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THE DAN CAVE: 5 Non-Superhero Comics That Deserve a TV Adaptation

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Earlier this week, news broke that FX was adapting Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s seminal graphic novel From Hell into an hour-long drama series. While From Hell has been adapted for a feature film before, it wasn’t really a faithful adaptation, and the news that Children of Men writer David Arata was penning the TV version has me hopeful. Granted, I like Arata’s work, but I am more intrigued that From Hell isn’t a superhero comic, which is the hot trend for genre TV right now. (For more on that, see the episode where I talk about superhero cinema overload.) If From Hell can get a TV adaptation, what else could work on the small screen? Well, today on The Dan Cave, that’s precisely what we’re going to answer: what non-superhero comics most deserve a TV adaptation?

Obviously, there are still tons of awesome comics and graphic novels that didn’t make my list, but I had to leave some out for the sake of diversity. What are your favorites? What would you most like to see get turned into a TV show? Let me know in the comments below or tell me on Twitter (@Osteoferocious) using the hashtag #TheDanCave.

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  1. Mark says:

    Where can i get that shirt???

  2. Jesse says:

    Best in a miniseries form but DMZ. Interesting premise and look at (breakdown of) society. Plus as we’re going back into Iraq, somewhat topical.

  3. claudia says:

    Locke and Key had an awesome adaptation by FOX, they showed the pilot at Comic Con but the show was not picked up. I really want to see this come to life! 

  4. Drewbles says:

    I think it would require a series of movies and astronomical budget but Saga is far and away the best sci-fi/fantasy mash-up I’ve ever read, it’s a perfect space opera, and if it was ever adapted I’d be first in line for tix.

  5. YourAlterEgo says:

    Sunstone: but not on HBO itll take too much from the characters by replacing it with gratuitous sex

  6. jryan3031 says:


  7. batdude says:

    stray toasters

  8. Psycho_465 says:

    Starlight, sweet tooth, and death vigil would be good on the boob tube, don’t forget the Goon that would be great too.

  9. Jake says:


  10. Dan says:

    Sleeper.  Sleeper!  For the love of God, why isn’t Sleeper on this list?

  11. Alex Combs says:

    American Vampire for AMC.

  12. Don Chambers says:

    Transmetropolitan on HBO, with Tim Roth as Spider Jerusalem.

  13. “Scalped”, Death Note, Top 10, Pluto, 20th Century Boys, Ex Machina, Exterminators would make a good shows.

    • Dan Casey says:

      Scalped is already getting turned into a TV show for WGN. Great call on 20th Century Boys and Ex Machina though. I feel like Ex Machina in particular could be really strong.

  14. Chris Hall says:

    James Robinson’s Starman. Not really a Superhero comic in the traditional sense. Tremendous Protagonist in Jack Knight. Can’t wait to see “Opal City” on the small screen.

  15. Dave says:

    Death Vigil from Image is my absolute favorite new comic. It’s fun and funny, has great characters, lots of action.  I would love to see it made into a movie or TV show; but I only mention it so that anyone who hasn’t read it yet will get into it.  Check it out-Death Vigil!

  16. Hillary says:

    So glad you asked! In no particular order, I think the following would make a great series: Sandman; Y the Last Man;  Strangers in Paradise; Promethea (technically the titular character is a science fiction heroine so this entry might not fill the non-super hero criteria…); Lucifer; Sex Criminals.

    • Dan Casey says:

      Lucifer is actually being developed for FOX, and Sandman is getting turned into a film. I would also love to see a Strangers in Paradise series.

  17. Collin says:

    I’m super excited for AMC’s Preacher adaption. I agree about Locke and Key & Y: The Last Man, for sure, those would be awesome projects. Y:The Last Man has epic Game of Thrones type sustainability.