Classic Atari Games are Being Turned Into Comic Books

By Gerald Lynch on at

Whether it be failed Hollywood adaptations or surprisingly entertaining novelisations, games are no strangers to being reinterpreted for other mediums. Most of the time though, the creations are constrained by the nuances of story and character already established by the gaming properties. Which is what makes today's announcement from Dynamite Entertainment so intriguing; it's set to publish a string of comic book series based on classic Atari gaming franchises, games that essentially had little in the way of plot to begin with.

Along with a "comprehensive retrospective hardcover book" looking back at the history of Atari and a new ongoing James Bond series, Dynamite will produce new magazines based around titles including Asteroids, Centipede, Crystal Castles, Missile Command, Tempest and Yar's Revenge. Original tie-in comics from back in the 1980s will also get republished.

"We are excited to be teaming up with Dynamite Entertainment to bring a modern twist to a classic series of comics and table top books that are rich with historic art," said Fred Chesnais, CEO at Atari.

"Atari's roots in the comic book world and iconic art is a collector and video game enthusiast's dream. Our partnership is a fun way to expose our brand to a new generation and resonate with our long-time fans."

It should be an interesting experience for whichever creative teams get to work on the Atari books (no writing or art talent has been divulged by Dynamite at this stage). Atari cabinets were always characterised by their striking artwork, and fleshing out the plot concepts behind what were essentially skill games should make for some mad results. Who wouldn't want to read about a giant space-faring centipede, terrorising the galaxy? Expect to hear more on the books during this week's San Diego Comic Con, which kicks off on Thursday 9th July.