Hidden in Plain Sight: Great Comics Panels Brought to Life at the Movies

Before Captain America punched fake Hitler as Chris Evans, Cap punched him on his own comic book cover in 1941. Colin Farrell stabbing Jennifer Garner in Daredevil? Frank Miller drew that first. Many film-makers today go to great lengths to pay tribute to the original comics that gave us these amazing characters — the point of restaging scenes from the comics.

We searched through comic-book movies looking for the best reconstructions of original panels. And here they are — the most iconic comics artwork that got translated to film (and television.)

Daredevil

There are plenty of Joe Quesada inspired Daredevil moments in this unbalanced retelling of the blind superhero. But it was Frank Miller's Elektra death scene come to life that stayed with us more than Ben Affleck's ridiculous hair. For a movie that didn't spend too much time copying the comics, this moment was surprisingly similar, the back of Elektra's costume even sprouted a bloodless tent, signifying she'd been stabbed all the way through just like in the panel. Allowing for a PG rating, and a nice little nod to the creator.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Great Comics Panels Brought to Life at the Movies

Scott Pilgrim

Bryan Lee O'Malley's black and white video game-inspired comic came into bold colors thanks to Edgar Wright's movie. In fact the director even went as far to include comic book style captions action notes right along side the action. But perhaps the most memorable moment was when Scott literally moves a level up in life by admitting his love to Ramona, thus earning him the power of love.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Great Comics Panels Brought to Life at the Movies


Hidden in Plain Sight: Great Comics Panels Brought to Life at the Movies
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Captain America

Even though Captain America didn't officially punch the "real" Hitler in the Marvel movie, the superhero certainly reenacted the campy Jack Kirby cover over and over again in his Star Spangled Man act. Plus, the studio released this gorgeous vintage poster that also depicts the American boy smacking the crap out the Führer.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Great Comics Panels Brought to Life at the Movies

Spider-Man

The Green Goblin met his original demise that the sharp end of his own glider, which was later recreated in Sam Raimi's movie. Don't worry everybody, he comes back.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Great Comics Panels Brought to Life at the Movies

Spider-Man 2

And Raimi didn't let it stop there — during Spider-Man 2 you saw the recreation of the iconic "Spidey Suit in the Trash" moment from the 1967 issue, "Spider-Man No More!" So much fan service it was enough to make the entire theater squee.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Great Comics Panels Brought to Life at the Movies

Spider-Man 3

Eddie Brock's symbiote transformation scene in Spider-Man 3 was fairly similar to his first appearance in the comic The Amazing Spider-Man #299. Both take place in a church (except in the movie Brock isn't praying for forgiveness — he wants God to kill Peter Parker), but both end with Brock bonding with the symbiote and becoming Venom.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Great Comics Panels Brought to Life at the Movies

Tin Tin

A meddlesome boy and an old sea dog. According to the Animation Supervisor on set, Jamie Beard, the Tintin comics were the driving force of the movie's inspiration — and as you can see they drove the plot, art direction and over all feel and look of each moment.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Great Comics Panels Brought to Life at the Movies

Superman Returns

Tucked into the Superman sequel (Clark comes back from a long vacation) is a nod to this character's first ever appearance in 1938 Action Comics #1.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Great Comics Panels Brought to Life at the Movies

Walking Dead

Even though The Walking Dead has gone wildly off book. The pilot was almost a shot-for-shot remake of the first few issues. Rick Grimes gets a god's eye hospital shot, his horse is eaten, he takes refuge in a tank, hell there are even camera angles that mimic Rick's first encounter with Morgan and his son. It was meticulous, and really paid off — the pilot of Walking Dead is one of the very best TV pilots we've seen in decades.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Great Comics Panels Brought to Life at the Movies

Hellboy

Mike Mignola's art translated beautifully into the gothic style of Guillermo del Toro, look at this vintage shot of baby Hellboy. It's like these two maniacs worked side by side.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Great Comics Panels Brought to Life at the Movies

Watchmen

Zack Snyder may have messed up the ending of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons book — but otherwise, he certainly didn't miss a single panel. The sets, costumes, even the newsstands, everything was insanely detailed. Snyder and crew even recreated the original Silk Spectre's Tijuana bible and the character's Atomic Bomb dreams . No item was left unrecreated, even the music from the book was pumped into the movie. And the side comic one minor character was reading in the background (Tales of the Black Freighter), Snyder had it animated and released on DVD. For such a religiously faithful movie, it was pretty surprising when the director and writer decided to change the entire ending.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Great Comics Panels Brought to Life at the Movies

Hidden in Plain Sight: Great Comics Panels Brought to Life at the Movies

Sin City

Possibly the most insanely slavish comic to movie translation ever, even more so that Watchmen. Even the band aids on Marv's face matched up with the comic panels. Look at the scars on Bruce Willis' noggin, it's impecable. Robert Rodriguez's meticulous attention to detail while translating Frank Miller's work is baffling. Even the earrings on the women from Old Town matched. A case could be made that Sin City broke Rodriguez's brain. There is no other excuse for The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Great Comics Panels Brought to Life at the Movies

Hidden in Plain Sight: Great Comics Panels Brought to Life at the Movies

What else? Point out your favorite comic panel movie moment in the comments.