‘G.I. Joe,’ ‘Transformers 2’ & ‘Star Trek’ Movies: Super Bowl Trailers With Comic Book History

This year’s Super Bowl featured a trio of new trailers for some blockbuster films that have been on the collective radar of comics fans for quite some time now — and we’re not talking about “Watchmen,” folks.

Whether you had the highest praise for the “G.I. Joe” movie trailer, were blown away by the preview of “Transformers 2″ or found the new “Star Trek” movie trailer to be the best of the bunch, one thing shared by each of the properties is a successful run in the comics world.

Comic books based on the “G.I. Joe” toy line have been produced by various publishers over the years, with Marvel Comics’ and Devil’s Due Publishing’s “Joe”-themed series and spin-offs some of the most popular titles each publisher produced during their runs. Back in January, “Joe” fans rejoiced when it was announced that the architect of much of the “G.I. Joe” universe in comics and television, writer Larry Hama, would serve as consultant with the live-action movie.

“G.I. Joe” comics are currently being published by IDW, with a Hama-scripted “G.I. Joe: Origins” miniseries hitting shelves this month.

As for “Transformers,” the giant robots’ adventures in the comic book world kicked off with a Marvel Comics miniseries that began as a four-issue limited engagement, but ended 76 more issues later with a now-famous “#80 In A Four-Issue Limited Series” tagline. The series has since been published by various other companies, with notable runs at Dreamwave and, most recently, IDW Publishing, where tales of Cybertron’s finest (and vilest) continue to be told. (Check out our conversation with the writer of the “Transformers 2″ prequel comic for some clues about the plot of the sequel.)

With by far the longest presence in the comics scene, “Star Trek” comics have been published by various companies since the 1960s, when the original television series was the hottest thing in the sci-fi world. Like the “G.I. Joe” and “Transformers” comics, “Star Trek” comics are currently published by IDW. (Be sure to check out our coverage of IDW’s “Star Trek: Countdown” movie prequel comic, including some clues from “Star Trek” director J.J. Abrams about the connection between the “Star Trek” comic and film!)

By the way, if you’re looking for a “Trek” read on the peripheral, be sure to check out the second volume of “Star Trek: The Manga” published by Tokyopop in September 2007, featuring a story by former “Trek” actor and current professional print and online author, Wil Wheaton.

Have fond memories of these comics? Think the publishers are doing right by the properties? Let us know what you think in the comment section!