The Talisman 3; Clarification

Posted: November 14, 2014, 21:07
In regards to my post from yesterday about that King and Straub hope to write The Talisman 3 next year I want to make it extra clear that it’s their PLAN to do it but it’s NOT set in stone yet and as everyone who has ever made plans to do something know…it’s not always the plan work as you had hoped. Before they can start they will have to coordinate their schedules and so far nothing has been written. So let’s hope they can work their schedule out and once they do I bet it will be info about it on both authors website.

The Talisman is on hold

Posted: November 8, 2010, 23:20
Sad news for all fans of The Talisman comic. Aparently the second instalment is on hold for now. No reason has been given though...
Thanks to Ari.

The Talisman preview is not...

Posted: May 7, 2010, 11:30

The Talisman preview is not for the next arc. It's a preview of the first arc, The Roads of Trials, in hardcover.

Thanks to Stormsga

My thoughts

Posted: January 15, 2010, 00:49
Here are my thought about issue #3 of The Road of Trials.

Talisman comic in hardback

Posted: December 30, 2009, 19:50
It looks like the first story arc of The Talisman comic (The Road of Trials) is being released in hardback on May 25th.

Thanks to Donovan Maguigan


Posted: December 27, 2009, 23:50
Here is my review of issue #2 of The Road of Trials.

Two Talisman covers

Posted: December 3, 2009, 23:47
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Here are the covers for issue #3 and #4 for The Roads of Trails
Thanks to Herbert West

Talisman review

Posted: November 18, 2009, 11:45
Today the first issue of The Talisman comic is released and here you can see what I think of it.

Tony Shasteen interview

Posted: October 28, 2009, 08:45
Here is an interview I did with Tony Shasteen, illustrator of the new Talisman comic.

My thoughts #1

Posted: October 21, 2009, 23:24
Here is my review of issue #0 of The Talisman that was released today.

Talisman excerpt

Posted: October 21, 2009, 12:01
Here you will be able to check out an exclusive excerpt from issue #1 of The Talisman between October 21 and 28.

Interview with Robin Furth

Posted: October 19, 2009, 22:20
Later this week issue #0 of The Talisman comic is released and as most of you probably already know Robin Furth has a pretty big part in it. I got a chance to talk to her about it and here is what she had to say.

Sneak peek

Posted: October 13, 2009, 16:25
Here is a sneak peek the first pages of The Talisman

Talisman covers

Posted: September 22, 2009, 23:44
Click for a larger image Click for a larger imageHere is the regular cover and variant cover for issue "2 of The Road of Trials.

Thanks to Shawn Speakman

Third Talisman book

Posted: August 27, 2009, 21:28
The moderator of King's board had the following to say about the third Talisman book:

Steve told me this morning that he and Peter are looking at starting this in two years as that's about how long it will take each of them to clear their schedules of the projects they are working on now.

Variant cover for issue #1

Posted: August 14, 2009, 00:57
Click for a larger imageHere is the variant cover for issue #1 of The Road of Trials. It's being released on November 18, 2009.

Del Rey Comics announced exclusively to Newsarama Thursday that they've secured Mike "Gabe" Krahulik, one-half of the team behind the very popular Penny Arcade webcomic, to provide a special variant cover to the publisher's October-debuting adaptation of the Stephen King-Peter Straub novel The Talisman, and Newsarama has a special exclusive preview of the cover.

Cover for issue #1

Posted: August 11, 2009, 22:05
Click for a larger imageHere is the cover for issue #1 of The Road of Trials. It's being released on November 18, 2009.

Talisman winners are...

Posted: August 9, 2009, 10:29

The Talisman comic is over and here are the correct answers:

Question 1: What month is the first issue of The Talisman released?
Answer 1: October

Question 2: What is the title of the first arc?
Answer 2: The Road of Trials

Question 3: Who illustrated the comic?
Answer 3: Tony Shasteen

Question 4: Who is the colorist of The Talisman comic?
Answer 4: Nei Ruffino

Question 5: Which was the first character from The Talisman comic to be revealed to the public?
Answer 5: Morgan Sloat

And the five lucky winners of a copy of issue #0 are:
Andy Green, Mikael Korr, Ann Smith, Cho Li and Linn Schul.

Check back next week for more about The Talisman comic including review and interviews.

Talisman info

Posted: July 28, 2009, 22:44
Here are the latest news about The Talisman comic:

- The plan is to have 6 issues in the first arc.
- The title of the first arc will be The Road of Trials.
- The plan is to do two more arcs of the same length (but that might change).
- There will be a month gap between each story arc.
- The first issue is due out in October 2009.

Interview with Nei Ruffino

Posted: July 2, 2009, 09:19
Here is an interview with Nei Ruffino who is the colourist of The Talisman comic book.

Thanks to grzesiek

Interview with Tony Shasteen

Posted: June 15, 2009, 00:14
Here is an interview with Tony Shasteen, illustrator of The Talisman comic.

Thanks to Grzesiek Tupikowski.

Three new characters

Posted: April 27, 2009, 19:27
King's official now has pictures of three new characters from The Talisma comic. They are Lily Cavanaugh, Jack Sawyer and Phil sawyer. Check them out here.

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Talisman in color

Posted: March 11, 2009, 21:49
Here is a promo (in color) for The Talisman. King's offical site says it'll be released in September 2009. Read more here.

Talisman prequel

Posted: February 24, 2009, 19:40
Before The Talisman comic starts there will be an issue 0. This will be an episode that does not appear in the book itself, but serves as a prequel to the whole story.

More info to come…

Tony talks Talisman

Posted: February 23, 2009, 00:47
Here is an interview with Tony Shasteen, illustrator for the upcoming The Talisman comic.

Robin talks Talisman

Posted: February 18, 2009, 00:44
Here is an eight part interview with Robin Furth about The Talisman. It's done by Shawn Speakman at the New York Comic Con earlier this year.

Speedy Parker

Posted: February 9, 2009, 20:30
Click for a larger imageHere is one more illustration from The Talisman. This one is of Speedy Parker.

Morgan Sloat

Posted: February 9, 2009, 10:12
Click for a larger imageNew York Comic Con is over and even though news about new King stuff isn’t flooding the net I managed to find this illustration of Morgan Sloat from The Talisman.

The Talisman comic revealed

Posted: February 2, 2009, 22:12
Today Del Ray announced who's doing what with The Talisman comic. Here are their press release:




NEW YORK, NY – February 2, 2009 – Del Rey, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, announced today the adaptor and artist on the comic book and graphic novel versions of The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub.

The book will be penciled and inked by Tony Shasteen, who has been an illustrator since 1995. His clients have included Coca-Cola, Nascar, Hasbro, DC Comics, Wildstorm, Top Cow, Dark Horse, Virgin, Boom Studios, and Image Comics, among many others. Tony illustrated Image Comic’s The Occult Crimes Taskforce (The O.C.T.), co-created by David Atchison and Rosario Dawson. Film rights to The O.C.T. are in development with Dimension Films.

It will be scripted by Robin Furth, who co-writes Marvel’s bestselling Dark Tower comics taking place in King’s Dark Tower Universe. The Gunslinger Born – the first of the Dark Tower series – was nominated for both an Eisner and a Harvey award. Robin has written “Satana and The Electric Pentacle” for Marvel’s Legion of Monsters and has adapted Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Lords of Avalon series to comic book form. She worked as Stephen King’s research assistant between 2000 and 2004 and continues to do freelance work for the Master of Horror.

Lettering and project management will be handled by Dabel Brothers Publishing. The first issue of the monthly comic is planned for early fall 2009.

Originally published in 1984, The Talisman is the story of a young teen named Jack Sawyer, who can save his dying mother only by retrieving a magical talisman. To find it he must cross back and forth between our world and the frightening and dangerous landscape of its “twinner” counterpart. Both The Talisman and its sequel, Black House, are in print with Ballantine Books. Television rights to The Talisman are under development by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy.


Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Peter Straub is the author of 17 novels which have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, for Koko.


Del Rey Books ( was founded in 1977 as an imprint of Ballantine Books, a division of the Random House Publishing Group, under the guidance of the renowned Judy-Lynn del Rey and her husband, Lester del Rey. Del Rey publishes the best of modern fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history. No stranger to comics, Del Rey launched Del Rey Manga in 2004 in conjunction with Japanese publisher Kodansha, and quickly began to acquire original graphic novel projects as well. Current and upcoming projects include a four-color graphic novel developed with pop singer Avril Lavigne, Make 5 Wishes; the graphic novel In Odd We Trust, by Dean Koontz and Queenie Chan; the first-ever graphic novel set in the world of Terry Brooks' Shannara universe, Dark Wraith of Shannara; original manga starring Marvel characters in X-Men: Misfits and Wolverine: Prodigal Son; and a four-color original graphic novel set in the Outlander universe, scripted by author Diana Gabaldon herself.

The next comic is...

Posted: October 14, 2008, 00:23
It looks like The Talisman is the next King book to become a comic...

Del Rey, an imprint of Random House US’ Ballantine Books, has acquired the comic book and graphic novel rights to The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub. A monthly comic, with “at least 24 issues”, is planned for late summer/early fall 2009.

“Illustrating The Talisman in the depth that it deserves will involve at least 24 issues of comics, probably more,” said Del Rey editor in chief, Betsy Mitchell, who acquired the project from agent Ralph Vicinanza. “It’s a tremendously visual story, filled with images that burn in memory long after the book has been closed.”

Thanks to Larry Fire