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Netflix’s Marvel series and The CW’s DC series get all the attention, but not every comic book adaptation on TV is a super-powered part of a multi-show universe.

  • “Dark Matter” (Syfy) 
    The “Dark Matter” TV series came years after the debut of the Dark Horse comic book that it’s based on, but creators Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie originally conceived of the series — about six individuals who wake up on a starship together with their memories wiped — as a TV show before it was redeveloped as a comic in 2012.


  • “Wynonna Earp” (Syfy) 
    Syfy has a number of science fiction series based on lesser known comic book titles, including the fan-favorite “Wynonna Earp,” starring Melanie Scrofano as the demon-fighting descendent of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp.


  • “Outcast” (Cinemax) 
    After the massive success of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” creator Robert Kirkman went on to adapt his supernatural horror comic series “Outcast” for television. The adaptation, starring Patrick Fugit as the titular outcast, debuted on Cinemax in 2016.


  • “iZombie” (The CW) 
    The CW’s “Arrowverse” gets all the attention for being the network’s hugely successful adaptation of several iconic DC Comics series, but the network also has the crime dramedy “iZombie” from “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas on its slate. The show is a very loose adaptation of the comic book series of the same name from DC’s Vertigo imprint.

    The CW

  • “Lucifer” (Fox) 
    Lead character Lucifer Morningstar, the “Lord of Hell” who abdicates his throne to move to Los Angeles, was created by Neil Gaiman for the Vertigo series “The Sandman” in 1980. The character landed his own TV show in 2016 when Fox debuted “Lucifer,” starring Tom Ellis.


  • “Preacher” (AMC) 
    Given the runaway success of “The Walking Dead,” it was natural that AMC would turn to a different comic book adaptation as its follow-up. Starring Dominic Cooper as a Texas preacher, 2016’s “Preacher,” based on the Vertigo comic book series, was developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen.


  • “Human Target” (Fox) 
    The DC Comics character Christopher Chance has been twice adapted for television, once in 1992 on ABC and then in 2010 on Fox, with Mark Valley playing the assassin-turned-security consultant. Both iterations were fairly short-lived, with ABC’s version lasting seven episodes and Fox’s take faring slightly better, at two seasons.


  • “Tales From the Crypt” (HBO) 
    HBO’s famous horror anthology series “Tales From the Crypt” was actually a loose adaptation of several EC Comics horror franchises. Many of the show’s tales were adapted from EC’s three horror magazines, “Tales from the Crypt,” “The Vault of Horror” and “The Haunt of Fear.”


  • “The Middleman” (ABC Family) 
    Javier Grillo-Marxuach’s Viper Comics series “The Middleman,” about a secret agency that fights evil, was originally intended to be a TV series, but was later developed as a comic. In 2008, Grillo-Marxuach’s original vision was realized when “The Middleman” ran for 13 episodes as an ABC Family series.

    ABC Family

  • “Harsh Realm” (Fox) 
    Following “The X-Files,” Chris Carter adapted the comic book “Harsh Realm” by James D. Hudnall and Andrew Paquette for an extremely short-lived Fox series. The show, about a group of humans trapped in a virtual reality simulation, ran for just three episodes before it was yanked from the schedule and banished to sister network FX.


  • “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” (ABC) 
    Long before Archie himself would hit the small screen on “Riverdale,” the Archie Comics series “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” was adapted into a hit ABC sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart. The legacy of that long-running show has led to much speculation about whether or not the character might one day show up on the new CW adaptation of her sister comic.


  • It turns out they aren’t all about superheroes

    Netflix’s Marvel series and The CW’s DC series get all the attention, but not every comic book adaptation on TV is a super-powered part of a multi-show universe.

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