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‘Dead’ comic lives to see 100
There won’t be any candles involved when the hit comic book The Walking Dead turns 100 issues old this summer. Instead, and more apropos for a zombie-filled horror series, there will be lots and lots of dead bodies.
“You can’t see it, but (hero cop) Rick is actually holding a birthday cake in his hand. Or, I guess, his only hand,” creator Robert Kirkman says of the cover to Walking Dead Issue 100, out July 11 from Skybound/image Comics.
Boosted by the success of the AMC television adaptation, The Walking Dead is the highest-selling trade-paperback and hardcover series in comics. So Kirkman wanted the 100th cover to be worthy enough for a landmark not many indie comics obtain.
The image, by series artist Charlie Adlard, features a pile of corpses, including every major character who has died in the series, from the evil Governor to Lori, wife of cop Rick Grimes.
As an executive producer on the TV series, Kirkman realizes that the cover may be a bit of a spoiler for fans of the show.
Says Kirkman, whose comic Thief of Thieves has also been tapped as a series by AMC: “The whole goal is to have the comic and the show exist separately so that one doesn’t spoil the other.”