From the comics page to the silver screen

These are film and tv adaptations of comic strips and comic books. The sole criteria is that it had to appear in the comic page first. It's by no means a complete list. I have tried to use debuts or notable adaptations. With respect to film and tv based on manga, due to the anime boom, there are dozens of OVAs, tv series, and films. I have stuck with notable ones or those that have had influence in the West. I haven't seen enough to give the field justice. The same is true with European comics. I have included notable examples and those based on highly regarded series. I have tried to include as many others from around the world but I'm sure I have missed plenty. Comments are only my opinion; your mileage may vary.
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Ally Sloper (1898 Short Film)
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Man dresses up as a woman, and the film is reversed.
“ Very early film featuring the star of the UK proto-comics. ” - grendelkhan
Katzenjammer Kids (Journal Thumb Book) (1903 Short Film)
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“ Early short film featuring the little stinkers. There were several others and they would pop up in later cartoons, including a tv series in the late 80s. ” - grendelkhan
Pranks of Buster Brown and His Dog Tige (1904 Short Film)
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Scene I of the Buster Brown Series. The opening scene shows Bridget asleep at the kitchen-table, and Buster enters on tip-toe...
Director: Edwin S. Porter
“ One of several Buster Brown shorts, based on RF Outcalt's seminal strip. Buster Brown would later be associated with Children's shoes. ” - grendelkhan
Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics (1911 Short Film)
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Cartoon figures announce, via comic strip balloons, that they will move - and move they do, in a wildly exaggerated style. (7 mins.)
“ Not so much an adaptation as McCay bringing his drawings to life, within a film. It's a key moment in animation history, that used the comic strips as a launching point. ” - grendelkhan
Mutt and Jeff Break Into Society (1911 Short Film)
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Mutt and Jeff decide to go to work. Automobile driving seems to appeal to their roving dispositions...
Stars: Bud Duncan
“ First of several short live action films based on the comic duo. The series would eventually pioneer the technique of subtitles appearing simultaneously with the pictures, rather than cuts to dialogue cards. A series of animated shorts would follow, starting in 1916. ” - grendelkhan
Ella Cinders (1926)
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Poor Ella Cinders is much abused by her evil step-mother and step-sisters. When she wins a local beauty... (75 mins.)
Director: Alfred E. Green
“ Film version of the popular comic strip heroine. ” - grendelkhan
Tillie the Toiler (1927)
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Tillie the Toiler is a 1927 silent film comedy produced by Cosmopolitan Productions and released through Metro Goldwyn Mayer studios...
Director: Hobart Henley
“ Early film based on the comic strip. There was another about 20 years later. The strip's popularity was based around the latest fashions, but the theme fell out of favor after WWII and the strip came to an end. ” - grendelkhan
Harold Teen (1928)
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(80 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
“ Silent film, based on the popular teen strip, one of the first to focus on a teenaged character. A musical would follow in the 30s. The strip died with its creator in 1959. Star Arthur Lake would later play Dagwood in the film and tv series based on Blondie. ” - grendelkhan
Skippy (1931)
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Skippy, the mischievous son of a wealthy doctor, meets Sooky in poverty-ridden Shantytown, and together they try to save Sooky's pet from a cruel dogcatcher. (85 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
“ This strip was a bit of an ancestor to Calvin and Hobbes, in terms of imagination, and was highly regarded. Wonder if the film does it justice? ” - grendelkhan
Little Orphan Annie (1932)
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Daddy Warbucks has to go on a long trip, leaving Annie alone. While wandering the street, Sandy leads Annie to discover Mickey... (70 mins.)
“ Long before the sun would come out tomorrow was this adaptation of Harold Gray's strip. Haven't seen it, but Gray's seemingly innocent strip also bore some fairly nasty sentiments from the ultra-conservative cartoonist. The adaptations usually stuck to the adventure parts, though. ” - grendelkhan
Popeye the Sailor (1933 Short Film)
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Popeye begins his movie career by singing his theme song, demonstrating his strength at a carnival, dancing the hula with Betty Boop, pummeling Bluto, eating his spinach and saving Olive Oyl from certain doom on the railroad tracks. (7 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
“ Popeye jumped from the pages of Thimble Theater to the movie screen, launching a series of theatrical cartoons and, later, tv cartoon series. The early cartoons are great, with lots of wordplay and inventive gags, though they soon became formulaic. ” - grendelkhan
Tailspin Tommy (1934)
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A young mechanic gets a job with a small airline, which he helps win a mail contract. A rival airline... (248 mins.)
“ There were at least a couple of films/serials based on this aviation hero. ” - grendelkhan
Palooka (1934)
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Knobby discovers young hunk Palooka and trains him to fight the reigning champ, also drunken sot, Al McSwatt. (86 mins.)
“ First of several films featuring Ham Fisher's boxing champ. ” - grendelkhan
Flash Gordon (1936)
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Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Alexis Zarkov visit the planet Mongo to thwart the evil schemes of Emperor Ming the Merciless, who has set his planet on a collision course with Earth. (245 mins.)
“ Lavish movie serial from Universal that had a feature budget to do justice to the Alex Raymond strip. Buster Crabbe stars as Flash, with Jean Rogers as Dale and Charles Middleton as Ming. It looks low rent today but it was fantastic in its day. It would go on to inspire Star Wars. The serial is fairly faithful to the first few years of the strip, even in the costumes. ” - grendelkhan
Ace Drummond (1936)
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This 13 chapter serial is based on the comic strip character Ace Drummond created by Eddie Rickenbacker... (255 mins.)
“ An early aviation hero, turned movie serial. ” - grendelkhan
Dick Tracy (1937)
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A master criminal called The Spider puts the famous detective's brother under a hypnotic spell and turns him against Dick. (290 mins.)
“ Outstanding Republic serial, based on the comic strip, by Chester Gould. Ralph Byrd captures Tracy well and the serial has more mystery, suspense, and action than you can shake a wrist-radio at. Footage would later be recycled for the Republic serial Fighting Devil Dogs and some stunts were swiped for Indiana Jones. ” - grendelkhan
Radio Patrol (1937)
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A young radio cop and a beautiful girl try to stop an international criminal gang from getting their hands on the formula for a new bulletproof steel. (242 mins.)
“ Serial based on the police strip. The strip was popular for a time, though died off in the post-WWII years. It featured a stereotyped Irish police detective pair. It was never as successful as Dick Tracy. ” - grendelkhan
Tim Tyler's Luck (1937)
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A 12-episode serial in which Tim Tyler goes to Africa in search of his father in gorilla country. He meets up with Lora... (212 mins.)
“ Noted adventure film, based on the comic strip. ” - grendelkhan
Secret Agent X-9 (1937)
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A secret agent goes after the gang that stole the crown jewels of a European monarchy. (294 mins.)
“ One of two films, based on the Alex Raymond strip. Dashiell Hammet wrote the strips, while Raymond handled the art chores. There was another film in 1945. ” - grendelkhan
Blondie (1938)
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In this first of the Blondie series, Dagwood loses his job on the eve of his and Blondie's fifth wedding anniversary. (70 mins.)
“ The first in the long running series of Blondie and Dagwood films, starring Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake. Lighthearted fun and fairly faithful to the characters, at the time the films were produced. ” - grendelkhan
Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)
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When a deadly Nitron ray strikes Earth, Flash Gordon and his friends travel to Mars to battle Ming the Merciless and his new ally Queen Azura. (299 mins.)
“ Second serial with Flash Gordon. The story is even more exciting than the first serial. ” - grendelkhan
Red Barry (1938)
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A famous detective sets out to discover who stole $2 million in bonds. (256 mins.)
“ Movie serial based on the police detective strip, King Feature Syndicate's answer to Dick Track (along with Secret Agent X-9). Actor Donald Barry would go on to be known as Red Barry after this. There was also a pro wrestler known as Wild Red Barry. The strip was dark and violent, inspired by the Warner Bros. gangster movies. ” - grendelkhan
Mandrake, the Magician (1939)
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Mandrake and his assistant Lothar are working the cruise lines and make the acquaintance of Professor Houston who has developed a radium energy machine, which is much coveted by a masked Crime Lord known as "The Wasp". (215 mins.)
“ Movie serial based on the polpular Lee Falk strip. Not nearly as good as The Phantom, a few years later. Mandrake's success in the comics spawned dozens of magician heroes, such as Zatara, Ibis, Sargon the Sorceror, and more; but, none held a candle to Mandrake. ” - grendelkhan
Buck Rogers (1939)
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A 20th Century pilot named Buck Rogers and his young friend Buddy Wade awake from 500 years in suspended animation to find that the world has been taken over by the outlaw army of Killer Kane. (237 mins.)
“ Buster Crabbe brings the comic hero to life in this exciting serial. A scene would later be used by George Lucas for the opening moments of THX 1138. Buck was one of the better strips, in terms of merchandising, which included a Daisy pistol, rocket skates, and a Buck uniform. ” - grendelkhan
Terry and the Pirates (1940)
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Dr. Herbert Lee (John Paul Jones), an archaeologist seeking to decipher ancient Mara inscriptions, is aided by his son... (300 mins.)
Director: James W. Horne
“ Movie serial based on the Milton Caniff classic. Haven't seen this one, but the comic strip defined adventure in the 30s and 40s. Caniff, along with Hal Foster and Alex Raymond, would be the primary influence upon a generation of comic book artists. ” - grendelkhan
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)
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Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov return to the planet Mongo for an antidote to the Purple Death, which wreaking destruction on Earth. However, Ming the Merciless has other plans for them. (220 mins.)
“ Once again, Flash does battle with Ming, while helping Queen Fria of Friggia. This one had the deepest impact on George Lucas, right down to the episode opening title crawls. ” - grendelkhan
King of the Royal Mounted (1940)
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Canadian Tom Merritt has discovered a substance, Compound X, that will cure infantile paralysis, which he extracts from a mine at Caribou... (211 mins.)
“ Better known of two films/serials, based on the Mountie strip. ” - grendelkhan
Adventures of Red Ryder (1940)
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Mesquite banker Calvin Drake plans to profit from the Santa Fe Railroad's acquisition of right-of-way by gaining control of the land in the territory... (205 mins.)
“ Ralphie's favorite range-riding hero came to life in this feature and would go on to star in a string of westerns and a tv series. Young Robert Blake appeared in several later Red Ryder films, as Little Beaver. ” - grendelkhan
Superman (1941 Short Film)
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The Man of Steel fights a mad scientist who is destroying Metropolis with an energy cannon. (10 mins.)
Director: Dave Fleischer
“ Theatrical cartoon series produced by the Fleischer Bros. These were things of beauty, with the theatrical cell ratio giving a fluidity to the action. Superman was not yet all-powerful, so he has to struggle with many of his super feats. No villains carry over from the comics, but the ones presented are very much in keeping with the four-color works. Bud Collier would provide the voice, as well as on radio. ” - grendelkhan
Reg'lar Fellers (1941)
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Based on the comic strip by Gene Byrnes, the "Reg'lar Fellers", and one girl-feller, tinker with building a land/water machine... (60 mins.)
Director: Arthur Dreifuss
“ This strip was hugely popular in the years between Word Wars, but would die out a few years after the end of WWII. The strip is considered a classic in its depiction of its child protagonists and would influence things like the Our Gang shorts and other "kid gang" properties, especially Jack Kirby's early work (along with the Dead End Kids). This film version came during the later years of the strips popularity. ” - grendelkhan
Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)
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To protect a magic talisman from being used for evil, a teenage boy named Billy Batson is given the power to become an adult superhero, Captain Marvel, with a single magic word: "Shazam!" (216 mins.)
“ Probably the single greatest action serial ever created. The Big Red Cheese is ably portrayed by Tom Tyler, with Frank Coughlin as Billy Batson. The character is tweaked a bit and played straight, with a standard masked serial villain. However, the Egyptian hooks make it intrgiuing and it features some of the best stunt fighting in the serial age. The Egyptian elements would later appear in the comic, in Jerry Ordway's Power of Shazam. ” - grendelkhan
Spy Smasher (1942)
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Alan Armstrong, aka Spy Smasher, battles a Nazi villain known as The Mask, who heads a gang of saboteurs determined to spread destruction across America. (215 mins.)
Director: William Witney
“ Second only to the Adventures of Captain Marvel for thrills. Lucas and Spielberg stole the fight around the flying wing from this serial. Based on the popular Fawcett Comics character, who at one point (in the comics) was brainwashed into committing sabotage, leading to battles with Captain Marvel. ” - grendelkhan
Private Snuffy Smith (1942)
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Snuffy Smith, moonshining hillbilly, grows tired of dodging revenue agents, headed by Cooper, and decides... (67 mins.)
Director: Edward Cline
“ The hillbilly character comes to life in this comedy. Snuffy debuted as a secondary character in Barney Google, but would soon get equal billing and surplant the horse racing enthusiast. ” - grendelkhan
Don Winslow of the Navy (1942)
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US naval officer Don Winslow is given command of the islands near Pearl Harbor. He discovers that there... (237 mins.)
“ Serial version of the popular comic strip. Our hero is an agent for Naval intelligence, fighting wartime saboteurs. It did well enough to spawn a sequel, Don Winslow of the Coast Guard. I guess if they had continued making films, he would have hit all of the branches of the armed forces. I would have held out for Don Winslow of the USO! ” - grendelkhan
The Phantom (1943)
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Professor Davidson and his niece Diana Palmer search Africa for the Lost City of Zoloz, reputed to be the source of a large hidden treasure... (299 mins.)
Director: B. Reeves Eason
“ Adaptation of the popular comic strip and one of Columbia's best serials. Tom Tyler stars as the Ghost Who Walks, in a relatively faithful and fairly exciting story. It competes well with the Weismuller Tarzans. The Phantom predated the costumed heroes of comic books and was swiped by everyone under the sun. A sequel was developed, but the rights were pulled, so they morphed it into Captain Africa. I doubt it fooled anyone. ” - grendelkhan
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
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From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military. (163 mins.)
“ Interesting film based on the satirical Colonel Blimp cartoons, which had a decidedly anti-war slant. The film has an original story, about a young officer who believes in duty and honor, but sees that the rest of the world thinks differently. It is a rather dark comedy and probably wouldn't appeal to many, especially those on the right. ” - grendelkhan
The Adventures of Smilin' Jack (1943)
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Just before World War II, the Chinese and American governments mount a joint operation to prevent the Germans and Japanese from taking over the strategic island of Mandon. (265 mins.)
“ Movie serial based on the newspaper aviation hero, who bore a bit of a resemblance to Clark Cable. ” - grendelkhan
Batman (1943)
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Japanese spymaster Prince Daka operates a covert espionage organization located in Gotham City's now-deserted Little Tokyo which turns American scientists into pliable zombies. (260 mins.)
Director: Lambert Hillyer
“ Batman beat Superman to the live action screen, though Supes got there first in animated form. This Columbia serial features Batman and Robin vs a Japanese saboteur, with plenty of wartime stereotypes. Lewis Wilson makes for a decent Bruce Wayne, and is ok as Batman. There is a cave, but the Batmobile is a standard sedan, with a white top! It's a decent story, but 15 chapters was a bit too long for the plot. Wilson gets to do some undercover work and actually does some decent character acting. ” - grendelkhan
Captain America (1944)
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Superhero Captain America battles the evil forces of the archvillain called The Scarab, who poisons his enemies and steals a secret device capable of destroying buildings by sound vibrations. (244 mins.)
“ Republic serial based on the Timely (later Marvel) Comics character. However, the character is completely different from the original, apart from costume, which only has stripes on the front of the shirt. There is some belief amongst serial fans that the script was originally meant for Fawcett Comics' Mr. Scarlet, but either the deal fell through (as happened with Superman) or they cancelled it after Mr. Scarlet lost his feature at Fawcett. Mr. Scarlet was a crusading district attorney who donned a costume and carried a pistol to fight crime, which is the premise of this Captain America. The villain is a standard masked serial villain, not the Red Skull or any other character from Timely. It has excellent action, though Dick Purcell makes for a rather pudgy super-soldier. It's a good serial, just not a good Captain America. ” - grendelkhan
Brenda Starr, Reporter (1945)
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Chapter 1 finds Daily Flash newspaper reporter Brenda Starr (Joan Woodbury), and her photographer... (243 mins.)
Director: Wallace W. Fox
“ First attempt at bring the comics character to life; though not the last. None were particularly successful. ” - grendelkhan
Bringing Up Father (1946)
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Maggie and her snooty society friends fool Jiggs and his buddies down at Dinty's tavern into not only signing a petition to close the bar, but they also trick them into taking the "temperaance" pledge to forsake all alcohol. (65 mins.)
Director: Eddie Cline
“ Adaptations of the popular George McManus strip of the same name. The strip followed the adventures of the nouveau riche couple Maggie and Jiggs. Maggie is a social climber but Jiggs is happier to spend time in his favorite tavern and live out the same life he always had. The film presents a typical storyline, where Maggie's goals of society acceptance clash with Jiggs' desire to have a drink with friends. There was a whole series of Maggie and Jiggs films. ” - grendelkhan
Hop Harrigan America's Ace of the Airways (1946)
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Hop Harrigan (William Bakewell) and his pal "Tank" Tinker (Sumner Getchell) operate a small airport and flying service...
Director: Derwin Abrahams
“ A serial adaptation of an All-American Comics back-up feature. Fairly standard fare. The character was one of a long line of aviation heroes, but didn't survive the war years. ” - grendelkhan
The Crab with the Golden Claws (1947)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Claude Misonne
“ First film adaptation of Tintin. ” - grendelkhan
Brick Bradford (1947)
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An adventurer travels to the moon to stop a madman from getting hold of the Interceptor Ray, a weapon that could destroy Earth. (257 mins.)
“ Another serial based on a comic strip. This time, it was the time-travelling Brick Bradford, one of the rivals of Flash Gordon. The serial couldn't match the scope of the strip. ” - grendelkhan
The Vigilante: Fighting Hero of the West (1947)
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The Vigilante, a masked government agent, is assigned to investigate the case of the "100 Tears of Blood", a cursed string of rare blood red pearls sought by a gang led by the unknown X-1 that may have been smuggled into the country. (285 mins.)
Director: Wallace Fox
“ Ralph Byrd (Dick Tracy) stars as the DC modern western hero. Most of the elements are there, though the serial is an odd mix of a singing cowboy and mystery man. ” - grendelkhan
Superman (1948)
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Superman comes to Earth as a child and grows up to be his home's first superhero with his first major challenge being to oppose The Spider Lady. (244 mins.)
“ The Columbia movie serial, starring Kirk Alyn and Noel Neil. The villain, the Spider Lady (played by a very sexy Carol Forman) is fairly standard for the movie serials and had no comic basis. The serial is notable for using animated footage of Superman flying. The actors do a decent job and the cliffhangers are exciting enough to spawn a sequel. ” - grendelkhan
Congo Bill (1948)
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A girl is about to inherit a fortune, but she is missing in Africa. Only then, family charges Congo Bill, an adventurer, to find her, and bring her back to civilization. He follows a legend about some White Queen, but his path is full of difficulties, by an inhospitable jungle, and the man who will lose the fortune if the girl is found alive. (270 mins.)
“ Serial version of the DC Comics character, a backup feature in Action Comics. Congo Bill covers fairly standard jungle tales and he is a poor man's Jungle Jim or Allan Quatermain. In the comics, he would later transform into a gorilla, called Congorilla! ” - grendelkhan
Jungle Jim (1948)
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Lady scientist, Hilary Parker is searching for a rare drug to help combat polio. Opportunist Bruce Edwards... (71 mins.)
Director: William Berke
“ First in a series of films and then a television series, starring Johnny Weismuller as Alex Raymond's jungle hero. Jungle Jim was King Feature's answer to Tarzan, though nowhere near as popular. ” - grendelkhan
The Adventures of Jane (1949)
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Jane is given a bracelet by an elderly admirer. He is in league with Cleaver, a suave crook, and the two plan to use Jane and the bracelet to smuggle diamonds into England. (60 mins.)
“ Lighthearted British film, based on the popular newspaper comic. Jane is a beautiful young woman with a habit of losing her clothes. It was enormously popular during the war years, in the UK, leading to this movie adaptation and a sequel. It looks rather sexist now, but it is done without malice. ” - grendelkhan
Bruce Gentry (1949)
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Famed aviator Bruce Gentry is working with scientist Andrew Benson, setting out to uncover the origin...
“ Columbia serial, based on the short-lived aviation strip. The strip was noted for artist Ray Bailey's technical skill, but it never caught on as well as strips like Skorchy Smith or Terry and the Pirates. The serial features one of the earliest depictions of a flying saucer in movies. ” - grendelkhan
Batman and Robin (1949)
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The caped crusaders versus The Wizard, black-hooded mastermind. (263 mins.)
Director: Spencer Bennet
“ Second outing for the dynamic duo, with Robert Lowery taking over the role. Again hampered by budget and imagination. One wishes that Republic had produced these to create livelier serials. ” - grendelkhan
Dick Tracy (1950 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
“ After a series of serials and B-movies came the tv series, again with Ralph Byrd. Decent, though not up to the movie standards. ” - grendelkhan
Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)
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Superman battles Lex Luthor who is using a teleportation device and a new identity as Atom Man in his criminal plans. (252 mins.)
Director: Spencer Bennet
“ Second serial outing for Superman , pitting him against Lex Luthor. Despite the addition of a comic villain, the action is pretty run-of-the-mill. Lyle Talbot makes a good Luthor, though. ” - grendelkhan
Gasoline Alley (1951)
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(76 mins.)
Director: Edward Bernds
“ One of two films based on the influential strip, featuring Walt and Skeezix. The strip was one of the first to feature characters who aged, which would influence Lynn Johnston's For Better or For Worse. The strip is the second oldest American comic strip, after Blondie. ” - grendelkhan
Up Front (1951)
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Based on the famed W.W.II cartoons: Lowbrow G.I.s Willie and Joe, on the Italian front, are good soldiers in combat... (92 mins.)
Director: Alexander Hall
“ First of two movies based on Bill Mauldin's seminal GI cartoons. Mauldin was loved by the troops and hated by the brass. He would later go on to share root beers with Snoopy, on Veterans Day. ” - grendelkhan
Superman and the Mole-Men (1951)
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When underground beings explore the surface world from a deep oil well and inadvertantly cause a panic, only Superman can prevent a tragedy. (58 mins.)
Director: Lee Sholem
“ Theatrical pilot for the George Reeves tv series, with a deep oil well drilling project clashing with an underground race. Interesting element is that the mole-men aren't really portrayed as the villains. ” - grendelkhan
Adventures of Superman (1952 TV Series)
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The Man of Steel fights crime with help from his friends at the Daily Planet. (30 mins.)
“ George Reeves shines as Superman, while he departs from the comics a bit by presenting a Clark Kent who isn't a complete whimp. That portrayal would influence the revamp of the comics, in the mid-80s, where Clark is made an ex-football hero in high school and a hard charging investigative reporter. Phyllis Coates is Lois in Season 1, but Noel Neill returns for the rest of the series, portraying Lois as a career woman and perpetual snoop. Jack Larson makes for a fine, if a bit naive Jimmy Olsen. ” - grendelkhan
Blackhawk: Fearless Champion of Freedom (1952)
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Based on a successful comic book that began in 1941, the Blackhawks were seven flyers who banded together during WW II to fight the Nazis... (242 mins.)
“ Columbia adaptation of the highly popular Quality Comics series, featuring a foreign legion of the air. Kirk Alyn stars as the leader, Blackhawk. Rather than fighting Nazis, the Blackhawks face Commies, in a so-so adventure. The serial is hurt by budget and lack of imagination, as the Blackhawks fly civilian aircraft, not fighter planes and most of the intrigue of the comics is absent. There were rumors of a Spielberg film in the 80s and early 90s, but they never went beyond script phase. It's a shame, as the Blackhawk concept would make for a great throwback film, ala Indiana Jones. ” - grendelkhan
Terry and the Pirates (1952 TV Series)
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Colonel Terry Lee travels to the orient in search of a gold mine left to him by his grandfather. While searching... (30 mins.)
Director: Lew Landers
“ Early tv series based on the popular adventure strip. There's no way early tv could ever do this justice. ” - grendelkhan
Prince Valiant (1954)
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A young Viking prince strives to become a knight in King Arthur's Court and restore his exiled father to his rightful throne. (100 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ Hal Foster's Prince Valiant is one of the most spectacular adventure comics in history. His work influenced whole generations of artists. This film, not so much. It's a pretty cookie-cutter medieval romance/adventure film, typical of the era, but without the spark of something like Ivanhoe. Robert Wagner is laughable as Val, starting with the ridiculous wig and ending with his wooden delivery. The other element that struck me was the overly large swords, which makes it look like a high school production. Definitely not on anyone's top ten list. ” - grendelkhan
Blondie (1957 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Arthur Lake had played Dagwood in a long series of "Blondie" movies. This show, retelling stories and situations familiar to readers of the comic strip, lasted one year. (30 mins.)
Director: Abby Berlin
“ Tv version of the popular comic strip, picking up where the movie series left off. Penny Singleton is still the definitive Blondie. ” - grendelkhan
The Sad Sack (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Private Meredith Bixby is so out of step in the Army that his six weeks of planned basic training has now stretched to 17 months... (98 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
“ Jerry Lewis film, based on the strip and comic book by George Baker. Baker began the strip in the army magazine Yank, in 1942, then continuing it as a newspaper strip. When the strip was cancelled, he continued it as a comic book at Harvey, which lasted for years. ” - grendelkhan
Les aventures de Tintin (1957 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Tintin and his dog, Snowy, embark on wild adventures with the help of Thompson and Thomson, Captain Haddock, Professor Calculus, and others. (13 mins.)
“ After a series of movie adaptations came this early tv series. ” - grendelkhan
Steve Canyon (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Air Force pilot Steve Canyon, the commander of Big Thunder Air Force Base, travels from base to base as an all around trouble shooter, when he's not dealing with the the personal and military problems of his own everyday life. (30 mins.)
“ Tv series based on the other Milton Caniff classic, featuring Steve Canyon, pilot and troubleshooter. I haven't seen it, but have heard good things about it. Episodes have been released on dvd. ” - grendelkhan
Gekkô kamen (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Japan's first superhero TV show, in which a caped/masked avenger fights assorted evil in modern-day Tokyo. (30 mins.)
Director: Sadao Funatoko
“ This tv series debuted in the same year as the manga that spawned it. The series features a masked motorcylce-riding hero Gekko Kamen (Moonlight Mask), who fights evil wherever he finds it. It was in many ways the precursor to the even more popular Toei series Kamen Rider, in the 70s. The tv theme song became a pop hit. ” - grendelkhan
Dennis the Menace (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Television episodes built around the same sorts of incidents found in Hank Ketcham's long-running comic strip. (30 mins.)
“ Hugely popular tv series based on everyone's favorite newspaper troublemaker. Jay North is terrific as Dennis and the rest of the cast is first rate. I loved watching reruns of this when I was a kid; good, clean, family fun that still holds up as a comedy. In the early strips, Dennis is a pretty rotten kid, who earned his epithet. In later years, he is just cute but annoying. There was a British Dennis who was a real little thug. ” - grendelkhan
Li'l Abner (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
As Sadie Hawkins Day approaches, Daisy Mae hopes to win the hand of Li'l Abner by catching him in the traditional race... (114 mins.)
Director: Melvin Frank
“ Previously featured in a 1940 film that is less well known and admired. This version is a technicolor adaptation of the Broadway musical. Wild and lively, though it departs a bit from the strip. ” - grendelkhan
Popeye the Sailor (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The continuing animated adventures of Olive Oyl, Wimpy, Swee'pea and Popeye. (30 mins.)
“ One of several Popeye cartoon shows over the years, featuring new cartoons, while the theatrical cartoons appeared in syndication. ” - grendelkhan
Dondi (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
Six American GIs stationed in Italy befriend an orphaned boy, but the soldiers remain unaware that the... (99 mins.)
Director: Albert Zugsmith
“ Film adaptation of the once-popular strip. The story focuses on war orphan Dondi, who is adopted and brought to America. The original strip mixed humor and drama, as early stories tugged at heart strings with the plot revolving around Dondi staying in the US. The film covers the same ground, though with more comedy than the strip. Not particularly well known today, but available via the Warner Archives. ” - grendelkhan
The Phantom (1961 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The Phantom, along with canine companion Devil, investigate wicked doings at the plantation of Mrs. Harris.
Director: Harold Daniels
“ Pilot for a tv series, based on the Phantom comic strip. Notable for the appearance of Lon Chaney Jr; but, otherwise, it's a fairly humdrum feature. A series did not follow. ” - grendelkhan
The Dick Tracy Show (1961 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Cartoon series produced by UPA, in which Dick Tracy (voiced by the distinguished film and stage actor... (23 mins.)
“ Cartoon series featuring the newspaper detective and his adversaries. Very stylized. ” - grendelkhan
Astroboy (1963 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
This show is about a robot boy who fights crime and other robots not mega man (30 mins.)
“ TV series, based on the groundbreaking manga Tetsuwan Atom, by Osamu Tezuka. Astroboy is a robot, created in the likeness of the inventor's late son, who fights evil robots. The manga series would influence generations of children in Japan and prove to be highly popular in the US. ” - grendelkhan
Beetle Bailey (1963 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(6 mins.)
“ Beetle and Sarge got their own series, which was pretty lame, with rather lackluster animation. ” - grendelkhan
Snuffy Smith and Barney Google (1963 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(6 mins.)
“ Another cartoon series from King Features Syndicate. It wasn't any better than Beetle Bailey. ” - grendelkhan
The Addams Family (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The misadventures of a blissfully macabre but extremely loving family. (30 mins.)
“ Charles Addams darkly comic cartoons came to life in this series. Beautifully cast and full of fun, it would influence later versions far more than the cartoons. ” - grendelkhan
Gigantor (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When terrorist groups, evil criminals and aliens become too strong even for Earth's over-stretched armed forces... (25 mins.)
“ Animated series, based on the popular manga Tetusjin-28. There was a seuquel series and further updates. ” - grendelkhan
Archie (1964 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Sitcom about comic strip character "Archie " (43 mins.)
Director: Gene Nelson
“ Pilot for a potential tv series, based on the Riverdale gang. It didn't sell, so Archie Comics instead turned to animation. ” - grendelkhan
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Repelled by the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find the true meaning of Christmas. (25 mins.)
Director: Bill Melendez
“ The special that would launch many more. The cartoon perfectly captures the look and spirit of the beloved strip, with a story created by Charles Schulz. The sentiment is honest and it has earned its place in television and Christmas history. ” - grendelkhan
8th Man (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Animated series about an android super-hero. He was the scientist's eighth attempt at creating a super being... (30 mins.)
“ Animated series, based on the manga 8 Man, about an android hero. The was also a live action movie, which was followed by an OVA sequel, Eight Man After. ” - grendelkhan
The New Adventures of Superman (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Superman protects Metropolis and the world from a variety of threats while working at the Daily Planet as Clark Kent. (30 mins.)
“ Filmation launched the first of their cartoon series, derived from the DC Comics characters. Bud Collier, voice of Supes on radio and in the Fleischer cartoons, would essay the character here. Fairly faithful to the Weisinger era of Superman, with more violence than would be allowed in later cartoons, like the Super Friends. Filmation would also produce at least one Superman cartoon for use on Sesame Street, in the early days. ” - grendelkhan
Batman (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The Caped Crusader and his young ward battlle evildoers in Gotham City in a bombastic 1960s colorized and updated versions of the 1940's black and white tv show based of the comic book hero's exploits. (25 mins.)
“ Massively popular in its time, which helped elevate sales of the comics. Many modern comic fans would have you believe that the series nearly killed the character but the truth is far more complex. Batman had experienced years of silly stories, only to begin returning to its more serious roots when the tv series was launched. The series proved popular, so the comics started to adapt the campy tone, but it didn't last and the comics went back to serious, eventually losing any sense of humor in the 80s. The tv series is loads of fun, particularly any episode with the Penguin or Catwoman. the first season scripts are very funny and have some of the most solid stories, but things started to get shakey in the second season. Batgirl was added for the third, but the scripts were rarely up to previous standards. The series is also the poster child for the legal issues in reissuing old tv series on dvd. ” - grendelkhan
Modesty Blaise (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A spy spoof in the 60s tradition featuring the comic book heroine Modesty Blaise set in the Italian Mediterranean. (119 mins.)
Director: Joseph Losey
“ Campy adaptation of the British comic strip by Joseph Losey. Most of what made the strip great is jettisoned in favor of 60s camp and weirdness. The film has fans; but, not generally amongst the fans of the strip. ” - grendelkhan
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966 TV Special)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin. (25 mins.)
Director: Bill Melendez
“ Second of the Peanuts specials and second in quality only to the Christmas special. Here, Charlie Brown gets nothing but rocks, while Linus and Sally wait for the Great Pumpkin to rise out of the pumpkin patch and Snoopy tries to get across enemy lines, after being shot down by the Red Baron ("Curse you!"). Loads of fun. ” - grendelkhan
Batman: The Movie (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The Dynamic Duo faces four supervillains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people. (105 mins.)
“ Feature film produced between seasons 1 and 2 of the tv series. the film pits the dynamic duo against the 4 biggest baddies: Joker, Penguin, Riddler, and Catwoman (hee played by Lee Merriwether. The film is Batboat-loads of fun, especially the notorious "bomb scene." This was a childhood favorite and holds up pretty well as an action film, assuming you have a sense of humor about the whole thing. The film budget allowed for the creation of the Batboat, Batcopter, and Batcycle; which would all turn up again in the tv series. My only question was how flipping a switch on the way down the Batpoles changed them into costume? When I was young, I thought they stopped somewhere along the way down, at some kind of Bat-dressing room, changed, then jumped back on the poles to the bottom. Made as much sense as anything else. ” - grendelkhan
Kriminal (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A mastermind thief known as Kriminal narrowly escapes execution. He always manages to stay one step ahead of the law with each new crime he commits... (98 mins.)
Director: Umberto Lenzi
“ Adaptation of the fumetti negri, a more violent rival of Diabolik. ” - grendelkhan
Cyborg 009 (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Nine people from different countries are turned into super-powered cyborgs. (64 mins.)
Director: Yûgo Serikawa
“ This popular manga has spawned several films and tv series. ” - grendelkhan
Fantastic Four (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Four costumed superheroes battle the world's most terrifying villains. (30 mins.)
“ This foray into other media for Marvel Comics came from Hanna-Barbera. The whole gang is here, and stories are adapted from the comics, but it doesn't quite have the same punch as Lee & Kirby. Alex Toth created some of the character models (mostly villains), which contributes to the more "DC" look of the cartoons, rather than resembling the Kirby designs. Kirby would get to correct this in the 70s. Not bad, but not much to distinguish it from the other H-B adventure cartoons of the 60s. ” - grendelkhan
Speed Racer (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Teenager Gô Mifune aspires to be the world's best race-car champion with the help of his friends, family and his father's high-tech race-car, the Mach 5. (30 mins.)
“ Debuting first as a manga series, titled Mach Gogogo, it quickly found itself adapted as an anime series for tv, which proved hugely popular. The series was exported to the US, where it became known as Speed Racer. The series follows the adventures of Speed, his family and friends, as he competes in dangerous races across the globe. Along the way he finds himself embroiled in criminal plots, espionage, revolutions and other drama. One of his rivals, Racer X, is secretly his long lost brother Rex, who is also a secret agent. the series was a favorite of the 60s and 70s, both for its exciting stories and rather fevered English dialogue. It would go on to spawn an American cartoon series and a Japanese revamp, plus a live-action film from the Wachowskis. The live action film took a drubbing at the box office, but is better than many critics would suggest, though not up to the Matrix standards. It's essentially B-movie adventure that just asks you to sit back and enjoy the ride. ” - grendelkhan
Asterix (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Gaul invaded! Asterix must save the Druid Getafix from the Romans. (68 mins.)
Director: Ray Goossens
“ Animated debut of the tremendously popular Gallic warrior. It would spawn a sequal, which also adapted one of the bande desinee stories. Other Asterix properties would follow, though generally not as good as the early ones. ” - grendelkhan
Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young boy aids in the fight against a mechanized terrorist organization as the sole controller of a prototype giant robot. (30 mins.)
“ Known as Giant Robo in Japan and based on the manga of the same name. Johnny aids international security organization Unicorn, in its battles with the Gargoyle Gang, an alien-led group, bent on conquering the Earth. Johnny controls the Giant Robot via a communicator, disguised as a watch. Lots of fun for fans of espionage action and kaiju battles. ” - grendelkhan
The Space Giants (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The monster Rodak has been conquering planets throughout the universe. He sees Earth and wants it, as it is the best he has ever seen...
“ Another Japanese series, Ambassador Magma, redubbed into English. This time, the robot is an alien who comes to protect the Earth. ” - grendelkhan
Spider-Man (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Original cartoon series based on the web-slinging Marvel comic book character, Peter Parker, who, after being bit by a radioactive spider, assumes extraordinary powers.
“ Gantray-Lowell was the studio behind the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. The animation was simpler than even Hanna-Barbera or Filmation, but it served its purpose and many of the villains were along for the ride. The theme song was a longtime comic fan favorite and was wonderfully covered in the 90s by the Ramones. ” - grendelkhan
Les aventures de Michel Vaillant (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(26 mins.)
“ Popular French tv series based on the equally popular bande desinee. The comics were noted for their accuracy and the tv series used footage from acutal races. It would spawn an animated series and an updated film in 2003. ” - grendelkhan
The Aeronauts (1967 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the 1960s, two fighter pilots are assigned to Dijon air base, France.
“ TV series, based on the popular bande desinee Tanguy et Laverdure, about a pair of pilots. A film version would be released in the new millenium. ” - grendelkhan
Barbarella (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy. (98 mins.)
Director: Roger Vadim
“ Roger Vadim directs wife Jane Fonda in this adaptation of the Jean-Claude Forest bande desinee. Things pretty much follow the comics, which were as campy as the film. Fonda plays it straight, which aids the comedy. the film is a bit too long, though. Costumes and sets are thoroughly psychedelic and the soundtrack is lively 60s pop. Loads of fun if you set your brain on neutral. ” - grendelkhan
Aquaman (1968 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The adventures of the aquatic superhero and his friends. (30 mins.)
Director: Hal Sutherland
“ 1st appearance of DC's King of Atlantis, also featuring Aqualad. Some of the villains made it over from the comics, but it lacked the appeal of Superman or Batman. The series was paired with Superman, later, and also featured individual cartoons with Green Lantern, Flash, Hawkman, and Atom, as well as the group combined as the Justice League. There were also Teen Titan cartoons, though minus Robin. ” - grendelkhan
The Batman/Superman Hour (1968 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The Dynamic Duo battles crime in Gotham City. (60 mins.)
“ Batman debuted in new cartoons from Filmation, with a model design that combined the Carmine Infantino revamp and the Adam West tv series. Ted Knight voiced most of the villains and Commissioner Gordon, while Olan Soule and Casey Kasem were the Dynamic Duo. They would continue to do so on Scooby Doo and the Super Friends. The series actually allowed the heroes to punch and kick the villains, though this led to an uproar from parental watchdog groups, eading to the neutering of cartoons and pretty much killing the adventure cartoon genre for many years. As with Superman, there were 2 or 3 Batman cartoons produced for early Sesame Street. ” - grendelkhan
Danger: Diabolik (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
International man of mystery Diabolik pulls heist after heist but European cops led by inspector Ginko and envious mobsters led by Ralph Valmont are closing-in on him. (105 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
“ Mario Bava adapts the fumetti negri from Italy. John Phiilip Law is actually pretty good as the super-thief Diabolik, with Marissa Mel as Eva Kant. Terry Thomas turns up for some fun. Very eye catching visuals and a fun plot, with Thunderball's Adolofo Celli as the villain, Valmont. ” - grendelkhan
The Archie Show (1968 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The comedic misadventures and music of Archie Andrews and his friends. (30 mins.)
Director: Hal Sutherland
“ First cartoon series to feature Archie and the gang from Riverdale. Filmation did a great job, mixing humorous cartoons with musical segments, launching the hit song, "Sugar, sugar." The success of the series would spawn sequels and lead to Hana-Barbera creating a rival series, Scooby Doo. ” - grendelkhan
Satanik (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A withered old hag turns into a beautiful young woman after drinking a youth formula. (86 mins.)
Director: Piero Vivarelli
“ Yet another fumetti negri; still not as good as Diabolik. ” - grendelkhan