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This article is about the Comic Universe character. You may be looking for his Road to Survival, Survivors, or his TV Series counterparts. For other pages with the same name, see: Bob

For about two weeks forty goddamn years ago! I can't do shit.
―Bob to Bruce about his service in the military in response if he can save Brian from dying.[src]

Bob Stookey is a survivor of the outbreak in Skybound Entertainment's Comic Universe. He is a supporting character in Image Comics' The Walking Dead and the former tritagonist of Thomas Dunne Books' The Walking Dead. He is the local town drunk of Woodbury and a former corpsman for the Marines. After the death of Dr. Stevens and him saving the Governor's life after Michonne's assault and gave up drinking after, becoming the town's medic.

Overview[]

Bob is mostly looked down upon by the other residents of Woodbury, only being seen as the local town drunk. He spends the majority of his time sitting alone wallowing in self-pity. However, after the town's doctors leave Woodbury, Bob is the last resort to save the Governor's life due to being a former army medic. Bob is initially unconfident in his abilities, however he eventually gains confidence and manages to save the Governor's life, finally proving his worth.

Pre-Apocalypse[]

Vicksburg, Mississippi[]

Originally from Vicksburg, Bob was born on August 9th, 1953, grew up dirt-poor, and his deeply religious parents abused him as a kid. His mother, Delores, used to call him "Bobby" and would use the word "grace" to tell him that people can find grace among misery because God made us in his image.

Slidell, Louisiana[]

During his adolescence, he and his family moved to Slidell. In his teenage years, his libido increased to driving him horny as usual, having wet dreams, and frequenting the Bottoms Up Gentlemen's Club.

As an adult, he developed an abiding hatred of evangelists that colored his every thought. But he kept up his faith in Christianity as his conception of who God is and how busy He must be. He married Brenda at some point, but they later tried to divorce. However, it was going sour and had a lot to do with, leading him to sign up for the U.S. Marine Corps.

San Antonio, Texas[]

He joined the army and received a few months of training as a hospital corpsman in Fort Sam Houston during boot camp, barely making it out due to his drinking. He learned brief instructions on how to be a medic, such as basic first aid, a little CPR, and the rudiments of trauma care - but not a professionally skilled. Despite that, he was well-versed in basal chemistry and pharmacology, knowing several scientific knowledge.

Kuwait[]

By August 2nd, 1990, at age 36, he was deployed in the first Gulf War (codenamed Operation Desert Shield) for two weeks. As Hospital Corpsman First Class, Bob Stookey served a single tour with the Sixty-Eight Alpha company as a glorified ambulance—and at least once armored personnel carrier (APC)—driver and a battlefield medic. He ran the ambulance units up and down Highway 8 between Baghdad and Kuwait City. His medic job was a nickel's worth as it didn't heal any soldiers and only kept wounded victims breathing—or the circulatory system intact—until they could move to a mobile surgical unit.
He was one of the older enlisted men at war and became somewhat of a Dutch uncle to the youngsters around him. He had a knack for keeping the boys entertained with lousy jokes and nonregulation sips from his ever-present flask of Jim Beam. He also had a soft heart—the grunts loved him for that—and he died a little bit every time he lost a marine.

During his service, he saw a soldier choose the battlefront over a behind-the-line job to avoid the tight quarters of the Quonset hut office. Some Delta Force members who used to patrol the streets of Kuwait City teased him by pushing him around and pulling rank on him all the time they encountered him. Still, he was secretly glad and relieved they were there. He witnessed many horrors throughout the war: shrapnel-riddled bodies he patched, a local prostitute-disguised insurgent gal who committed suicide via IED at his APC, etc. He also started to suffer impotence after being injured by a mortar blast.

He got an honorable discharge and was shipped back to the world one week after his thirty-seventh birthday; he had lost his 111 comrades in battle, including Bobby McCullam.

Smyrna, Georgia[]

After August 16th, 1990, he returned to his home and continued to live with his wife, Brenda. They lived in a trailer in a mobile home park outside of Smyrna, which was not a bad life for him. He worked as a truck driver, owning a rust-bucket International Harvester truck. In his daily routine, he used pomade to grease his dark hair back over his weathered head in a vintage way.
He had to deal with PTSD after the combat experiences, making him medicate with a half-quart of whiskey a day, which eventually descends him into alcoholism. Along with boozing, he had a toxic lifestyle with all the late nights, cigarettes, and unhealthy diets: red-eye gravy, grits dripping with butter, bacon grease, fried chicken, and banana cream pie. His doctor in Augusta had warned him about heart attacks for decades, but he didn't listen carefully.

Since 1992, he stopped having relations with Brenda and has not had sex with a woman. Decades of the drink have put the kibosh on his maleness.

Post-Apocalypse[]

The Road to Woodbury[]

When the outbreak first started, Bob's wife, Brenda Stookey, was killed and turned, but, Bob was unable to put her down. After that, he made his way to Tent City where he met Lilly Caul and would go on frequent supply runs. Bob cared for Lilly, so when she decided to leave Tent City after her boyfriend Joshua Hamilton got kicked out, he joined her, along with Megan Lafferty and Scott Moon. In Bob's truck, they headed to a gas station which they lived in for three days. Bob became jealous of Scott because of his sexual relationship with Megan.

One morning, Bob goes fishing down by a creek. He returns to the group having not found the creek, but having discovered a Walmart nearby. There, during a supply run, they meet Caesar Martínez's crew. The group make a deal to join this community called 'Woodbury'. Soon after arriving, the town's leader, 'the Governor' takes a special interest in Bob. He invited him into his inner circle and tells him many of his secrets, such as Penny's state and the killing of the National Guard soldiers (things he has told few before). The Governor would even at times bounce ideas off of Bob, who by this time was nearly always drunk. Bob comforted Megan the night before she killed herself after she slept with the Governor in front of Scott's zombified head and had to put her down the next morning. This resulted in him becoming depressed and drinking even more, which worries Lilly greatly. After a while, Bob's drunken state worried many in the community.

Free Comic Book Day Special[]

Bob Stookey is seen waving at Megan Lafferty as they pass each other in the street.

The Best Defense[]

Bob can be seen sitting outside the Governor's apartment in the street. Brian tells him to go and get something to eat because they removed the barter system. Bob reluctantly agrees and Brian tells him that he worries about him.

This Sorrowful Life[]

Bob can be seen sitting outside the Governor's apartment just before Michonne breaks in to confront him. Bob is the only one who hears the screams of torture, but thinks nothing of it.

Made To Suffer[]

In issue 43, Bruce and Gabe find the Governor barely alive in his apartment. After Dr. Stevens and Alice had escaped, Bruce goes down to fetch Bob so he can save the Governor's life. Bob claims he can't do anything because he wasn't an army medic for long but Bruce forces him to try. Bob is repulsed by the site of the Governor's mangled body, but snaps out of it and manages to save his life, much to the Governor's own disbelief.

The Fall of the Governor[]

After they discover Steven's death, Bob becomes the town's medic and finally stops drinking. He helps Lilly with her pregnancy and has to break the news of her miscarriages to her. During the prison assault, the Governor personally asks Bob to watch over his undead daughter until he and the Woodbury Army returned from eliminating the prison's survivors. Bob stayed faithful to the Governor after his death and continued to feed and look after Penny. Until Lilly caught him heading over to the Governor's apartment. He helped Lilly put Penny to rest.

Descent[]

After Lilly takes over the leadership of Woodbury, Bob continues to live there as the towns doctor. He, Ben and Hap discover an old sewer system that runs below Woodbury. When Hap gets bitten and kills himself, Bob becomes upset over his friend's sudden death.

They use Bob's newly found sewer to rescue the Pentecostal People of God which Bob takes part in. On the way back he takes a disliking and becomes suspicious of reverend Jeremiah Garlitz and his group, and starts spying on them. He finally finds out that Jeremiah and his group are planning to kill everyone living in Woodbury in a religious suicide pact to go to Heaven, and tries to warn Lilly. At first, she does not believe him, but finally understands what they are really up to when Bob shows her a bag filled with poisons and explosives. He replaces the poison with water before being caught and taken to the detention cells below the town. After his, Lilly and Tommy's failed execution Bob breaks them all out and they go after Jeremiah's group. During the destruction of Woodbury, Bob falls down a hole and is presumed dead by Lilly. The few remaining Woodbury residents take refuge on the courthouse after the attack where they begin to run out of supplies. Bob returns to save them and leads the group down to the sewers where he had been busy setting up a cozy living room while the others were busy with the new survivors. Bob tells Lilly afterwards they can't go back to Woodbury.

Invasion[]

Bob, along with the few surviving Woodburians, continue to live their life in the sewers.

Bob and Gloria escape from a group of walkers after a supply run and begin to have sex on the roof. Bob notices a small bite on Gloria's ankle and panics. Shortly after he joins Norma Sutters and Miles Littleton and attempts to amputate her foot in their car (something he thought about doing to Hap Abernathy a few weeks earlier) but she refuses and dies shortly after. Sometime, after being separated from the other survivors in attempt to stop Jeremiah's second attack, Bob gets a heart attack as a result of his unhealthy manners in his youth. Using his last strength, he saves Lilly from a swarm of walkers before collapsing. A heart broken Lilly puts him down after he passes away.

Search and Destroy[]

Lilly dreams about Bob whilst she is in her six month coma. She realizes that he is dead in the dream and starts backing away, confused.

Death[]

Killed By
  • Himself (Indirectly Caused)
  • Heart Attack (Alive)

Bob suffers from a heart attack as a result of his unhealthy manners in his youth.

Before dying, Bob uses his last strength to save Lilly from a swarm of walkers. Later, he passes away and a heart broken Lilly puts him down in order to prevent reanimation.

Killed Victims[]

This list shows the victims Bob has killed:

Relationships[]

For a more in-depth look at Bob's relationships, read here: Bob Stookey (Comic Universe)/Relationships

Allies[]

Appearances[]

Novel Series

The Road to Woodbury

  • "Red Day Rising"
    • "Chapter Two"
    • "Chapter Three"
    • "Chapter Four"
    • "Chapter Five"
    • "Chapter Six"
    • "Chapter Seven"
  • "This Is How the World Ends"
    • "Chapter Eight"
    • "Chapter Nine"
    • "Chapter Ten"
    • "Chapter Twelve"
    • "Chapter Thirteen"
    • "Chapter Fourteen"
    • "Chapter Fifteen"
    • "Chapter Sixteen"

The Fall of the Governor - Part One

  • "The Gathering"
    • "Chapter One"
    • "Chapter Two"
    • "Chapter Seven"
    • "Chapter Ten"
    • "Chapter Eleven"
  • Showtime"
    • "Chapter Eighteen"

The Fall of the Governor - Part Two

  • "Battlefield"
    • "Chapter One"
    • "Chapter Three"
    • "Chapter Four"
    • "Chapter Five"
    • "Chapter Seven"
    • "Chapter Eight"
  • "Doomsday Clock"
    • "Chapter Ten"
  • "The Fall"
    • "Chapter Twenty-One"
    • "Chapter Twenty-Two"
    • "Chapter Twenty-Three"

Descent

  • "Lake of Fire"
    • "Chapter One"
    • "Chapter Two"
    • "Chapter Three"
    • "Chapter Four"
    • "Chapter Five"
    • "Chapter Six"
  • "The Labyrinth"
    • "Chapter Seven"
    • "Chapter Eight"
    • "Chapter Nine"
    • "Chapter Ten"
    • "Chapter Eleven"
    • "Chapter Twelve"
    • "Chapter Thirteen"
    • "Chapter Fourteen"
    • "Chapter Fifteen"
    • "Chapter Sixteen"
    • "Chapter Seventeen"
    • "Chapter Eighteen"
    • "Chapter Nineteen"
  • "Last Rites"
    • "Chapter Twenty"
    • "Chapter Twenty-One"
    • "Chapter Twenty-Two"
    • "Chapter Twenty-Three"
    • "Chapter Twenty-Four"
    • "Chapter Twenty-Five"
    • "Chapter Twenty-Six"
    • "Chapter Twenty-Eight"
    • "Chapter Twenty-Nine"

Invasion

Search and Destroy

Comic Series

Free Comic Book Day Special

Volume 5: The Best Defense

Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life

Volume 8: Made To Suffer

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Search and Destroy
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Gallery[]

For more images of Bob Stookey, please visit Bob Stookey (Comic Universe)/Gallery.

Trivia[]

  • Regarding the torture of The Governor, Robert Kirkman wrote: "It wasn't that Bob was such a good medic that suddenly came out of nowhere that saved Governor's life-although he certainly did save his life. The idea is that Michonne was keeping The Governor alive, so she could torture him more. His wounds were bad, but not impossible to heal from. You may in fact see Bob again soon. Stay tuned."[1]
    • Seeing Bob again turned out to be true, as his last days and fate are revealed in the novels.
  • Bob is the only combat medic encountered in the Comic Series.
    • Even though Bob claims he served in the military 40 years ago in the comics, the novel reveals he served there thirteen years before the zombie apocalypse, at the age of 36.
      • It is likely that he was originally going to be a former Vietnam war veteran in the Comic Series.
      • Given that, it's likely he served during the Gulf War.
  • Bob is one of the few characters within The Walking Dead to die due to a natural cause/disease.

References[]

  1. Issue 46, page 27, "Letter Hacks".
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