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ComicMix Six: Super-Heroes on Television

Luana Haygen

Luana is an animated movie and superhero enthusiast with an eye for detail. She has been drawing and creating fashions since she was a child. She has been routinely helping here at ComicMix since 2009.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I agree that they should bring more to the small screen.(Wonderwoman worked well back in the day, didn't it?)I personally would really like to see Sandman as there are not enough really well done period pieces on TV (especially not ones with Super heroes)~Jacque

  2. Keith R.A. DeCandido says:

    Actually, Witchblade was quite successful, it just didn't last all that long because the star went into rehab….And The Flash was an excellent show that was, unfortunately, a few years too early, as it predated the post-TNG SF TV boom, and also had the misfortune to be put on the air opposite The Cosby Show at the height of its popularity.

    • Alan Kistler says:

      Having re-watched the Flash episodes last year, I found most of them to be hokey and weirdly indecisive about whether or not they wanted to be dark or tongue-in-cheek.Witchblade's success I was basing on the fact that when it was on I knew no one beside myself who watched it and when it came out on DVD none of my friends who worked at comic and video stores knew what it was. If you're less memorable than Birds of Prey, that doesn't speak very highly to me.

      • Keith R.A. DeCandido says:

        Uhm, okay. Call me crazy, but I think ratings figures and DVD sales figures are a better barometer for popularity than what you and a few friends do. That's the flip-side of the lamest of the lame-ass Internet arguments that flood the aether these days: "Me and my friends like it, so it must be popular."

        • Dave says:

          When the Flash was on, I thought it was one the best shows on TV (I was 28). It was fun but had its darker moments as well – a show doesn't have to be one or the other. My frustration was trying to find the show on CBS's darn schedule! They moved the time slot every week of two. The program received good critical reviews, but the ratings continued to go down because no one could find the show in order to watch it.When it came out on DVD, I bought it right away. I enjoyed watching it again – finally seeing the 3 episodes I'd missed the first time around.Based on what I've heard of the DVD sales, this show could have been a big hit given the proper support from the network.Regarding Smallville, I think it's a great premise for a show but I lost interest during the third season due to the slow-moving storyline and the endlessly recycling romantic mess. I've heard their were some welcome heroic additions (Green Arrow, Aquaman, JLA, etc.) in later seasons, but I'm not interested in wading through more of the weak episodes in order to get to the few good ones.

          • Alan Kistler says:

            Smallville has surprisingly gotten pretty cool in the past couple of seasons. There are still a few weak episodes, but the main draw to me is that Clark is now acting like young CLark Kent and not like Peter Parker. There was a great scene in the beginning of season 6 where someone tells him he concerns himself too much with individual lives and he shouts "My parents taught me to care about people and I'm not going to apologize for that."It's just a shame it took us this long to get to this point. I mean, I honestly think you can skip at least three of the seasons for the most part.

  3. Delmo Walters Jr. says:

    Green Arrow would be perfect for the small screen, much more than that SuperMax idea of GA escaping from a maximum security prison.

    • Alan Kistler says:

      Totally true. Hell, Justin Hartley's been a fantastic Green Arrow on Smallville. Lose the sunglasses and I'd be down for watching him week after week.

  4. Dave says:

    Captain America would make a terrific series – especially if based on Ed Brubaker's vision of the characters in this ensemble cast. Political intrigue, action, personal relationships, legacy, great villains and more would combine to make this a series with something for most 14+ viewers and would be as socially relevant as the modern Battlestar Galactica.

  5. Brian Alvey says:

    I would definitely TiVo "CSI: Central City."And imagine if Barry Allen had Ray Palmer on his investigations team. All those CSI bullet would close-up shots would have Atom in them moving things around, checking things out. Fun stuff.

    • Alan Kistler says:

      Dude, you just blew my mind grapes!And imagine futher, Barry finds a mysterious murder which looks like it could have only been done by alien technology and then runs across a mysterious P.I. who is investigating the same mystery, a P.I. named John Jones.GENIUS! Hey, Hollywood! Is anyone listening?!?

  6. Steven Atkins says:

    I think, with shows like ALIAS and THE UNIT working as they have, a NICK FURY: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. would be a good program.As with shows like SUPERNATURAL, a good occult-based show could work. Marvel could give us all sorts of programs from that genre. Dark Horse could give us BPRD: THE SERIES (in either live-action or animated formats). DC could give us JACK KIRBY'S THE DEMON.In addition to THE SANDMAN, DC could also give us THE QUESTION…perhaps even an anthology series featuring the Charlton characters in a rotating slot format (like the mystery movies that featured COLUMBO, MCCLOUD, MCMILLAN & WIFE, etc.)My ideas for new animated shows: – Doom Patrol – Strange Tales (anthology series featuring the animated adventures of Doctor Strange AND Nick Fury…just like the comic title of the same name did) – MARVEL TEAM-UP (a natural to compete with the proposed BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD)Just my two cents.

    • Alan Kistler says:

      Nick Fury and The Question nearly made it onto this list. I kept juggling between the Question and Sandman and finally decided to go with Dodds since he had the supernatural edge. I didn't have both up because I figured they might be too similar in basic premise, atmosphere (creepy guy acting as detective) that it would seem repetitive.Great suggestions about the Doom Patrol, Strange Tales and The Demon.Marvel Team-Up I'd hold off on just because I'm liking the current Spider-Man cartoon so much I don't want any of the sub-plots to go away. But hey, what about Marvel TWO-IN-ONE? The Thing meets a different hero every week. THAT would be great right now!

      • Steven Atkins says:

        MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE would be cool. Especially if Dan Slott did some writing for it. I LOVED his run on THE THING.I think that there are literally UNIVERSES of characters to use and utilize for both animated and live-action television that have gone mostly untapped.Even people who don't read comics could get into a CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKOWN series, ADAM STRANGE, JONAH HEX (or POW WOW SMITH) or an adaptation of THE WALKING DEAD.Think about the western fans who might watch a TV series based on the adventures of the Marvel western characters. (And, if I had my way it would culminate into John Ostrander's BLAZE OF GLORY, should the series need to end.).I am a comics fan AND a TV fan. I really don't see why these thing can't combine to give us what they do when separate(and when done properly)…which is entertain us and give us good stories.On a humorous side/movie-related note, I hope that Marvel does all the Midnight Sons characters…AND puts Donal Logue in them! He's already in TWO of them now (GHOST RIDER and BLADE).Then again, I am pretty weird.

  7. Alan Kistler says:

    I could see Donal Logue riding alongside the Two=Gun Kid and the Phantom Rider.