Terminator has been on the comics page almost as long as it has appeared on the big screen. With Terminator: Genisys coming out this week, we thought it was the perfect time to give our visitors a little bit of a history of The Terminator in comics.
The Terminator has been published by an impressive eight different publishers since 1988 with the first Terminator comic, imaginatively titled The Terminator, was published by Now Comics and ran from 1988 to 1990. Now then published All My Future’s Past and The Burning Earth. The Burning Earth has the distinction of featuring the debut of artist Alex Ross, who went on to a huge career at Marvel and DC on titles like Marvels, Kingdom Come and Earth X.
The next publisher to pick up Cameron’s creation was Portland, Oregon-based Dark Horse Comics, no stranger to licensed product as they had already had hits with their line of Aliens comics. In 1990 Dark Horse put out Tempest, written by John Arcudi and drawn by Chris Warner, and Dark Horse was associated with Terminator from 1990 right up until 2014. They even published Superman vs Terminator, pitting DC’s Man of Steel against Hollywood’s killer cyborg and even published Alien vs Predator vs The Terminator.
Back in 1991, Marvel Comics published the adaptation of Terminator 2: Judgment Day but that was their only association with the characters to date.
The now-defunct Malibu Comics, which was bought by Marvel, published three Terminator 2 tie-in comics in 1995 and 1996.
Bizarrely, while Dark Horse was publishing Terminator comics, Beckett comics, another company which bought the cybernetic bullet not long after it was founded, put out an adaptation of Terminator 3 back in 2003.
iBooks reprinted the Marvel adaptation of Terminator 2 back in 2003.
Dynamite Publishing then brought out four series between 2007 and 2011 including a team up between Terminator and that other 1980s cyborg big screen sensation Robocop.
IDW Publishing even got in the act in 2009, publishing a movie prequel and movie preview for Terminator Salvation, the fourth film in the franchise.
There are currently no plans from anyone to put out comics based on the latest film but since its publishing history has been as checkered as its film history, then it is possible that, before long, we may see yet another comics company translating the Terminator stories to the comics page.