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The Walking Dead Series

Updated on January 17, 2012

The Walking Dead Comic

The Walking Dead follows a former Kentucky police officer named Rick Grimes as he, his family and a group of survivors try and survive in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested world. It began as a zombie comic created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore. The Walking Dead was first published in October 2003 and it has now accumulated nearly 100 issues and inspired a TV series, a video game, a board game and of course The Walking Dead TV series. It is published by Image Comics.

Charlie Adlard took over The Walking Dead artwork following issue six, but Tony Moore continued to provide the cover art until issue 24. It has been made available in trade paperbacks, hardcovers, omnibus editions and compendium editions.

The graphic novel The Walking Dead is known for its hard-hitting style, its willingness to kill of main characters and the amount of punishment inflicted on main protagonist Rick Grimes. In 2010 The Walking Dead won the Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series. In 2011 Rick Grimes was ranked by IGN as the 26th Greatest Comic Book Hero of All Time and ranked fellow character Michonne, as the 86th. In 2009 IGN had also ranked The Governor as 86th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.

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Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman

Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead Creator Robert Kirkman

Robert Kirkman created The Walking Dead in 2003. It was published Image Comics, of which Kirkman is one of the five partners. He is the only current Image Comics partner who did not found the company. As a comic book writer he has been active since 2000, starting with the self-published Battle Pope, which he worked on with future Walking Dead artist Tony Moore. Since then he had produced a large number of works, particularly with Image and comic book powerhouse Marvel. As well as The Walking Dead Kirkman is also renowned for his work on Invincible and Marvel Zombies.

His work for Marvel includes contributions to X-Men Unlimited, Spider-Man, Captain America, Jubilee, Marvel Team-Up, Fantastic Four, Ultimate X-Men, New Avengers and X-Force Annual.

Tony Moore
Tony Moore

Tony Moore

Walking Dead Founding Artist Tony Moore

Tony Moore helped Robert Kirkman create The Walking Dead in 2003. And in 2004 he was nominated for an Eisner Award for best new series. He had produced a variety of work over the last ten years and is particularly know for specializing in horror and science fiction. He has worked with Marvel on a variety of projects, such as Ghost Rider and The Punisher.

Other titles he has worked on include Battle Pope (2000), Masters of the Universe (2003), Brit (2003), Fear Agent (2005), The Exterminators (2006), The Amory Wars (2007) and Venom (2010).

The Walking Dead TV Series

Finally, a TV series set in a zombie apocalypse...

The Walking Dead premiered on AMC on the 31st of October, 2010 in the United States. On debut it broke the AMC record for most-watched series premiere with 5.3 million viewers. However, this was broken again for the second series premier, with 7.3 million viewers. A third season has been confirmed.

Frank Darabont developed the television show based on the comic who produced along with Gale Anne Hurd. However, while it follows many of the same beats as the comic, it is not a strict adaption. One of the obvious differences is that characters last a lot longer in the TV series than in comic. For the second season Glen Mazzara replaced Darabont as show runner.
Rick Grimes is the main character and is played by Andrew Lincoln. He and his cast have received a wide variety of award nominations for their work. At the 2011 Saturn Awards, five of the actors were nominated.

The Walking Dead received some criticism for its slow pace in season two. However, while we are fortunate to have a TV series set in a zombie apocalypse, zombie fans need to realise that it is not a b-grade movie horror. It is a character and story driven show that should be judged on different standards. That said, the series does seem to be missing Darabont’s direction and there are rumours of some of the season two issues being driven by AMC budget cuts. Fortunately, following the season two finale the show seems to be back on track.

The Walking Dead Cast

Cast from the TV series Walking Dead as of the end of the second season.

  • Rick Grimes … played by Andrew Lincoln (19 episodes)
  • Shane Walsh … played by Jon Bernthal (19 episodes)
  • Lori Grimes … played by Sarah Wayne Callies (19 episodes)
  • Andrea … played by Laurie Holden (19 episodes)
  • Dale Horvath … played by Jeffrey DeMunn (19 episodes)
  • Glenn … played by Steven Yeun (19 episodes)
  • Carl Grimes … played by Chandler Riggs (19 episodes)
  • T-Dog … played by IronE Singleton (18 episodes)
  • Daryl Dixon … played by Norman Reedus (17 episodes)
  • Carol Peletier … played by Melissa Suzanne McBride (17 episodes)
  • Maggie Greene … played by Lauren Cohan (12 episodes)
  • Hershel Greene … played by Scott Wilson (12 episodes)
  • Patricia … played by Jane McNeill (12 episodes)
  • Beth Greene … played by Emily Kinney (11 episodes)
  • Jimmy … played by James Allen McCune (11 episodes)

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      4 years ago

      My favorite show on television, I never miss an episode. I am devastated that there are only TWO episodes remaining to be aired this year (2013). It's going to be difficult to wait until the rest of the season airs in early 2014.

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      5 years ago

      My favourite series! :D Very excited for Season 4 already, just sad that Merle and Shane are no longer with us...

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      Chris Merritt 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      That last episode was amazing. The best season finale that I have ever seen.

      You are getting me all geeked out about this new season! lol

    • M A Williams profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New Hampshire

      Well he didn't last very long in the comics, so maybe they'll take advice from how he departed there.

      Any doubts I had were well and truly put to rest after that last episode. It was awesome.

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      Chris Merritt 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      I think it was great. I think season two is building for a great season 3.

      I have heard that Jon Bernthal (Shane) is leaving the show for a new one this fall..which makes me wonder HOW is he going to depart?

    • M A Williams profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks for your comment Cmerrit. What did you think of the second series compared to the first?

      Can't wait for it to start again!

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      Chris Merritt 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      I LOVE THIS SERIES! I am anxiously awaiting its season debut....the most intense TV I have ever watched...great acting, writing and special effects.

      By far the best drama on TV


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