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The Walking Dead has turned into a massively successful phenomenon, thanks to the record-breaking ratings the AMC series gets and the comic book that the show is based on. In July, the 100th issue of the series hits store shelves. Creator Robert Kirkman spoke about the milestone and released the cover image in a new interview.
Kirkman spoke to USA Today about the series and the cover, which is filled with plenty of spoilers for those that haven’t been reading it. The cover shows Rick standing over a pile of the dead bodies of other major characters. “You can't see it, but (hero cop) Rick is actually holding a birthday cake in his hand. Or, I guess, his only hand,” Kirkman joked.
According to Newsarama, the cover was illustrated by Charlie Adlard, who also drew the art inside. Kirkman wrote the issue, which is published by Skybound/Image Comics.
Kirkman promises fans that #100 is hardly the end of the series. He told USA Today that the issue is in the "dead center" of the “craziest” story arc in the series. Kirkman began the series in 2003, but still enjoys writing the comics and his role as executive producer on the show. "I'm thrilled that it still feels like I have a full tank of gas,” he said.
Earlier this week, it was reported that AMC would turn Kirkman’s newest series, Thief of Thieves, into a show. Like The Walking Dead, he says that the show and comics will be separate entities “so that one doesn't spoil the other."
Although The Walking Dead show is finally introducing The Governor and Michonne, two popular characters from the comics, Kirkman stressed that it will still be different. “There's going to be a lot of new stuff, too, and a lot of twists and turns that alter some of the stories told from the comic,” he said.
You can see the full cover at CBR.