Alice in Wonderland Comics

With the recent release of Alice in Wonderland on DVD and Blu-ray, I started thinking about comic versions of the classic children’s story.

There are the obvious adaptations, many by publishers I’ve never heard of. If you’re looking for that kind of straightforward retelling, I recommend About Comics’ Alice by Lela Dowling.

There are several manga revamps, where similar characters are put into new situations, such as Alice 19th or Alice in the Country of Hearts. Extensions Hatter M and Wonderland tell more stories with the same characters, as does the serious-minded adults-only graphic novel Lost Girls.

Then there are similar stories, where a girl (rarely a boy) falls into a magical world, such as Bizenghast, Coraline, or The Clarence Principle.

I don’t know how to classify Bryan Talbot’s Alice in Sunderland, other than to say it’s just as creative as the original in very different ways.

What other Alice in Wonderland comics am I missing?

11 Responses to “Alice in Wonderland Comics”

  1. SKleefeld Says:

    Off the top of my head, there’s… Four Color’s adaptation of Disney’s movie adaptation, an Alice-inspired romp through Wonderland with St. Nick in Santa Claus Funnies #2, an Oz/Wonderland mash-up style story from Arrow Comics entitled simply Wonderland, the cheesecake-filled Return to Wonderland sequel-type stories from Zenescope, The Oz-Wonderland War featuring Capt. Carrot and the Zoo Crew, the Oz/Wonderland/Neverland online comic by Andy Weirc called Cheshire Crossing, the Oz/Wonderland/Neverland/Narnia mashup called The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles, and the Wonderland/Pinocchio/Treasure Island/Pied Piper/etc. mashup called Lullaby. Naturally, of course, and there’s the DC villain called the Mad Hatter who’s obviously inspired by Carroll’s tale and Marvel has a character by the name of White Rabbit.

    And, of course, like you said, there are any number of straight retellings of the original story.

  2. Roger A. Says:

    The Steve Englehart/Frank Brunner Silver Dagger/Dr. Strange story collected in the book “A Separate Reality” has Alice-like sequences, including Doc meeting a hookah-smoking caterpillar.
    For straight adaptations, I really like the Classics Illustrated version Kyle Baker did.

  3. Johanna Says:

    I loved the Captain Carrot comic, thanks for that reminder.

  4. takingitoutside Says:

    I noticed the popularity of Alice retellings last summer and started writing a series of posts on various adaptations, but I haven’t gotten very far. What I have is here.

    To your list, I can add Pandora Hearts, which features a male protagonist; a one-chapter side story of Ouran High School Host Club; and a full-colour, one-volume, straight retelling by Kinoshita Sakura.

    There are some other series that you could argue just reference Alice, such as Black Butler, which features a White Queen (Victoria), a Red Queen (as in drag) and so on. I can’t remember any more off the top of my head, but there are a lot floating around.

  5. chasdom Says:

    I found Illusive Arts’ “Dorothy” to be an interesting experiment, definitely never thought I would be enjoying a photo comic, but it was pretty good. Definitely some beautiful pages in that one.

    The seven issues they published were pretty slow paced, so even if it had continued, I don’t think I would have kept up with it due to cost reasons. But still, glad I read what did come out.

  6. chasdom Says:

    I am an idiot, aren’t I?

    I don’t know how I got Dorothy and Alice confused. Must be lack of sleep.

    No, I can’t think of any additional Alice comics. Oops.

  7. SKleefeld Says:

    Just remembered that Slave Labor put out a book a few years back called simply “Wonderland” which was done as a sequel to the Disney movie. Sonny Liew’s drawing style and character designs from this book were blatantly aped for Marvel’s “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” book from last year.

  8. Johanna Says:

    Chas, that’s a cool reminder, though. I wonder whatever happened to that company? (Probably figured out they weren’t making enough money and went to something that had a better return on investment than comics. :) )

    SK, I mentioned Wonderland in the post above, as a story extension. But that’s another interesting Alice/Dorothy connection.

  9. David Oakes Says:

    I saw some Dorothy issues displayed on a table at the local (Phoenix) comic con last week. But I can’t remember if they were there as a publisher or creator.

    There is also “Alice in Mobland” by TRIBE Comics. Though after the name, it seems a generic Fantasy/Crime mash-up. (And it features a Scarecrow, so even more Wonderland/Oz crosspollination.)

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