From Comics to the Big Screen

Currently, movies adapted from comic strip characters are top hits with their special effects. Making movies based on comics goes back to the beginning of the film industry. Check out these comic book movies from our digital collections.

Dick Tracy vs. Cueball

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Dick Tracy fights an ex-con, who steals and murders.

Flash Gordon

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Based on the 1930's comic strip, and featuring the music of super-group Queen, this feature film has Flash and Dale Arden racing through space to battle Ming the Merciless, to save the Earth from destruction.


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"Annie" is the story of the little orphan girl who never lacks optimism as she yearns to find the parents who abandoned her. In the tale, set in New York city during the depression era, Annie and her fellow orphans do their best to survive under the harsh conditions set forth by their cruel caretaker, Miss Hannigan (Ms. Bates). Annie runs away from the orphanage in search of her parents, only to be returned by the police. Meanwhile, the nation's richest man, billionaire Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks (Mr. Garber), has been accused of not caring enough about the poor and agrees to take in an orphan -- Annie -- for the Christmas holidays. But a greedy scheme involving the dastardly Miss Hannigan and her brother, Rooster (Cumming), puts the holiday festivities in jeopardy.

The Mask

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When he dons an ancient Nordic mask, Stanley Ipkiss moves at warp speed, knows your every desire, satisfies your every whim and dances like Fred Astaire, Gumby and Barishnikov combined. He's s-s-s-smokin'! Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz star in this story of a sweet, socially inept bank teller who discovers a mask that transforms him into a superhero ... but one whom you may not want to call for help.

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