10 Comic Books With Awesome Animated TV Shows You Forgot Existed

8. The Savage Dragon

Swamp Thing
Image Comics

The Savage Dragon made his name on the pages of Image Comics back in the early 1980s, but didn’t find his way onto the small screen until 1995.

Based on an early idea from noted comic book artist and writer Erik Larsen, who would first find success working on Spider-Man, the series centred on the adventures of a superhero police officer known as the Dragon - for immediately obvious reasons.

A muscle-bound, green-skinned humanoid who possessed super-strength and advanced healing abilities, the Savage Dragon also happened to be an amnesiac, having been discovered in a burning field prior to joining the Chicago police department.

The mystery behind his origins and powers made for an intriguing premise and while the cartoon series may have been a little tamer than the original comic, it still made for entertaining view.

It also boasted an impressive voice cast that included Star Trek alumni Michael Dorn and René Auberjonois as well as Star Wars icon Mark Hamill, who was fresh from his success as the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series.

Short-lived at just two seasons and twenty-six episodes, The Savage Dragon cartoon is also noted for being part of a unique four-episode crossover series involving characters from Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Wing Commander. The results are every bit as weird and wonderful as they sound.

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