Welcome to the four hundred and ninety-second in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and ninety-one. This week is a special theme week! In honor of the debut of Season 5 of the Walking Dead this Sunday, it’s all legends involving the Walking Dead! Did Andrea accidentally switch faces with her dead sister? Did Robert Kirkman accidentally spoil a major character’s death more than ten issues before the character actually died? And which major couple was originally going to split up early on in the series’ run?
NOTE: The column is on three pages, a page for each legend. There’s a little “next” button on the top of the page and the bottom of the page to take you to the next page (and you can navigate between each page by just clicking on the little 1, 2 and 3 on the top and the bottom, as well).
COMIC LEGEND: Andrea accidentally took on the facial features of her dead sister.
STATUS: Basically True
The great Charlie Adlard is the artist most associated with The Walking Dead, having drawn every issue since #7. However, it was Tony Moore who was the original artist on the series. And in the changeover from Moore to Adlard, it looks like a pretty notable mix-up occurred.
You see, early in the series we meet sisters Amy and Andrea.
Andrea, even early on, was shown to be a crack shot…
Amy is tragically killed by a zombie in The Walking Dead #5.
Andrea went on to become one of the most prominent characters in the series (also the TV series…but for other, more annoying reasons).
However, as our own Kelly Thompson discussed a few years back, when Charlie Adlard took over from Tony Moore, Andrea took on the visual characteristics of her sister Amy.
Kelly even did a nice little visual display for us all…
I asked Adlard about it, and he noted that he DID intentionally try to have Andrea take on certain characteristics of her sister, like wearing her hair like Amy after Amy’s death. However, yeah, freckles don’t transfer and since he had a very short deadline on that first issue (just two weeks!), he concedes that he might have just switched the faces on the two characters. That seems pretty clear to be the case.
I think it makes Andrea look more distinctive and I think it definitely works, so it certainly is not a big deal at all (I like that Kelly named her image “Nerd Alert”) but it is still interesting!
Thanks to Kelly Thompson and Charlie Adlard for the information!
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On the next page, did Robert Kirkman accidentally spoil the death of a major character a dozen issues before the character died? WARNiNG: This clearly involves spoilers for Walking Dead comics. If you are behind on the comics, feel free to skip to page three!
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