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The Mad Men Comic That Never Was

The Mad Men Comic That Never Was

There have been plenty of TV-to-comics over the years, from Sergeant Bilko to Doctor Who. For some it became a licence to print money, such as X-Files or Buffy Season 8. Some, like Chuck, are more forgettable.

But wouldn't you have picked up a copy of Mad Men?

Based on the AMC show set in a nineteen sixtioes advertising agency on Madison Avenue, revolving around the office lives and personal lives in a decade of social change, the television production team proposed a Mad Men comic book, taking individual episodes and adapting them in graphic-novel form.

Artistically led by Howard Chaykin, it would have featured a number of big name more naturalistic comic creators taking the original scripts to aired episodes and working them up into comicbook form.

However, with no new story material being offered, and doubt from publishers about spending money developing a project that just wasn't built for the graphic-novel or comicbook media, the project fell apart.

I can see the point. But damn, I think I'd have also liked to have seen the comic.

Illustration by Jamie of What A Kerfuffle

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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