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Comics, TV/Film

Episode 413: Panel to Screen Comparison

Well, after a week off (thanks Daryl!) we’re back with another comparison BUT it’s still not your normal column because… nothing happened from the comic this week (that should be changing REAL soon). So I thought we’d take a look at the character of Bob Stookey.

BOB STOOKEY

bobstookey-AMC

Bob is a former army medic and struggling alcoholic. That much is true in both versions of The Walking Dead, but that’s about all. In the comic, Bob is old, white, and living in Woodbury. In the TV show, Bob is young, black, and moving from group to failed group (let’s hope that his bad luck changes).

In the comic and novels, Bob Stookey can barely stand most of the time. We briefly see him for the first time in issue #29 (Volume 5: The Best Defense) when The Governor is in Mr. Nice Guy mode and tells him to get some food.
bob-first-appearance

We don’t see Bob again until issue 43 (Volume 8: Made to Suffer). After Michonne’s assault on The Governor, Bob’s called on to patch him up.
bob-steps-up

Shortly after successfully working on The Governor, Bob is left in charge of Penny while The Governor carries out the assault on the Prison. We never see Bob again… But will we?

In the novel series we learn more about Bob and his struggle with alcoholism, and even learn a bit more about his life after The Governor’s departure.

The Bob Stookey of the AMC series has no real history with The Governor and is still with our group. However, he too struggles with alcohol and a dark past. Bob’s skills as a medic haven’t been tested much, but is it possible he’ll be called upon in the near future? Will Bob’s alcoholism again put our group in danger?

Be sure to check out our weekly post-mortem with Robert to see what he has to say about Bob’s expanded role in the TV show.

  1. Bastet March 10, 2014 at 11:58 am - Reply

    The novels bring Bob’s character to life…a good read!

  2. Itaruga March 10, 2014 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    I have them all and I haven’t read them yet darn it! lol Thanks for the reminder guys!

  3. Stuart Ormston March 11, 2014 at 9:33 am - Reply

    I really like the way that Bob was portrayed in the show this week, I had totally forgot about the Bob from the comic, they really are like chalk and cheese so not much of a comparison other than they both like a drink and are former doctors.

    You say that Bob wasn’t part of the Woodbury group in the show, but can you really say that? all we know for sure was that Bob had been part of a different group and that they had been killed, a lot of people from Woodbury were killed and the governor burnt the town down. Bob may not of been involved in the attack on the prison and Woodbury was a big place so his path my of never crossed with sasha.

    I don’t actually think this but, well you never know 🙂

  4. Raymond Eddie March 12, 2014 at 10:24 am - Reply

    They do a good job on the tv show, I love the changes between the two. I always say to my friends who only watch the AMC ver. Look in order to have things flow together better the show had to be different. With the additions of characters and changed to the life lines. This is why The Walking Dead is one best genre’s around. Survival Horror at its best.


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