The comic book TV Shows are popular since the 19th century. A comic is a sequence of panels of images used to express ideas, often in combination with colorful and eye-catching text or other visual representations. They frequently appear in the forms such as popping captions, speech balloons, and imitations that are indicative of dialogues and narrations. In the 21st century, the comics are made available in many different forms. The similar and the most common forms of comics include comic books and albums, comic strips, comics adapted from the original book volumes, editorial and gag cartoons, graphic novels and narratives, and online webcomics. These various categories of publications are adapted for theatrical, television and filming series.
#1 Mowgli 1893-1895 Series
Mowgli is a fictional, the most prominent and memorable character in the collections of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book Series. The protagonist of the Jungle Book stories is a naked untamed child from India, who originally appeared in Kipling’s short story Issue 1 as “In the Rukh” in 1893, Issue 2 as the Second Jungle Book in 1894 and Issue 3 as “The Spring Running“ in 1895.
Rudyard Kipling adapted the Mowgli stories for “The Jungle” Play as early as 1899 but the play was never produced and eventually, the manuscript got lost for almost over a century. The Mowgli stories influenced many other boyish television characters such as Wouldbegoods (1899), the character Tarzan, the 1957 humorous science fiction story the “Full Pack (Hokas Wild)” and many other wild boy screen characters.
The novel book named “The Jungle Book” was first published in 2000 which illustrated the works of Rudyard Kipling and the Jungle stories.
In the plot Gisborne, an English forest ranger, at the time of the British Raj in India, along with the boss, Mueller, the head of the Department of Woods and Forests of India meets Mowgli when they visit the forest. They are awestruck by his capabilities when they noticed Mowgli exhibiting the extraordinary skills such as hunting, chasing, and driving the wild animals. Hence, they approach the boy and examine his physique like elbows and knees. The officers see the scars and wounds on his skin and realize that Mowgli is not using superpowers or magic. They offer Mowgli to join the forestry service, to which Mowgli agrees. Eventually, Gisborne learns that a pack of wolves in the jungle brought up Mowgli and taught the skills that made Mowgli, talented enough, with superhuman behavior. Later in the plot, Mowgli marries the daughter of Gisborne’s domestic help. By the end of the story, Mowgli has a son and returns to Jungle.
Detailing the days of Mowgli’s Childhood in the plot of 1893’s “In the Rukh”, Kipling wrote the stories of Mowgli, the lost in the Indian jungle, is saved by a pack of Wolves, when attacked by a tiger and learns all the skills Mowgli the hard way. Also, the character of a black panther takes care of Mowgli in the jungle and a bear character educates Mowgli “The Law of the Jungle”. The Tiger character is the evil character of the plot. The tiger tries to kill Mowgli on many occasions but remains unsuccessful. In the plot, Mowgli reaches a human village, out of curiosity. In the Village, he is adopted by the humans Messua and her husband. During his stay in the village, Mowgli learns that the tiger has sought another plan to kill him in the village. With the help wolves, Mowgli becomes successful in trapping and killing the lame tiger. Thus Mowgli saves both the jungle and the village.
In the plot of “The Second Jungle Book”, Mowgli finds and then discards an ancient King’s treasure.He does not realize its value. The plot also depicts that Mowgli battles and wins against the character Red Dog with the support of the python character and the wolves’ family.
Finally, the plot of “The Spring Running” depicts the factors that influence Mowgli’s decision to return to the human community, when he accidentally trips across the village where his adopted human parents live.
#2 Wonder Woman 1975-1979 Series
Wonder Woman is one of the American Comic Book TV shows. It is based on the comic book Wonder Woman of DC comics. The other popular DC characters are Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aqua man. Wonder Woman totally was cast in 3 seasons with 1st season cast on the network of American Broadcasting Company (ABC) and the remaining seasons aired on the Columbia Broadcasting System(CBS). Wonder Woman is rechristened as The New Adventures of Wonder Woman in season 2 and season 3. Along with the change in the title, the TV series also changed the entire crew members retaining only the lead stars. The costume designing was changed to new and modern. The season 2 and season 3 witnessed the lead male characters role change to Steve Trevor Jr., the son of his original character.The three seasons aired from 1975 to 1979 with the lead cast Lynda Carter’s role as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince/Princess Diana.
The plot of Season 1 revolved around the introduction of the wonder woman, Princess Diana, along with the display of her superwoman powers. The season showcased a romantic relationship between Trevor and Diana. Though the season has action scenes, it never resorted to the kill policy.
The plot of Season 2 was nudged with a lot of changes. This season showcases the return of Ageless princess from her home Island after 35 years.In this season, she becomes a solo agent with the War Department of the USA. The Season casts the death of senior Trevor. The lead actor, who played the role of Trevor in season 1, now plays the role of junior Trevor, son of the Major Trevor, an ally of Princess Diana from season 2 onwards.
A lot of Season 3 sees the enhanced character of the Wonder Woman. The powers of Princess Diana are increased inclusive of strong physique, mental abilities like Telepathy communication and understanding the animals.
#3 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2013 series
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is an American TV series based on the Marvel Comics. It is an American superhero, action, adventure and science fiction TV Series running under ABC network, since September 2013.
The organization S.H.I.E.L.D. is a fictional spy agency in the fictional world of superheroes, which aims at peacekeeping. It is filmed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The several other characters introduced in the series were also inducted into the world of Marvel comics.
The series revolves around the character of Phil Coulson and his team of agents in S.H.I.E.L.D. After the incident of Captain America and the events of Avengers, Phil Coulson is the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. The team deals with various unusual cases and faces their enemies, Hydra, and the Inhumans. The team wards off the enemy groups and prevents and save the world from any threat or danger. The S.H.I.E.L.D. super team has many superheroes, each with many different skill sets, ready to take on the villains.
#4 Supergirl (2015 -)
Supergirl series is the female version of Superman series based on the American comic book series, the DC Comics. The original Supergirl Kara Zor-El is Superman’s cousin.She has the superpowers as that of Superman. Supergirl plays a supporting role in various DC Comics publications. From 1969 through 1984, The Adventure Comics cast her in the lead role with the name of the series as Supergirl’s adventures. A modern version of Kara Zor-El was re-established into the DC Comics in the issue of Superman/Batman comic book series with a title of “The Supergirl from Krypton”. This show is one of the most popular DC Comics TV show.
Several hundred years ago, Krypton, the house of Seg-El, grandfather of Superman, was about to explode. To escape the fate, his older cousin Kara-El took the Superman Kal-El, then the infant, and arrived on Earth. She protected the infant Kal-El all through the journey. Unfortunately, due to spaceship damage, Kara slipped into the timeless Phantom Zone and could not return to Earth for years. Decades later, Kara is found by her cousin, a grown-up Superman.
At the present day, Young Kara is now a professional stuck in an aimless job. Unknowingly, she ignites long hidden kryptonian powers when she falls into a crisis, where she protects her foster sister from the plane crash. Kara discovers her powers and decides to follow the path of her cousin’s superheroic ways. She is then committed to fighting off the alien menaces. She puts her heart into the adventurous action and becomes the Earth’s champion, defending her enemies to save her world. This is one such comic book TV shows that showcase the woman power similar to that of 1970’s wonder woman.
#5 Legends of Tomorrow 2016 series
The Legends of Tomorrow is an America science fiction and action TV series. Rip Hunter has an ability to travel back and forth in time. He visits the future and discovers the threat of destruction of the planet and the time by an immortal Vandal Savage. Hence, in an attempt to prevent and eventually stop the wrath, he recruits a team of heroes and villains to confront the threat. This is one of the comic book TV Shows that features the Superheroes and Super Villains team who come together to form “Legends of Tomorrow”. This TV show is based on the characters of DC comics and it is running on the CW network since January 2016.
#6 DuckTales 2017 Series
Produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, DuckTales is the animated comic book TV show, firstly aired in 1987. It is based on Uncle Scrooge comics and other Duck universe comic books. Carl Barks created the characters Scrooge McDuck, his nephew Donald Duck and his three grandnephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
It is considered to be one of the noteworthy Comic book TV shows as it is the Disney’s first successful cartoon TV series. It paved the way for other future successful Disney cartoon TV series, such as Chip and Dale: Rescue Rangers and TaleSpin.
DuckTales was also telecasted in the form of the video games and comic books, along with an animated theatrical film entitled DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp released to USA theaters in 1990.
BOOM Studios revived a new DuckTales comic series and released the TV series in 2011 under its kaboom! imprint.Similarly, Disney XD, a sister concern of Disney Channels has revived the original show, and it is running the rebooted series since 2017.
After reuniting, the Donald Duck assigns the task of caretaking his nephews, to Scrooge McDuck. The presence of the nephews reawakens Scrooge’s spirit of adventure. They all together form a group and go on many new treasure-hunting voyages. On the other hand, the grandnephews with their new friend Webby are on a secret mission to seek the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of their mother, and Donald’s sister Della Duck.
Carl also created additional characters for various adventures. The plot revolves around the main character along with his nephew, grandnephews and other close friends. Together, they take up various adventurous missions, which either involve seeking out treasure or driving away the villains who steal Scrooge’s fortune.
#7 The Tick 2017 series
The Tick is an American comedy web TV series. It is based on the character The Tick from the comic book ‘The Tick’. It is one of the best Live Action TV Shows. It firstly streamed on Amazon Prime in August 2016. Later few episodes 2–6 were released in August 2017 and episodes 7–12 were released in February 2018. In January 2018, Amazon got the second season of 10 episodes, which is scheduled to release in 2019.
The Tick is a near-indestructible superhero who appears in a blue tick costume. He arrives the City to help fight the evil crimes and also uncovers the mysterious villains behind the city’s destruction. The plot also talks about an accountant with no superpowers. The accountant also realizes that his city is under the wrath of supervillains. As he struggles to uncover the conspiracy of the evils, he falls in alliance with a strange blue superhero. Their efforts lead to the clues of the revival of a long-dead supervillain called “The Terror” who holds the strings of the city’s underworld. This is one of the comic book TV shows that has both the elements of fun and adventure.
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#8 Krypton 2018 series
Krypton is one of the upcoming American comic book TV shows, based on the characters of DC comics. It is scheduled for release in March 2018 under Syfy network. The series talks about the grandfather of Superman. Set Two generations ago, Krypton trails the Superman’s grandfather named Seg-El. The family of El is not accepted and is humiliated by the society.Seg-El fights hard with the society to bring the honor of the family and save his beloved from the chaos. The series starts with a timeline that is set back to 200 years before the Superman(Kal-El) was born and hence Krypton is a Prequel TV Series of Superman series.
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