Now, here’s an art show that New York Comic Con attendees can really sink their teeth into: Metropolis Gallery’s upcoming Jersey Shore resident James Johnson’s Walking Dead exhibit, which will feature original comic art, TV production art and CGC graded comics celebrating the ‘TWD’ zombie phenomenon.

The show opens October 6—just in time for Comic Con—and runs through December 1. 

At Metropolis, a unique gallery dedicated to comic art, fans can feast their eyes on the world’s most complete collection of Walking Dead comics and art.

“This show features the best of everything,” says Vincent Zurzolo, Metropolis Gallery curator and co-owner of Metropolis Collectibles, “from the highest-grade copy of the first comic book in the series…to Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard’s original art featuring iconic scenes…to concept art created by the late, great John Watkiss to inspire the TV production.” 

 

The exhibit precedes a massive Walking Dead auction—featuring the first auction of the more than 500 pieces of art and 750 comic books—ending on December 5th and on Metropolis’ online auction site, ComicConnect.com. The collection is valued at $500,000.

Remarkably, it all belongs to a single consignor, James Johnson, a contractor on the Jersey shore whose passion for zombies dates back to George Romero’s horror classic, Night of the Living Dead. He started his collection after getting hooked on the TV series in 2010.

“I started by collecting TV props,” says Johnson, who also collects baseball cards, stamps, gas promo trucks and toy soldiers.

“Like many people, I didn’t even know the show was based on a comic book. But once I found out, I became obsessed with building the ultimate collection of Walking Dead comics and…