Comic book adaptations of television shows have been around since the beginning of the medium. Before that, there were a few comic books based on movies. Today comic book publishers gravitate to well-known brand names. Some of them at one time were television shows. American TV Comic Books 1940s-1980s by Peter Bosch celebrates the halcyon days of adaptions of television shows to comic book form.
Peter Bosch’s book is a wealth of obscure shows such as Our Miss Brooks which I listen to as an old-time podcast on Spotify. This book is a treasure trove of balanced pics with backstories to comic books and television shows. TwoMorrows is the quintessential book archivist publisher with their monthly books such as Comic Book Artist, Alter Ego, Comic Book Creator, Alter Ego, Retro Fan, and their flagship magazine Back Issue all chronicle comic book history with the creators. I love to read the backstory of my favorite comic books and creators. The writers of TwoMorrows try their best to reconstruct some lost history to the best of their ability. This is a history we need to log. These creators have created enormous wealth for both Disney and Warner Brothers. Let’s give them their dues. Peter Bosch weaves a very easy-to-read account of those television comic books once snubbed by collectors. Now they have become rare and collectible.
Believe me, after you read American TV Comic Books 1940s-1980s, you will want to read more. I suggest you get to shop online from the TwoMorrows website, they have different genres of comic book reporting to please the die-hard fan or casual one too.
From Publisher: AMERICAN TV COMIC BOOKS (1940s-1980s) takes you from the small screen to the printed page, offering a fascinating and detailed year-by-year history of over 300 television shows and their 2000+ comic book adaptations across five decades. Author PETER BOSCH has spent years researching and documenting this amazing area of comics history, tracking down the well-known series (Star Trek, The Munsters) and the lesser-known shows (Captain Gallant, Pinky Lee) to present the finest look ever taken at this unique genre of comic books. Included are hundreds of full-color covers and images, plus profiles of the artists who drew TV comics: GENE COLAN, ALEX TOTH, DAN SPIEGLE, RUSS MANNING, JOHN BUSCEMA, RUSS HEATH, and many more giants of the comic book world. Whether you loved watching The Lone Ranger, Rawhide, and Zorro from the 1950s―The Andy Griffith Show, The Monkees, and The Mod Squad in the 1960s―Adam-12, Battlestar Galactica, and The Bionic Woman in the 1970s―or Alf, Fraggle Rock, and “V” in the 1980s―there’s something here for fans of TV and comics alike.