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Behold The Dorky Magnificence Of This TRON Comic Strip From The 1980s!!

Merrick here...

D23 brings us a look at a rare TRON Sunday newspaper comic strip that ran in the 1980s.  TRON was part of an umbrella series called Walt Disney's Treasury of Classic Tales, which was active from the early 1950s up through the late 1980s.  

I didn't know there was a TRON comic strip in the Sunday papers, did you?  I do recall the STAR TREK comic strip that followed the release of STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE - which looks to be available HERE.  Loved those...couldn't wait for each new installment, although I seem to remember our local paper not running that series for too long (and I'm pretty sure we didn't have TRON at all).  

Awesome and amazing.  Is any of this stuff assembled in a book?  Probably not, but hopefully someone will do so soon?  

Punch Ram to see more panels.  


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  • April 27, 2011, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Almost wrote "

    by lochkray

  • April 27, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST

    And off screen is our gay partner rod.

    by claxdog

  • April 27, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Ok ...


    AintItbarelyFuckingInterestingNews . Com .....

  • April 27, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    I don't remember this at all.

    by Playkins

    Was in in the papers for a day?

  • April 27, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    I completely forgot about this

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    I thought I had imagined it during a fever dream.

  • April 27, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    I remember the "Spider-man" dailies in the 70s.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I remember being really excited about getting Spider-man in the daily comics in the 1970s. I also remember clipping out the daily "Star Wars" strips in the 70s.

  • April 27, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    I remember the daily Shining comic strip.

    by durhay

    Four days spent on Danny riding his big wheel. Then on Friday - the twins!

  • April 27, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Pretty cool

    by Tom Fremgen

    Though adventure strips were never really good since the the 1940's.

  • April 27, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST



    Seriously my man .... that made me fucking lol for real. I type that "lol" crap far too often and praise needs to be sent when something ACTUALLY makes it happen.

  • April 27, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST


    by paul burnett

    remember bruce in the scare crow n mrs king??

  • April 27, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Clash Of The Titans had a strip back in the day

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    A daily.

  • April 27, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST


    by Kid Miracleman

    What an interesting looking strip. I like the use of color. Does anyone know who drew the strip? It looks like Dave Gibbons' work to me.

  • April 27, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    The February date is suspicious...

    by Ed Cetera

    TRON was a summer 82 release, wasn't it? Unlikely that a tie-in like this would appear several months early.

  • April 27, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    It's legit & available on

    by RockHardTobascoSlimJim

    At least they were a few months ago.

  • April 27, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Larry Niven alert!!!!!!!!! (A.K.A :I'm such a fuckin' nerd)

    by blackflowerX

    I noticed on the Star Trek Strip that one of the writers was "Niven" . I also noticed that one of the alien races in the strip was called "The Kazinti", and looked cat like....<BR><BR> Then I realilzed that this was the great Larry Niven, and a version of his aliens called "The Kazin" from his books "The Man-Kazin Wars" !.<BR><BR> So beyond fuckin' cool!!! I LOVE Larry Niven!His best book IMO was the apocalyptic "Lucifers Hammer" <BR><BR> <BR><BR> Merrick, I love you for leading me to this shit! ...I wish there was more retro geek stuff like this ,and "ABAR, THE BLACK SUPERMAN " (which AICN had something on today) on the site, I'm a sucker for it....

  • April 27, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Ha! Awesome!

    by NeonFrisbee

    I love Tron. I don't care how dorky / retarded it is, I think it's great. The olde one is the most psychedelic movie of the 80s. (Unless Liquid Sky is.) Love the whole damn thing. I hope Tron 3 happens.

  • April 27, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST


    by blackflowerX

    LOL...That was hilarious, and so true.

  • April 27, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    I do remember this

    by oisin5199

    When I was a kid, I used to follow Disney comic strips in the Sunday funnies and they used to have all kinds of tie-ins happen before the movies came out. I especially remember the one for The Watcher in the Woods, for some reason.

  • April 27, 2011, 11:04 p.m. CST

    cool cool cool

    by alexander

  • April 27, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Disney did this a lot...

    by Happy Killmore

    ...way back when. I lived in San Antonio and remember Sunday strips for LOTS of their films: "The Last Flight of Nosh's Ark" and even "The Watcher in the Woods". I seem to remember one for "The Black Hole" too.

  • April 28, 2011, 12:14 a.m. CST


    by snowman12964

    I think the first Niven/Kzinti/Star Trek convergence happened in the early '70s on Star Trek: The Animated Series. But since I haven't seen that since I was a kid, I could be wrong...

  • April 28, 2011, 3:35 a.m. CST

    I punched Ram, but now my computer is not working

    by estacado1

    The tech support guy says my monitor is broken. This internet stuff is really weird.

  • April 28, 2011, 4:40 a.m. CST

    In the UK, they were collected into the Mickey Mouse comic

    by V'Shael

    I remember getting that comic as a child and seeing these movie adaptations done in comic format. Spaceman at King Arthurs court, for example. (I think it was released in the USA as "UFO:Unidentified Flying Oddball", proving once and for all that American titles are dumber than anything.)

  • April 28, 2011, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Anyone remember the Star Wars comic strip?

    by v3d

    Anyone? Anyone?

  • April 28, 2011, 10:03 a.m. CST


    by fartsarefunny

    I was just thinking about that Star Wars was pretty cool. What I remember most was a point where Han wearing some kind of battle armor stormed into a room blasting away. Also remember seeing Stormtroopers not wearing their helmets for the first time.

  • April 28, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST

    the Black Hole comic strip was real and

    by slickerynodes

    waaaay better than the movie. the FF strip wih that robot, however, blew.

  • April 28, 2011, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Flynn has a jew fro in the first panel when he's zapped...

    by Squinty CGI Flynn


  • April 28, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    I've original ones from the day

    by tronprogram

    Disney people, I have quite a few of these, cut out and stored from 82 in my collection. If you ask, I could have scans sent to you. Also have the full version of this in swedish as well, what a variant!

  • April 28, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Star Wars newspaper strips

    by Wormie1

    Dark Horse reformated most of the Star Wars newspaper strips into comic books in the early 90s. They also released collected editions of them. I remember the UK Mickey Mouse comic from the late 70s/early 80s. Their adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea sticks in my mind.

  • April 28, 2011, 2:29 p.m. CST

    I just realized what the look and feel is reminding me of

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    The Chick Publications religious tracts: I wish I could leave a few TRON comics at gas pumps.

  • April 28, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    woah, the Star Trek comic text panels

    by ufoclub1977

    are a big mess.

  • April 28, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    there was a woody allen comic strip in the 70's

    by Crimson Dynamo

    i shit you not

  • April 29, 2011, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Sword of Shannara comic strip from '78

    by m2298

  • May 1, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Yes, Disney did this all the time, @happy killmore

    by Moleskin_1

    I grew up in San Antonio, too. And I remember that Disney had a Sunday strip in the newspaper that featured new movies for a month or so.