Nintendo Comics System

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The cover of the first comic.

The Nintendo Comics System was a series of comic books published by Valiant Comics in 1990 and 1991.[1] It was part of a licensing deal with Nintendo, featuring characters from their video games and the cartoons based on them.

The comics[edit]

Valiant Comics's Nintendo Comics System series of comic books was published between 1990 and 1991. The comics are based upon Nintendo video game and television intellectual property from Super Mario Bros., Game Boy, The Legend of Zelda, Captain N: The Game Master, Metroid, and Punch-Out!!.

Valiant's Super Mario Bros. comic books were based on the three main Mario games on the Nintendo Entertainment System, as well as The Super Mario Bros. Super Show. It featured the five main characters from the games and cartoon - Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool (as the name Peach was not known in America at the time), Toad, and Bowser. Wart (the main villain from Super Mario Bros. 2), the Koopalings, and the Viruses from Dr. Mario also made appearances infrequently. New characters were also made for these comics. One of these was Stanley the Talking Fish, an annoying fish who often pestered Mario about his dating problems. Also among the new characters in the comic was King Toadstool, the Princess' brainless father who did stupid things frequently. Then there was his advisor, Wooster, who knew the king's disposition. One particular character created for the comics was Dirk Drain-Head, a comic book superhero favored by Mario and all of Bowser's minions, and disliked by most other characters. Mario's line was renewed for 1991, when he had two different books - Super Mario Bros. and Adventures of the Super Mario Bros.

The stand-alone Game Boy comic books, despite having that title, were based on just Super Mario Land, since it was the only Game Boy adventure game around at the time. It ended at four issues. The stories featured an exclusive character named Herman Smirch, who was a quasi-hero of the storyline. He was an ill-willed character whom Tatanga—the villain of source game—could easily hypnotize into doing his bidding, due to the bitterness in the man's cynical soul. In each episode Smirch would release Tatanga and his minions into the real world and a child would then release a tiny[2] Mario to battle them.

The Legend of Zelda was based on the two Zelda games released on the NES, as well as the animated segments featured on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show.

Captain N: The Game Master was based on the animated series of the same name, but with some major differences. All third-party characters were dropped due to Valiant not applying for licenses from Capcom and Konami as the animated series had done, but the characters made for the show (Kevin Keene, Princess Lana, Duke, and King Charles), as well as Pit, remained. Simon Belmont and Mega Man were appropriately replaced by Samus Aran, the Metroid heroine who had not appeared in the cartoon, and Mother Brain's second-in-command became Uranos, the demigod from Kid Icarus. For unexplained reasons, Pit's toga was bleached yellow, and in most of the stories, Lana's dress was purple. However, she has a weapon - the scepter she had in concept art, but never featured on the show. However, some of the game-relation inconsistencies on the show (i.e., Metroid being a place, King Hippo being blue, Mother Brain's appearance) remained in the comics.

Metroid and Punch-Out!! appeared as stories in the graphic novel-like issues, and never had their own books. Samus was portrayed as self-serving and interested in Captain N.[3]

Story lists[edit]

Note: Short stories are 1 or 2 pages. Long stories are 4 pages or longer.

Captain N: The Game Master[edit]

Short stories
  • Welcome to VideoLand
  • Every Dog Has His Day
  • Villains' Do's And Don'ts
  • The Item
  • The Fabulous Powers of Captain N
  • Video-Town
  • Secrets of the Warp Zones
  • VideoLand Guidebook: Prisonworld
Long stories
  • All's Well That Ends Swell
  • The Fruit and Vegetable War
  • Money Changes Everything
  • The Happy Zone
  • Just a Dog
  • The Master Machine
  • Nervous Meltdown
  • A Dog's Life
  • The Real Game Master
  • Breakout
  • A King of Shreds and Patches
  • When Friends Fall Out

Game Boy[edit]

Short stories
  • International Enquisitor (A)
  • International Enquisitor (B)
  • International Enquisitor (C)
Long stories
  • In the Palm of Your Hand...
  • It's A Small World After All
  • Team Play
  • Pipes is Pipes

The Legend of Zelda[edit]

Two 5-Issue Volumes, published in 1990 and 1991. Some stories are printed in both volumes.

Short stories
  • [Prologue]
  • Map of Hyrule
  • Map of North Castle
  • Zelda's Consumer Tips
  • Secrets of the Triforce
  • The Perfect Date
  • Impa's Info
  • The Adventurer Link
  • The Complete Hero
  • The Legendary Zelda
Long stories
  • Missing in Action (No.1, 1991)
  • He Also Serves (No.2, 1990 and No.1, 1991)
  • Trust Me (No.2, 1991)
  • To the First Power (No.4, 1990 and No.2, 1991)
  • The Power / The Price (No.3, 1991)
  • Thief in the Night (No.2, 1990 and No.4, 1991)
  • Queen of Hearts (No.4, 1991)
  • It's Good to be King (No.4, 1990)
  • The Day of the Triforce (No.5, 1990 and No.5, 1991)
  • Coming Home (No.5, 1990 and No.5, 1991)
  • Assault / Choices ("Special Issue" No.7, 1991)

Metroid[edit]

Short stories
  • The Coming of a Hero
  • Metroid
  • Return of Samus (only the third of six.)
Long stories
  • Deciet Du Jour

Punch-Out!![edit]

Short stories
  • The First Fight
Long stories
  • Outsiders
  • Fox and Hounds

Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Short stories
  • The Legend
  • Koopa's Health & Beauty Tips
  • Dear Princess Toadstool (A)
  • Public Service Announcement
  • The Mario Bros. Guide To Grooming Your Moustache
  • Dear Princess Toadstool (B)
  • Koopa's Believe It Or Else!
  • Dear Princess Toadstool (C)
  • Mario Bros. Museum Of Plumbing (A)
  • Koopa's High School Yearbook
  • Fryguy High Yearbook - Activity Page!
  • Mario Bros. Museum Of Plumbing (B)
  • Family Album: The Early Years
  • Advertisement: Koopa Kola
  • In The Swim! Fun And Sun Fashions
  • Advertisement: Klub Koopa
  • Advertisement: Koopatone
  • Family Album: Summer Camp
  • Throne Out
  • Weight Up
  • Kitchen Kraziness
  • Toad's House
Long stories
  • The Fish That Should've Gotten Away
  • Mutiny on the Fungi
  • A Mouser in the Houser
  • Just Deserts
  • The Adventures of Dirk Drain-Head
  • You Again?
  • Piranha Round-Sue
  • Cloud Nine
  • Magic Carpet Madness
  • The Kingdom Enquirer
  • Bedtime For Drain-Head
  • Love Flounders
  • Betrayal Most Proper
  • Beauty and the Beach
  • Fins and Roses
  • Duh Stoopid Bomb!
  • Cloud Burst
  • The Buddy System
  • It's Always Fair Weather
  • Elect Mario For Man of the Year
  • The Revenge of Pipe Ooze!
  • Minor Defects
  • The Doctor Is In... Over His Head
  • Bowser Knows Best!
  • Tanooki Suits Me

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thompson, Michael (2008-11-25). "Drawn together: the love affair between comics and games". Arstechnica.com. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  2. ^ Zufelt, Mark (2010-10-06). "How Tall Is Mario? - News". www.GameInformer.com. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  3. ^ Oxford, Nadia (2006-08-07). "One Girl Against the Galaxy: 20 Years of Metroid and Samus Aran". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2011-03-28.