If you can’t get enough with how comic books have risen in popularity then you’ll be excited to watch AMC‘s documentary miniseries ‘Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books’. Set to air next year, the show will be produced by Robert Kirkman’s Skydance Entertainment. This isn’t too surprising when AMC’s current mega-hit ‘The Walking Dead‘ is based on Kirkman’s comic by the same name. With the comic industry making over $248 million in sales a month from the top 300 comics in print alone and not even factoring income generated from movies, television, and licensing, this is an industry that many want to know more about.
Especially those of us who grew up with it!
The documentary is set to give us a behind-the-scenes look into the industry and how it came to grow into the juggernaut that it is today. In it, they’ll run the gambit of secret origins of characters to how the various comics out there touch on sensitive social, political, and religious issues. With the history of companies, creatives, and characters this is a show that could easily stretch past the 6-episode initial order. As AMC always starts off small this could just be the tip of the iceberg if it can capture audience interest.
On the deal, AMC president of programming Joel Stillerman says:
“We are incredibly excited to continue our partnership with Robert, David and Skybound. 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.”
Kirkman added in that:
“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 clearly sees this style of a show being a good fit to their growing body of genre series and if done right could easily capture the interest of audiences.
Are you looking forward to ‘Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books’? What studios, writers, artists, and characters do you hope that they focus on? Share your thoughts below!
The ‘Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books’ Mini-series will debut on AMC in 2017!
Stuart Conover is an author, blogger, and all around geek. When not busy being a father and husband he tries to spend as much time as possible immersed in comic books, science fiction, and horror! Would you like to know more? Follow him on Twitter!