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40 Movies You (Probably) Didn't Know Were Comic Books
Here's what Weird Science looks like in print...

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Comic book adaptions have adorned the big screen for more than 70 years. Some have been famous (The Avengers, Flash Gordon), some infamous (Jonah Hex), and some entirely unfamous (Tailspin Tommy, anyone?). But a few have transferred from their comic origins almost covertly, with wider audiences all but unware of their provenance. Did you know that Blue Is The Warmest Colour started life as a comic book? Timecop? Gainsbourg? Read on for a list of the more surprising additions to the comic book and graphic novel canon - and a closer look at the original source material.

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WEIRD SCIENCE

Weird Science

Comic book: Weird Science (1950-1953)

Film: Weird Science (John Hughes, 1985)

It seems strange to think of John Hughes relying on someone else’s source material, but in fairness to him, Weird Science is based in the loosest sense on a very old comic. Issue #5 featured a story entitled “Made Of The Future” which offered Hughes the basic premise of two nerds trying to create the perfect woman. From there, he created a film that, it’s fair to say, wasn’t one of his very best, despite a vocal fanbase. Nonetheless, it spawned a successful ‘90s TV show, and a remake is now rumoured to be approaching.

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1 RE: Oblivion
Thanks for the info on the Oblivion book. Much appreciated. More

Posted by chrispdaniel on Sunday February 16, 2014, 02:41

2 RE: Oblivion
L: chrispdaniel Just out of curiosity, did the Oblivion graphic novel actually get made? After watching the special features on the blu-ray and seeing some of the artwork I thought it would be an excellent purchase, but looking online I can't find any evidence of it actually being completed. Have to say I have enjoyed this list, and was surprised at a few of the inclusions on here. Not all of us Empire readers are know-it-alls, though we do of course bow to those with such superior knowledge and will allow them to scoff at us for our lacking of it. echnically yes, and technically no for the Oblivion novel. It did start life as a graphic novel, and was going to be one, until its creator started to work on it as a movie concept and it was picked up. So while there is no graphic novel as such, there is a 'concept book', or 'Movie artwork book' that contains all of the graphic novel stuff that you can find on eBay for between $10 and $30 ish. And its fair enough thatMore

Posted by GrizBe on Friday February 14, 2014, 10:49

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L: GrizBe .. 40 Movies EVERYONE knew were comic books. Seriously Empire, do any of you watch movies anymore? ve to second this calling of BS on the article. You'd have to have been living under a rock for the last half century, or somehow have avoided any and all contact with entertainment news media, to not know that these are based in some way on comics. Also, The Addams Family was never a comic book (it was a gag block appearing in The New Yorker), and to claim that John Hughes' Weird Science was based on the EC comic is like claiming that a Volkswagen Beetle is an actual insect. More

Posted by balkaster on Friday February 14, 2014, 03:05

4 Oblivion
Just out of curiosity, did the Oblivion graphic novel actually get made? After watching the special features on the blu-ray and seeing some of the artwork I thought it would be an excellent purchase, but looking online I can't find any evidence of it actually being completed. Have to say I have enjoyed this list, and was surprised at a few of the inclusions on here. Not all of us Empire readers are know-it-alls, though we do of course bow to those with such superior knowledge and will allow them to scoff at us for our lacking of it. Also, the graphic novel for The Fountain is very good. I love that film. Saw it at the cinema, bought it on DVD, bought the soundtrack, the graphic novel and then last year re-bought the film on blu-ray. More

Posted by chrispdaniel on Friday February 14, 2014, 00:31

5 RE: Needs renaming to..
I don't know to either laugh or take that seriously... More

Posted by GrizBe on Thursday February 13, 2014, 13:01

6 RE: Needs renaming to..
Not one. Also, what are movies? More

Posted by Ali Plumb on Thursday February 13, 2014, 12:26

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.. 40 Movies EVERYONE knew were comic books. Seriously Empire, do any of you watch movies anymore? More

Posted by GrizBe on Wednesday February 12, 2014, 16:03


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