.
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The ongoing series from Bongo boasted a broad range of talent from the likes of Matt Groening himself, Chuck Dixon, Mike DeCarlo, and Bill Morrison. From classic comedy to "Treehouse of Horror" and even Bartman adventures, the series is a must-read for Simpsons fans.
The world envisioned by Gene Roddenberry in Star Trek has been turned into some excellent comic book series over the years. Currently produced at IDW Publishing, the franchise has also had comics produced by both Marvel and DC to great effect.
One of the franchise's most enjoyable stories saw the crew of the Enterprise meet DC Comics' Green Lantern Corps. That story paired the two teams and franchises alike, leading to the likes of Klingons in possession of Yellow Lantern rings and struggles against the other lantern corps.
Since its release in 2005, Erik Kripke's beloved series, Supernatural, has expanded its lore through various comic book stories. Over at DC/Wildstorm, the smash hit TV series has multiple comic miniseries, some of which served as a prequel to the show.
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The adventures of Sam and Dean as they hunt down the monsters and demons of their world are every bit as gripping in comics as on TV. The ability to show Sam and Dean with their father, John, made for some much-wanted fan service, especially considering the trio shared little screen time in the show.
Joss Whedon has shown a love for comics throughout his career, and his programs are well adapted to comic books. While the series Firefly didn't perform particularly well when it first aired, in part due to confusing scheduling, it's become a cult classic in the years since.
The series has been put to its best use in a 36-issue long ongoing from Boom! Studios in 2018 (by Greg Pak and Dan McDaid) as well as a current series. The crew of the Serenity continues to enjoy fun adventures that fans of the series love.
The hit Saturday morning cartoon franchise based on a line of toys, Transformers has enjoyed decades of great and action-packed stories in comics. The franchise has become a valuable and sought-after property, and their comics are no different; companies are always eager to take over the license.
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Recently, the Transformers battled fellow sci-fi robot icons, the Terminators, in IDW/Dark Horse's crossover Transformers vs The Terminator. The combination of the two mechanical beings made for an excellent action story that did justice to the Autobots in the style of the cartoon.
Chris Carter's science fiction phenomenon series The X-Files has been in and out of comic books since the 1990s. While it's been published across various companies, one of its best runs was over at Wildstorm, where it even saw an excellent crossover with Steve Niles' 30 Days Of Night.
The franchise is a perfect series for comics, which is made obvious on the pages of its comic book stories. With the cheaper and more imaginative medium of comics, both the conspiracy-themed episodes and the monster stories gave them new life and hooked both old and new readers.
The smash hit action series 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland as iconic action hero Jack Bauer, received a number of spin-off comics from IDW. These included some one-shot graphic novels that followed Jack Bauer's activities in between the seasons of the show.
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However, the best of these was the Nightfall prequel miniseries, which explored the mission that acted as a catalyst for the show's first and third seasons. 24: Nightfall (by Mark L. Haynes, J.C. Vaughn, and Jean Diaz) follows Jack Bauer and his team as they carry out their mission to eliminate Victor Drazen.
Not only would the TV series find new life in comics after it ended, but Buffy the Vampire Slayer also had an ongoing comic (Andi Watson, Joe Bennett, and Rick Ketcham) that ran parallel to the series from 1998 to 2003. The book explored further adventures of the Buffy universe and expanded on the lore.
Following the end of Buffy The Vampire Slayer in its seventh season, the series was then adapted into an eighth season at Dark Horse Comics. Written by the show's creator, Joss Whedon, the book birthed a new era of Buffy and continued telling the stories of the lives and adventures of the "Scoobies."
Of all the TV series to comic book adaptations, Scooby-Doo has been the most expansive and successful. Bouncing around from Gold Key and Dell to Archie Comics and eventually staying at DC Comics, the franchise has been in print since the 1970s.
At DC, the Scooby Gang has hundreds of comic book issues across multiple series, and has even seen a post-apocalypse re-imagining. However, the best hit among fans has been Scooby and his friends meeting up with DC superheroes, as seen in Scooby-Doo Team-Up by Sholly Fisch.
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