Licensed properties are a big part of the comic book industry — which is perfectly fine. A lot of properties can thrive in the comic book medium like Star Wars and The Transformers. Below is a list of five intellectual properties that I would not only like to see as comic books, but would love the opportunity to develop as comic books. I’m not going to reveal everything that I have in mind for each property, but just throwing some suggestions out there.
5. Blade Runner — I’m talking about the Ridley Scott Blade Runner movie based on Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (though, that itself would make a cool comic book adaptation). This 1982 sci-fi movie has become a cult-classic with numerous re-releases in theaters of different versions. Later this year, the definitive re-mastered “Final Cut” DVD is being released in honor of the movie’s 25th annivesary. Even if the character of Decker wasn’t used and instead the comic book was based on other Blade Runners in and around the future Los Angeles I think there is plenty of good story telling to be told.
4. Jonny Quest — Now this property is actually older than I am, and a classic. Originally, The Adventures of Jonny Quest ran on ABC from 1964 to 1965. Now, Jonny Quest as been a comic book series before — running some 30 plus issues from Comico in 1986 — but it is definitely a strong enough concept to be revived. And, I wouldn’t “update” it for the 21st century. Jonny doesn’t need to be re-tooled to work. Jonny doesn’t need a “girlfriend,” or a hip MP3 player with the band of the week being mentioned, or a texting-inspired vocabulary (BRB BFF). I say keep Jonny Quest in the time-period he originated in — forty-plus years is long enough to qualify for quality nostalgia.
3. Mad Max/The Road Warrior — I’m thinking more along the lines of the movie The Road Warrior (and dare I say, the third movie — Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome?) than the original Mad Max movie. This is the first of two post-apocalyptic concepts on my list. To me, The Road Warrior seems like a no-brainer as a comic book series. Max could be set up for adventure after adventure — one-shot issues, four to six issue miniseries, or even ten or twelve-plus maxiseries.
2. Thundarr The Barbarian — An all-time favorite Saturday morning cartoon series of mine. Thundarr The Barbarian originally ran on television with 21 episodes from October 1980 to September 1982. This post-apocalyptic sci-fi/fantasy is set 2,000 years in the future after a runaway planet, hurtling between the Earth and the Moon unleashes cosmic destruction. Similar to Mad Max, the characters of Thundarr and his compatriots could have many different adventures and the comic book medium would allow to do all sorts of visuals, even above and beyond that of animation. This one, maybe more than the others, screams to me to be a comic book title.
1. Land Of The Lost — If Jonny Quest and Thundarr the Barbarian are on my list of all-time favorite Saturday morning programs, then Land of the Lost reigns as my absolute all-time favorite of them all. Anybody that knows me knows how much I dig this show and I’ve kept it no secret that I would love to do a comic book series based on the Land of the Lost. Now this is one that I would update, but by no means in the manner that I fear they may be going with the upcoming movie based on Land of the Lost with Will Ferrell apparently attached to star. It would be “edgier” than the original series. The Sleestack would be quicker and more threatening. Will would be a little older and challenging his father Rick a bit more. And, Holly…? Well, let’s say I’ve got some ideas there and leave it at that for now. But the core of my Land of the Lost comic book would remain true to the original series — there’s no need to mock the concept.
Now, if any comic book publishers already have, or plan to have, the rights to any of the above properties please feel free to drop me a line.