Rick Grimes sure has come a long way in 150 issues of The Walking Dead comic book run. So who else would be best to convey such heavy burdens with artwork, but the man who drew the very first cover to the comic book that eventually spawned a pop culture phenomenon.
For its special extra-sized The Walking Dead #150 which releases on January 13, 2016 The Walking Dead will have three variant covers by artists, Jason Latour, Ryan Ottley and Tony Moore himself!
“It’s indisputable that reaching issue 150 is a huge achievement in comics, Charlie Adlard and Team Walking Dead have been working tirelessly for over a decade to get us to this milestone and now it’s time to celebrate. It’s an honor to have comic book pals Jason Latour and Ryan Ottley bringing their vision to these iconic characters. Additionally, words cannot describe how excited I am to have Tony Moore, artist of the first 6 issues, returning to provide a cover for this special event.” – Series writer Robert Kirkman said in a press release
Moore drew the first six issues, the first 24 covers, and the first four trade covers for The Walking Dead comic before leaving the series. In 2012 after the AMC TV show aired, Moore had a legal dispute with Kirkman over The Walking Dead property, the case was settled on mutually beneficial terms.
Moore’s variant cover mirrors his cover to The Walking Dead #1, showing how many people Rick has lost and just how much he has changed both physically and emotionally.
Issue #150, published by Skybound at Image Comics, so far has a total of five covers: the three variants plus the regular Charlie Adlard cover and blank sketch variant already announced. The covers have inks by Stefano Gaudiano, tones by Cliff Rathburn, and lettering by Rus Wooton.
Latour is the artist of Southern Bastards, another Image comic with writer Jason Aaron. Ottley is the artist of Invincible, an original superhero story also written by Kirkman.
The extra-sized The Walking Dead #150 releases on January 13, 2016. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is December 21