The Walking Dead – Short Synopsis

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While the world watched, Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, became conscious of his surroundings after spending a month in a coma. As the world held its breath, an injured and disoriented Rick Grimes became aware that he was in a hospital that was rife with the terror of the undead. From the beginning minutes of the season one, episode one premier, The Walking Dead (AMC) has awed, inspired and terrified its cast and its more than 15 million viewers world-wide. No other show in the history of cable has had the same impact as The Walking Dead.

walkingdeadallThe series was originally based on the comic book series of the same name, written by Robert Kirkman. The comic was started in 1993 and has grown in popularity since the advent of the show. The Walking Dead also creates a series of webisodes that correspond with each season, offering a new look on from the prospective of survivors caught in different situations. Due to the collective efforts of Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and Greg Nicotero, The Walking Dead is now one of the most popular and most-watched shows of all time for any basic cable airing. Not only does it have a premium crew of Executive and Co-Executive producers but it has an award-winning cast that has proven its talent many times. It has broken viewing records several times and has the most awards for any cable TV show in history.

As the storyline develops, Walking Dead fans watch as zombie apocalypse survivors face the harsh realities of a world that is as terrifying as it is free. There are no more electric bills to pay, work schedules to keep or foreclosures to avoid, but now it is the dead that are rising up against the living to devour them. Families have put aside petty differences but not out of love for each other. Rather, they do it out of the need and necessity to survive against zombie hordes that move slowly through a place, overtaking the living by sheer numbers. Even when the living avoid becoming the cuisine of the dead, they have to concern themselves with stockpiling on food and drinkable water so they do not starve or get dehydrated. The women that are pregnant have to worry about giving birth in less than sterile conditions. If they survive the labor, they are responsible for feeding and caring for a newborn that may cry out at the wrong time to alert zombies to the presence of humans. It is a gritty, harsh world that teaches new survival skills through the death of humans- by starvation, by lack of medical care and by zombie attack.

The original group of survivors has dwindled and grown again, picking up the much-anticipated character, Michonne, played by Danai Gurira and losing the much-hated antagonist, The Governor, played by David Morrissey. It has also boasted talents from the famous Scott Wilson, who played Hershel Greene, and Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon.

The show has become so popular that it has its own talk show, The Talking Dead (AMC), which airs after the newest episode every week. This is the first live talk show that AMC has ever presented. The hour long show is hosted by Chris Hardwick. It provides a place where fans can ask questions of the guest stars, in person or through social media sites. The guest stars largely consist of the latest cast member to get killed off from the show. The talk show recaps on the events of the newest episode, with a look back on the zombies and characters that were killed off during the show. It allows for honest debate amongst the viewers and guest stars about what the key points of the latest show were and what they think is in store for viewers on the next episode. Chris Hardwick makes the recaps interesting with insight about the characters and his unique ability to see every angle.

AMC’s The Walking Dead has become an almost completely interactive experience that surpasses the simple viewing of a show. Through The Walking Dead website or mobile apps, via AMC’s site, viewers can take advantage of interactive apps, which includes an app that turns a selfie into a zombie face. Fans can also play games that register response times and determine how that person would do in a survival situation. There are several different ways fans can enjoy the show because of the versatility of its online offerings, its talk show and the weekly episodes themselves.


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Captain America Bio

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Captain America is one of the greatest and most popular comic book heroes of all time.  He actually predates Marvel comics and was created in 1941.  His real name is Steve Rogers, whose origin is well known.  He was a tiny man, sickly, the proverbial ninety eight pound weakling who was possessed of a good heart and strong mind.  During an experiment with a powerful serum, Rogers was turned into Captain America, a powerful force for good designed to help win the war against Germany during World War II.

captainamericaObviously during the horrific war time in the 1940’s he was a very popular character but after the war his popularity started to slide.  Later, when Marvel took control of the character and the super team The Avengers revived him from suspended animation (circa 1964), Captain America became the leader of this team and began starring in his own stories.  He was off and running then and has become a staple of Marvel Comics, one of their best.

What makes the character so compelling is that he began as just a regular guy, much like many of Marvel’s characters such as Spider-Man/Peter Parker.  Comic readers can relate to him and he is inspiring because he tries so hard and has many qualities that people respond to and respect.  Captain America is brave and true and honest, always doing the right thing from a moralistic perspective and never leaving his friends behind.  In fact, being loyal and reliable is a major part of his appeal.

His team believes in him, they respect his directives and his incredible courage.  The scene at the end of the live action film, Captain America: the First Avenger is somewhat true to the comics and how he was introduced into the superhero team The Avengers.  Flying a drone plane meant to cause havoc and destruction, Cap flies it into an unpopulated area in the frozen North Atlantic Ocean in order to save countless lives.  The plane crashes and he is put into suspended animation for decades before being unearthed and brought back to life by The Avengers team.

Captain America did not know he would be saved.  He thought he was sacrificing himself for the good of others and that he would be saving innocent lives, which he did.  His reasons for any actions are altruistic.  He believes in being kind to his friends and regular people but also being relentless in his pursuit of his foes.

And his foes are many.  One of the biggest and baddest is Red Skull, Captain America’s arch enemy.  Their clashes have become the stuff of comic legend.  They are on the level of Joker Vs. Batman.  Almost.  Just a step down from there.

The Red Skull is a super villain that fought with the Nazis, alongside with Adolf Hitler in fact and of course Captain American can’t stand for this kind of affiliation.  He is the mirror image of Captain America, his true nemesis and in fact inhabits a clone body of Cap since he is the pinnacle of human physical and mental development.

Who wouldn’t want to be Captain America and have his skills?  The guy can throw his vibranium shield like it’s a Frisbee.  It becomes one of the best weapons available and of course can protect him against attack.  It fits his personality.  He is not an aggressive attacker but rather a defender of innocents, a defender of America in its endless war against evil.

He was originally designed to be a symbol of patriotic values on purpose.  During such a huge time of strife, the early 40’s, I can’t say I blame the creators.  It makes sense to me.  And perhaps helped people feel good about this country and what was happening around the world.  In fact, I think what Captain America represents, those good values of honesty and integrity, are important for kids to learn at an early age.


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2 Major Differences Between The Walking Dead and the Original Comic Series

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It’s always difficult to adapt source material into something new. Films and television shows based on novels, comic books, or even other entertainment media are always prone to comparisons and what-ifs and people wondering why certain details from the source material were ignored, altered, or even left out entirely. The Walking Dead, based on a hit graphic novel comic series of the same name, is no exception.

When The Walking Dead show was first conceived, it was ordered as a six-episode season—no doubt to “test the waters,” so to speak, to see if viewers would really warm up to the idea of a zombie apocalypse television show. Viewers flocked to the adaptation of this popular comic, and since then it has achieved consistently high ratings on AMC’s Sunday lineup.

But just how “true” to the original comic source is The Walking Dead? Let’s look at two of the major differences between The Walking Dead TV show and the comic on which it was based.

governorThe Governor

Both the TV and comic version of The Governor are, at their core, violent, psychotic characters that rule with an iron fist and have no qualms about killing the living. The TV show, however, did drastically alter the Governor’s other characteristics.

In the comic, the Governor is a Hispanic man with long dark hair, a handlebar moustache, and a penchant for dressing in sloppy clothing. In the TV series, the Governor is a white man with a shaven face, neatly cut hair, and a penchant for dressing in nice, casual dress outfits. In the comic, the character is prone to public, violent outbursts and acts on his aggressive emotions almost immediately. In the TV series, the Governor is much colder and calculating—the fire is underneath his icy exterior.

merledarylDaryl and Merle

The Dixon brothers, Merle and Daryl, are definitely fan favorites. Daryl is one of the most popular characters from the TV show, with legions of fans around the world. But neither Daryl nor Merle appeared in the original comic series. Their appearance, backstory and role in Rick’s group have been entirely made-up just for the TV series. The popularity of Daryl is so great, in fact, that there has been talks of introducing his character—or a character based on Daryl—into the original comic book series.


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Mr. Freeze is the Coolest Villain Batman Has Ever Faced

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Let’s face it—Mr. Freeze is pretty cool. And he makes a wonderful Batman villain. Aside from his gimmick—a must, in Gotham’s world—it is his icy demeanor that makes him the perfect opponent for Batman to face. Which is why it is only natural that some form of Mr. Freeze appeared in numerous Batman mediums, including comics, television shows, films and more. But did you know that Mr. Freeze was not always the chilling opponent that we know and fear today?

mrfreezeIn his earliest appearances, Mr. Freeze was actually known as “Mr. Zero.”.When Mr. Zero was transferred over to the Batman TV series developed in the 1960s, he was renamed Mr. Freeze; this rename was quickly adapted to the comic books as well.

The earliest backstory for Mr. Freeze can be found in the Pre-‘Crisis’ continuity. In this continuity, Mr. Freeze was a scientist who went rogue with his own experiments to design a deadly ice gun. His experiment backfired, and he accidentally spilled dangerous cryogenic chemicals on himself. This caused him to require temperatures below zero in order to live.

It was not until the late 1980s that the backstory we’ve all come to know was written. In this new backstory, Mr. Freeze used to be a brilliant but troubled genius named Victor Fries. As a child, Victor would freeze animals–causing his parents to send him to an isolated and very strict boarding school to quell his horrifying behavior. Unfortunately, this isolated adolescence led to Victor feeling emotionally cold and detached from other people. It was not until college, when he met a woman named Nora, that he finally felt love. The two married and Fries enjoyed work as a renowned molecular biologist, but unfortunately Nora came down with a terminal disease.

Victor, who was working on a freeze ray, used it on Nora in the hopes of putting her in a cryogenic state while he worked on a cure. Unfortunately, a tussle involving Batman, the mob and Victor himself resulted in an explosion that killed Nora and turned Victor Fries into one of the first modern Batman supervillains: Mr. Freeze.

Because Freeze believed Batman to be partially responsible for his wife’s death, he made it his mission to track down Batman and kill him. The two have fought in comics, television shows, games and films since then.


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A Guide to Buying the Walking Dead Comic Books

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walkingdeadcomicsSo: you want to start buying The Walking Dead comic book series. Maybe you’re a fan of the show who wants to read the original source material, or you’ve been a comic fan all along and want to add this award-winning, hit comic book series to your personal collection. Whatever the reason, you’re in luck! There are plenty of ways that you can purchase this unique and compelling series for your personal comic collection. How you choose to buy them may vary depending on your budget, how many books you want to eventually have in your collection, as well as how you personally like to read or enjoy comics.

By Volume

The Walking Dead is currently being released via trade paperback volumes which contain a total of six issues per volume book. There are currently 20 volumes, with a 21st volume being set for release early in in 2014. The volumes for The Walking Dead sell at retail for $14.99, although you can often find them at a discount of around $10 to $11 at various online retailers like Amazon.com.

If you don’t mind having a number of different issues, and prefer to buy volumes at a cheaper price over a several month period, then the “by volume” option may be for you.

By Hardcover

The Walking Dead is also being released in larger hardcovers. Each hardcover contains two story arcs from the series, which usually evens out to be 11 to 13 issues. In addition to containing about 11-13 issues of the series, each hardcover also contains the cover art of each issue, a larger trim size than the trade paperback volumes, as well as the occasional bonus material.

There are currently nine different hardcover books, as well as two different volumes dedicated solely to the series cover art. The hardcover book volumes retail for $34.99, but can often be found on sale for $25-30 at various online retailers.

Omnibus Editions

The series is also available via large, limited omnibus editions. These omnibus editions contain around 24-26 issues each and contain various extras. The first omnibus edition was limited to 300 pieces, and later volumes have been limited to 3000 pieces each.

The omnibus editions retail for $100.00 and can sometimes be found on sale at various retailers. The first volume of the omnibus is out of print and must be bought secondhand.


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How Much is a Superman’s first Comic Really Worth?

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For many comic book fans, the “holy grails” of any comic book series lie in coveted issues. The most coveted issues tend to be, not surprisingly, the very first of any series. Why? Because, for the most part, there was no guarantee that these characters would be successful or long-lasting. The very first issue is—for many characters—a test in the waters.

The most sought-after comic book in the world is, with some argument, Superman #1. Superman is perhaps the most iconic superhero of all time. He has graced everything from comic pages to television to the silver screen; he can be found on t-shirts, in video games, and novelty mugs; he has spawned board games and costumes and so much more. To have the very first comic book appearance of Superman in a collection is, then, very much an understandable desire.

supermancomicBut just how much is the first comic appearance of Superman really worth?

First, it’s important to note exactly which comic we are talking about here: Superman’s very first comic appearance was in Action Comics #1. The issue, first released in 1938, has been called in retrospect the “beginning of the super hero genre.” The initial Action Comics as an anthology which featured numerous super hero (as we know them today) characters; today, it is dedicated solely to its most famous hero, Superman.

Although the initial run of Action Comics #1 was 200,000 copies, professionals estimate that there are only about 50 to 100 copies of the original Action Comics #1 today. And, of these 50 to 100, only a few of them are considered on the “high end” of the quality spectrum.

The worth of the comic can be judged through its graded quality and its rarity. Action Comics #1 is exceedingly rare, meaning the ultimate worth comes down to its quality.

CGC (Comic Guaranty LLC) grades copies of collectible comments on a scale of 1 to 10; when a comic is above a 4.0 rating, it is considered VG or very good. There are only six known copies of the issue which are rated above a 4.0. One copy, rated 8.0, sold for $1 million in 2010; another copy, sold that same year, was graded at 8.5 and sold for $1.5 million. And in 2011, another copy—estimated to have a grade of at least 9—sold for $2.16 million.

 

 


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