|Andre3000 from the band Oukast with Invincible in the background on "The Shield."|
As the concerned retailer stands outside talking to the cops about what's happened, you probably noticed a rather large look at Image Comics' Invincible standing in the shop window. In fact, it's pretty hard to miss. How did the Image hero end up in an episode of "The Shield?" CBR News contacted "Invincible" creator Robert Kirkman to find out the answer.
Kirkman told CBR News that back around the second episode of the season, the production crew for "The Shield" called up the Image Comics offices, located just outside Los Angeles, looking for some super hero stuff to decorate the comic shop with. Image gave them a selection to choose from and Invincible was amongst their choices. The Image folk called Kirkman to get his approval, and being a big "The Shield" fan himself, he was more than happy to oblige. Kirkman said the image seen in the show is actually a large sized Invincible stand-up, one Kirkman is trying to get his hands on for the upcoming convention season. Kirkman also said somewhere in the store is a poster featuring the comic "Capes."
Kirkman knew that the Invincible appearance was planned for a long time, but as the season wore on he grew convinced that his character may not actually make its appearance. He figured it was to be a victim of the dreaded cutting room floor.
"...the episode it's actually on, my wife decides she wants to start watching the 'Real World.' We're talking about that, it might put a strain on our relationship," joked Kirkman. FX shows "The Shield" every Tuesday at 10:00 PM eastern with a rebroadcast following directly after at 11:00 PM. Since "Real World" was on at 10:00, Kirkman excused himself to play on the computer a bit while his wife watched the "Real World," content to watch the finale during the 11:00 rebroadcast. Around 10:15, Kirkman's reading through some message boards when he sees people posting about the appearance of his character. A long 45 minute wait ensued, but ultimately worth it.
This isn't the first time a Kirkman creation has been featured in a Hollywood production. "Battle Pope," a self-published creation of Kirkman, was seen in the feature film "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back."
Special thanks to Steve Gerding and 4ColorReview for use of the screen shot.