From Comics to Screen: Visual References in The Walking Dead Season One

From Comics to Screen: Visual References in The Walking Dead Season One

Earlier this year, we debuted the latest entry in our ongoing series From Comics to Movies with a guide focused on the first season of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix, which followed our previous two guides on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy as well as the X-Men film franchise. With these articles, we want to return to the source material that inspired the films and shows and examine the visual language of the comic book basis and how it has been translated onto the screen. Now comes our latest in the series, and potentially the first of a sub-category in our visual reference guides, AMC‘s The Walking Dead Season One!

Ever since The Walking Dead made its debut on AMC, the series has found unfathomable commercial success, which has translated not only to countless viewers but a comic series that consistently lands on the New York Times bestseller list. What separates The Walking Dead from other comic book adaptations? For one, creator Robert Kirkman. Kirkman has been heavily involved in the TV series, meaning that it seldom diverges too far from the source material, which you’ll come to find in the gallery below.

As with the previous articles in this series, most of the slides below show the near direct translation of a comic panel come to life on screen; however, some show where the series took its inspiration in the form of a line of dialogue, a setting, or a certain even that takes place at a different order in the TV series than in the comic book.

Check out the slideshow and compare the comic book panels with shots from the series below, and let us know your thoughts (and what film or series we should do next) in the comments!