Published On: Sun, Mar 6th, 2011

Arthur Suydam brings zombies to life at the Tampa ComicCon

For older fans, the baby boomer comic book collectors, Arthur Suydam’s name is associated with “Heavy Metal” but Suydam has discovered new life with his work on “Marvel Zombies”. The comic book artist and musician has a lengthy resume including work on Epic Illustrated, National Lampoon and comics such as: Deadpool, Batman, Conan, Tarzan, Predator, Aliens and Death Dealer.

Over the last five years or so, Suydam skyrocketed in popularity with “Marvel Zombies”, even being dubbed the “Zombie King!” by Wizard magazine.


The “Zombie King!” was added to the list of guest for the Wizard World Tour Photo/Wizard World

Preview the enormous spread Suydam brings to town and discover his impact on the comic book industry. The nucleus of the Tampa Comic Book Convention was home to a giant zombie version of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe pop art, a zombie Jaws poster, a zombie Clint Eastwood “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” banner and the zombie baby paying homage to Nirvana’s “Nevermind”.

Fans were selecting from a sea of Suydam prints, cast over several tables, all showcasing the amazing work of the Zombie King. There was something for every comic collector, even a zombie Christ photo titled: “Jesus Hates Zombies”. (see below)

“I’m working on my own series. It was something that I started ten years ago” Suydam reveals. “I’m writing the story as well as doing the artwork”.

Fans will be euphoric.

But it’s not all about comic books.

Suydam designed the box art for the game Touch the Dead, and provided the cover art to the Mickey Spillane (with Max Allan Collins) novel Dead Street. He provided his zombie skills for the Misfits album cover artwork as well as the designed for the christian band 39 stripes.

Misfits “Land of the Dead” art by Arthur Suydum

The other aspect of Arthur Suydam is his talent as a musician composing and performing on numerous film soundtracks. Suydam has joined Rock’s Legends including musicians Bob Dylan, Paul Mc Cartney’s wings, Steely Dan, Paul Simon group, Aretha Franklin, The Stones, Billy Joel and many more. Suydam’s current group The Gotham Playboys recorded three albums and won the Grammy for The Sessions with Bruce Springsteen.

Arthur Suydam at the Tampa Comic Book Convention Photo/Brandon Jones

The compiled resume at this point only scratches the surface of this comic book rock star…the Zombie King. Just a reminder, as Tampa Comic fans now know, there is a whole lot more to Arthur Suydam than the walking dead and he’s certainly come along way since those days at Heavy Metal.

Arthur Suydam:

Facebook page

Official Arthur Suydam website


39 Stripes: Facebook page and website (see Suydam artwork below)


Arthur Suydam and Steve Henderlong, lead guitarist for the Christian Rock band 39 Stripes – Tampa Comic Book Convention Photo/Brandon Jones



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