Comic Book Live Action Series Introductions
With the debut of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D this week, we thought it would be a great time to look at the history of live action comic book TV series. Throughout the week, we’ll be taking a look at various shows in different formats leading up to this week’s episode of Nerds on the Rocks.
To kick-it off, we have a poll up on the site asking for your favorite show. To help with that, figured we would also share the introductions to these shows to help freshen your memory a bit. And brief history.
The Adventures of Superman – Stories follow Superman as he battles crooks, gangsters, and other villains in the fictional city of Metropolis while masquerading “off-duty” as Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent. Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, Clark’s colleagues at the office, often find themselves in dangerous situations which can only be resolved with Superman’s timely intervention.
The Amazing Spider-Man – The Amazing Spider-Man is the first live-action TV series based on the popular comic book The Amazing Spider-Man
Arrow – It is based on the fictional superhero Green Arrow, a costumed crime-fighter who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The series follows billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, portrayed by Stephen Amell, who, after five years of being stranded on a hostile island, returns home to fight crime and corruption as a secret vigilante whose weapon of choice is a bow and arrows
Batman – Batman is a 1960s American live action television series, based on the DC comic book character of the same name. It stars Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin – two crime-fighting heroes who defend Gotham City
Blade: The Series – Blade: The Series is a 2006 American live-action television program based on the Marvel Comics character and film series
Birds of Prey – Birds of Prey is a television drama series produced in 2002. The series was developed by Laeta Kalogridis for The WB and is loosely based on the Birds of Prey DC Comics series.
The Flash –The Flash is a 1990 American television series that starred John Wesley Shipp as the superhero, the Flash
The Green Hornet – The Green Hornet is a television series on the ABC US television network that aired for the 1966—1967 TV season starring Van Williams as the Green Hornet/Britt Reid and Bruce Lee as Kato.
The Incredible Hulk – The Incredible Hulk is an American television series based on the Marvel Comics character, the Hulk.
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman – Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman is a live-action American television series based on the characters in Superman and Action. Lois & Clark starred Dean Cain as Superman/Clark Kent and Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane
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Smallville – The series follows the adventures of Clark Kent (Tom Welling), who resides in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, during the years before he becomes Superman.
Spider-man (Toei) –Japanese live-action television series produced by Toei Company, loosely based on Marvel’s Spider-Man character.
Superboy – Superboy is a half-hour live-action television series based on the fictional DC Comics comic book character Kal-El’s early years as Superboy.
Shazam! – Shazam! is a half-hour live-action television program produced by Filmation (the animation studio’s first such program), based upon DC Comics’ superhero Captain Marvel.
Wonder Woman – Wonder Woman is an American television series based on the DC Comics comic book superheroine of the same name.