Tuesday, February 03, 2009

I Heart Dead People: Why Do We Love Zombies?


Geekstir wonders if the upcoming "Blackest Night" event isn't DC's version, in some way, of "Marvel Zombies."

With even Jane Austen getting a walking dead makeover, the big question is: why do we like seeing shambling zombified versions of our favorite characters and stories?

Is it a commentary on pop-culture icons that have survived long past their prime? Or, like the calavera of Mexico, is our fascination with the dead or nearly-dead just a playful coping mechanism for the painful knowledge of the mortality of our loved ones and ourselves?

Or is it just...brainnnnnnnssssss???


  1. Zombies don't eat brains. They eat the flesh of the living and they eat the occasional carrot, but in anything other than the Return of the Living Dead series, THEY DO NOT EAT BRAINS! Also: Gannon Banned. :)

  2. I had a talking Venom action figure once that said he liked to eat brains. I think they recalled it.

  3. As much as the Calavera coping mechanism makes sense, I think I will HAVE to go with BRAAAAAAAAAINNSSSSSSSS...


    Batman must have the tastiest brain in all the DC universe.

  5. Don't worry, pirates and ninjas are saving a seat for zombies.

  6. It isn't just about the brains, you know. It's also about the shambling in incomprehensible numbers.

    It's a social thing.

  7. I do not have a fascination with Zombies (although I do like some of the metaphors in Romeros films).

    However, thanks for the heads up on that Jane Austen zombie book. Sounds like it could be great.

  8. We are fascinated by death, especially a death which allows one to remain on this mortal coil.

    Add to this the specter of contagious disease, and you've got something that taps into the zeitgeist.

  9. Anonymous4:57 AM

    I think it's a fair comparison as of right now. Who knows?

  10. We like zombies because their various textures look as thought they might be fun to touch. Zombies also make us think.

    About zombies.

  11. I could be wrong, but haven't all of the big cultural zombie love periods come during big social conservative swings? The fifties, the late seventies early eighties, and the early and mid 2000's.

    There's something to be said about tapping a cultural fear of the individuals vs. the uniformed masses during a socially conservative time.