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AICN Exclusive: Check out Drew Struzan's WALKING DEAD Comic-Con poster!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with an awesome exclusive for you. We all know Drew Struzan is a master. We’re all super excited for THE WALKING DEAD. So when those two geek asteroids collide we get this awesome exclusive thanks to the folks at AMC and Mr. Frank Darabont. Take a look (and click for super large version):

Excellent! Reminds a lot of Struzan’s MIST poster, especially in color scheme. From what Darabont has mentioned, this is the first time Struzan has depicted zombies! Pretty awesome, right? I'm also told that if the show continues on to multiple seasons that there will be a different crazy-awesome artist doing their take on The Walking Dead every year at Comic-Con! For those attending the Con, I know there’s a signing at the AMC Booth (#3721) Friday at 4pm and I’m pretty sure the above is what they’re signing. I’m stuck in Hall H at the time, so count me jealous! I got some rad pictures of the horror-show that is the AMC booth which you can see in about an hour when I finish up my annual preview night pictorial! Stay tuned! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • July 22, 2010, 2:58 a.m. CST

    looks good

    by mr teaspoon

  • July 22, 2010, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Struzan rocks!

    by Marxeffect

    Is it wrong to say he's my favourite artist?

  • July 22, 2010, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Very Tony Moore

    by Fisher209

    Just missing a few flies

  • July 22, 2010, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Wow, this shit just got real....

    by masteryoda007

    Great, great, great poster. I want one now please!

  • July 22, 2010, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Stephen King on the left...

    by BranMakMorn

    A homage perhaps?

  • July 22, 2010, 4:43 a.m. CST

    I had to kill BRAINSSSSS!

    by DickJones

    Seriously,the moon in the background with zombies coming at you? Gee how original.

  • July 22, 2010, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Cool Art

    by UrbanSamurai

    Very much looking foward to the show. Wanna see how it holds up, since the comic book is one of the most exciting titles of the last decade. Just to see future Comic Con posters as cool as this one makes me wish for several seasons.

  • July 22, 2010, 5:54 a.m. CST

    looks like the people at work.....

    by rben

    the dwellers of the cubicles....

  • July 22, 2010, 6:32 a.m. CST

    looks like it could be a comic book cover

    by Bouncy X

    does he ever do that? because since photoshop is all the rage for movie posters these days, he could probably find good work doing comic/graphic novel covers. imagine the little boost in sales if they could use his name, especially if its a smaller comic.

  • July 22, 2010, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Yep. If that isn't Steven King I'm a toaster.

    by fireclown

    I'm trying to keep my expectations reasonable for this. I can feel myself getting giddy.

  • July 22, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Nice nod to SK

    by ATARI

    I'm going to have to check ebay for one of these beauties.

  • July 22, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Its not stephen king

    by Fisher209

    Its of one of the zombies that we have seen a screen shot for. like the main one in the middle is. duh

  • July 22, 2010, 8 a.m. CST

    Stephen King? Come on!

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    That's not supposed to be fucking Stephen King, it's the same guy from that batch of zombie pics who everyone was saying looked like Kevin Bacon or Jim Carey or something.

  • July 22, 2010, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Didn't Struzan retire?

    by the_beard_of_Chuck_Norris

    Is he the Brett Favre of posters now?

  • July 22, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    This show HAS to get picked up. HAS to.

    by Simpsonian

  • July 22, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Can't wait!

    by Judge Briggs

    6 episodes will be a cock tease though!

  • July 22, 2010, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Not excited

    by Koyaanisqatsi

    The Walking Dead is not a very good comic. Just sayin'.

  • July 22, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah...

    by Koyaanisqatsi

    Very cool poster

  • July 22, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    That IS NOT Stephen King

    by zom_b_arthur

    He's a zombie on the show! He's all over TWD's AMC web page. Here's one of his many photos on the site.

  • July 22, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by rev_skarekroe

    There hasn't been a hardcore zombie poster like that in theaters since Return of the Living Dead. Some matinee-going toddlers are going to have nightmares.

  • July 22, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Oh wait, it's a TV show isn't it?

    by rev_skarekroe

    Never mind.

  • July 22, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Love Struzan!

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    What John Williams is to film scoring, Struzan is to cinematic posters. He even managed to make a bunch of shambling, decrepit corpses beautiful, lush and dynamic...

  • July 22, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    available elsewhere?

    by blugel

    please tell me this poster will be available for sale (for decent price) after sdcc!

  • July 22, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    needs flies. LOTS of flies

    by deelzbub

    seriously, if you've ever been around anything dead (roadkill, etc) you know how many flies there are, (and bees too, for that matter).<P> Now if you multiply that by 10 or 15 corpses? An assload of flies are required.<P> A city full of zombies? Call it Fly City!

  • July 22, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    That Jim Carrey'like Zombie got so much love

    by TheJudger

    Dude is on a fricken Struzan poster now, and lots of see it first images and video. Who ever that extra is, Ye gods have blessed thee Big Time! You are on the damn poster, created by Struzan! F'N'A!

  • July 22, 2010, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Series crossover!! Zombies invade Mad Men

    by skimn

    For those who say Mad Men is too slow moving, a little zombie action will wake them up. A zombie attacking Joan, ripping at her clothes...I'd buy that for a dollar!

  • July 22, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Glad to see Darabont continuing to support

    by skimn

    Mr. Struzan. Thats putting money where your mouth is...

  • July 22, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    That's Dean Koontz back there!

    by Nice Marmot

    Holy crap, Peter Straub, too!!!

  • July 22, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    This is gonna be on regular TV?

    by darthwaz1

    AMC? hows that gonna work? you can't have violence or objectionable material on regular tv, this would have to be on HBO to work.

  • July 22, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Be Exciting If This Was On HBO or Showtime

    by LaserPants

    But AMC? I dunno. MAD MEN rules, of course, it's the best show on tv right now, but a Zombie Apocalypse show without gore? I dunno.

  • July 22, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Moratorium On Using The Word "Rad"

    by LaserPants

    Uh, okay, okay, we get it. Retro 80s. Har de har fucking har. Enough. Seriously, though, retro 80s hasn't been even remotely cool since, like, 1998, and even then it was totally uncool. Please, let's not devolve anymore than we already have, okay? The way out is FORWARD, not back into the pop-consumer womb vortex.

  • July 22, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Brad Pitt to star in World War Z

    by JoeD

  • July 22, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST

    *remove spaces

    by JoeD

  • July 22, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    does anyone know what

    by OSAMP1

    the price usually is for comic con. I might go next year.

  • July 22, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Thanks to Daranbont

    by Fletch Gannon

    Actually the other way around 'skimn'...I'm glad to see Mr. Struzan supporting Mr. Daranbont...he is as big a fan of Struzan as anyone else. Slick looking poster, to bad Struzan retired...I've always looked forward to seeing what new artwork he has created.

  • July 22, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Sweet zombie Jesus!

    by Zardoz

    That's awesome! Can. Not. Wait!

  • July 22, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    I wonder how much these will go for on ebay

    by Rupee88

    we'll find out soon

  • July 22, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    So this TV series is about zombies?

    by Lemure_v2

    Man, way to go with the misleading title. I haven't been this confused since I watched Snatch.

  • July 22, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    That would be MJ_Corpse. Just take his wallet and buy Contipops a beer for us, willya?

  • July 22, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    laserpants - about the gore/violence on AMC

    by itrainmonkeys

    you should check out breaking bad. plenty of gore/violence there. "There’s severed heads on the back of turtles, there’s liquefied bodies falling through ceilings, somebody just got their head blown off recently." <br><br>That last line listing the gore was from an interview between Quint and Robert Kirkman (author of Walking Dead). He stated that there's no limit to the gore they can show. It's more about language restrictions on AMC (no F-bombs). You should check out the interview for more info about the gore. Here's one last part: <br><br>"Anything you have seen in BREAKING BAD we can do every minute of our show. And then also there’s a lot of things you can get away with, because they are zombies, so you will be seeing all kinds of cool stuff that you would expect to see in THE WALKING DEAD: THE TV SHOW, so while it isn’t a pay cable channel, I think that people are still going to get what they want." - Robert Kirkman <br><br>I think the gore will be fine. AMC isn't a basic network like NBC or's more along the lines of FX, which has had some pretty graphic stuff in the past.

  • July 22, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    C'mon, that poster's frickin' lame

    by slone13

    I love the comic and can't wait for the show, but this poster is completely uninspired, generic bullshit. I'm with DickJones on this.

  • July 22, 2010, 2:17 p.m. CST


    by itrainmonkeys

    do better

  • July 22, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Looks like this I Am Legend cover to me...


    While it's cool to see Drew doing zombies, it doesn't have that spark that so many of his paintings have. At first glance, it reminded me a lot of this Jim Thiesen cover to I Am Legend from the early 90s...

  • July 22, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    new tron trailer on yahoo with young jeff bridges!!!

    by ludmir88

  • July 22, 2010, 3 p.m. CST


    by slone13

    I don't have to do better, I'm not Drew Struzan. The guy's a poster designing god. I'm a huge fan and I happen to own two original paintings by the man. But this is entirely uninspiring. As resvordog notes right below you, it is lacking in that spark that so many of his paintings have.

  • July 22, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST


    by LaserPants

    Oh cool, okay, that's reassuring. I still would rather see a full-on, uncensored HBO or Showtime dealie though, you know?

  • July 22, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    any numbnut can draw a zombie.

    by alienindisguise

    And zombies need to go away. They have become as much of a cliche as everything else wrong with "entertainment" today.

  • July 22, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    I repeat

    by Koyaanisqatsi

    The Walking Dead is not a very good comic. At all. Such horrible dialogue on every damn page.

  • July 22, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST


    by seagrass

    Quit trolling. Ass.

  • July 22, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    That goes for you too, slone13

    by seagrass

    The poster is stellar. Shut up.

  • July 22, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST


    by seagrass

    Then do it, numbnut. Seriously... do you guys get together outside of here, have a few espressos, and scheme on how you can all troll AICN?

  • July 22, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    I'm not trolling

    by Koyaanisqatsi

    I know somebody agrees with me. Hell I know most of you agree with me.

  • July 22, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST


    by seagrass

    You should email everyone on AICN and see how many people actually do agree with you. In fact, I think you should start immediately. Don't come back without the results.

  • July 23, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    The average episode of "Bones" is pretty damn gory...

    by MCVamp

    Mutilated flesh in combine gears, crushed pulpy remains trapped in a compacted bundle of garbage, liquified leftovers in a can of chemicals, etc, etc...and that's on regular old Fox. Plus most of the TNT dramas slip "shit" and "asshole" in there once in a while. AMC will be fine.

  • July 23, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST


    by Koyaanisqatsi

    Calling people names, not saying anything related to the article except in reaction to someone else's opinion then telling them to shut up. Yeah, I'm the troll. That makes sense.

  • July 23, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    For the Record

    by magnetoelectric

    Darabont and Struzan are pretty tight in real life. Whether you personally like it or not Darabont knows what he wants and who can deliver<p> This poster is dope<p> And off topic. After seeing the commission Drew did for Frank of Creature' , Id Love to see Darabont tackle that.

  • July 23, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by Katet19

    Says the guy who's user name is the title of a ridiculously pretentious tone poem with no fucking dialogue to speak of. It's actually a rather wonderful comic, and while it's dialogue heavy at times the characters spring to life and it constantly defies genre convention almost never going where you expect it to.

  • July 23, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    They just announced

    by magnetoelectric

    Bear McCreary (Galacticas kick ass composer) Is going to score Walking Dead.<p> AMC cant miss

  • July 24, 2010, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Sure, generic.

    by Larry Sellers

    But it's kind of ridiculous that an artist can render zombies as subtle, eerie monsters and yet live action zombies these days are blood spewing psychos that aren't all that threatening. <p>There's something creepy in the classic zombie's movement and rotten appearance that is more menacing than a bunch of tweaked out fuckers with blood gushing from every orifice.

  • July 25, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    I thought Drew Struzan had retired

    by kamenliter

    from commercial work. Guess not. Nice to see him still working.

  • July 26, 2010, 8:45 p.m. CST


    by Koyaanisqatsi

    No, it is not rather wonderful. The dialogue is almost all exposition. Characters that spring to life? If by spring to life you mean explain everything to death in completely unnatural ways then yeah you're spot on. I have no problem with lots of dialogue but that dialogue is shit. And Glass' score for Koyaanisqatsi alone elevates it to levels a fucking zombie show can never hope to attain.

  • July 26, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Very neat

    by Teddy Artery

    Glad to see Drew is still working. I also was under the impression he had retired.