A Look Into Retro Gaming And Comics


A Look Into Retro Gaming And Comics


Greetings from the desert fellow CBSI members. As the calendar finally starts to see Summer close in our rearview mirror, it’s the perfect time to look at something fun within our hobby in this Run The Table. Now this article won’t be analyzing the latest spec, but it will evoke some childhood memories, when things weren’t dominated by financial gain. Ah yes, the days of innocence, when the bubbles we lived in were smaller. Yet most of us reading shared similar passions during these times of our lives – video games and comics.

With that said, let’s look back and retro games which were based on comics. Were they good, were they bad? Are they worth playing today? So hop on aboard, let’s take a trip down memory lane…

Here’s a few gems from the retro gaming era that makes anyone want to dust off their old NES. Now with most of these games, the gameplay was awful, controls were frustrating, and the graphics were archaic. However, they are a bundle of fun now, and in some cases have monetary value.


NOTE: If the title is starred there is a collectibility desire to the game and it shows a higher monetary value




The Uncanny X-Men




Silver Surfer


**Spider-Man – Return of the Sinister Six


**Swamp Thing


Batman – Return of the Joker


Captain America and the Avengers


The Punisher


Batman Returns


Batman – The Video Game


Cool stuff huh? Those of you who are 80s kids bound to have played a few of those back in the day. There’s only so much of Link, Samus, Simon, or those pesky plumbers you could play with right? Ugh perhaps not!

Alright, some of you may have been more partial due to age to SNES. So let’s look at some of those top games too!


NOTE: If the title is starred there is a collectibility desire to the game and it shows a higher monetary value


The Adventures of Batman and Robin


Marvel Superheroes in War of the Gems


Justice League Task Force


Wolverine: Adamantium Rage


Incredible Hulk


X – Men Mutant Apocalypse


**The Death and Return of Superman


Batman Returns


Spider – Man / X – Men Arcades Revenge


Captain America and The Avengers


**Maximum Carnage


Spider – Man


**Venom & Spider – Man:

Separation Anxiety


The Amazing Spider – Man

Lethal Foes


Honorable Mentions NES


NOTE: If the title is starred there is a collectibility desire to the game and it shows a higher monetary value






Dick Tracy


Darkwing Duck


**Chip n Dale: Rescue Rangers




**DuckTales 2


Friday the 13th


Honorable Mentions SNES





Tournament Fighters





The Tick


The Rocketeer


The Shadow


It’s amazing to think the NES is coming up on 35 years of age and the SNES a close second at 28 years old. Time flies huh? The games of today had advanced in many ways. Yet they lack that warm and fuzzy feeling the old games gave us at that time. Perhaps it’s just nostalgia?



In closing I am going to speak to the two men above, Stan Lee and Shigeru Miyamoto. There are many parallels these two brilliant gents share which fortunately have given all of us a ton of memories and fun over the years. As you read this there is no doubt most of you know what Stan Lee helped create within comics.

However, this being about retro video games and comics it was important to speak about Shigeru’s accomplishments too as perhaps some are unaware of just how important he is to the entertainment landscape. The man created Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Starfox, F – Zero, and Donkey Kong.

These alps helped introduce all the spinoffs we still see to this day, and helped truly cement Nintendo’s legacy. His creations are synonymous with the video game world as Stan Lee’s are with comics.

Here’s a few interesting facts to leave you with in regards to Mr. Miyamoto:

  • He originally wanted to draw comics: Miyamoto loved Japanese comic books (manga) and aspired to become an illustrator when he got older. “I gave that up because there were so many other manga artists who were at such a high quality that I felt I couldn’t compete with them,”
  • Donkey Kong happened due to leftover cabinets: Miyamoto’s big break came at the age of 27, after Nintendo had misjudged the potential popularity of a shoot-‘em-up game called Radar Scope. The title failed to catch on in North America and the company found itself with over two thousand cabinets that needed to be renovated with something new. Miyamoto was charged with coming up with a replacement title. After Nintendo failed to secure the rights to Popeye, he imagined a riff on Beauty and the Beast, where a noble hero rescues a princess from the clutches of a snarling monster.
  • Zelda was modeled after a cave from his childhood: The Legend of Zelda, came from some local expeditions he had undertaken as a child—a possible result of not having a television to divert his attention. Once, when he discovered a cave, he needed to work up the nerve to explore it. Fetching a lantern, he progressed deeper into the opening, which led to another cave. “The spirit of the state of mind when one kid enters a cave alone must be realized in the game,”

Well I trust you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Comics and video games share many commonalities which really helped shape our childhoods. In most cases, these games can be found and played. Just as we read older comics from our younger years, dust off some of these older games and relive those fond memories.


Talk soon,


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