The Comics Come Alive: A Guide to Comic-Strip Characters in Live-Action Productions

Overview

A comprehensive history of the various theatrical films and television shows adapted from the plethora of comic strips and comic books Americans have loved for most of the century_from Archie, Barbarella, Batman, and Blondie, to The Vigilante and Wonder Woman, and everyone in between, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The author provides extensive cast and credit information on every film and television adaptation of comic strips in which the characters have been portrayed by live performers. Hundreds of ...

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Overview

A comprehensive history of the various theatrical films and television shows adapted from the plethora of comic strips and comic books Americans have loved for most of the century_from Archie, Barbarella, Batman, and Blondie, to The Vigilante and Wonder Woman, and everyone in between, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The author provides extensive cast and credit information on every film and television adaptation of comic strips in which the characters have been portrayed by live performers. Hundreds of entries for some 90 characters are arranged in alphabetical order by comic strip title, with brief historical backgrounds, critiques, background information on the various movie and TV versions, and vintage photos.

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Editorial Reviews

Coast Book Review
...the vintage photos are most often hilarious...useful and thoroughly entertaining.
Past Times
...deals intelligently with this small sub-genre of motion pictures; the introduction provides a brief but fascinating history of the comic strip's evolution...
Public Library Quarterly
I would buy two: one for the reference collectio, the other for the staff room. I might also buy a third—for myself.
Movie Collector's World
...a treasure trove of information.... the most in-depth revelation of an art-to-film transformation to appear on bookshelves.
Classic Images
...useful...
Film Review Annual
...a good job of it.
Past Times
...deals intelligently with this small sub-genre of motion pictures; the introduction provides a brief but fascinating history of the comic strip's evolution....
Movie Collector's World
...a treasure trove of information.... the most in-depth revelation of an art-to-film transformation to appear on bookshelves..
Booknews
Cast and credit information is provided for the films and television shows in which characters from comic books and strips are portrayed by live actors. Includes Archie, Barbarella, Batman, Blondie, Dennis the Menace, Peanuts, Popeye, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and others. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810824096
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1991
  • Pages: 255
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy Kinnard, a free-lance writer based in Chicago, has published articles in Films in Review, Classic Images, and Fangoria. He is the author of Fifty Years of Serial Thrills and Beasts and Behemoths: Prehistoric Creatures in the Movies, both published by Scarecrow.

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