In their continuing bid to rule all media, zombies in the form of The Walking Dead #100 had the best selling comic in North America for 2012.
The biggest success story of the past decade, TWD revitalized the horror genre in comics and spawned a television series that has broken basic-cable records. Back in 2003, creator Robert Kirkman set out to write a book that would show what happens after a zombie movie ends, following a group of survivors as they navigate a treacherous new world and discover that evil doesn’t exist in the dead, but the living.
TWD #100, issued on July 11, 2012 by Image Comics, led the annual list of top-selling comics compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors. In this installment, Kirkman shocked longtime readers by graphically killing off a key character, ultimately causing the book to sell out and go through three printings due to demand.
Here is the entire top 10 list, outnumbered but not ultimately ruled by Avengers vs. X-Men.
[Spoiler alert after the jump].
- The Walking Dead #100 (MR) (Image)
- Uncanny Avengers #1 (Marvel)
- Avengers Vs X-Men #1 (Marvel)
- Amazing Spider-Man #700 (Marvel)
- Avengers Vs X-Men #2 (Marvel)
- Avengers Vs X-Men #6 (Marvel)
- Avengers Vs X-Men #5 (Marvel)
- Avengers Vs X-Men #3 (Marvel)
- Avengers Vs X-Men #4 (Marvel)
- Avengers #1 $3.99 (Marvel)
And in perhaps what is the ultimate show of good-sportsmanship, gracious winner Robert Kirkman named his son Peter Parker Kirkman after Spider-Man’s civilian identity who died in Spider-Man #700.
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