As The Walking Dead registers record ratings on cable, The Walking Dead Magazine hopes to ring up record sales on newsstands. The premiere issue of The Walking Dead Magazine was officially released on newsstands and digital platforms today (October 23, 2012).
From Titan Magazines and Skybound, The Walking Dead Magazine #1 is a 100-page issue looking at the TV show, the comic books, and everything else. Here are some of the contents in the first issue.
“The Walking Dead creator/writer Robert Kirkman reveals what’s coming up next on the TV show, which broke basic cable records again with the season three premiere, and how the shocking events of issue #100 of The Walking Dead Comic will affect Rick and our favorite survivors; an exclusive interview with Danai Gurira, who plays the iconic character “Michonne”; an exclusive prologue to the new Walking Dead book, The Road to Woodbury, about the rise of Philip Blake aka The Governor written by Jay Bonansinga and Robert Kirkman; behind-the-scenes set visit report; executive producer/showrunner Glen Mazzara tells us why he’s so excited about season three; plus, all the latest news, revelations and tips for fans of the entire The Walking Dead universe.”
The Walking Dead Magazine #1 has a total of ten variant covers. The first variant cover debuted at New York Comic Con. The other nine variants consist of a newsstand cover featuring “Michonne”; an alternative art cover by The Walking Dead comic artist, Charlie Adlard and colored by The Walking Dead comic colorist Cliff Rathburn; seven retail variant covers with stores Comickaze, Forbidden Planet, Midtown Comics, Redd Skull Comics, Ultimate Comics, Ultimate Treasures and Wade’s Comic Madness, each featuring art by Adlard and Rathburn.
In regards to the magazine, Robert Kirkman said, "We'll be talking about what's coming up on the TV show, we'll fill you in on what to expect from the comic and you'll hear from all the talented people who work on all the various Walking Dead projects. This magazine is going to rock!"