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The Walking Dead: Comic VS TV Show Character Comparison

Glenn (played by Steven Yeun)
Walking Dead Comic VS TV Show Comparison - Glenn


Glenn’s character is another one that strongly matches both the comic and TV show versions of the Walking Dead. Although they didn’t get the hat quite right (the TV version of Glenn doesn’t seem to be a Yankees fan), Yeun manages to capture Glenn’s often-worried expression with a startling visual accuracy, and so far, the characters themselves are fairly close, with one exception: the comic version of Glenn would never have driven a stolen car, alarm blaring, into the survivor’s camp the way that he did in the Walking Dead TV Show. That’s just foolish.

Dale (played by Jeffrey DeMunn)
Walking Dead Comic VS TV Show Comparison - Dale


The TV version of Dale bears a startling resemblance to the comic version of Dale, a long-running Walking Dead character. Everything from the hat to the beard was translated masterfully by the Walking Dead costume and makeup folks, and the result is a visually congruent Dale character. DeMunn plays Dale slightly more relaxed and interesting than the Dale in the comic, who seemed to be a bit more hardened and tired.

Andrea (played by Laurie Holden)
Walking Dead Comic VS TV Show Comparison - Andrea


Andrea was one of those characters who didn’t really get interesting in the Walking Dead comic until a significant way into the plot. Her TV counterpart, played by Laurie Holden, is definitely a more engaging character right off the starting block, with added scenes not appearing in the comic giving her a lot more face time. Visually the two characters are quite close, with the exception of hair – Holden’s curly locks on the Walking Dead tv show don’t quite match her comic version’s straight coif.

Amy (played by Emma Bell)
Walking Dead Comic VS TV Show Comparison - Amy


Amy, Andrea’s sister, is played quite close to the comic version by Walking Dead TV show actor Emma Bell, who bears a strong resemblance to the comic iteration of Amy’s character. Like her sister, she’s getting significantly more time in front of the camera than she did in the comic version – without spoiling too much, let’s just say that she didn’t get a lot of lines in the comic due to a somewhat…early departure. Hopefully we’ll get to see Bell playing Amy longer than her character lasted in the comic version of the Walking Dead.

Jim (played by Andrew Rothenberg)
Walking Dead Comic VS TV Show Comparison - Jim


Although Rothenberg’s TV version of Jim, the PTSD-afflicted mechanic in the Walking Dead comic, bears a striking resemblance to his on-page representation, that’s about where the resemblance stops. The Jim in the Walking Dead comic was nearly silent, withdrawn, traumatized; below the quiet surface of his short-lived character, an ocean of rage against the zombie horde seethed. The TV version of his character is much more outgoing, much more personable, and a lot less angry – something that has a lot of zombiephiles a bit disappointed. Jim was one of the more memorable characters from the early issues of the Walking Dead comic, but in the TV show he’s in danger of becoming just background noise – precisely because of how much noise his character makes in comparison to the comic book version.

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  1. nice one, i wonder will it come to australia or if i’ll have to resort to other measures to watch it.

    nice font btw.

  2. Glad you like the font; the site needed some sprucing up.

    Given Australia’s history with screwing zombiephile over (L4D2, I’m looking at you here), I assume that when Oz does get it, it’s going to be all hacked up like it was here in Malaysia. They turned a 90 minute premiere into a 50 minute one.

  3. When I read that reply, I heard the voice of Bruce from Family Guy saying “Oh no!” in my head.

  4. Sir I enjoyed reading this. I’ve only read the first few issues of the Walking Dead but I agree with a lot of what you said. I noticed a minor mistake but I told you about that over twitter.

    Good stuff sir.

  5. Thanks for the tip, @Zombie_Plan – fixed it!

  6. Kel

    The TV show reproduced Carl’s shirt exactly because it’s the Science Dog logo. SD is another character from Robert Kirkman’s comic books, specifically it’s a comic book within Invincible’s world. He’s shown up in a back-up story a couple of times in that book as well.

  7. Thanks, Kel, for the backstory on Carl’s Science Dog shirt! I figured that there had to be something going on there.

  8. I think the show is doing a fairly good job at keeping the characters in line with the comic. Kudos to them :)

  9. Doe

    That’s actually Carol, not Amy. Amy in the comic books has freckles and long hair that’s in a ponytail.

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  11. blobbybobby

    so… which one did you actually like better?

  12. TV Show. I know the comic guys are going to freak out on me, but there’s nothing quite like seeing characters on paper become real.

  13. Jordan

    What do you mean by Shane Walsh’s short lived comic character? This sounds more like a major spoiler to me rather than a minor one. Though my fault for reading up articles on the show if I still want to be surprised. The guy has to go sometime anyways.

  14. grrarrg

    I wouldn’t worry about it. I haven’t read the comics, and I’m only on episode 2×3, so maybe he’s already checked out, but, from what I’ve seen and read, it seems like the comic shane died in what would have been episode 1×5 of the show. I have been trying to resist spoilers, so I could be wrong. So they evidently changed the character quite a bit – if tv-shane has outlived comic-shane this much, I wouldn’t be surprised if they kept him on for several seasons. So I don’t feel spoiled by this knowledge. Seems like this page hasn’t been updated since episode 1×3.

  15. By the way, that comic pic is Carol, not Amy… Amy has the same long hair as in the tv show.

  16. Guy with a thought

    I don’t get why some people are complaining so much in that this series is so different from the comics and that the comics are better blah blah blah…like I think this is one of the best transition from comic to screen I’ve ever seen and the fact that they try to base it off on the comic plus adding a little extra, they’re doing a fantastic job. Why would you want the series to be exactly like the comics…then what would be the point of making it and watching it. This has got to be one of my favorite tv series and I don’t watch much tv so this is saying a lot…and I like zombie based things :)
    I cant wait for season 3!!!

  17. goree gal

    I disagree fully about Lorin Grimes ethnicity change. I love the way native americans look… It would have been far more exciting to have a native survive.. since, they have been on this continent successfully longer than anyone else. The media is so racist.. guess they hit their limit of how many non whites you are allowed on any given show… BOO! to that.. other than that bigot replacement.. I love the show and comic.

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