We all loved collecting comics in the 80’s. Some of our favourites were transformed into cartoons and the results were epic! Let’s take a look back at some of the very best transitions from comic strip to animated greatness!
Throughout the 80’s we were treated to feature length animated adaptations of our favourite Asterix comic books. Asterix made his first appearance in French comic magazine, Pilote in 1959.
As well as starring in one of the best cartoons ever, the gang also appeared in a comic of the same name in the late 80’s.
3. The Adventures of Tintin
Tintin first appeared in a comic book in 1929 and in the early 90’s it was finally made into a brilliant animated series.
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
In 1987 Turtle mania took us by storm with the release of this cartoon. Three years earlier the comic book hit the shelves for the first time.
5. Dennis the Menace and Gnasher
Beano is one of the most popular comics in history and one of the most famous comic book characters is Dennis the Menace. Who remembers the cartoon in the mid 90’s?
6. Batman – The Animated Series
This 1995 animated series based on DC Comics Superhero Batman was brilliant!
7. Captain America
In 1941 Captain America and his mighty shield appeared in the first Captain America comic. The 1966 cartoon was regularly repeated on Channel 4 during the late 80’s.
8. Captain Pugwash
Captain Pugwash first appeared in the Eagle comic in 1950, then appeared regularly in The Radio Times. His first cartoon was broadcast in black and white in the late 50’s before his colour cartoon, which came onto our screens in 1974.
9. The Mask
“Somebody stop me!” The 1985 comic was made famous by Jim Carey in the 1994 feature length film before being made into an animated series.
10. Billy the Fish
Viz is an adult comic book, which became famous during the 80’s. Billy the Fish was a half man, half fish goalkeeper for his team Fulchester United. Channel 4 brought him to life in an animated film in 1990.
11. Earthworm Jim
This guy was so awesome that he appeared in a video game, cartoon and comic book!
12. Defenders of the Earth
This 1985 cartoon brought characters from 3 comic books together in one great cartoon! Flash Gordon, The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician had us tuning in every week!