Rick Grimes Versus Andrew Lincoln, A Battle Between Real And Imagined Zombie-Related Ruggedness


In anticipation of AMC's new series, The Walking Dead, I spent a good chunk of my weekend reading the Robert Kirkman-written Image Comics graphic version, which follows police officer Rick Grimes' journey through a Zombie-ridden world.

As I look forward to the show, and more installments of the comic, I'm wondering if any one out there's pondering what I am: Is real life actor Andrew Lincoln as attractive as artist Tony Moore's original rendition of the fictional character? Follow-up question: Am I strange for finding an imaginary comic book character attractive?

And, finally, a recommendation: read The Walking Dead. Sure, there are some zombie cliches, but it's actually a truly compelling book. So, too, is DC's Scalped, which also deserves to be made into a series, although would need the adult-ready ratings available at HBO or Showtime.

UPDATE: I just read issue #36 of Scalped and see it's getting into gay territory. How will [censored] survive on the reservation as a gay man?


  1. Antonio says

    Wow thats crazy that you posted this. I downloaded issues 1-68 last week in anticipation of this show and I have been reading them voraciously since. But to answer your query, based on trailers I don’t find him to be as attractive or to even to have the presence that Rick has in the comics. I’m worried if he’ll do the role justice but I would be more than happy to be proven wrong.

  2. JohnnyP says

    Yes, you are weird for objectifying a comic book character. But so am I. I used to drool over Jim Lee’s drawings of shirtless Gambit playing basketball. Boing.

  3. GL says

    Wow! Thanks for bringing up “Scalped”, I had never heard of it until now. As a gay Native American, its nice to know that we can at least get some recognition even if it manages to be in a comic book.

  4. ravewulf says

    “Am I strange for finding an imaginary comic book character attractive?”

    No. Infact from my observations it seems to be very common if not completely normal.

    If you have a deviantART account (or don’t mind getting one) I highly recommend looking at this image

    Otherwise you can see the image here

    Image (C) dronio @deviantART

  5. lazlo says

    Love that you posted something about comics! I think this is like the 3rd or 4th post concerning comics on towleroad(recently). YAY! I would also recommend reading Y:The Last Man and if you can find it Peter David’s run on Supergirl. Super excited for The Walking Dead series on AMC!

  6. says

    Are you weird for thinking cartoon characters are hot? No, of course not — they’re meant to be. Take a look at Gail Simone’s “Secret Six” series — some seriously toothsome male flesh there. Or go back to Barry Windsor Smith’s Conan from the early ’70s — prettiest Conan ever.

    And there are some major foxes in manga, too.

  7. says

    I’ve read the first 50 issues of “Living Dead” and can’t wait for the series premiere!
    As a comic artist/writer I love reading stuff like this on Towleroad! As for my work, you can go to CampusGhostStory.com

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