The ‘Comic Book’ Craze of the 21st Century

The Comic Book Craze

Referred to as The Golden Age of cinematic adaptation, the worldwide audience is crying for more TV series and motion pictures based on graphic novels and comic books. A colossal fascination with the genre led several fellows to remain skeptical with respects to its continuance, assuming that an over-saturation could lead to an abrupt ending.

The agglomeration of titles displayed rapidly on the slate are denoting both projects found in production and others which are feeble, however intended to attain a palpable form, as opposed to only having a preliminary version.

The infatuation with the universe of heroes and popularization of underground and obscure characters reveal a deeply rooted hunger that has been nagging Hollywood for the past decades. The fad of comic books discloses a terrifying reality: the lack of ideas. As seen throughout the existence of numerous filmmakers, it takes virtually nothing to make a product popular and even less to develop a franchise. The problem consists in how far can you stretch something, given the condition that consistency can lose its viscosity when diluted or stirred with other ingredients. Can the audience become numb at the prolonged exposure to the genre in question or does it possess some kind of abiding force which renders it capable of withstanding any divergences?

The picturization of superheroes appeals to a wide range of audiences, being non-gender specific and suitable for different ages. As an effect, the genre dominates the markets – children, preteens and teenagers are allowed with benevolence to savor tales of justice and crime without being under the harsh scrutiny of parents. Rated TV-G and the most PG-15, this grouping does exclude some blockbuster titles, although the main difference making the genre so entertaining is its distinct, all-encompassing trait of a virtuous phenomenon.

Another notable trait of the aforementioned phenomenon is transparency. Directors and creators alike do not shy from embracing foreign titles, thus they have crafted an impressive collage. Transparency has allowed information to travel as fast as Flash *cough* lightning. The richness and variation of archetypes and idiosyncratic characters made public through this transparency revealed the curiosity of the public who proved itself enquiring.

The comic book craze exhibited a well-merited success, impelling the screening of worthwhile stories for already fifteen years into the 21st century.

The following list will reveal several of the most acclaimed foreign titles based on graphic novels and comic books, excluding those depicting Japanese manga-inspired pictures (coming soon).

Foreign titles

#1. The Adventures of Tintin

Original Title: Les Aventures de Tintin : Le Secret de la Licorne

Year: 2011

Genre: Animation, Adventure

Director: Steven Spielberg

Creator: Hergé



#2. Lucky Luke and the Daltons

Original Title: Les Daltons (Lucky Luke)

Year: 2004

Genre: Comedy, Western

Director: Philippe Haïm

Creator: Maurice De Bevere

The Daltons


#3. Asterix & Obelix Franchise

Original Title: Astérix le Gaulois

Year: 2002-2014

Genre: Animation, Adventure

Director: Laurent Tirard, Frédéric Forestier, Thomas Langmann, Alain Chabat, etc.

Creator: René Goscinny

Asterix & Obelix


#4. Immortal

Original Title: Immortel, Ad Vitam

Year: 2004

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action

Director: Enki Bilal

Creator: Enki Bilal

Untitled design(3)


#5. Persepolis

Original Title: Persepolis

Year: 2007

Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama

Director: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi

Creator: Marjane Satrapi



#6. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

Original Title: Les Aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec

Year: 2010

Genre: Action, Adventure

Director: Luc Besson

Creator: Jacques Tardi

Adele Poster


#7. The Smurfs

Original Title: Les Schtroumpfs

Year: 2011-2013

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Director: Raja Gosnell

Creator: Pierre Culliford



#8. The Rabbi’s Cat

Original Title: Le chat du Rabbin

Year: 2011

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

Director: Antoine Delesvaux, Joann Sfar

Creator: Joann Sfar

The Rabbi's Cat


#9. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

Original Title: Jack et la mécanique du coeur

Year: 2013

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama

Director: Stéphane Berla, Mathias Malzieu

Creator: Mathias Malzieu

Jack and the cuckoo clock heart


#10. Ernest & Celestine

Original Title: Ernest et Célestine

Year: 2012

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama

Director: Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar

Creator: Gabrielle Vincent

Ernest and Celestine


#11. Snowpiercer

Original Title: Le Transperceneige

Year: 2013

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Drama

Director: Joon Ho Bong

Creator: Jacques Lob, Jean-Marc Rochette



#12. The Last Man on Earth

Original Title: L’ultimo terrestre

Year: 2011

Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

Director: Gian Alfonso Pacinotti

Creator: Giacomo Monti

The Last Man on Earth


#13. Titeuf

Original Title: Titeuf, Le Film

Year: 2011

Genre: Animation, Comedy

Director: Zep

Creator: Zep



#14. Alois Nebel

Original Title: Alois Nebel

Year: 2011

Genre: Animation, Drama

Director: Tomás Lunák

Creator: Jaroslav Rudiš

Alois Nebel


#15. Technotise: Edit & I

Original Title: Technotise – Edit i ja

Year: 2009

Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

Director: Aleksa Gajic, Nebojsa Andric

Creator: Aleksa Gajic

Untitled design


#16. Blue is the Warmest Color

Original Title: Le bleu est une couleur chaude/ La Vie d’Adèle

Year: 2013

Genre: Drama, Romance

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche

Creator: Julie Maroh



#17. Mort & Phil

Original Title: Mortadelo y Filemón

Year: 2003-2008

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Director: Javier Fesser

Creator: Francisco Ibáñez Talavera



#18. Zipi & Zape

Original Title: Zipi y Zape

Year: 2003-2016

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family

Director: Oskar Santos

Creator: José Escobar Saliente

Zipi & Zape

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