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Comic Books That Would Make Great Cartoons  

Jacoby Bancroft
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List Rules Vote up the comics that you think have the most potential as animated TV shows

Cartoons based on comic books are nothing new, but they're often limited to familiar superhero properties. Why do some people look down on animated shows? For some reason, they believe that a cartoon lacks the heart and maturity of a live-action show, but they could not be more wrong. Cartoons sometimes offer rich storytelling potential because animators can create any environment or setting, while live-action shows are beholden to a budget that limits possibilities. Animation, on the hand, can bring comics to the screen without diluting the visuals or imagination on display.

One of the strongest inspirations for new animated shows should be comic books, and below you'll find a list of comic books that should be cartoons. These are all comic books that could be adapted into great cartoons. Some of these comics were chosen for their creativity, others for their emotional richness, but in the end, all of them would make great animated shows. Check it out and vote up the comic books that would make great cartoons. 
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Planetary is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Comic Books That Would Make Great Cartoons
Photo: DC Comics

Sometimes, cartoons just need to be fun. They need to be watched by folks in their pajamas eating huge bowls of sugary cereal. A perfect setup for a pajamas/cereal show can be found in Planetary, which tells the tale of three superhuman beings, who call themselves Archaeologists of the Impossible, as they travel around the world investigating strange occurrences that include monsters, aliens, superhumans, and ancient artifacts.

It can offer fun, exciting serialized adventures on a week-to-week basis, but also explore a larger mythology like the team’s fight against a rival group of superhumans called the Four. Remember Jackie Chan Adventures? This comic could make a cartoon very similar in style and tone to that show. 

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R.R.H. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Comic Books That Would Make Great Cartoons
Photo:  1First Comics

R.R.H. might not find its legs right away; its first issue throws you into a somewhat convoluted world with some cringe-worthy exposition. Still, the concept and mythology could really be satisfyingly explored in a darker animated format. The comic is about this girl who finds out she’s a descendant of Red Riding Hood and it’s her duty to battle the wolves that are hunting her and her family.

With a novel idea like that, R.R.H. could capitalize on the current craze for supernatural horror, giving werewolves their due in cartoon form. The creatures have always played third fiddle to vampires and zombies, but with a well-made animated TV show, maybe wolves can have their time in the spotlight. 

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Saga is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Comic Books That Would Make Great Cartoons
Photo:  Image Comics

Who doesn’t love a good space adventure? Unfortunately, live-action space shows are a little too expensive for networks to invest in, but if a network like SyFy wanted to create an animated show based on an awesome space comic book, they should seriously consider Saga. It tells the story of a husband and wife from different alien races that have been at war for centuries.

The star-crossed lovers flee from authorities from both of their home planets, as they try to protect their newborn daughter, Hazel. It’s sort of like Romeo and Juliet, but only if Juliet had wings, Romeo had horns, and a whole slew of galactic bounty hunters and space cops were chasing them. Only it's far, far trippier and odder than even that description suggests.

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Y: The Last Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Comic Books That Would Make Great Cartoons
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As far as dystopian science fiction goes, the groundbreaking Y: The Last Man might be one of the best. The series follows the misanthropic Yorick Brown and his pet monkey, who are the only men of any species live through a mysterious event that spontaneously kills off every living mammal with a Y chromosome. It’s been showered with awards and praise, and with good reason.

It’s not surprising that FX is currently working on a live-action adaptation of the series, but really they would benefit so much better by making it an animated series. It’s a beautiful story with really cool visuals, and a live-action show wouldn’t capture the same magic as a cartoon would. And with the freedom animation provides, the series could more effectively portray the strange, unmanned America through which Yorick and his buddies travel.

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