Image/Skybound Entertainment has announced that The Walking Dead Deluxe will feature six connecting variant covers by Charlie Adlard when it arrives on comic shop shelves in October.

Earlier this year at the Skybound Xpo, series writer Robert Kirkman announced that The Walking Dead Deluxe, a colorized version of the originally black-and-white comic, would be lumbering toward your local comic shop beginning on October 7th, 2020, with new issues arriving every other week after that.

Adlard is certainly not a stranger to TWD, having taken over for original interior artist Tony Moore beginning on issue 7 in 2004, and remaining on as penciller all the way until the (surprise) final issue of the series last year with #193.

Never fear: according to the press release, Moore himself – responsible for the first 24 original covers for the series – hasn’t been forgotten in the rerelease. In addition to the connecting Adlard’s covers, the first six issues of The Walking Dead Deluxe will feature “a variety of other variants,” including covers by Moore, David Finch, Julian Totino Tedesco, and Arthur Adams.

In addition to colors by Dave McCaig, The Walking Dead Deluxe will also feature “Cutting Room Floor” back material in each issue, which will include Kirkman’s handwritten scripts along with commentary on the story’s creative evolution.

The press release, which you can read below the Adlard connecting variant covers, emphasizes that the colorized TWD, the variant covers, and the “Cutting Room Floor” features will not be collected in trade paperback any time soon, so you may want to plan some socially-distanced expeditions to your local comic shop this October if you’re serious about securing your variant covers of choice.

 

IMAGE/SKYBOUND’S THE WALKING DEAD DELUXE GETS SIX STUNNING CHARLIE ADLARD CONNECTING COVERS

PORTLAND, Ore. 09/08/2020 — Image/Skybound Entertainment is pleased to reveal a series of six highly collectible, connecting variant covers by Charlie Adlard, which will be unleashed over the course of the first story arc of The Walking Dead Deluxe full color editions. The iconic independent series that took the entertainment world by storm 17 years ago—The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman (Fire Power, Oblivion Song) and Charlie Adlard (Vampire State Building)—will be reissued starting in October as The Walking Dead Deluxe and fully colored by Dave McCaig.

These Deluxe editions of the series will also feature a variety of other variants—including covers by David Finch, Tony Moore, Julian Totino Tedesco, and Arthur Adams—commemorating major character introductions and the series’ most memorable twists and turns. Each issue will include a new installment of “The Cutting Room Floor,”  featuring Kirkman’s original handwritten plots along with commentary on abandoned storylines and plot points that may have changed along the way.

The Walking Dead Deluxe issues will NOT be collected into trade paperback any time soon, so fans and new readers should not trade-wait to experience this fully colored edition of the popular survival horror series.

The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 7:

· The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover A David Finch & Dave McCaig – Diamond Code AUG200027

· The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover B Tony Moore & Dave McCaig – Diamond Code AUG200028

· The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover C Charlie Adlard (connecting) – Diamond Code AUG200029

· The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover D Julian Totino Tedesco – Diamond Code AUG200030

· The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover E Arthur Adams – Diamond Code AUG200031

· The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover F sketch cover – Diamond Code JUL209321

· The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover A Finch & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200236

· The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover B Moore & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200237

· The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover C Adlard & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200238

· The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover D Tedesco & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200239

· The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover E Adams & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200240

· The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover A Finch & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200241

· The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover B Moore & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200242

· The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover C Adlard & McCaig (connecting) – Diamond Code SEP200243

· The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover D Adams & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200244

The Walking Dead Deluxe will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

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