Top 4 Movies I Couldn’t Believe Were Comics First

Written on Fri, Mar 9, 2012 by Kyle posted by kyle

With all the emphasis Hollywood puts on success at the box office it’s no surprise how many movies are based on existing properties. Novels, TV shows and of course comic books have long been a source of inspiration to Hollywood production. Most of these adaptations are more recognizable, such as the Batman films or Marvel’s recent slate of films. We also have the more obscure characters that are hyped for their comic book fans as soon as they are announced. Then we have the few movies that either hide or seriously down play the original source material.


#4 The Mask

This PG rated family film is probably a poor addition to the list. Most comic readers will know this came to use from Dark Horse comics and even used characters like Stanley Ipkiss and Lt. Kellaway. The main reason the studio wanted the general audience to have no clue about the comic was the great difference in character actions. The orginal comic is violent and shows people given this power and crazy antics going to the extreme with real people. You have actual people getting hit in the face with hammers and blown up with cartoonish bombs. Do you remember the scene in the movie where the cops surround the Mask and he starts a musical number to escape in the confusion? That happened in the first story are to, except instead of singing and dancing the Mask killed everyone. Hardly something most people would expect to make a kid friendly movie.


#3 Monkeybone

This one is a little rougher connection but if you compare the story of Monkeybone to the graphic novel Dark Town by Kaja Blackley and Vanessa Chong it’s hard to deny where it came from. Take a look at the two and let me know what you think.

According to IMDB Monkey Bone is about: In a coma, Stu Miley a cartoonist who created a comic strip called Monkeybone which features a rascal monkey. He finds himself trapped within his own underground creation and must find a way to get back, while racing against his popular but treacherous character, Monkeybone. Naturally, Monkeybone himself is there, and he and Stu quickly start fighting like cats and dogs. When Stu realizes that his sister, due to a pact they once made, is preparing to pull the plug on him, Stu makes a deal with Hypnos, the god of sleep, to help him steal a golden ticket from Death himself. But when Monkeybone takes over Stu’s body and escapes to wreak havoc on the real world, Stu has to find a way to stop him before his sister pulls the plug on reality forever!

And here is what Dark Town is about according to Wikipedia: A man, Jacques De Bergerac, is in a coma after being in a car accident. He finds himself in Dark Town, where the land is dominated by strange living, breathing puppets and marionettes with button eyes. The Lords of Dark Town are trying to kill Jacques, and use his body in the real world as a vessel for an agent of Dark Town. There’s only one problem, Jacques’ imagination. He carries it with him always, in a red suitcase. It protects him from the horrors of Dark Town. Meanwhile, In the real world, Jacques’ Wife decides to take him off life support. Jacques now only has 12 hours to live. Back in dark town, Jacques encounters Death, Who informs him of his time limit, and tells him how to escape Dark Town. The book ends on a cliff-hanger, as Jacques is captured by a knight after wandering onto a chessboard.

#2 Men In Black

Much like the Mask this was a short lived series that the real comic book fans will remember. Most typically you heard about this the same way I did from the guy at the comic shop counter when the first movie came out. Just like the Mask it’s clear the writers and Steven Spielberg wanted no association with the original comics.

We still had main characters named Jay and Kay and we even had a leader named Zed in the original comics and aliens being kept under wraps. So why was the movie so shy about the comics? Because the MIB weren’t just protecting earth from Aliens, they were controlling Earth’s population with limited control to Aliens, demons and ghosts. Yeah. The biggest change being that there was no device for erasing a witnesses memories. Wanna know what they used instead? A hand gun. Probably won’t have been as popular with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones shooting everyone who saw them in the face. Or maybe it would have. In the end this was just story that got Hollywood-ized for more appeal to the general public.


#1 Timecop

Time cops? Seriously? Yeah. Turns out this was part of an Anthology drawn by Phil Hester by  for Dark Horse. The story here is just as violent but the story directions are vastly different. The comic focused on a man who time travelled to steal diamonds for the cheap but left a malfunctioning robot behind after the Time Cops got him. The movie certainly took a different direction with the Presidential race and the main characters wife being murdered but the idea of time protection and preservation is in both. Besdies just look at that cover and tell me the time pod isn’t exactly what was recreated for the movie.

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