AMC Orders 'History of Comic Books' Docuseries From 'Walking Dead' Creator

'Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books' will premiere in 2017.
Christopher Patey
Robert Kirkman

AMC is continuing to double down on comic books.

The cable network on Tuesday announced that it has ordered docuseries Heroes and Villains: The History of Comic Books from The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.

The six-episode hourlong project will premiere in 2017 and explore the stories, people and events that transformed the comic book industry. AMC touted that the series will offer origin stories to the untold history behind iconic characters as well as examine subjects including pop culture, race, gender and sexuality.

Heroes and Villains comes as AMC is already home to comic book series The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead and upcoming Preacher and their Chris Hardwick-hosted companions Talking Dead (and specials Talking Preacher) as well as Kevin Smith's unscripted entry Comic Book Men, featuring the colorful staff working at a comic book shop.

Heroes and Villains hails from Kirkman and his AMC Studios-based Skybound Entertainment. Kirkman as well as David Alpert will executive produce alongside Skybound Film and TV division co-presidents Bryan and Sean Furst. AMC senior vp nonfiction and alternative programming Eliot Goldberg will oversee for the cabler alongside director of nonfiction and alternative Kelly Nash.

“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,” said Kirkman. “I’m excited to partner with AMC once again to bring the stories of some of the most influential people in comics to a television audience.”

For Kirkman, Heroes and Villains gives the Walking Dead creator four shows on AMC as he exec produces both Walking Dead shows as well as the post-show talker.

AMC's nonfiction slate also consists of Ride With Norman Reedus, starring the Walking Dead fan favorite; Smith's late-night talker Geeking Out; and historical entries The American West and Making of the Mob: Chicago. 

The decision to explore comics on a larger scale comes as broadcast, cable and streaming outlets alike continue to make programming based on popular titles. This season, The CW is bringing Archie to TV with Riverdale and NBC has picked up Powerless, a comedy featuring DC Comics characters. They join ABC's Agents of SHIELD, Fox's Gotham and Lucifer and The CW's Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. Netflix has Marvel's Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders and Punisher, while FX is readying X-Men take Legion.

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