Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Triumph Of the Walking Dead

Zombies-ya gotta luv ‘em! In the past decade zombies have evolved to become this generation’s premiere monsters. Since the early days of monster movies each generation has had their own particular brand of scary creatures.

During the 1930s and 1940s it was classic monsters like Frankenstein, the Werewolf, the Mummy and Dracula. The 1950s made way for creatures from outer space paralleling America’s fear of nuclear war. The 1960s saw a resurgence in classic monster movies and a smattering of space monsters. The 1970s first introduced zombies but eventually focused once again on a wide variety of scary creatures. The late 1970s and 1980s introduced the long psycho killer like Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers and the 1990s continued that trend with a smattering of earlier genres thrown in for good measure.

The start of the new century saw a number of living dead films and books but it wasn’t until Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead comic book appeared that zombie madness truly kicked in.

In BenBella/Smartpopbooks’ new unauthorized Triumph Of The Walking Dead several author’s look at the incredible success of The Walking.

Robert Kirkman’s Zombie epic is traced back to its early roots as a fledgling title in the Image Comics roster to its current status as a popular trade paperback collection and TV series. Editor James Lowder has assembled an impressive collection of Walking Dead essayists who examine not only the popular comic book series and TV show but he Zombie phenomenon as a whole.

Many ask the questions “What exactly would happen is such a zombie plague actually occurred? Who would survive and what would become of humanity?” Interesting questions and an interesting book that zombie fans are sure to love.

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