Wednesday, November 7, 2012

First Birth of the Zombie Apocalypse

by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard
Issue #39, Page 22 (Splash page): Birth of Baby Judith
Graphite and ink on board
9" x 12"
This past Sunday on AMC's The Walking Dead was hectic.

(**Spoilers ahead**)

Some of you may have the show waiting on Tivo, so I invite you to check back and read this column later–though, by reading the column title you may have an inkling about at least one of the major events that transpired.

Lori Grimes (somewhat estranged wife of police officer Rick Grimes) was revealed to be pregnant in the middle of season two. Believing her husband to be dead, Lori had shacked up with Rick's best friend and fellow deputy, Shane Walsh. Viewers will have to wait and see who the baby daddy is, but this past Sunday that baby was born into the Zombie Apocalypse.

Pictured above is that event as depicted in the original comic book series (issue 39, page 22; pencils and inks by Charlie Adlard from a script by Robert Kirkman).

The birth of Baby Judith in the comic book did not cause the death of her mother. In fact, the opposite is true: it is the death of Lori that immediately results in the death of Judith in the comic. But events in the television show have often diverted from the comic book.

This pivotal event from the award winning series was included in the first Pop Sequentialism exhibition, and the original art is still available. You can order it by clicking here.