Walking Dead creator launching documentary series on history of comic books

Robert Kirkman keeps adding to his TV empire.

With two shows already on the air -- The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead -- and a third, Outcast, about to premiere, Kirkman is working on a fourth program. But this is an entirely different beast: according to The Wrap, Kirkman and his producing partner David Alpert are developing a documentary series called Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books for AMC.

The six one-hour episodes will explore the key creators, stories, events and books that have "transformed the world of comic books." In addition to delving into the origins -- both documented and untold -- of some of the medium's best-known characters, the show will also provide context for their creation and explore the role of race, politics, sexuality, gender and pop culture trends in shaping and/or responding to the art form.

Kirkman said about the project:

“At the end of the day I am a comic fan first and foremost. I am a lover of the medium and the stories it enables people to tell. I’m excited to partner with AMC once again to bring the stories of some the most influential people in comics to a television audience."

AMC head of programming Joel Stillerman added:

“We are incredibly excited to continue our partnership with Robert, David and (their company) Skybound (Entertainment). Beyond ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead,’ they are prolific producers and publishers who have an amazing knowledge of comic book history and genre storytelling. We believe going deep into the history behind some of the greatest comic books will be of great interest to this audience.”

This actually sounds like a terrific idea. Kirkman's Walking Dead franchise -- both comics and TV show -- is a monster success, potentially serving as a gateway for fans to discover the many other comic books out there, horror or otherwise. A documentary series like this -- with a hugely successful creator behind it -- could serve a similar purpose for viewers familiar only with The Walking Dead.

Heroes and Villains will premiere sometime in 2017. What do you think of Kirkman's plans? Can a show like this be a great introduction to comics for a new audience? 

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