Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics
Robert Kirkman has continually been riding the wave of success as of late with The Walking Dead continuing to bring in rabid fan bases to paper and screen along with his newer series Outcast which was also adapted as a Showtime series now on season 2 and yet again with AMC's latest offering Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics. This seems to be new territory for the writer as well as the network, boasting mainly slick drama and action series with plots about as diverse as Image Comics current catalog. It's daunting for sure to keep up with all the new shows coming out lately as there seems to be a dime a dozen great productions airing all year round on just about every streaming service.
Taking a bit of a different direction from AMC’s normal episodic fair, Secret History is more of a documentary style series which details the origins, you may or may not know, of some of the most well known comic properties and publishing houses to date. The latest, episode six, in fact details Robert Kirkman's own publishing home of The Walking Dead with an origin story on Image Comics. You may know who the founders are, but the show does an exceptional job at illustrating how the business came to fruition with interviews from heavy hitters who recount the full story of how they built their empires paired with artful re-enactments and archival footage. Artists and writers brought on the show were some of the best of their time in the publishing industry and unquestionably still rank amongst the top. Interviews with Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld and more give some great and somewhat humorous insight into the legendary publishing house at Image as well as their past experiences working at Marvel.
So far each episodes story has been refreshingly diverse with the first episode, of course, all about Marvel comics godfathers Jack Kirby and Stan Lee while other episodes range from the steamy story of William Moulton Marston who wrote Wonder Woman to another episode detailing the unfortunate mismanaged rights of creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's Superman property. I’m looking forward to an episode about DC and their constant rivalry with Marvel (yikes) or perhaps one on my personal favorite publishers, Darkhorse Comics, so I recommend catching up and tuning in to find out where the show lands next!