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The Walking Dead
Cover of The Walking Dead No. 1. Art by Tony Moore.
Publication information
Publisher Image Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Publication date October 2003 – present
Number of issues 151
Creative team
Writer(s) Robert Kirkman
Artist(s) Tony Moore (#1–6)
Charlie Adlard (#7–present)
Penciller(s) Tony Moore (#1–6)
Charlie Adlard (#7–present)
Inker(s) Tony Moore (#1–6)
Charlie Adlard (#7–present)
Stefano Gaudiano (#115–present)
Letterer(s) Robert Kirkman (#1-19)
Rus Wooton (#20-present)
Colorist(s) Tony Moore (#1–5)
Cliff Rathburn (#6–present)
Creator(s) Robert Kirkman
Tony Moore
Editor(s) Aubrey Sitterson (#55-70)
Sina Grace (#67–96)
Sean Mackiewicz (#97–present)

The Walking Dead is an ongoing black-and-white American comic book series created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore.[1][2] It focuses on Rick Grimes, a sheriff who is shot in the line of duty and awakens from a coma in the zombie apocalypse that placed Georgia under quarantine. He finds his wife and son, and meets other survivors, gradually taking on the role of leader among a group and later a community.

First issued in 2003 by publisher Image Comics, the comic is written by Kirkman[3] with art by Moore (issues No. 1 - 6) and Charlie Adlard (issue No. 7 onward).[4] Moore continued to do the covers through issue No. 24.[5]

The Walking Dead received the 2007 and 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series at San Diego Comic-Con International. The series was adapted into the AMC television series The Walking Dead, which premiered in 2010. The television program loosely follows the storyline of the comic book. The franchise has also spawned multiple additional media properties, including video games (The Walking Dead video game), webisode series (The Walking Dead: Torn Apart, The Walking Dead: Cold Storage, and The Walking Dead: The Oath), and various additional publications, including books (The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor).

Publication history[edit]

The Walking Dead debuted in 2003, published by Image Comics, with art by Tony Moore for the first six issues and Cliff Rathburn shading the art starting with the fifth issue. Charlie Adlard took over as artist starting with issue #7, after being approached by Kirkman.[4] Moore also did the cover art for the first twenty-four issues and the first four trade paperbacks, with the rest of each done by Adlard.

In October 2010, alongside the premiere of the television series, Image Comics announced The Walking Dead Weekly. Starting on January 5, 2011, the first 52 issues of the series were reprinted, one issue per week, for a year.[6]

The series is periodically re-published in trade paperbacks containing six issues each, hardcover books containing twelve issues and occasional bonus material, omnibus editions of twenty-four issues, and compendium editions of forty-eight issues.

Story arcs[edit]

Volume 1: Days Gone Bye (Issues 1–6)
Rick Grimes, a sheriff's deputy from Kentucky, is wounded in action and emerges from a coma to find the world plagued by the undead. Upon returning home, he finds his house ransacked and his wife and son gone. Rick travels to a military evacuation zone in Atlanta to find his family, only to find Atlanta has been overrun. He is rescued by Glenn, and returns to Glenn's camp, where he finds his wife and son. The camp is eventually attacked by zombies, leading to several deaths. Following the attack, Shane Walsh tries to murder Rick, but his son, Carl, shoots Shane.[7]
Volume 2: Miles Behind Us (Issues 7–12)
Rick becomes the leader of the group. He and the rest of the survivors leave Atlanta, traveling across many miles of hostile territory seeking a safer home. The group meets Tyreese, his daughter and her boyfriend. The group find refuge at Wiltshire Estates, but are forced to leave due to zombie infestation. The group eventually finds shelter at a small farm after Carl is shot. It is discovered that Hershel Greene and his family, the farm's owners, are keeping zombies quarantined in their barn. The group is asked to leave the farm and stumble upon an abandoned prison, which they decide to make their home.
Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars (Issues 13–18)
Upon finding the prison, the group clears the prison yard and one cell block. While attempting to clean the cafeteria, the group meets some surviving inmates. Rick invites Hershel and his family to come live in the prison with them, and they accept. Two of the group members commit suicide. Someone murders a few of the group members, but is eventually captured and killed. Some of the inmates stage a rebellion.
Volume 4: The Heart's Desire (Issues 19–24)
The group manages to quell the inmates' rebellion and further secure the prison. A katana-wielding woman named Michonne arrives at the prison seeking refuge; her arrival causes tension among some of the group. One of the group members is bitten on the leg; Hershel attempts to amputate it but the man dies. After a fight between Rick and Tyreese, a decision is made to have four co-leaders instead of Rick leading the group.
Volume 5: The Best Defense (Issues 25–30)
Upon seeing a helicopter crash in the distance, Rick, Michonne, and Glenn, leave the prison to search for it. Their search brings them to a small town called Woodbury where a large, well-armed and well-organized group of survivors have taken refuge, led by a man called the Governor. The Governor takes them prisoner and interrogates them, mutilating Rick and raping and torturing Michonne.
Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life (Issues 31–36)
Rick, Glenn, and Michonne manage to escape from Woodbury with the help of some others from the town. Michonne tortures the Governor before her escape. They safely arrive back at the prison, but find that hordes of zombies have broken in. The reunited group fights them off. Rick lets the group know what happens and tells them to prepare to fight.
Volume 7: The Calm Before (Issues 37–42)
Life goes on as normal in the prison and Glenn and Maggie are married. Several of the group search for supplies, and engage in a shootout with some men from Woodbury. Lori goes into labor and Judith is born. While siphoning gas, Dale is bitten in the leg. They amputate the leg and Dale survives. Carol commits suicide by allowing herself to be bitten by a zombie. At the end, The Governor and his army arrive with an army tank.
Volume 8: Made To Suffer (Issues 43–48)
The arc begins with a flashback showing the Governor's recovery and how he readies the town for attack. The army attacks the prison, and is eventually driven away. Several of the group flee the prison in the RV to avoid the expected retaliation from The Governor. The prison recovers, and The Governor returns to attack again; during the attack, the members in the RV return to assist. Many of the members of the group are killed, including Lori, the baby, and Hershel, as is The Governor. With the prison burning and in shambles, the remainder of the group scatter and flee.
Volume 9: Here We Remain (Issues 49–54)
After the prison is destroyed and the group is scattered, Rick and Carl attempt to find shelter in a nearby town and reunite with surviving members of the group. Rick's physical and mental state begin to unravel, while Carl starts to grow more independent and apathetic. They eventually manage to reunite with the other survivors and end up at Hershel's farm. Three new survivors arrive and inform the group that they are on a mission to Washington D.C. to cure the plague. The group decides to join them on their journey.
Volume 10: What We Become (Issues 55–60)
On their way to D.C., one of the group tries to hang herself. Rick holds Abraham at gunpoint to prevent him from shooting her in the head, mistakenly thinking her dead; she is alive. Rick, Abraham, and Carl head to Rick's hometown to pick up weapons. They find Morgan, whom Rick met when he woke up from his coma; Morgan joins the group.
Volume 11: Fear The Hunters (Issues 61–66)
While Rick and his group continue on their way to Washington, they start to suspect they are being stalked by someone in the woods. They meet a pastor, and join him at his church. While at the church, Dale is kidnapped in the night by a group of cannibals. After a dying Dale is returned to the group, Rick and others find and torture the cannibals to death.
Volume 12: Life Among Them (Issues 67–72)
Rick and his group continue to Washington. On the way they discover that Eugene was lying about knowing the cure. They run across a seemingly trustworthy man named Aaron who escorts them to a large, walled-off community of survivors called the Alexandria Safe-Zone led by a man named Douglas Monroe. It is a welcome change for the weary survivors, though they remain suspicious.
Volume 13: Too Far Gone (Issues 73–78)
The members of Rick's group settle into the Alexandria Safe-Zone, taking jobs in the community. Rick, as constable, tries to make the place safer by stopping a dangerous man inside the community. Scavengers show up at the community, threatening it. Alexandria wins the battle, but hundreds of zombies are alerted to their presence. Rick becomes the leader of the community.
Volume 14: No Way Out (Issues 79–84)
Rick and his people begin to step up as the leaders of the Alexandria community against the wishes of many residents. But the people of Alexandria have a much bigger problem that they must deal with together when they discover the zombie horde is breaking down the fence. The walls are breached by zombies. The group takes down the horde and saves the town, but Carl is shot in the face.
Volume 15: We Find Ourselves (Issues 85–90)
As the Alexandria Safe-Zone recuperates from the herd attack, Rick begins making decisions that will lead to the long term sustainability of their community. Carl is still unconscious from his injury and it is unclear whether he will survive. Some people also question the bold choices Rick has made for the community, and they try to take over Alexandria. Rick stops the rebellion. Carl wakes up, but does not remember past events.
Volume 16: A Larger World (Issues 91–96)
While hunting for supplies, some of the group encounter a new survivor in the wastes named Paul Monroe, who says he is a recruiter for a group of 200 or more people nearby called the Hilltop Colony. Rick and others go to the colony, which appears to be even safer than Alexandria. However, they learn the colony have a dangerous enemy, a Group called The Saviors who demand half of the colony's food in exchange for killing nearby zombies.
Volume 17: Something To Fear (Issues 97–102)
Rick and his group meet and confront the Hilltop Colony's enemy, the Saviors, a group of brutal people led by a man named Negan. However, Rick severely underestimates the Saviors and does not take them seriously as something to be feared until some of his best friends begin dying in brutally savage ways. In the end, Alexandria is forced to begin paying regular tribute to the Saviors in the form of half their supplies, while Rick vows to kill Negan.
Volume 18: What Comes After (Issues 103–108)
While the group learns what living under Negan's rules really mean, Rick devises a new strategy to deal with the Saviors. But before it can be put in motion, a member of the group disappears after the Saviors collect their payment from Alexandria. Paul takes Rick to call on the help of an exotic man named Ezekiel, leader of a community called the Kingdom based in Washington, D.C., where one of the Saviors independently offers to help them fight Negan.
Volume 19: March To War (Issues 109–114)
Rick, Paul, and Ezekiel decide to trust the Savior Dwight and move forward with their attempt to end the Saviors' reign. The three communities come together to formulate a plan, but Negan shows up early to collect his offering from Alexandria. The alliance tries to take the opportunity to kill Negan, but in the end, Negan retreats to declare war.
Volume 20: All Out War – Part One (Issues 115–120)
Rick leads his newly formed army with the Hilltop and the Kingdom in an attack against the Sanctuary, the Saviors' base. Things go smoothly at first as Rick's forces manage to trap Negan inside the Sanctuary, but as they attack Negan's outposts many of Rick's closest friends begin dying and they wonder if their initial victory was just luck. Eventually Negan mounts a counterattack on Alexandria and things go from bad to worse.
Volume 21: All Out War – Part Two (Issues 121–126)
With the war at its peak, Negan attacks Alexandria and the Hilltop, destroying the former's defenses. On the brink of defeat, Rick offers Negan a truce as a trap. Negan falls for it; Rick slashes Negan's throat and calls for the war to stop. Negan survives the attack, but as Rick's prisoner.
Volume 22: A New Beginning (Issues 127–132)
Two years on after the war with Negan, civilization has been rebuilt and the communities have established a successful trade network. Carl moves to Hilltop. A new group of survivors arrive in Alexandria, and they meet the imprisoned Negan.
Volume 23: Whispers Into Screams (Issues 133–138)
A new threat to the group emerges as living people disguising themselves as zombies, calling themselves the Whisperers, attack them. Tensions arise within Hilltop after Carl loses his temper; many start to question both him and their leader. Meanwhile Paul, having captured a member of the Whisperers, realizes the full scale of the new threat placed on the Hilltop.
Volume 24: Life And Death (Issues 139–144)
While Carl continues to learn more about The Whisperers, a survivor's fate is decided while another steps down. Blunders are made and a deadly promise is given that is all too real. In the end, lines are crossed that affect everyone.
Volume 25: No Turning Back (Issues 145–150)
After Rick reveals the survivors who died at the hands of Alpha and the Whisperers, the people of the communities angrily demand retaliation and some also question Rick's leadership. Declaring war, Rick must now use a former enemy as a last resort.
Volume 26 (Issues 151–156)

List of characters[edit]

Rick Grimes is the main character, a sheriff who is comatose when the zombie apocalypse begins. With his wife Lori and son Carl, he joins with groups of other survivors. He is joined by former best friend Shane, who secretly has a sexual relationship with Lori when he is in a coma, and is also joined by resourceful pizza delivery boy Glenn, law firm clerk and college graduate Andrea and her sister Amy, a mechanic named Jim, car salesman Dale, shoe salesman Allen and his wife, Donna as well as their children, Ben and Billy. Lori and Carl form friendships with other survivors such as Carol and Sophia.

After leaving the camp, Rick gains a right hand man and close friendship in Tyreese, who is accompanied by his daughter and her boyfriend. They soon find a farm run by Hershel Greene. Among Hershel's seven children is Maggie Greene, who forms a relationship with Glenn. As the group settle at a prison, they become conflicted with a group of surviving prisoners. Allen meets a katana-wielding survivor named Michonne, who is brought into the group, but struggles to acclimate, facing her own demons. Michonne, Rick and Glenn are later held in captivity by The Governor, a leader of a town called Woodbury who plan to take over the prison. Other Woodbury residents include Alice Warren, who changes sides to Rick's group and delivers Lori's baby, Bob Stookey, an army medic responsible for saving The Governor's life and Lilly, one of The Governor's soldiers.

After the prison assault, the remaining group survivors regroup at Hershel's farm, and meet Abraham Ford, Eugene Porter and Rosita Espinosa. The group travel to Washington DC where they are hunted by Chris and then recruited by Aaron and his boyfriend, Eric to join the Alexandria Safe-Zone, run by congressman, Douglas Monroe . Among the residents are Heath and Dr. Denise Cloyd, who quickly become close allies to the core group, and eventually the conflicted Nicholas. Douglas' son, Spencer tries to form a relationship with Andrea. Rick falls in love with Jessie Anderson, an abused wife. Abraham forms a relationship with Holly, a member of the construction crew. A group of men, known as The Scavengers, tries to conquer Alexandria; the fight attractes a herd of walkers that invades the safe zone, leading to the death of a lot of Alexandrians. Later, the safe zone starts a trading network with the Hilltop Colony, with help from its scout Paul "Jesus" Monroe. However, their safety is again threatened by the psychopathic Negan and his group known as The Saviors who reside in a factory. The Hilltop and Alexandria join with The Kingdom run by Ezekiel in a war against the Saviors.

After the war, newcomers such as Magna and Dante are introduced into the series. Another community out at sea is established, as well as safety perimeters across the DC area, which is violated by the presence of the Whisperers, a tribe of people disguised as the dead who have rejected the notion of re-establishing civilization. The leader, Alpha antagonizes Rick as her daughter, Lydia forms a sexual relationship with Carl.


Rick's group classifies walkers as either roamers or lurkers, the former category being more likely to venture toward a loud noise in search of human prey. Other names have been used by characters in the series, including walkers, biters and stinkers. Zombies follow and mimic each other, which can result in enormous hordes travelling together, "walking nonstop, following a sound they've all forgotten," as Abraham puts it.[8]


Co-creator Robert Kirkman signing a copy of the first issue at the 2011 New York Comic Con.

The series received critical acclaim, winning the Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series in 2007 and 2010[9] and prompting Eric Sunde of IGN comics to call it "one of the best monthly comics available".[10] Among its fans are author Max Brooks.[11] Because of the popularity of the series, which increased considerably when it was adapted into a television series of the same name, artist Tony Moore's original artwork for the series' early issues has gone up in value; on the March 28, 2013 episode of the VH1 reality television series For What It's Worth, Moore's original artwork for Page 7 of issue #1 was professionally appraised to be worth $20,000.[12]

Other media[edit]

Television adaptations[edit]

AMC picked up the rights to produce a show based on the comic in 2009.[13][14] It ordered a pilot episode on January 21, 2010[15] and began filming on May 15, 2010.[16] The series premiered on October 31, 2010 with high ratings.[17] On November 8, 2010, after broadcasting two episodes, AMC renewed The Walking Dead for a second season of 13 episodes,[18] which began on October 16, 2011.[19] The TV show is loosely inspired by the comic, introducing new characters and deviating from the comic in certain plot points.

The fifth season premiered on October 12, 2014, with Scott M. Gimple as the show's third showrunner. Gimple has said that he would stay closer in line to the comic book series events "as much as possible", but ultimately remix stories with certain characters, referencing original characters introduced to the show and deceased characters alive in the comic book as a reason for this.[20] Robert Kirkman himself has mentioned that the series will follow much closer to the comic series with Gimple's run.[21]

A companion television series, titled Fear The Walking Dead, debuted on AMC on August 23, 2015.[22] The series features new original characters, and it is set in the city of Los Angeles, California starting prior to the zombie apocalypse. It explores these new characters as the apocalypse begins. The series was created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, with Erickson serving as showrunner for the series. AMC ordered the series for a two season commitment, with the first season consisting of six episodes.[23]

Animation comic[edit]

AMC released an animated film of the first part of Issue No. 1 of the comic with animation by Juice Films, voice acting by Phil LaMarr and art by Tony Moore.[24]

The Walking Dead: The Game[edit]

On February 18, 2011, Telltale Games announced plans to create an episodic video game based on the series,[25] which was scheduled to debut in fall 2011 and was released worldwide in April 2012. The Walking Dead: The Game consists of five episodes, released between April and November 2012. Additional downloadable content, 400 Days, was released in July 2013. Kirkman has said that, unlike typical zombie games such as Left 4 Dead, "it [focuses] more on characterization and emotion than action".[26]

The first episode of the sequel, The Walking Dead: Season Two, was released in December 2013 with episode 2 being released in March 2014, episode 3 in May 2014, episode 4 in July 2014, and episode 5 in August 2014.

The Walking Dead: The Game received widespread critical acclaim, with reviews giving praise for the emotion and characters of the plot. It received many awards, including over 90 Game of the Year awards.

The Walking Dead: All Out War[edit]

In January 2016, Kings of War creators, Mantic Games announced plans to release a tabletop miniature wargame based on The Walking Dead, named The Walking Dead: All Out War (miniatures game).


A series of novels based on the comics, written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga, were released between 2011 and 2014 focusing on the antagonist "The Governor". Taking place in the initial outbreak, the books chronicle his experiences from surviving in the newly ravaged world, to the establishment of himself as leader of Woodbury, and finally tying up the conclusion to the prison arc storyline in the comics.

Following the third novel in the series, Bonansinga continued the Walking Dead novels in Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Descent.[27]

Title ISBN Release Date Author(s)
The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor 9780312547738 October 11, 2011 Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury 9780312547745 October 16, 2012 Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor Part One 9781250020642 October 8, 2013 Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor Part Two 9781447266822 March 13, 2014 Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Descent 9781250057174 October 14, 2014 Jay Bonansinga
Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Invasion 9781250058508 October 6, 2015 Jay Bonansinga

Collected editions[edit]

The series has so far been assembled into the following collections:

Trade paperbacks[edit]

The trade paperbacks collect six issues each, but contain only the story and none of the original cover art from the comics. Each paperback follows the convention of having a three-word title. The zombies in the cover art for each paperback form part of a larger image if placed end to end.

Title ISBN Release Date Collected Material Issues Published Book Number
The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye 1-58240-358-9 May 12, 2004 The Walking Dead #1–6 October 2003 – March 2004 1
The Walking Dead Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us 1-58240-413-5 November 24, 2004 The Walking Dead #7–12 April 2004 – September 2004
The Walking Dead Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars 1-58240-487-9 May 18, 2005 The Walking Dead #13–18 October 2004 – April 2005 2
The Walking Dead Vol. 4: The Heart's Desire 1-58240-530-1 November 30, 2005 The Walking Dead #19–24 June 2005 – November 2005
The Walking Dead Vol. 5: The Best Defense 1-58240-612-X September 27, 2006 The Walking Dead #25–30 January 2006 – August 2006 3
The Walking Dead Vol. 6: This Sorrowful Life 1-58240-684-7 April 11, 2007 The Walking Dead #31–36 September 2006 – March 2007
The Walking Dead Vol. 7: The Calm Before 1-58240-828-9 September 26, 2007 The Walking Dead #37–42 May 2007 – September 2007 4
The Walking Dead Vol. 8: Made To Suffer 1-58240-883-1 June 25, 2008 The Walking Dead #43–48 October 2007 – April 2008
The Walking Dead Vol. 9: Here We Remain 1-60706-022-1 January 21, 2009 The Walking Dead #49–54 May 2008 – November 2008 5
The Walking Dead Vol. 10: What We Become 1-60706-075-2 August 12, 2009 The Walking Dead #55–60 November 2008 – April 2009
The Walking Dead Vol. 11: Fear The Hunters 1-60706-122-8 January 6, 2010 The Walking Dead #61–66 May 2009 – October 2009 6
The Walking Dead Vol. 12: Life Among Them 1-60706-254-2 August 3, 2010 The Walking Dead #67–72 November 2009 – May 2010
The Walking Dead Vol. 13: Too Far Gone 1-60706-329-8 November 23, 2010 The Walking Dead #73–78 June 2010 – October 2010 7
The Walking Dead Vol. 14: No Way Out 1-60706-392-1 June 22, 2011 The Walking Dead #79–84 November 2010 – April 2011
The Walking Dead Vol. 15: We Find Ourselves 1-60706-440-5 December 27, 2011 The Walking Dead #85–90 May 2011 – October 2011 8
The Walking Dead Vol. 16: A Larger World 1-60706-559-2 June 6, 2012 The Walking Dead #91–96 November 2011 – April 2012
The Walking Dead Vol. 17: Something To Fear 1-60706-615-7 November 21, 2012 The Walking Dead #97–102 May 2012 – September 2012 9
The Walking Dead Vol. 18: What Comes After 1-60706-687-4 June 18, 2013 The Walking Dead #103–108 October 2012 – March 2013
The Walking Dead Vol. 19: March To War 1-60706-818-4 November 13, 2013 The Walking Dead #109–114 April 2013 – September 2013 10
The Walking Dead Vol. 20: All Out War (Part One) 1-60706-882-6 March 11, 2014 The Walking Dead #115–120 October 2013 – January 2014
The Walking Dead Vol. 21: All Out War (Part Two) 1-63215-030-1 July 29, 2014 The Walking Dead #121–126 February 2014 – April 2014 11
The Walking Dead Vol. 22: A New Beginning 1-63215-041-7 November 5, 2014 The Walking Dead #127–132 May 2014 – October 2014
The Walking Dead Vol. 23: Whispers Into Screams 1-63215-258-4 May 12, 2015 The Walking Dead #133–138 October 2014 – March 2015 12
The Walking Dead Vol. 24: Life And Death 1-63215-402-1 August 26, 2015 The Walking Dead #139–144 March 2015 – July 2015
The Walking Dead Vol. 25: No Turning Back 1-63215-659-8 April 5, 2016[28] The Walking Dead #145–150 August 2015 – January 2016 13
The Walking Dead Vol. 26 TBA TBA The Walking Dead #151–156 February 2016 – TBA


All hardcovers contain the contents of the comics, including the covers, and in some cases bonus material. The books' trim size is larger than the paperbacks. Each hardcover contains two story arcs from the series. Signed versions of the books are available, each limited to 310 pieces.

Title ISBN Release Date Collected Material Cover Character
The Walking Dead: Book One 978-1582406190 July 19, 2006 The Walking Dead #1–12 Rick
The Walking Dead: Book Two 978-1582406985 March 7, 2007 The Walking Dead #13–24 Michonne
The Walking Dead: Book Three 978-1582408255 December 19, 2007 The Walking Dead #25–36 The Governor
The Walking Dead: Book Four 978-1607060000 October 29, 2008 The Walking Dead #37–48 Lori and Judith
The Walking Dead: Book Five 978-1607061717 May 5, 2010 The Walking Dead #49–60 Abraham
The Walking Dead: Book Six 978-1607063278 October 26, 2010 The Walking Dead #61–72 Carl
The Walking Dead: Book Seven 978-1607064398 October 18, 2011 The Walking Dead #73–84 Rick
The Walking Dead: Book Eight 978-1607065937 September 26, 2012 The Walking Dead #85–96 Andrea
The Walking Dead: Book Nine 978-1607067986 September 17, 2013 The Walking Dead #97–108 Negan
The Walking Dead: Book Ten 978-1632150349 September 3, 2014 The Walking Dead #109–120 Ezekiel
The Walking Dead: Book Eleven 978-1632152718 February 25, 2015 The Walking Dead #121–132 Paul "Jesus" Monroe
The Walking Dead: Book Twelve 978-1632154514 September 30, 2015[29] The Walking Dead #133–144 Rick

Omnibus editions[edit]

Limited omnibus editions collect 24 issues in a slipcase with several extras. The first volume is autographed by Kirkman and Adlard, with 300 copies available. Subsequent volumes had print runs of 3000 each, along with deluxe limited editions (signed by Kirkman/Adlard) of 300 copies.

The Walking Dead Volume 1 Deluxe HC
Title ISBN Release Date Collected Material
The Walking Dead: Volume 1 Deluxe HC 1-58240-511-5 December 14, 2005 Collects #1–24
The Walking Dead: Volume 2 Deluxe HC 1-60706-029-9 February 17, 2009 Collects #25–48
The Walking Dead: Volume 3 Deluxe HC 1-60706-330-1 February 2, 2011 Collects #49–72
The Walking Dead: Volume 4 Deluxe HC 1-60706-616-5 December 12, 2012 Collects #73–96
The Walking Dead: Volume 5 Deluxe HC 1-63215-042-5 November 19, 2014 Collects #97–120
The Walking Dead: Volume 6 Deluxe HC 1-63215-521-4 December 2, 2015[30] Collects #121–144

Compendium editions[edit]

Softcover compendium editions collect 48 comic issues each. They are also available as limited hardcover editions (Red Foil Version[31] for Compendium 1 and Gold Foil Version[32] for Compendium 2).

Title ISBN Release Date Collected Material
The Walking Dead: Compendium One 1-60706-076-0 May 6, 2009 Collects #1–48
The Walking Dead: Compendium Two 1-60706-596-7 October 3, 2012 Collects #49–96
The Walking Dead: Compendium Three 1-63215-456-0 October 13, 2015[33] Collects #97–144

Other publications[edit]

Several ancillary books and a special edition have also been published:

Title ISBN Release Date Description
The Walking Dead Survivors' Guide 1-60706-458-8 November 1, 2011 A detailed guide to every character featured in the comics as of its publication
The Walking Dead 100 Project (hardcover) 1-60706-801-X September 25, 2013 One hundred covers sketched by various artists commemorating issue #100
The Walking Dead 100 Project (paperback) 1-60706-799-4 October 8, 2013
The Walking Dead: The Covers – Volume 1 1-60706-002-7 October 6, 2010 Collection of the cover art for The Walking Dead #1–50 (Vol. 1) and #51–100 (Vol. 2)
The Walking Dead: The Covers – Volume 2 1-60706-595-9 July 9, 2013
The Walking Dead: All Out War Artist's Proof Edition 1-63215-038-7 October 1, 2014 All Out War parts 1 and 2, The Walking Dead #115-126, with its original pencil artwork; cover art features Rick and Negan


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