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4 Popular Comic Books That Have Been Turned Into TV Shows

Did you know that the first full-color comic book ever published was called Funnies on Parade?

The publication featured a collection of newspaper comics, which served as the foundation for the artistic styling of many future comics.

Nowadays, we can not only read our favorite comics but also see many of them brought to life on television. But which are some of the most popular adaptations?

We’re here to fill you in. Keep reading below to learn about four of the most popular TV adaptations of comic books! 

1. Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones is a Netflix series based on the Marvel comic books of the same name. The series is best classified as a thriller and a crime drama.

The series centers around the protagonist Jessica Jones, who lived the life of a superhero until a villain led her to kill someone. She dropped the superhero life and took on the role of a private investigator. But when the villain resurfaces, she steps up to take him down. 

2. Riverdale

Riverdale has developed a reputation as being one of the most eccentric teen dramas currently airing. With each new season, the writers bring even more shocking plot twists to the table.

The show is based on the characters from Archie Comics. However, the live-action show puts a much darker and edgier spin on the characters.

There are still some lighthearted scenes and comical lines thrown out every now and then to keep the show from growing too serious. In fact, there’s even been a handful of musical episodes.

Surprisingly this isn’t the first time an Archie Andrews show has featured musical numbers. Check out this article to learn some lore behind its musical origins in the old-school cartoon Archie.

3. Titans

Titans is a show based on the comic books known as Teen Titans. The show is more serious than its source content, and it was the first program scripted for the DC Universe channel.

Despite being darker and more mature than the original comics, it still includes the same group of unique characters. While the titans have normal names—sorry, no Beast Boy or Starfire—they still have their own iconic powers that they use to combat the evil forces afoot in cities like Detroit and San Francisco.

4. The Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy is another show taken on by Netflix. It’s based on the graphic novels by Gerard Way, a member of the famous pop-punk band My Chemical Romance.

The Umbrella Academy features an eclectic cast of characters who all have a unique superpower. Adopted and raised by a cold and distant scientist “father”, the seven children reconnect when their so-called father dies.

As the series progresses, they begrudgingly begin to look out for one another as they battle to save the world. Through time travel and battles with quirky villains, the characters start to learn what it means to be a family. 

Enjoy TV Adaptations of Your Favorite Comic Books

Adults and children alike are enamored with comic books and the thrilling plots they carry readers through. With the list above, you can see some of the best comic book adaptations and get your comic book and TV fix at the same time!

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