My List of the 19 Best Comic Book Adaptations

The Wasted Lands Omnibus, available through Magnetic Press:

The Wasted Lands Omnibus, available through Magnetic Press:

While I do enjoy blogging about cuddling with weatherman Tom Skilling during a violent storm and the late night adventures of Jonesie, my hairless cat, today I’m talking comics.

Jonesie the #hairlesscat - #catsofinstagram #felinefemmefatale

Jonesie the #hairlesscat – #catsofinstagram #felinefemmefatale

Specifically, moving picture adaptations of comics–TV and film. The pop culture world has been flooded with comic book movies and TV shows, and it looks like studios won’t be keeping their powder dry any time soon. There are days when I wish film studios would just take a deep breath. Let it breathe, Warner Brothers…let it breathe. Maybe try vacationing in Barbados.



I’m not saying every comic book movie is terrible–far from it! There are just way too many. The quality suffers for it. But I’m no Debbie Downer. I choose to walk in the light of Odin, crop-dusting glitter-filled unicorn farts and rainbows. I’ll save the Batman v. Superman and Green Lantern funerals for another day.

Pretty much my favorite Bitmoji.

Pretty much my favorite Bitmoji.

Bloggers are always big on lists. My first inclination was listing my favorite book hangovers–and yes, Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch is on there — but today’s quickie post is just the best and worst comic book adaptations of all time. I haven’t done a Top 15 yet of the most mediocre. If I did, normalman would ascend that list. And then there are those I wish would be made into adaptations–Dave Dorman‘s The Wasted Lands, Mike Baron’s The Badger, and Myatt Murphy’s Fade from Blue and Two Over Ten.

I’m not here to to tell you which media you should be binge-watching. I’ll never sit in judgement if you’re revisiting Howard The Duck. Hell, I’ll cop to getting hooked into Martin Short’s Clifford or Chris Elliott’s Cabin Boy when I’m channel flipping. We all have our guilty pleasures.  (Avid readers of this blog know some of mine already. I may not have mentioned my sugar-free Bubble Yum addiction yet.) You can take or leave these lists as my seal of (dis)approval.

19 of the Best Comic Book Adaptations

  • Suicide Squad
  • Walking Dead
  • Preacher
  • Hellboy
  • American Splendor
  • Superman: The Movie
  • The Dark Knight
  • A History of Violence
  • The Crow
  • Road to Perdition
  • Sin City
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  • Watchmen
  • Iron Man
  • The Avengers
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Deadpool
  • Guardians of the Galaxy

14 of the Worst Comic Book Adaptations (Sorry if you liked them!)

Me, apologetic.

Me: The apologetic version.

> Batman and Robin
> Jonah Hex
> Catwoman
> Howard the Duck
> Superman IV: The Quest of Peace
> Green Lantern (2011)
> Judge Dredd (1995)
> The Spirit
> Fantastic Four (2015)
> Daredevil
> Elektra
> Ghost Rider
> Hulk
> Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Disagree?'s my #, so call me maybe...

…here’s my #, so call me maybe…

Tell me some of the comic to film or TV adaptations you have liked, hated, or secretly enjoyed.


Eugene and Daniel Levy’s SCHITT’S CREEK = Comedy GOLD

My BFF Marovich is, naturally, my fellow comedy nerd. Take this morning’s racquetball game, for example. If my serve is long, I hear the words “Long…” (yelled loudly) followed by “Duck Dong…” (said in a barely audible almost-whisper) and if my serve is short, I hear the whispery “Martin” followed by the more loudly yelled “Short!” Not that my serves are oft of either ilk, mind you…

We could hardly wait to finish this morning’s game and get back to her place to watch Eugene Levy, Chris Elliott, and Catherine O’Hara’s latest offering, Schitt’s Creek. (Unbelievably, my “AT&T U-Verse every-channel-in-the-universe FIOS package” that Dave Dorman demands we subscribe to–for the low, low price of a compact car payment–doesn’t carry the POP Network).

Side bar: There was a couple watching us play who had our court for the following hour. When Marovich and I stepped out of the court, the husband said that he knew we were tennis players, due to our double-handed backhands (busted!), and that we looked “well-matched,” which I just loved, because I knew that made my hyper-competitive friend’s shorts pucker a bit. Ha! (Truthfully, when the day arrives that I can beat Marovich at any sport, I’ll be taking out a full page ad in the Chicago Tribune to announce it.)

Schitt's Creek Official Press Image

Schitt’s Creek Official Press Image

But I digress. Back to Schitt’s Creek. I saw creators Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy  interviewed on WGN Morning News about their new show two weeks ago, and I’ve rarely been so excited by the promise of a new comedy. Basically, the Rose family’s assets are seized by the IRS because their financial manager didn’t pay their taxes, and their only remaining asset is a town called Schitt’s Creek, that the patriarch Johnny Rose (played by Eugene Levy) bought as a practical joke for their son, David. (If I had stupid amounts of cash, this is totally something I would do, so the plot really clicked with me.)

The town sign says it all...

The town sign says it all…and I SO want this if it’s ever a t-shirt.

Here’s your link to a Schitt’s Creek commercial, which sets up the premise of the show for you, and (BONUS!) an interview at the back end with Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara:

From Episode 1, we soon discovered Daniel Levy is an absolutely adorable comedic delight. Now I must see everything else he’s done.

When Mayor Roland Schitt, played deftly by GENIUS and no longer under-utilized talent Chris Elliott

Mayor Schitt (Chris Elliott) and Johnny Rose the video king (Eugene Levy)

Mayor Roland Schitt (Chris Elliott) and Johnny Rose the video king (Eugene Levy)

removes the doors from the Rose family’s motel rooms in a snit and Moira Rose (Catherine O’Hara) remarks that their open-to-the-world rooms are “like a Moroccan Fair,” Marovich and I were gasping for air. The writing is smart, quirky-funny, and I can’t help but embrace any show that really uses a nuanced comedy stallion like Chris Elliott (or Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas, Joe Flaherty or Norm Macdonald, for that matter). God, how I miss SCTV. Can you tell?

I hope you have a chance to check out Schitt’s Creek on the POP Network (formerly TVGN) and if so, you can share which line(s) made you laugh the hardest so I can relive them all over again. This show lives up to its every creative and on-board talent promise. WATCH IT.