Report from The Dark Tower panel

Posted: February 25, 2007, 11:42
Here is a report from The Dark Tower panel at Comic Con

The Special Events Hall at the 2007 New York Comic Con was filled to capacity for the Marvel Comics “Dark Tower” panel on Saturday afternoon. And the man everyone was there to see was the last to take the stage. Marvel EIC Joe Quesada moderated the panel, and introduced artist Jae Lee, Robin Furth, Peter David, Ralph Macchio, Richard Isanove and Chris Eliopoulos. Quesada then welcomed to the stage “one of the greatest creators of the last 50 years, maybe ever,” Mr. Stephen King. The vaunted novelist took the stage to thunderous applause, and a standing ovation, and a pair of Imperial Stormtroopers were forced to keep order with the mountain of photographers. “If you keep calling me Mr. King, I’m gonna kick your ass,” King warned Quesada.

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Thanks to Rocky Wood

Released dates for DT comic

Posted: February 20, 2007, 23:34
I can now give you the release dates for issue 2, 3, 4 of The Dark Tower comic and the Gunslinger's Guidebook.

The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #2: March 7
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #3: April 4
Gunslinger's Guidebook: April 11
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #4: May 2

More covers...

Posted: February 6, 2007, 09:07
More Dark Tower covers coming:

The midnight release of Stephen King’s Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #1 at nearly 150 retailers across the country is almost here and Marvel wishes all of the retailers participating the best of luck. Marvel is equally as excited as all the retailers and fans across the country and wants to wish unqualified success to every store participating.

"The response we have received from retailers participating in the midnight opening has been overwhelmingly positive. The mainstream attention it has drawn to the direct market and to this first issue is unrivaled in the recent history of the industry. Should this prove as successful as it appears it will be, I think we'll see more of this type of mainstream event happening in the future," said Marvel Senior VP of Sales David Gabriel.

The night of Tuesday, February 6th, comic stores across the United States will be opening their doors for a midnight release for the first time in comics’ history. In a landmark moment for comics, Stephen King fans and comic fans will ring in Wednesday (also known as New Comics Day to comic fans) at 12:01 to get the premiere issue of Stephen King’s Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born.

Marvel also wishes to announce that due to the tremendous popularity of the variant cover program, each issue of Stephen King’s Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born will feature a sketch cover, as chosen by Jae Lee, and an all-new variant cover by one of the top artists in the industry. Issue #2 will feature a variant cover by superstar artist David Finch (New Avengers, Moon Knight) and the sketch cover by Jae Lee seen for the first time here. Stay tuned to for more on who the other variant cover artists will be.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

The Dark Tower in other languages then English?

Posted: January 31, 2007, 12:53
Here is some indications that The Dark Tower comic will be released in other languages then English. This is from a mail sent out from King's official site:

The foreign translated version deals are being worked through now and when we have more information we will let you know in which languages and territories they will available.

Get The Dark Tower comic at midnight

Posted: January 25, 2007, 08:53
Every week comic book fans look forward to Wednesdays, the day new issues go on sale. On Feb. 7, one of those comics will be the first issue of a new seven-part series based on the Stephen King novel “The Dark Tower,” from Marvel Entertainment. To commemorate the event, almost 150 comic book retailers across the country will begin selling the issue at the stroke of midnight. A list of participating stores can be found at Fans who flock to Midtown Comics in Manhattan will see a couple of special guests: Peter David, who writes the dialogue for the series, and Jae Lee, the book’s artist. The store will open for one hour.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

King at the Comic Con

Posted: January 22, 2007, 10:10
As reported earlier King will be at Comic Con in NY this February. The moderator on King's board has now confirmed that he will be there on February 24th and probably at 12 or 1 PM.

The Dark Tower comic in Daily Bugle

Posted: January 22, 2007, 10:08
The Dark Tower comic is on the front cover of Marvel's "Daily Bugle".
Inside, there's a full page story with some quotes and some basic info on
the series. It's the Wednesday, January 24, 2007 edition and it's $.25 and
available at most comic book stores.

Thanks to Jenny Goguen

New Dark Tower comic column out

Posted: January 17, 2007, 23:28
A new Dark Tower comic column by Nicole Boose is now online. This one is called The Error That Almost Was and you can read it here.

Dark Tower: Gunslinger's Guidebook

Posted: January 15, 2007, 20:05
More Dark Tower...


May luck rise to meet you, sai. Dark days have befallen the once powerful Affiliation. As the Good Man’s revolutionaries continue their assault on the civilizations of the Inner Baronies, young Gunslinger Roland Deschain of Gilead and his loyal ka-tet embark eastward on an undercover mission to the distant Outer Barony of Mejis on behalf of the Affiliation. The Gunslinger Guidebook serves as your essential guide for Gilead to Mejis and all points in between – featuring profiles on the Big Coffin Hunters, Sheemie Ruiz, and Rhea of the Coos.
48 PGS./CARDSTOCK COVER/Parental Advisory …$3.99
©2007 Stephen King. All rights reserved.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

More Dark Tower interviews

Posted: January 12, 2007, 01:52
Part three in the interview series about The Dark Tower comic is out. Now it's Richard Isanove's turn. Read what he has to say here.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Signed Gunslinger Born comics

Posted: January 8, 2007, 23:27
Richard Isanove, the digital painter and colorist on The Gunslinger Born comic has offered to sign a limited amount of all seven issues for fans who visit The Signed Page. The price is $11 + shipping for each issue.

Peter David on The Dark Tower

Posted: January 3, 2007, 11:25
Here is an article about how Peter David feels about him writing the scripts for The Dark Tower comic.

Thanks to Bev Vincent

Dark Tower Blog

Posted: December 29, 2006, 21:06
Here is a link to The Dark Tower blog on The latest posting details the initial stages of putting together The Dark Tower comic.

Thanks to Ryan Penagos

Gunslinger trailer

Posted: December 19, 2006, 22:51
Here is a trailer for The Dark Tower comic. I must say that it's one of the coolest I have seen.

Thanks to Borg SPeon

King to attend the New York Comic Con

Posted: December 18, 2006, 22:59
With only about 50 days left until issue #1 of The Dark Tower comic is to be released Marvel now has an official site for the comic. One of the first news reported on the site is that King himself will attend the New York Comic Con taking place February 23-25, 2007. You can read the press release here.

Thanks to Rocky Wood

Two covers for The Gunslinger Born

Posted: November 20, 2006, 00:47
There seems to be two different cover for the first issue of The Gunslinger Born. One sketch variant cover by Jae Lee and one variant cover by Joe Quesada.

First issue of The Dark Tower comic

Posted: November 16, 2006, 00:01
Here is some info about the first issue of The Dark Tower comic:


“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” With those words, millions of readers were introduced to Stephen King’s Roland—an implacable gunslinger in search of the enigmatic Dark Tower, powering his way through a dangerous land filled with ancient technology and deadly magic. Now, in a comic book personally overseen by King himself, Roland’s past is revealed! Sumptuously drawn by Jae Lee and Richard Isanove, adapted by long-time Stephen King expert Robin Furth (author of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: A Concordance) and scripted by New York Times Best-seller Peter David, this series delves deep into Roland’s origins—the perfect introduction to this incredibly realized world, while long-time fans will thrill to adventures merely hinted at in the novels. Be there for the very beginning of a modern classic of fantasy literature!
48 PGS./CARDSTOCK COVER/Parental Advisory …$3.99

PRICE: 3.99
IN STORES: 2007-02-07

Thanks to Bev Vincent

#1 of The Dark Tower Comic out Feb. 7

Posted: October 31, 2006, 20:52
Here are some news about The Dark Tower Comic. Seems the first issue will be out on February 7.

On-Sale Date Set for The Dark Tower Comic
The latest news from Marvel is that the first issue of The Dark Tower comics will be on-sale on February 7, 2007.

The Dark Tower Sketchbook, featuring character designs, penciled pages, commentary, and a primer on the world of the Dark Tower, will be available free at your local Marvel retailer on December 13, 2006.

For more information about the sketchbook, please Click Here .

Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born

Posted: September 13, 2006, 08:20
Some very good news about the upcoming Dark Tower Comic where released today. It seams the title of the first set will be Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born. Here is the full report:

Panels from Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series were shown to an enthusiastic group of retailers during the conference. The full series name is "Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born" and the series will play a significant role in Marvel's new reader outreach programs. Fans worried about delays on this series shouldn't, as EiC Joe Quesada revealed Saturday during the Baltimore Comic-Con that series artist Jae Lee is already hard at work on the fifth issue of the series. The first issue ships February, 2007.

Thanks to Ari.

Peter David to script The Dark Tower

Posted: April 6, 2006, 08:39
Marvel has selected writer Peter David to script the first seven issues of The Dark Tower Comic.

The comics will work in conjunction with the novels, further supplementing and defining the saga’s mythology under the direction of the acclaimed author himself.

The first issue is set for February 2007. Here is the full press release.

Thanks to Nate Hammer and Joseph Reid.

Interview with Robin Furth

Posted: February 28, 2006, 20:13
Today I have the promised interview with Robin Furth for you. Robin is the author of The Dark Tower Concordance volume 1 and 2 but she is also providing scene-by-scene plotting and maintaining the continuity and consistency of each story arc in the upcoming Dark Tower comics. In the interview she reveals some very interesting things about the comics…and other things as well. Check it out!

Five batches of The Dark Tower comic

Posted: February 27, 2006, 21:41
I talked to Robin Furth about the upcoming Dark Tower Comic and she had really interesting things to tell me about it. Among the things she told me was that the plan is that Marvel will do five batches of Dark Tower comics. The first one will be released next year and contain seven issues (later published collected in a hardcover). Of the other four batched one will contain five issues and the other three six issues. However, this may change as the comics evolve. Check back tomorrow for the full interview with Robin.

King's involvement in The Dark Tower comic

Posted: December 7, 2005, 22:17
Here are some info about King's involvement in The Dark Tower comic:

King is the Executive Editor and Creative Director of Marvel's much-awaited Dark Tower comic book series and graphic fiction collections," said Diamond's press release. "King is directly involved in the creative aspects of this project, supervising all editorial and visual content. Robin Furth, author of Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower: A Concordance,' is outlining the 'Dark Tower' comic book series, providing scene-by-scene plotting, and maintaining the continuity and consistency of each story arc."

While the above implies heavy editorial involvement, many have taken note of the curious absence of King's credit as "writer" or even "scripter," as he is merely mentioned as being involved in editorial capacities. Marvel Comics has made no comment since the press release, but stay tuned to CBR News for more on this developing story.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

Bad news about The Dark Tower comic

Posted: December 2, 2005, 22:16
Bad news about Marvel's Dark Tower comics. This was published on King's site today:

Marvel Dark Tower Update
Stephen and Marvel have decided to push back the launch of the Dark Tower comic books to 2007. "Given the size of the project and all the creative talent involved, I want to give the Marvel series all the room to breathe it needs and deserves," said Stephen. "I've got so much else going on in 2006 - two novels coming out, CELL and LISEY'S STORY, and the work with John Mellencamp on 'Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.' The Marvel series is going to be a blast, and I want to have the time to enjoy it."

The 1st issue of the yet-to-be-named first arc of the Dark Tower comic series will be shipping in February 2007. The last issue of this six-issue series will be shipping in July 2007. The first hardcover collection will be shipping in October 2007.

Interview with Jae Lee

Posted: October 31, 2005, 22:12
Here is an interview with Jae Lee, the man who is drawing The Dark Tower for Marvel.

Thanks to Bev Vincent.

The Marvel issue is now solved

Posted: October 28, 2005, 21:55
The Marvel issue is now solved. Here is a part from the press release:

The comic series will mark the first time Stephen King has produced original content for an ongoing comic book project. The series will expand the saga of King's epic hero, Roland Deschain, whose quest to save the Dark Tower is captured in seven best-selling novels published over the course of twenty-five years. King's unparalleled storytelling power will inform new stories that delve into the life and times of the young Roland, revealing the trials and conflicts that lead to the burden of destiny he must assume as a man, the last Gunslinger from a world that has moved on. The comics will work in conjunction with the novels, further supplementing and defining the saga's mythology under the direction of the acclaimed author himself.

There will be 6 issues. One issue each month starting in April 2006. The at Christmas next year all 6 parts will be released together in a hardback edition.

You can read the entire press release here.

Over at Newsarama, in Joe Fridays Joe Quesada reveal a lot about the upcoming comics.

Marvel has also started their promotion of the comics. These bookmarks will soon appear in stores.

Thanks to everyone that sent me info about this. It's not often my mailbox is as full as it was today :)

Comments on King and Marvel

Posted: October 27, 2005, 21:51
PN Online reported the following today:
Horror King's graphic novel

STEPHEN KING IS writing a graphic novel for Marvel Comics. Illustrated by Jae Lee, well-known American illustrator of comic books, it will form the eighth volume in King’s Dark Tower series, published by Simon & Schuster in the States and Hodder in the UK. Marvel is distributed worldwide by Diamond Book Distributors and publication is scheduled for next autumn.

Publishers Weekly reported the following:

Publisher Weekly is also reporting that Stephen King will bring the Dark Tower series to Marvel. In a recent article, Publisher Weekly wrote:

"In a move that can only continue to elevate the literary and commercial cachet of the graphic novel format, sources say that bestselling novelist Stephen King has agreed to write a new installment of his Dark Tower series as a graphic novel to be published in 2006.

"A spokesperson for Marvel Comics, which will announce the deal on Friday, confirmed that they will publish a King work, although they didn't disclose details. Marvel was dropping hints about a possible King book at this year's Comic-con in July. Sources say that the new Dark Tower installment will be published first as a comic book periodical beginning in April and later released as a Marvel hardcover in the fall of 2006. The artist on the book will be veteran comics illustrator Jae Lee and the colorist is Richard Isanove, who won a recent Quill Award for his work on Marvel's 1602."

To add a little more proof to the fire, we went to Jae Lee, asking him if the rumors had any merit. He would not comment on the subject.

Marvel then later gave the following statement:

When asked to comment on the report, a Marvel spokesman said, "Marvel will be releasing the correct info of what 'King' is on Friday."

Thanks to IGN, Rocky Wood, Ariel, David Blais and Nick Bolanos.

Marvel Comics' Editor-in-Chief talks King

Posted: October 7, 2005, 21:50
More info about King's possible collaboration with Marvel:

Marvel Comics' Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada had this to say when a fan noted that novelist Stephen King had said in a web interview he'd be doing some work for Marvel.

"Let's say, hypothetically, that we were doing business with Steven King. Would that be cool?" The crowd responded enthusiastically "Yes" and Quesada replies "Let's leave it at that, then."

Thanks to Ari.

Confirmation of King and Marvel?

Posted: September 18, 2005, 21:49
It seams that in the latest Italian Spiderman comic issue, there is news about the collaboration between King and Marvel. They just said that they will give more info in a month but they confirmed that King would collaborate with Marvel. More info to come.

Thanks to Matteo.

King writing for Marvel?

Posted: July 18, 2005, 21:39
There is a rumor running around the Net saying that King is going to write for Marvel. I contacted King's office and their comment was "no comment", interesting... Read more here.

Thanks to Aaron J Schultz, Ari and Mark Sylva.