If you were subscribing to Nintendo Power back in the early 90’s, you might remember them running serialized comic versions of some of their big titles. Star Fox, Super Metroid, Super Mario World, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past all saw comics released in the magazine, adding an even deeper level of advertising for big titles in what was basically a magazine advertising Nintendo stuff. The levels of commercialism is almost dizzying.
Some were a bit better than others and none really stuck to anything but the basics of the plots of the games. We are talking about early 16 bit era plots though, so it’s not like there was a lot to lose in translation. The one that stuck pretty heavily with me because of the rather interesting adaption was the one based on A Link to the Past. Sure, it might help that that game ended up not only being my favorite Zelda game, but my favorite game ever, but I read and reread that thing dozens of times, always making comparisons to the game and seeing the differences.
I ended up buying the graphic novel version of it (well, more likely my grandma did, as I was about 10-11 years old and she was the biggest supporter of game addiction) that came out eventually and have held onto it through the last twenty or so years. I ended up buying another copy on ebay in the last few years or so to keep as more-close-to-mint edition than the fairly well loved copy from my childhood. Good thing I did that when I did as prices for it have gone up rather substantially since I was in the market for it.
Well, if the $50+ point of entry seems a bit steep for a weathered copy, there’s good news on the horizon. Viz Media is reprinting the comic sometime this year (from the looks of it, May seems to be the month anyway). And it’s looking to be reasonably priced (Amazon has it at $17.99).
The story and art were done by Shotaro Ishinomori, a renowned manga artist who created Kamen Rider and Cyborg 009 (which had a pretty dope game based on it released for the Super Famicom). While both of those franchises were huge in Japan, most people in our neck of the woods have probably never read them. Oddly enough, I’d bet that most of us are more familiar with the A Link to the Past comic, something he hasn’t done anything with in over 20 years. Or maybe that’s just me.
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