For the first time in the nonprofit organization's history, The Hero Initiative will release a "100 Project" book dedicated to an Image Comics release in 2013, with The Walking Dead #100.
The books, in which 100 artists draw an original cover on a special anniversary issue, have been published for DC, Marvel and Archie Comics in the past, and now will tackle the best-selling single issue comic since 1997.
The Hero Initiative is a non-profit organization that provides for veteran comic book creators in financial distress or who have health problems.
Adlard will contribute a cover to the project, as well as Dan Brereton, Ian Churchill, Kevin Eastman, Joe Jusko, Dale Keown and Whilce Portacio and even The Walking Dead creator/writer and Image Comics partner Robert Kirkman.
"The Walking Dead would have never become the success it's become without the trailblazers who put in the hard work to make this industry live on into the future,” said Kirkman. "Doing things like this for The Hero Initiative, which helps creators who have fallen on hard times, is a way for Charlie Adlard and I to give back to the community that has provided us with countless hours of entertainment and also a pretty cushy living. Simply put, it's the right thing to do.”
A public viewing of all 100 covers will be scheduled for winter of 2012-13, along with auctions of all the original covers. A book collecting all the art will be available in 2013.