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‘Walking Dead’ #1 Comic Book Sells for $10,000

Walking DeadThe Walking Dead is AMC’s #1 horror show that sends chills up the spines of the living. But before it was must-watch TV, it was a critically acclaimed comic book. However, one lucky individual has become its ultimate fan. A buyer, whose name has not been revealed for privacy, recently purchased it on eBay for $10,100.

The seller, FlyersComics, had the issue graded and encapsulated by the Certified Guarantee Company, which gave the book a near mint 9.9 rating.

One reason for this kind of demand for The Walking Dead #1 is its low print run. According to Image Comic’s publisher Eric Stephenson, the first issue had a print run of only 7,300 copies.

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Special note: Although first issues have more cachet than the second, The Walking Dead #2 is actually even more rare. Stephenson states, only 5,400 first-run issues were printed.

 

‘Walking Dead’ becomes new Online Class

Wilson); Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln); Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan); Glenn (Steven Yeun); The Governor (David Morrissey); Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Andrea (Laurie Holden) – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Gallery – Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

IRVINE, CA – The hit AMC show is now the main subject of a free online course at the University of California, Irvine.  The school partnered with the network to create an eight week course that will discuss science and survival themes using The Walking Dead as its basis in a class called “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead.'”

“Fans of the show know that ‘The Walking Dead’ is about more than zombies; it’s about survival, leadership and adapting to situations that are perilous and uncertain,” AMC exec Theresa Beyer said in a statement. “AMC is excited to be the first entertainment group to make the foray into the online education arena through this unique partnership.

With guidance from a selection of UC Irvine faculty hailing from the public health, math, physics and social sciences department, the course is expected to not only offer another way to connect during the show’s fourth season (which began October 13) but also “a legitimate educational experience that can be applied even more broadly.”

Faculty members from the University of California, Irvine take students on an academic journey into the world of The Walking Dead, exploring topics such as: social order/identity, public health, and the spread of infectious diseases.

Enrollment is open to anyone who’s interested in signing up at via http://www.canvas.net/TWD. Classes will be held on Mondays starting October 14 through December 2.

 

A Brief History of Horror Comics

Gilberton Publications' Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Aug. 1943), possibly the first full-length comic book horror story.

Gilberton Publications’ Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Aug. 1943), possibly the first full-length comic book horror story.

Horror stories within sequential art can be traced back as far as early 12th century Japan.  However, individual horror stories did not gain popularity in America until1940. The first dedicated horror comic books arguably are Gilberton Publications’ Classic Comics #13 (Aug. 1943), with its full-length adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Avon Publications’ anthology Eerie Comics #1 (Jan. 1947), the first horror comic with original content.

Horror comic books reached their peak in the late 1940s through the mid-1950s.  However there was growing concern over its graphic content and suggestion – a Senate hearing soon followed.  In September 1954, the Comics Magazine Association of America (CMAA) and its Comics Code Authority (CCA) was formed. The Code had many stipulations that made it difficult for horror comics to continue publication, since any that didn’t adhere to the Code’s guidelines would likely not find distribution. The Code forbade the explicit presentation of “unique details and methods of crime…Scenes of excessive violence…brutal torture, excessive and unnecessary knife and gun play, physical agony, gory and gruesome crime…all scenes of horror, excessive bloodshed, gory or gruesome crimes, depravity, lust, sadism, masochism…Scenes dealing with, or instruments associated with walking dead, or torture.”

Tales_from_the_Crypt_24This contributed to the demise of many titles and the toning down of others. The most influential and enduring horror-comics anthologies of this period, beginning 1950, were the 91 issues of EC Comics’ three series: The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror and Crypt of Terror, renamed Tales from the Crypt.

Warren Publishing continued the horror tradition in the mid-1960s, bypassing the Comics Code Authority restrictions by publishing magazine-sized black-and-white horror comics. Warren debuted the horror anthologies Creepy (1964–1983) and Eerie (1966–1983), followed by Vampirella, an anthology with a lead feature starring a sexy young female vampire.

As a result of the hearings, DC Comics decided to shift its ongoing horror titles, House of Mystery (1951–1987) and House of Secrets (1956–1966), toward the suspense and mystery genres. Similarly, Marvel Comics produced the titles Strange Tales (1951–1968) and Journey into Mystery (1952–1966).

In 1971, the Comics Code Authority relaxed some of its longstanding rules regarding horror comics, which opened the door to more possibilities: “Scenes dealing with, or instruments associated with, walking dead or torture shall not be used. Vampires, ghouls and werewolves shall be permitted to be used when handled in the classic tradition such as Frankenstein, Dracula, and other high-caliber literary works written by Edgar Allan Poe, Saki, Conan Doyle, and other respected authors whose works are read in schools around the world.”

3023070-tomb+of+dracula+#16+-+page+1Following this, Marvel returned to publishing true horror by first introducing a scientifically created, vampire-like character, Morbius, the Living Vampire, followed by Tomb of Dracula. DC continued to publish supernatural fiction and occasional horror stories in such titles as Swamp Thing, Weird Mystery Tales, and Weird War Tales.

By the mid-1970s, the horror comics boom had faded and only a few titles persevered and other than DC’s Swamp Thing the genre lay dormant for the rest of the decade. It wasn’t until the early 21st century a resurgence began following the popularity of graphic novels such as 28 Days Later, 30 Days of Night, and of course, The Walking Dead.  After a momentary lull, the public’s fascination with the macabre continues.

To see a list of ten great horror comics from the Golden Age to now click here.

Tampa Comic Con Draws Massive Crowd

Actress Lauren Cohen, cast member of The Walking Dead

Actress Lauren Cohen, cast member of The Walking Dead

TAMPA, FL – The Tampa Bay area was flooded with massive crowds of comic, superhero, sci-fi and fantasy fans August 23-25 who were attending its annual Comic Con. Now located at the massive Convention Center the large venue was able to accommodate a greater selection of guests from TV’s hottest shows, and movies; such as Game of Thrones, Hunger Games and The Walking Dead.

According to convention organizer Stephen Solomon, expected attendance was 20,000 total for the three-day event. “We got more than 20,000 in one day,” said Solomon, a managing member of Orlando-based Action3 Events and Promotions, which run the Tampa Bay Comic Con.

Solomon believed Saturday’s enormous turnout was due to the mainstream appeal of having actors from

Maisie Williams and Rory McCann from Game of Thrones

Maisie Williams and Rory McCann from Game of Thrones

the popular television show The Walking Dead (Lauren Cohen). Maisie Williams and Rory McCann from Game of Thrones were also in attendance signing autographs. Willow Shields (sister to Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games) was also on hand for the event.

The organizers were not prepared for such a turn out and the deluge of fans made it difficult to enter the hall quickly. However once inside, fans enjoyed a cacophony of comics, toys, celebrities, artists and of course, cosplayers.

Cosplayer at Tampa Bay Comic Con 2013

Cosplayer at Tampa Bay Comic Con 2013

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