Yes, there was a Police Academy comic. No, it wasn’t based on the movie. Unless one came out after this.
Yep, that existed. and they made a comic book.
Police Academy #2
Marvel Comics (Mid November, 1989–yes, they were doing the “mid month” thing at this time)
“The Beast From 2 1/2 Fathoms” and “The Cookoo Commandant”
WRITER: Angelo Decesare
PENCILER: Howard Post
INKER: Jacquelle Roettcher
COLORIST: George Roussos
LETTERER: Rick Parker
EDITOR: Sid Jacobson
In the first story Mahoney’s date (with a woman whose name he can’t remember) is interrupted by a sea monster, but the gang finds out it’s actually a sub that’s part of a plot to steal from a yacht they sunk. In the second story Commandant Harris is giving a lot of strange orders but Mahoney, Jones, Sweetchuck, and House discover it’s a children’s show quick change artist who wanted revenge on Harris and was trying to make him look bad during his vacation.
The problem with reviewing this is everything they get right is wrong. The comic features the art style and comedy found in the cartoon almost perfectly, which is usually something I would tout as a good thing. The problem is the cartoon’s comedy is kind of terrible. Look, I’ll defend cartoons based on more grown-up properties like Rambo, RoboCop, and even the Aliens series (yes, they tried that) because I can see that concept working for kids, especially after they saw ads during the daytime and family hours (that were toned down but still wanted to attract the parents and older siblings) and saw it was interesting. NOTHING about the Police Academy franchise beyond cops doing silly things would attract kids outside of maybe Jones and his sound effects (which in the cartoon was done by ACTUAL sound effects, which is kind of lame). This is one property that really doesn’t translate well to kids, so they added in stuff that would work for toys. (Because of course there were toys.)
I have nothing against the comedy of the show although it didn’t age well with me but it still baffles me why they decided this would be a good show for kids. However, I also wouldn’t be surprised if someone out there has a love for the show because they saw it as a kid, possibly before the movies (I think I saw a couple of the PG movies before the series–probably didn’t get fully get the Blue Oyster gag, which thankfully is missing from the show), and they would enjoy the comic. They did try to create a kids version of the show, explaining the name as the “Police Academy Precinct” but Tackleberry now carries gimmick bazookas (he uses one to fire ice cream in the first story), the gang gets all kinds of weird gadgets from the Professor, but for me it never really worked and I can’t really recommend the show or the comic.