Literary characters – from James Bond to Fanny Hill – and authors themselves often pop up in comics and graphic novels. Here's a personal list of favourites
The Long Halloween and its sequel Dark Victory, both of which inspired Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight; but prior to those graphic novels, they worked together on three Halloween tales for the monthly title Legends of the Dark Knight. In the third, Ghosts, a sleepless Bruce Wayne is visited first by his father, in Marley-like chains, then by Poison Ivy, and finally by a spectral Joker, who takes Batman to his own grave. Like Scrooge, Wayne learns a new appreciation of life from his encounter with death, and starts a charitable foundation next morning.
fiction, fighting it out in textual combat to determine the shape of the superhuman to come. So analogues of DC Comics heroes defeat the pulp characters of the previous age and, in this issue, one of Ellis's protagonists, pale-suited cool dude Elijah Snow, kicks down the door of Sherlock Holmes's library to tell the ageing detective his time is up. Holmes releases his bodyguard, Dracula, but the age of 19th century fiction ends violently as Snow turns the count to ice and boots him in the frozen crotch.
Church Going. If the book is a house, its architecture is taken not from Larkin, but from Carroll: quotations from Alice open and close the story, and the underpinning concept is that Batman's rogue's gallery of villains are just himself, seen through a looking-glass. Dave McKean's Mad Hatter, based on Sid James, is a highlight.
JM Barrie's Wendy, now in a loveless and sexless marriage. Peter is long gone, a repressed memory from her past who haunts her through glimpsed shadows.
Read all ten at The Guardian.