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Five For Friday #8: Adaptation
posted December 17, 2004
Name Five Entertaining Adaptations From Literature
City of Glass
, Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli
Kafka for Beginners
, R. Crumb
, Spain Rodriguez
Rime of the Ancient Mariner
, Hunt Emerson
Other Lists and Responses
"The Myths of Cthulhu"
and "Dracula, dracul, vlad?, bah..."
by legendary South-American artist Alberto Breccia.
An interesting case is JOE HALDEMAN
, a renowned American sci-fi writer who has been adapting some of his novels
for the Francophone comics industry since the late 80's:
The Forever War
, by Joe Haldeman (adapted from his novel) and Marvano. (published in English by NBM)
and its sequel:
by Joe Haldeman (adapted from his novel) and Marvano.
He even has written an original series of graphic novels inspired by his novel "Buying Time; Dallas Barr
, by Joe Haldeman and Marvano.
He talks about it in this interesting interview
There are suprisingly few adaptations worthy of being included on a list. I wonder if anyone has ever catalogued them. Here's mine, belatedly...
Age of Bronze
by Eric Shanower
The Ring of the Nibelung
by Roy Thomas, Gil Kane and Jim Woodring
by Peter Kuper
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
by Mattotti and Kramsky
The Iron Wagon
The Ring of the Nibelung
isn't really an adaptation from literature, but I thought it was close enough, and quite good. (I haven't read P. Craig Russell's version yet.) Overall, this is really a weak list. I would only really recommend the top two, and maybe The Iron Wagon
if someone enjoyed Jason's other work. I didn't include Nightmare Alley
because I thought it was mediocre. City of Glass
was not mediocre, but I think it's severely overrated, and I wanted my list to be different from yours.
Five Entertaining Adaptations From Literature
The Collected Beowulf
by Gareth Hinds -- Told in three chapters, each done in a unique art style, Gareth's work on this book is just a strikingly luscious display of artistry. Gareth is also working on adapting King Lear and so far it looks great - more at his site -- http://www.thecomic.com/
Ariane & Bluebeard
by Peter Craig Russell, adapted from the Opera -- It’s PCR so it really is just lovely
, an adaptation from the semi-fictionalized biography of "sword saint" Miyamoto Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa
And from short pieces; The Murder Mysteries Graphic Novel
from Dark Horse also by PCR from the Neil Gaiman short story and Mirror Of Love
by Jose Villarrubia from the Alan Moore Poem.
I don't think I can think of five new ones, but I have two that nobody has mentioned yet.
• Ian Pollock's Illustrated King Lear
. I think this came out in the 80s. My mother had a copy of it and I read it in high school. It's an unexpurgated version of King Lear
with energetic and surreal illustrations. It's the kind of thing I wish Classics Illustrated
Here's a link to the book at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0894806734/002-5855749
• The Bloody Streets of Paris
. All of the Nestor Burma stories by Tardi are adaptations.
• Well, here's a tentative third. I have to say I still like the illustrations in Bill Sienkiewicz's Classics Illustrated
version of Moby Dick
. Yeah, he takes a 470 page book and makes it into a 44 page comic book (thereby scientifically proving that the "picture is worth a thousand words" maxim is not true), but there're are some great images of Ahab. And the final picture of the whale is beautiful. Reading this in high school made we go and read Melville's original.