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Marvel teases what can only be George Romero’s zombie comic


George A. Romero’s not-so-secret Marvel project appears to be lumbering toward a fall debut.

As part of its presentation on Friday to the annual meeting of ComicsPRO, the direct-market trade organization, the publisher released a blood-spattered “Marvel of the Dead” teaser (below) that could only be for the comic the horror legend revealed four months ago.

“I’m writing it now, but its plot is a secret,” the filmmaker said in October. Prodded for details, he added, “Well, I can tell you it won’t involve any of their on-going characters, there will be no superheroes. But it will involve zombies!”

Marvel previously cashed in on the pop-culture revival of zombies in 2005 with Marvel Zombies, a miniseries whose success spawned numerous sequels and one-shots, a prequel, an inter-company crossover (with Dynamite Entertainment’s The Army of Darkness), and countless bleeds into other titles.

The 73-year-old Romero, frequently referred to as the “Godfather of Zombies” because his 1968 film Night of the Living Dead effectively created the subgenre, is no stranger to comic books: He wrote the 2004-2005 DC Comics miniseries Toe Tags, based on an unused move script.

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Romero is a very cool guy and all, but I’m wondering if he hasn’t descended into the realm of self-parody. Surely he can do SOMETHING besides zombies. This is like J.K. Rowling starting a new fantasy series about a boy wizard. Time to branch out.

Romero is always trying to branch out. He has been trying to get away from the Dead stuff since Night in 1968. Sadly, non-zombie films like “Season of the Witch” and “Knightriders” don’t make any money. Even sadder yet, Romero’s last zombie-related project, “Survival”, also was a financial flop, so he can’t even get financing to make zombie films. He can’t do anything.

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