Comic book companies use words with specific meanings that only regular readers understand which can confuse or scare-off new readers, when sometimes these words should be helping them. Even the addition of the word Adventures to the end of a comic book title can be code…
Originally, and infrequently today, ending a comic book title “Adventures” was a meaningless addition to a comic book title to make is sound more exciting, like other words such as “Comic”, “Tales”, “Legends”.
- Strange Adventures (DC Comics 1950 – 1975, 1999 – 2000, 2004 – 20005, 2009, 2011)
- Rocketeer Adventures.
Comics based on animated series.
Mostly at DC Comics, and especially since at DC since The Batman Adventures. Obviously, most are family friendly and have one-off stories. Not all comics based on cartoons have “Adventures” added, mainly the ones that already have an existing comic with that title.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Adventures (Archie Comics 1988 – 1995) based on the animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987 – 1996)
- Muppet Babies Adventures (Harvey 1992) based on animated series Muppet Babies (1984 – 1991)
- The Batman Adventures (DC Comics 1992 – 1995) based on Batman: The Animated Series.
- The Batman & Robin Adventures (DC Comics 1995 – 1997) to mimic the rebranding of Batman: The Animated Series as The Adventures of Batman & Robin (DC Comics 1994 – 1995)
- Batman: Gotham Adventures (DC Comics 1998 – 2003) when the series title changed to The New Batman Adventures (1997 – 1998) (The original plan was for the name of the series to be changed to Batman: Gotham Knights)
- Batman Adventures (DC Comics 2003 – 2004)
- Superman Adventures (DC Comics 1996 – 2002) based on the animated series Superman (2001 – 2002).
- Justice League Adventures (DC Comics 2002 – 2004) based on the first season (2001 – 2002) of Justice League animated series. Later seasons were called Justice League Unlimited and the comic shared that name.
- Pokemon Adventures (Viz 1999 – 2000)
- Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures (Dark Horse 2004 – 2007) based on Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003 – 2005).
- Marvel Universe: Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures (Marvel) based on the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series.
All-Ages based comics.
The connection to animation and the hokeyness of the word has lead to the use in family friendly titles (usually stand alone stories).
- Dark Claw Adventures (DC/Marvel 1997) a The Batman: The Animated Series-style comic about an amalgam of Batman & Wolverine.
- Marvel Adventures, a family friendly Marvel Imprint (although the comics are named in the style of Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four.)
- DC Presents: Wonder Woman Adventures (DC Comics 2012) a collection of Adventures in the DC Universe (Batman: The Animated Series-style comics)