While a lot of people … maybe even most … will have come to know and love the hit AMC TV series , The Walking Dead started in 2003 as an Image Comics series — one that reaches the landmark 100th issue this summer.
“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 — last month, it took all 10 spots on Amazon’s top 10 list of graphic novels.
Kirkman wanted the 100th cover to be worthy enough for a landmark not many ‘major league’ comics reach, let alone indie comics. The image (above), by series artist Charlie Adlard, features a pile of corpses that includes every prominent character who’s died in the series … some of which may be a bit of a spoiler for fans of the TV show.
Fans shouldn’t necessarily worry, however, as Kirkman says: “The whole goal is to have the comic and the show exist separately so that one doesn’t spoil the other.” Considering some of the MAJOR changes to the TV show in onlly its second series it has already become evident that just because you’ve read the comics you don’t know what’s coming in the TV show – and that is one of the coolest things about the franchise: two amazing ongoing stories!
The Walking Dead issue 100 will hit stores on July 11th.