Indiana Jones comic books

Indiana Jones comic books

The Indiana Jones franchise has produced a large number of comic books. Marvel Comics initially owned the rights before passing them to Dark Horse Comics in 1990. Marvel published adaptations of the films "Raiders of the Lost Ark", "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", while Dark Horse adapted the "Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis" video game, "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" television series, and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull".

Marvel also published "The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones" from 1983 to 1986, which were the first original adventures featuring the character in literature. From 1992 to 1996, following the "Fate of Atlantis" adaptation, Dark Horse published seven limited series. With the franchise's revival in 2008 due to the release of "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull", Dark Horse will publish further series, including one aimed at children. Critical reaction to the comics, particularly their interior art, is mixed.

Marvel Comics

In 1981, Marvel Comics published a three-issue adaptation of "Raiders of the Lost Ark". In January 1983, they gave the character his own monthly series, named "The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones", which ran for 34 issues until March 1986. The series had Marcus Brody and Marion Ravenwood in regular supporting roles, and Sallah, Katanga and Short Round also appeared. A three-issue adaptation of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", and a four-issue adaptation of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", were also published.

UGO Networks called Marvel's series "clunky" and said it "didn't have the best artwork in the world". [cite web | title = Indiana Jones in Comics | work = UGO Networks | url = http://indianajones.ugo.com/?cur=comic-books | accessdate=2008-04-28] Dark Horse will reprint the "Raiders" adaptation and the first twelve issues of "The Further Adventures" on February 18, 2009. [cite news|title=Marvel Indiana Jones Omnibus: Volume 1|publisher=TheRaider.net|date=2008-09-10|url=http://www.theraider.net/news/fullstory_merchandise.php?id=916|accessdate=2008-09-12]

Dark Horse Comics

1990s

Dark Horse Comics published a bimonthly four-issue adaptation of the "Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis" computer game by William Messner-Loebs and Dan Barry from March to September 1991. From 1992 the following original series were published:

*"Indiana Jones and the Shrine of the Sea Devil" (written and penciled by Gary Gianni, published in issues three to six of the "Dark Horse Comics" anthology series from October 1992 to January 1993, and reprinted as a one-shot in September 1994).

*"Indiana Jones: Thunder in the Orient" (six issues written and penciled by Dan Barry (though the sixth was drawn by Dan Spiegle), published from September to December 1993, and then March and April 1994).

*"Indiana Jones and the Arms of Gold" (four issues written by Lee Marrs and penciled by Leo Durañona, published from February to May 1994).

*"Indiana Jones and the Golden Fleece" (two issues written by Pat McGreal and Dave Rawson, and penciled by Ken Hooper, published in June and July 1994).

*"Indiana Jones and the Iron Phoenix" (four issues written by Lee Marrs and penciled by Leo Durañona, published from December 1994 to March 1995).

*"Indiana Jones and the Spear of Destiny" (four issues written by Elaine Lee and penciled by Dan Spiegle, published from April to July 1995).

*"Indiana Jones and the Sargasso Pirates" (four issues written and drawn by Karl Kesel (with Paul Guinan and Eduardo Barreto co-penciling the first and fourth issues respectively), published from December 1995 to March 1996).

A series based on "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" television series, written by Dan Barry, began in February 1992 and lasted a year. Each issue retold one of the show's first twelve episodes. Barry drew the first three and the last four issues of that series, while Gray Morrow drew issues three to six, and Gordon Purcell drew the seventh and eighth issues.

Sales of the later series were poor, which resulted in the cancellation of Pete Ford and Hugh Fleming's "Indiana Jones and the Lost Horizon". It would have explored Indiana's friendship with Abner Ravenwood in 1926. [cite news | author = Paul Shipper | title = Hugh Fleming interview | publisher = TheRaider.net | date = 2002-12-26 | url = http://www.theraider.net/features/interviews/hugh_fleming.php | accessdate=2008-02-28] In February 2008, "Fate of Atlantis", "Thunder in the Orient" and "Arms of Gold" were collected into an omnibus. [cite book | title = Indiana Jones Omnibus Volume 1 | publisher = Dark Horse Comics | url = http://www.darkhorse.com/profile/profile.php?sku=15-016 | month = February | year = 2008 | isbn = 1-59307-887-0 | pages = 352] The rest was collected together in June 2008. [cite book | title = Indiana Jones Omnibus Volume 2 | publisher = Dark Horse Comics | pages = 384 | url = http://www.darkhorse.com/profile/profile.php?sku=15-033 | month=June | year=2008 | isbn = 1-59307-953-2]

2000s

An adaptation of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull", written by John Jackson Miller and penciled by Luke Ross, came out in May 2008. [cite book | title = Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull | publisher = Dark Horse Comics | pages = 96 | url = http://www.darkhorse.com/profile/profile.php?sku=15-038 | month=May | year=2008 | isbn = 1-59307-952-4] The following month, an ongoing children's series entitled "Indiana Jones Adventures" began, which is modeled after "Clone Wars Adventures". The first volume, set in 1930, involves Norse mythology while Indiana travels to Sweden and Marrakech. [cite news | author = JK Parkin | title = Philip Gelatt on Indiana Jones Adventures | work = Newsarama | date = 2008-06-17 | url = http://blog.newsarama.com/2008/06/17/blog-qa-philip-gelatt-on-indiana-jones-adventures/ | accessdate=2008-06-17] The four-issue "Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods" (written by Rob Williams and penciled by Steve Scott) also began publication.

Reception

Kevin Powers of "Comics Bulletin" gave "Fate of Atlantis", "Thunder in the Orient" and "Arms of Gold" positive reviews. He found "Fate of Atlantis" a "darker, more fast-paced" adaptation of the game, but that it still captured Indiana and Sophia Hapgood's relationship. He also argued "the parallel between the downfall of Atlantis and the downfall of the Nazi searchers is really well done". There was "hell of a lot going on in" "Thunder in the Orient", "but it's fairly easy to follow and the political connotations are very well documented". He compared it and "Arms of Gold" to "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" because of its focus on action over characterization, although he deemed the latter "perfect for someone looking for a well-crafted adventure story". He praised its romantic elements, but found the villain an afterthought.cite news | author = Kevin Powers | title = Indiana Jones Omnibus Vol. 1 | work = Comics Bulletin | date = 2008-02-16 | url = http://www.comicsbulletin.com/reviews/120320507894932.htm | accessdate=2008-04-22]

Powers found Dan Barry's art for the first two Dark Horse series "cartoonish, [but] it definitely suits the feeling of Indiana Jones. Barry did an excellent job capturing the action and adventure aspect of Indy as well as the supernatural. The representations of Atlantis were extremely well done and remain consistent throughout the book." He preferred Dan Spiegle's artwork in the last issue of "Thunder in the Orient" as "it's edgier, rugged and has a more 'realistic' and old-school type artwork that is very well suited to Indiana Jones". He felt Leo Durañona's art for "Arms of Gold" was "decent, but a bit inconsistent. He goes for the 'rugged' Indiana Jones look, but the inconsistencies in the art from page to page is a bit noticeable."

The website's reception to the "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" adaptation was poor, arguing it "reads like a summary of a story, not like a story", and that John Jackson Miller's writing was "lacking". The only highpoint was the art from Luke Ross and Fabio Laguna which "runs the gamut from decent to fantastic".cite news | author = Jon Judy | title = "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" #1 | work = Comics Bulletin | date = 2008-05-29 | url = http://www.comicsbulletin.com/reviews/121207662336772.htm | accessdate=2008-05-29] They acclaimed the rest of 2008's comics, (the first issue of "Tomb of the Gods" and volume one of "Indiana Jones Adventures") particularly their art. Powers, in his review of the limited series, felt "Harrison Ford from "Raiders" jumped off the screen and into a comic book [and his Marcus Brody is the spitting image of Denholm Elliot." [cite news|author=Kevin Powers|title=Indiana Jones and the Tomb of the Gods #1|work=Comics Bulletin|date=2008-07-12|url=http://www.comicsbulletin.com/reviews/121590775534655.htm|accessdate=2008-07-14] In the latter series, he still found the simpler depiction of Belloq "amazingly just like Paul Freeman". [cite news|author=Kevin Powers and Ray Tate|title=Indiana Jones Adventures Volume 1|work=Comics Bulletin|date=2008-07-02|url=http://www.comicsbulletin.com/reviews/121502918842057.htm|accessdate=2008-07-14]

Non-American comics

Titan Magazines began publishing the "Indiana Jones Comic" in the United Kingdom on May 22 2008. [cite web | title = Indiana Jones Comic | publisher = Titan Magazines | url = http://static.titanmagazines.com/promotions/uk_comic.html | accessdate=2008-04-28]

A series of three hardcover comics by writer Claude Moliterni and artist Giancarlo Alessandrini was published in France by the Bagheera publishing house [ [http://www.bedetheque.com/serie-3221-BD-Indiana-Jones.html French Indiana Jones comics published by Bagheera.] ] .

Notes

References

* [http://www.darkhorse.com/search/search.php?sstring=indiana+jones&type=comic Indiana Jones] at Dark Horse Comics
** [http://www.darkhorse.com/search/search.php?sstring=young+indiana+jones&type=comic Young Indiana Jones] at Dark Horse Comics
*comicbookdb|type=character|id=965|title=Indiana Jones
* [http://www.indianajones.de/print/texte/comics_marvel.php Marvel summaries] at IndianaJones.de
* [http://www.indianajones.de/print/texte/comics_darkhorse_over.php Dark Horse summaries] at IndianaJones.de


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