The Undertaker has been a huge part of WWE since debuting at the tail-end of 1990. He’s gone from a grumpy mortician led by a red-faced Jerry Falwell to a wizard accompanied by a portly Gomez Addams to a patriotic biker to a grizzled MMA fighter with teleportation powers. He’s taken on his demon brother, a neon barbarian commanded by space gods, a naked giant, a swamp cultist, and a UFC fighter made entirely out of muscle and hatred. He’s been world champion many times and at this point has 100 PPV wins to his name.
The guy has been around, is what I’m saying.
Interestingly enough, Undertaker’s backstory is shrouded in mystery. We know bits and pieces about his life before he became a zombie cowboy wrestler, but they’ve never had much of a reason to go into it. He’s a superhero with no real origin. Even Kane at least got a ridiculous fake biography book back in the mid-00s.
BOOM! Studios’ WWE comics have been having fun with expanding on the televised world of World Wrestling Entertainment’s kayfabe and now they’re tackling the Undertaker’s whole career. Chad Dundas and Rodrigo Lorenzo are teaming up to give us WWE: Undertaker. This story will take the form of a graphic novel release, looking back at nearly three decades of chokeslams and Tombstones in one fully-formed package.
Apparently, the comic will introduce new revelations about major parts of Undertaker’s career, expanding on the limited backstory we know. No word on any of those just yet, though the preliminary artwork does reference his WrestleMania 33 loss to Roman Reigns.
This isn’t the first time we’ve gotten a look at what Undertaker’s about in comic form. Back in the ’90s, he had his own ongoing series under Chaos Comics’ umbrella, which featured him as some kind of demon-slaying antihero. It…wasn’t so good.
WWE: Undertaker will be released on October 31. In the meantime, check out some of this badass art.
Gavin Jasper writes for Den of Geek and hopes there’s a few pages dedicated to that time Undertaker delivered a pizza to Leslie Nielson’s office. Check out his other articles and follow him on Twitter @Gavin4L