‘The Hobbit’ comics exist, but ‘Lord of the Rings’ missed it
Of Star wars To Dungeons & Dragons, it looks like everything is getting a comedic adaptation. Even a franchise like Sharknado made the leap, so why, of all the properties, is there not the Lord of the Rings comics? At least The Hobbit comics have had some success in the past.
The first adventure of Bilbo Baggins in the comic “The Hobbit”
In 1937, The Hobbit captivated the imaginations of people around the world. Even Bucky Barnes joked when he read it in Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
A few years later, the the Lord of the Rings trilogy developed on the mythical world of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.
No time was wasted in adapting the books to other media. Radio performances, TV shows, a play and an animated film based on The Fellowship of the Ring taken out of the books. And came The Hobbit comics.
In 1964, Polygon reported that “British publishers Fleetway published an abridged version of the story, accompanied by point illustrations by Ferguson Dewar, in 15 issues of the anthology series. Princess and girl in 1964.
It was the first time that an artist other than Tolkien himself illustrated an English edition of The Hobbit.
“The text was accompanied by a series of 83 illustrations by Ferguson Dewar, commissioned specifically for the series and exhibited in their entirety for the first time at Tolkien 2019,” TolkienBooks.net said.
Unfortunately, The Hobbit the comedic adaptation remained the only one published during Tolkien’s lifetime, and he didn’t think Gandalf was properly portrayed. And it would take another 25 years before another comedic adaptation of The Hobbit would release.
“The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic” topped Marvel and DC titles
The second blow to a Hobbit the comic first arrived in 1989. The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantastic Classic debuted in No. 1 in August.
He’s managed to outdo some pretty heavy DC and Marvel titles.
On the DC side, it sold better than Suicide Squad and that of Neil Gaiman Sand seller. For Marvel, The Hobbit ranked above punisher and Cloak and Dagger, two names that exploded in the late 80s and 90s.
It ran for three issues, which only one commercial paperback collected in January 1990. As a promotion for The Hobbit films, a reissue in 2012 included new artwork for fans to enjoy.
So The Hobbit the comics got love and updates, but what about the Lord of the Rings?
There is no comic book “Lord of the Rings” – in English, at least.
Unfortunately, there is little explanation left as to why the Lord of the Rings never received a comedic adaptation.
At least one the Lord of the Rings comic never released in the United States. Few years later The Hobbit comics, another project has arisen.
In 1979 Finland received a the Lord of the Rings comic strip, allegedly based on the animated film. Two other issues were released in Europe but never received an English translation or a Western release due to copyright.
And these comics are still hard to find.
Tolkien and the Tolkien Estate prefer to protect the author’s legacy. Middle-earth was Tolkien’s passionate project, and the simplest answer to why fans didn’t get a the Lord of the Rings the comic probably boils down to copyright issues.
However, with TV shows and future films in the spirit of Hollywood, fans still have a lot to celebrate on Hobbit Day 2021.
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