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'The Walking Dead' creator says Marvel is destroying the comics industry

The Walking Dead creator calls Marvel Comics short sided
The Walking Dead creator calls Marvel Comics short sided
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"The Walking Dead" creator, Robert Kirkman, spoke at Image Expo in San Francisco and went off a little on Marvel Comics. According to sciencefiction.com on Jan. 15, Kirkman claimed that he felt Marvel Comics was destroying the comic book industry.

While that seems harsh, Kirkman said that it came from him as a fan who loves Marvel Comics.

According to "The Walking Dead" creator, there are a lot of talented and good people in the company, but his problems are with upper management, who he calls short-sighted. He said this will have a negative effect on the comic book industry and the fanbase Marvel is catering to won't be around for 100 years.

Kirkman, who is one of the creative-owners of Image Comics, a company started by disgruntled writers and artists in 1992 to be a place where the people who created the comics could retain the rights to them. While it seemed a long-shot for success at the time, titles like "Spawn," "Witchblade" and "The Walking Dead" helped it become a huge success.

Kirkman used to write for Marvel Comics, penning stories for "Ultimate X-Men," "Marvel Zombies" and "Irredeemable Ant-Man," so he has insider knowledge of how the company works. He did say that he just wishes Marvel Comics was doing a better job.

The fourth season of Robert Kirkman's "The Walking Dead" returns to television in February on AMC.