TV Shows Based on Indie Comics

Walking Dead aside, one of the reasons that the news that NBC has ordered a TV pilot based on Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’sThe Sixth Gun is so exciting is that it feels at times that it’s only Marvel and DC books that get chances at television, what with Ultimate Spider-ManAvengers: Earth’s Mightiest HeroesArrowSmallville and Young Justice, to name just a few shows.

That’s not the case, however — there have been many television projects based on comic books that have nothing to do with the Big Two. Sure, you know about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Tales From the Crypt, but here are 10 more examples to prove it.


You could argue that Ben Edlund’s superhero comedy was more successful on television than it was in comics, spawning not one but two shows throughout the years, both animated (from 1994 through 1996) and live-action (2001’s sole season).

The animated incarnation was far more popular than the live-action (Three seasons versus nine episodes), but both introduced audiences to Edlund’s hilariously skewed version of the superhero genre and sent people in search of the original comics.


Yes, Sabrina: That unusual thing, a successful comics-to-television translation that lasted seven years despite a network shift in between (the first four years of the show aired on ABC, the final three on the WB), at one point bringing in 17 million viewers per episode and spawning all manner of merchandise along the way.

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