POPCORN CULTURE: CELLULOID TO COMIC PANELS
Throw back to a pre 90s era of movie consumption. If you were a kid growing up in the 70s and 80s, either a movie ticket was going to get you close to your favorite film, or if you begged enough, a trip to the video store to rent that title, often many months after it completed its cinema run, was a back up option.
Prior to DVD, a very limited amount of titles went to 'sell-through' with obvious sure-fire return on investment picks making the cut, and could top out $60 or more. Top Gun by Paramount was one of the first affordable titles released in 1987 at only $26.95, and in the late 90s, virtually every title went to retail via DVD at a progressively more reasonable price.
Circling back to being a kid in that era and wanting to re-experience that summer blockbuster or latest sci-fi epic, snapping up comic books was the easiest way of course for a mere dollar or less, depending on the era. Before their properties became summer tentpole movie franchises, DC and Marvel produced a plethora of movie adaptations, adapting screenplays and in some cases, taking some liberties on scripted dialogue. The titles often ran as a mini series of up to four issues depending on the popularity, while some were condensed into a single book, often the case with DC. Marvel took the main volume of adaptations, with DC keeping their output fairly minimal in comparison, offering up obvious choices like a collectible adaptation of 1989's Batman.
Some were obvious no-brainers ranging from Star wars to Indiana Jones, but some more interesting choices have become collectible including Little Shop of Horrors and Buckaroo Banzai. We've rounded a few up below that may have wound up in your collection...