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    Why Black Heroes Make Zombie Stories More Interesting (game, other spoilers)

    Terrific NPR article/essay covering the zombie genre, from George A. Romero's NOTLD up through TWD show and the Game. (TWD shows up after the first 3 paragraphs). Please remember to tag all comic and games spoilers, thanks!





    "George Romero's zombie masterpiece Night of the Living Dead turns 45 on Tuesday; it was released in theaters on October 1, 1968. Not only did the movie kick-start the modern tradition of zombie movies, it also set the expectation that these stories would be a vehicle for stinging social commentary, from the "merciless" consumer satire of Dawn of the Dead to Colson Whitehead's wake for modernity's demise.

    The thing about good zombie fiction (and I say this as someone who enjoys an awful lot of zombie fiction) is that the zombies are never the most horrific thing. Zombies don't typically have the capacity for complex thought they don't execute stratagems, play politics, torture people. All they do is feed. The true horror in any zombie story worth its salt is what other people do when faced with the zombie threat. Zombies are merely relentless; humans can be sadistic.

    Night of the Living Dead created the template. After Ben the film's black protagonist, played by Duane Jones rescues the hapless Barbra from the rampaging horde of zombies, he finds himself trapped on a lot with a group of white folks whose behavior ranges from unhelpful to malevolent. Barbra quickly becomes paralyzed by shock, Tom and Judy get themselves blown up, Karen turns into a zombie and starts munching on folks and then Harry locks Ben out of the house before trying to shoot him. Finally Ben escapes, only to be shot by a white sheriff's deputy. Given the backdrop of 1968, it's hard not to read the movie as a commentary on the trials facing blacks at the time. (Romero has said that the night they finished editing the movie, he heard the news of Martin Luther King's assassination.).."


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    Just a thought, was Duane named after this actor? Never knew about this before.

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    Interesting question, steff810, and one to which I do not have the answer. What do y'all think- anyone have this information?

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    Well, this is in the Duane Jones (American actor) wiki page:

    "In the zombie graphic novel The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman one of the characters is named Duane Jones as an homage."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duane_Jones


    The Walking Dead wiki also states this:

    "The name "Duane Jones" was Robert Kirkman's homage to the African-American actor of the same name who was the main protagonist in Night of the Living Dead (1968)."
    http://walkingdead.wikia.com/wiki/Du...(Comic_Series)

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