May 07, 2016

SATURDAY MORNING COMICS

When Saturday morning television became popular, producers often looked to expand their brands into other media in order to further capitalize and advertise their shows. And what better place to do so than in comics, which had also been steadily growing in popularity over the years. This is a list of comics based on or featuring Saturday morning programs and characters that had been available over the years.


Action Zone (CBS Publishing, 1994)
A preview comic showcasing CBS’ Action Zone programming block that featured upcoming shows Skeleton Warriors and WildC.A.T.S., as well as the long-running 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


Adventures in the DC Universe (DC, 1997-98)
Expanded upon the original DC Animated Universe by focusing on characters that had yet to make their debut, as well as the established Batman and Superman.


Adventures of Spider-Man (Marvel, 1996-97)
Replacing Spider-Man Adventures, the series featured all-new stories set within the same universe as Spider-Man: The Animated Series.


Adventures of the Mask (Dark Horse, 1995-96)
New stories based on The Mask: The Animated Series.


Adventures of the X-Men (Marvel, 1996-97)
Replacing X-Men Adventures, the series featured all-new stories set within the same universe as X-Men: The Animated Series.


Animaniacs (DC, 1995-2000)
Based on Animaniacs, each issue featured multiple stories that took on the same tone as the show parodying various elements of pop culture. With #43, the series was renamed Animaniacs featuring Pinky and the Brain after the cancellation of their spin-off comic and Pinky and the Brain stories took up half of each issue.


Animaniacs Christmas Special (DC, 1994)
The first comic appearance of the Animaniacs series that led into their ongoing comic. Depicted the story behind the Warner siblings being locked away in their water tower.


Animaniacs: Welcome to Emergency World (DC, 1995)
A special one-shot that has the Animaniacs partner with the American Red Cross to teach about emergency preparedness.


Archie’s TV Laugh-Out (Archie, 1969-86)
Created in response to Archie’s successful animated TV properties, The Archie Show and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. As Archie’s shows left the air, the series soon became just another standard Archie title.


The Avengers: United They Stand (Marvel, 1999-2000)
New stories set in the universe of The Avengers: United They Stand that attempted to expand on stories from the show and gave some background on the characters.


Back to the Future (Harvey, 2 volumes, 1991-93)
Two mini-series based on Back to the Future: The Animated Series. The first volume attempted to segue the movie franchise into the cartoon with adaptations of several episodes. The second volume featured original stories set in the same universe.


The Batman Adventures (DC, 2 volumes, 1992-95, 2003-04)
New stories set in the continuity of Batman: The Animated Series. Revived for a second volume replacing Batman: Gotham Adventures before being cancelled again in favor of The Batman Strikes!


The Batman and Robin Adventures (DC, 1995-97)
Replaced The Batman Adventures when the series was renamed The Adventures of Batman & Robin.


The Batman Adventures: The Lost Years (DC, 1998)
Mini-series that filled in the gap and explained the changes between the last episode of the original run of Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures that ran as part of The New Batman/Superman Adventures.


Batman: Gotham Adventures (DC, 1998-2003)
Longest-running series based on Batman: The Animated Series. This picked up from the conclusion of The Batman Adventures: The Lost Years and was based on the revamped look of The New Batman Adventures version of the show.


Batman Beyond (DC, 2 volumes, 1999-2001)
New stories set within the world of Batman Beyond. It was introduced with a 6-issue mini-series before launching as an ongoing series.


Batman Beyond (DC, 2 volumes, 2010-11)
A new take on the Batman Beyond franchise that combined elements of the animated series with things that have transpired in the DC Comics universe since its airing to make it more firmly established as a potential future of the current comics.


Batman Beyond (DC, 2015- )
Although sharing the same name and costume, this Batman Beyond series was spun out of the maxi-series The New 52: Future’s End. It stars former Robin Tim Drake as Batman, who was shunted forward into a time ruled by Brother Eye where only Neo Gotham was kept safe. It features many of the characters from the show reimagined for the new reality.


Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (DC, 2001)
Adaptation of the original movie of the same name.


Batman Beyond Universe (DC, 2013-15)
Replaced Batman Beyond Unlimited and reprinted the digital-first stories from Batman Beyond 2.0 and Justice League Beyond 2.0. Both strips were set a year after the previous run.


Batman Beyond Unlimited (DC, 2012-13)
Reprinted digital-first stories starring the 2010 revamp version of Batman Beyond, along with Superman Beyond and Justice League Beyond based on the characters that appeared on the show and received a similar revamp. It was cancelled and replaced by Batman Beyond Universe.


The Batman Strikes! (DC, 2004-08)
New stories set in the world of The Batman.


Beetlejuice (Harvey, 1991)
The first one-shot based on Beeltejuice: The Animated Series.


Beetlejuice: Crimebusters on the Haunt (Harvey, 1992)
Mini-series based on Beetlejuice: The Animated Series where Beetlejuice forms an elite squad to find out who’s cleaning the Neitherworld.


Beetlejuice Holiday Special (Harvey, 1992)
Third one-shot based on Beetlejuice: The Animated Series.


Beetlejuice in the Netherworld (Harvey, 1991)
Second one-shot based on Beetlejuice: The Animated Series.




Ben 10 (IDW 2013-14)
Mini-series based on Ben 10: Omniverse.


Ben 10 Classics (IDW, 2013-15)
6 digest-sized trade paperbacks collecting the Ben 10 portions of Cartoon Network Action Pack.


Ben 10 Omniverse (Viz, 2014)

A series of graphic novels featuring original stories from Ben  10: Omniverse.


Captain N: The Game Master (Valiant, 1990)
Although based on the Captain N: The Game Master animated series, the comic took a more serious tone and replaced the licensed third-party characters featured on the show with Metroid’s Samus Aran, who became a rival for the affections of the main character. The letters page revealed Mega Man was planned to be featured in the comic, but the book was abruptly cancelled before it could happen. The first issue was meant to be a special feature on the Captain N DVD, but the comics’ rights couldn’t be secured.


Care Bears (Marvel, 1985-89)
Based on the Care Bears animated series. Published by Marvel’s Star Comics imprint.


Care Bears (Marvel UK, 1986-88)
Magazine-sized comic based on Care Bears.




Cartoon Network Action Pack (DC, 2006-12)
Beginning as an anthology series featuring stories from various Cartoon Network shows, including Saturday entries Ben 10 and The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, it soon became dominated by the later versions of Ben 10 and Generator Rex towards the end of its run.


Cartoon Network Christmas Spectacular (Archie, 1997)
A holiday special starring a collection of various Hanna-Barbera characters, particularly from aturday morning franchises.


Cartoon Network Presents (DC, 1997-99)

An anthology series featuring characters from the shows airing on Cartoon Network and its sister network Boomerang. Amongst the included franchises were Yogi Bear, Magilla Gorilla, Wacky Races, Birdman, Hong Kong Phooey, The Herculoids, Secret Squirrel, Atom Ant, Dynomutt, Jabber Jaw, Captain Caveman, Speed Buggy and Scooby-Doo.


Cartoon Network Presents Space Ghost (Archie, 1997)
One-shot based on the original Space Ghost and Dino Boy animated series.


Cartoon Tales Darkwing Duck Returns (Disney Comics, 1992)
Collection of comic strips based on Darkwing Duck originally published in Disney Adventures Magazine.


Cartoon Tales Darkwing Duck: Just Us Justice Ducks (Disney Comics, 1991)
Adaptation of “Just Us Justice Ducks” from Darkwing Duck originally published in Disney’s Colossal Comics Collection #5-6.


Darkwing Duck (Disney Comics, 1991)
Four-issue adaptation of the pilot episode to Darkwing Duck that was intended to lead into an ongoing series before Disney Comics folded.


Darkwing Duck (BOOM!, 2010-11)
New stories set within the universe of Darkwing Duck that was cancelled prematurely when BOOM! lost the Disney license. Unlike other Darkwing media, the series strengthened the show’s ties with DuckTales and even crossed over with the comic BOOM! also published at the time for both books’ final storyline.


Disney Darkwing Duck (Joe Comics, 2016- )
Continuing the adventures of the masked mallard with the same creative team as the BOOM! run.


Disney Afternoon Comics (Marvel, 1994-95)
An anthology series adapting the various series featured on the Disney Afternoon programming block.


Disney Comics Collection: Power Rangers (Creative Edge, 2010)
An anthology featuring Power Rangers: Mystic Force and Power Rangers: SPD.


Disney’s Aladdin (Marvel, 1994-95)
New stories set within the world of Disney’s Aladdin.


Disney’s Colossal Comics Collection (Disney Comics, 1991-93)
A digest-sized anthology series that featured stories centered primarily around newer Disney properties; particularly from The Disney Afternoon programming block.


Dynomutt (Marvel, 1977-79)

Based on the Dynomutt, Dog Wonder cartoon.


Eek! The Cat (Hamilton, 1994)
Mini-series based on the show Eek! The Cat.




Ewoks (Marvel, 1985-87)
Based on the Star Wars: Ewoks animated series.


Flintstone Kids (Marvel, 1987-89)

Published for 11 issues through Marvel’s all-ages Star Comics line.



FOX Kids Funhouse (Acclaim, 1997)
Digest-sized two-issue series featuring stories based on The Tick, Bobby’s World and Life With Louie.


Future Quest (DC, 2016- )

New stories uniting Hanna-Barbera’s action franchises into a single universe, including Johnny Quest, Space Ghost, The Herculoids, Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles, Birdman, and The Mighty Mightor.


Isis (DC, 1976-78)
New adventures from The Secrets of Isis, which aired alongside DC Comics property Shazam in The Shazam!/Isis Hour.


Gargoyles (Marvel, 1995)
New stories set within the same universe as Gargoyles, however they kept no strict continuity with the show and deviated into their own contradictory storylines.


Gargoyles (Slave Labor Graphics, 2006-08)
Written by series creator Greg Weisman, the series rebooted and reimagined the much-maligned third season of the show, The Goliath Chronicles, to a vision Weisman was happier with. However, issues with Disney licensing forced the series to be cancelled.


Gargoyles: Bad Guys (Slave Labor Graphics, 2007-08)
A spin-off of Slave Labor’s Gargoyles comic that showcased several of the Gargoyles’ foes forming a team to seek redemption as heroes. The mini-series was prematurely cancelled when Slave Labor lost the Gargoyles license, resulting in the final two issues only being available in the collected trade paperback.


Get Along Gang (Marvel, 1985-86)
A 6-issue series published by Marvel’s Star Comics imprint based on the Get Along Gang series.


Get Along Gang (Marvel UK, 1985-87)
A weekly magazine-sized comic based on the Get Along Gang series.


Ghostbusters: Get Real (IDW, 2015)
Mini-series that featured the characters from The Real Ghostbusters meeting and teaming-up with the versions featured in IDW’s ongoing Ghostbusters comic universe.


Gotham Girls (DC, 2002-03)
An mini-series based on the web series spun-off from The New Batman Adventures.


Green Lantern: The Animated Series (DC, 2012-13)
New stories set between the events of Green Lantern: The Animated Series. It was cancelled shortly after the show was.


Hanna-Barbera Presents (Archie, 1995-96)
Anthology series that focused on a different Hanna-Barbera property each issue, including Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles, Wacky Races, A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Magilla Gorilla and Atom Ant and Secret Squirrel.




Hanna-Barbera Hong Kong Phooey (Murray, 1976)
Australian reprints of Charlton’s series.


Hanna-Barbera Super TV Heroes (Gold Key, 1968-69)
Anthology comic with several stories each issue based around Hanna-Barbera’s action-oriented programs, including The Herculods, Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, Moby Dick, the Mighty Magnor, Young Samson and Goliath, Shazzan and Space Ghost.


Hong Kong Phooey (Charlton, 1975-76)
New stories based on Hong Kong Phooey.




Inspector Gadget (Viper, 2011)

Graphic novel and Free Comic Book Day one-shot based on Inspector Gadget.


Jackie Chan Adventures (Tokyopop, 2004-05)
A series of mangas released in the United Kingdom based on Jackie Chan Adventures.


Jem and the Holograms (IDW, 2015- )
Based on the cartoon of the same name, it reimagines and updates the origin of the Holograms and their rivals, the Misfits.


Kid ‘n Play (Marvel, 1992)
Comic based on the animated series centered around the hip-hop and acting duo Kid ‘n Play.


Kissyfur (DC, 1989)
One-shot based on the cartoon Kissyfur.


Laff-A-Lympics (Marvel, 1978-79)
Based on Laff-A-Lympics.


Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century (DC, 2007-09)
New stories set in the same universe as the cartoon Legion of Super Heroes, which starred the futuristic DC team and Superboy. The comic’s title was to distinguish it from the other animated-based comics as well as the ongoing Legion comic. It continued publication past the show’s cancellation for 20 issues and introduced characters not featured on the program.


Littlest Pet Shop (IDW, 2014-15)
A mini-series based on the DHX Media-produced show of the same name.


Littlest Pet Shop: Spring Cleaning! (IDW, 2015)
Although the previous IDW series didn’t result in an ongoing title, it did gain a square-bound one-shot released shortly after its conclusion.


Marvel Comics Presents the Flintstone Kids (Marvel, 1988)

Promotional giveaway mini-comic.


Masked Rider (Marvel, 1995)
A one-shot featuring a team-up between the Power Rangers and Masked Rider.


Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (Hamilton, 2 volumes, 1994-95)
The first two series based on the show, set initially during the first season which meant there were some continuity differences between them. Hamilton lost the property rights to Marvel, and their final issue was released the same day as Marvel’s first.


Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (Marvel, 1995-96)
Debuted the same day as Hamilton’s final issue. Cancelled after seven issues.


Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (Papercutz, 2014)
Two graphic novels from the original Power Rangers series, with the second focusing on the origins of Tommy, the Green Ranger.


Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (BOOM!, 2016- )
New stories set within the universe of the original series shortly after the Green Ranger was turned from Rita Repulsa’s thrall into a valuable member of the team.


Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie (Marvel, 1995)
Adaptation of the film. It came in both standard comic form and in a comic made from photo stills.


Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Ninja Rangers (Marvel, 1995-96)
A series featuring the Power Rangers’ ninja outfits. Was published as a flip-book with Saban’s other franchise, VR Troopers, on the other side. The series was cancelled with three additional issues planned.


Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Saga (Hamilton, 1994-95)
A mini-series focusing on Zordon and Alpha 5 making a record of the Power Rangers’ exploits.


Mighty Mutanimals (Archie, 2 volumes, 1991-93)
A spin-off of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures featuring a new group of mutated animals.


Miraculous (Action Lab, 2016- )

Adapts episodes of the CGI animated series Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir by utilizing screen captures laid out in comic form. 


Muppet Babies (Marvel, 1985-89)
Based on Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies, the series was published through Marvel’s Star Comics imprint. Initially, each issue was one story but later issues incorporated two shorter stories.


Muppet Babies (Marvel UK, 1986-87)
Magazine-sized comics based on Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies.


Muppet Babies (Harvey, 1992-94)
Reprints of the Marvel series with new covers.


My Little Pony Equestria Girls Holiday Special (IDW, 2014)
Square-bound holiday comic starring the humanized version of the ponies from the spin-off Equestria Girls film series. They were previously featured in an annual from the main series.


My Little Pony: Fiendship is Magic (IDW, 2015)
Mini-series that focused on some of the bigger enemies from Friendship is Magic and attempted to give a little look into their backgrounds and what made them evil.


My Little Pony: Friends Forever (IDW, 2014- )
The second ongoing Friendship is Magic comic that focuses on the pairings of two characters from that universe sharing an adventure together.


My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW, 2012- )
Set within and between the same continuity as the animated series, although it does not have any direct impact on the show.


My Little Pony Micro-Series (IDW, 2013)
A secondary series based on Friendship is Magic that focused on one particular character each issue. The concept was expanded and the title replaced by Friends Forever.


NBC Saturday Morning Comics (Harvey, 1991)
Promotional comic that highlighted the then-upcoming 1991 Saturday morning line-up on NBC, including Wish Kid, Space Cats, ProStars and Yo Yogi!, with some one-page ads for Saved by the Bell.


New Archies (Archie, 1987-90)
Based on The New Archies, which saw the Archie characters de-aged to Middle School.


New Archies Comics Digest Magazine (Archie, 1987-90)
Digest-sized comic based on The New Archies.


Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm (Charlton, 1972-76)
A series starring the teenaged versions of Pebbles Flintstone and Bamm-Bamm Rubble from The Flintstones spin-off Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm.


Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm (Harvey, 1993)
A 3-issue mini-series featuring the characters from Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm.


Pinky and the Brain (DC, 1996-98)
Based on the Animaniacs spin-off Pinky and the Brain. Cancelled after 27 issues and was merged with the ongoing Animaniacs comic.


Power Rangers Megaforce (Papercutz, 2013)
Two graphic novels featuring Power Rangers Megaforce.


Power Rangers Ninja Storm (Tokyopop, 2004)
Three graphic novels featuring Power Rangers Ninja Storm.


Power Rangers Pink (BOOM!, 2016)
A mini-series focusing on the Pink Ranger.


Power Rangers Super Samurai (Papercutz, 2012)
Two graphic novels featuring Power Rangers Super Samurai.


Power Rangers Turbo vs. Saban’s BeetleBorgs Metallix (Acclaim, 1997)
A graphic novel pitting the two Saban properties against each other.


Power Rangers Turbo: Into the Fire and Other Stories (Acclaim, 1997)
A graphic novel featuring several stories starring Power Rangers, Masked Rider and Samurai Pizza Cats.


Power Rangers Turbo: Simple Simon Says and Other Stories (Acclaim, 1997)
A graphic novel featuring several stories starring Power Rangers, Masked Rider, BeelteBorgs Metallix and Samurai Pizza Cats.


Power Rangers Zeo (Image, 1996)
Based on Power Rangers Zeo, only one issue was published before the series was cancelled.


The Real Ghostbusters (Marvel UK, 1988-93)
Magazine-sized comics that featured several short strips and prose stories based on the animated series. The stories took a much younger slant when compared to the book’s American counterpart and also incorporated various toy designs. It was also the first of the animated media to acknowledge the existence of Dana Barret.


The Real Ghostbusters (NOW, 2 volumes, 1988-91, 1993)
Original stories set in the universe of the animated series, primarily written by James Van Hise and featuring artwork by Mortal Kombat co-creator John Tobias. This and the UK version would share several covers and stories between them. The second volume featured one continuing story and UK reprints shorty before NOW entered bankruptcy.


Saved by the Bell (Harvey, 1992-93)
New stories centered around the students of Bayside High.


Saved by the Bell (Lion Forge/Roar, 2015)
An online comic book series that reboots and updates the Saved by the Bell continuity and starts over from the beginning; adapting the pilot episode before going off into new stories. Collected into a trade paperback published by IDW.


Saved by the Bell Holiday Special (Harvey, 1993)
One-shot featuring a holiday-themed stories.


Saved by the Bell Summer Break (Harvey, 1992)
One-shot based on Saved by the Bell.


Scooby-Doo…Where Are You! (Gold Key, 1970-75)
The first comic series based on the hit animated series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? It was retitled Scooby-Doo…Mystery Comics after the 16th issue.


Scooby-Doo…Where Are You! (Charlton, 1975-76)
The second comic series based on the Scooby-Doo franchise restoring the Where Are You! title from the previous Gold Key run.


Scooby-Doo (Marvel, 1977-79)
Largely inspired by The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour and featuring a Dynomutt story in each issue.


Scooby-Doo (Harvey, 1992-93)
Reprints from the Charlton series.


Scooby-Doo (Archie, 1995-97)
The only Scooby-Doo comic to feature Scrappy-Doo as a regular character, years after his last appearance until the live-action movie.


Scooby-Doo (DC, 1997-2010)
Currently the longest-running comic series based on the Scooby-Doo franchise. While it primarily utilized the classic Scooby-Doo, it also incorporated elements from What’s New, Scooby-Doo? while the show was airing on Kid’s WB. It was cancelled after 159 issues and replaced by Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?


Scooby-Doo: Mystery of the Fun Park Phantom (DC, 1999)
Promotional mini-comic based on the PC game from SouthPeak Interactive.


Scooby-Doo Spooky Spectacular (DC, 1999-2000)
Two-issue annual series that reprinted classic Scooby-Doo strips.


Scooby-Doo Spooky Summer Special (DC, 2001)
One-shot spin-off from the ongoing DC comic series.


Scooby-Doo Super Scarefest (DC, 2002)
One-shot spin-off from the ongoing DC comic series.


Scooby-Doo Team-Up (DC, 2013- )
Similar in concept to The New Scooby-Doo Movies, Scooby and the gang team-up with various Warner Bros.-owned characters including DC Comics superheroes and other Hanna-Barbera properties.


Scooby-Doo: The Mystery Card Caper (DC, 2000)
Promotional mini-comic produced with Journeyman Press for US Playing Card Co’s Scooby-Doo! Expandable Card Game.


Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? (DC, 2010- )
Replaced DC’s previous Scooby-Doo series and utilizes the title from the original cartoon series. Typically issues feature one new story and reprints from the previous DC comic.


Skeleton Warriors (Marvel, 1995)
A series based on the cartoon Skeleton Warriors. It was cancelled as quickly as the show.


Slimer! (NOW, 1989-90)
A spin-off of The Real Ghostbusters that emulated the art-style from the Slimer-centric series that had debuted when the animated show became Slimer! and the Real Ghostbusters.


Slimer! (Marvel UK, 1990)
Short-run magazine-sized reprints that adapted the NOW! series.


Smurfs (Marvel, 1982-83)

While the Smurfs originally began as a comic, this was the first comic to follow the premiere of the Smurfs animated series. 


Smurfs Mini-Comics (Marvel, 1985)
A series of six mini-comics that adapt older Smurf stories and episodes from the animated series.


Sonic Boom (Archie, 2014-15)
New stories set in the universe of Sonic Boom, which was based on the video game of the same name. Although the show was successful enough for renewal, the comic was cancelled after it participated in the Worlds Collide crossover event.


Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie, 2 volumes, 1993- )
Produced at the same time as both Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons, the series began as an amalgamation of both shows before shifting gears and tone to better emulate the version known as Sonic SatAM. While both shows had limited runs, the comic has managed to continue for over two decades and spawned its own distinctive mythology.


Sonic X (Archie, 2005-09)
Based on the Americanized version of the anime Sonic X. Initially planned as a mini-series, positive reaction to the series’ announcement caused it to be expanded into an ongoing series before the first issue ever hit shelves.



Space Ghost (Gold Key, 1966)
Contains several stories centered around Space Ghost and Dino Boy.


Space Ghost (Comico, 1987)
One-shot pitting Space Ghost against all of his greatest villains. Featured a 5-page article on the development of the original cartoon.


Space Ghost (DC, 2004)
A mini-series exploring the untold origin of Space Ghost and his sidekicks.


Spider-Man Adventures (Marvel, 1994-96)
Adaptations of episodes from Spider-Man: The Animated Series.


Spider-Man Unlimited (Marvel, 1999-2000)
New adventures set in the universe of Spider-Man Unlimited. Both the show and the comic were quickly cancelled.


Star Wars Annual Featuring Ewoks (Marvel UK, 1985)

A UK-released special containing reprints from the American Ewoks series as well as new material.


Star Wars: Darth Maul, Son of Dathomir (Dark Horse, 2014)
Set in the same universe as Star Wars: The Clone Wars, it adapts a storyline that didn’t get to make it to air before the series was cancelled in favor of Star Wars: Rebels.




Star Wars: Droids (Marvel, 1986-87)

Based on the Droids animated series.


Strawberry Shortcake (Ape Entertainment, 2 volumes, 2011-13)

Adaptations of episodes from Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures.


Strawberry Shortcake (IDW, 2016- )
New stories based on Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures.


Super Friends (DC, 1976-81)
Although based on Hanna-Barbera’s long-running Super Friends franchise, the comic was more like an all-ages version of their concurrently running Justice League of America series. Attempts were also made to tie Super Friends into the regular DC Comics continuity, despite technically being separate.


Super Secret Crisis War (IDW, 2014)

A gathering of various Cartoon Network stars pitted against their respective villains as they try to conquer the multiverse. Featured Ben 10 from Ben 10: Omniverse.


Superman Adventures (DC, 1996-2002)
New stories set in the same universe of Superman: The Animated Series.


Superman Adventures Special: Superman vs. Lobo-Misery in Space (DC, 1998)
A one-shot based on Superman: The Animated Series that pits Superman against the galactic bounty hutner Lobo, who made his debut on the show.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures (Archie, 2 volumes, 1988-95)
Based on the original 1987 animated series, the first volume, also known as “Heroes in a Half Shell”, adapted the first few episodes of the first season. The second volume adapted two episodes of the second season before breaking off into original stories and establishing its own mythology with exclusive characters. The series ended up becoming more popular than the original Mirage series.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Special (Archie, 1992-94)
Spun-off from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures featuring longer stories and larger page counts.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amazing Adventures (IDW, 2015- )
New stories set in the same universe as Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Replaced Animated Adventures.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated (Dreamwave Productions, 2003)
Based on the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, the first four issues adapted episodes from the show told from the perspective of the supporting characters. The final three issues told original stories until the title was cancelled amidst Dreamwave’s financial difficulties.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics Digest (Archie, 1993-94)
Digest-sized reprints of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures (IDW, 2013-15)
New stories set in the same universe as Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. After two years, it was rebooted and renamed Amazing Adventures.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Presents April O’Neil (Archie, 2 volumes, 1993)
Two mini-series focusing on April O’Neil from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Presents Donatello and Leatherhead (Archie, 1993)
Mini-series featuring a team-up between Donatello and Leatherhead from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures and The Mighty Mutanimals.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Presents Merdude (Archie, 1993)
Mini-series focusing on The Mighty Mutanimals character Merdude.


Teen Titans Go! (DC, 2 volumes, 2004-08, 2013- )
New stories set in the universe of Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans animated series. The first volume featured the art style of the original series, while the second volume took on the updated style of the follow-up Teen Titans Go!




Toxic Crusaders (Marvel, 1992)

A short-lived comic series based on the equally short-lived animated series that spawned from the cult classic Troma film series. Did we say series enough?


TV Stars (Marvel, 1978-79)
Anthology series starring a rotating line-up of various Hanna-Barbera properties, including Space Ghost, The Herculoids, Dynomutt, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels, C.B. Bears, Clue Club, and Top Cat.


Ultraman Tiga (Dark Horse, 2003)
A manga-style series based on Ultraman Tiga, which originally aired in Japan until it was dubbed and broadcast on the Fox Box on Saturday mornings.



Wacky Raceland (DC, 2016- )

Mad Max meets Wacky Races as the familiar racers are rendered more realistic and compete across a post-apocalyptic wasteland under the direction of the mysterious and sadistic Announcer.


Wacky Races (Gold Key 1969-72)
New stories set between the events of Wacky Races.


WildC.A.T.S. Adventures (Image, 1994-95)
New stories set in the same universe as the WildC.A.T.S. cartoon. Came with a special “sourcebook” that gave detailed descriptions of each of the characters and an episode guide.


Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa (Archie, 2 volumes, 1992-93)
Archie published two volumes of three issues each based on Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa.


X-Men ’92 (Marvel, 2 volumes, 2015- )

Starting as part of Marvel’s Secret Wars event, X-Men ’92 took place in a region of a composite world based around X-Men: The Animated Series. When the series proved popular, it was soon expanded into its own ongoing series after the event. However, it has become less about the animated series and more about resurrecting elements from the X-Men comics of the 1990s.


X-Men Adventures (Marvel, 3 volumes, 1992-96)
Adaptations of episodes from the first three seasons of X-Men: The Animated Series.
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Young Justice (DC, 2011-13)
New stories set between the events of Young Justice.


Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s (Viz Media, 2011-15)
Manga series based on Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s originally published in serial form in V-Jump Monthly Magazine. Although it was based on the show, it followed its own original storyline and introduced different monsters.


Yu-Gi-Oh! GX (Viz Media, 2007-12)
Manga series based on Yu-Gi-Oh! GX originally published in serial form in Shonen Jump. The manga followed the storyline from the original Yu-Gi-Oh! with elements from GX mixed in, as well as featured new monsters and changes to character personalities. All the character’s names were taken from the English dub.

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