The Dark Tower (comics)


The Dark Tower (comics)
The Dark Tower
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Cover of The Gunslinger Born #1
Publication information
Publisher

United StatesCanada Marvel
FranceBelgium Soleil
NetherlandsBelgium Uitgeverij L

BrazilSpainItaly Panini
GermanyAustria Splitter[disambiguation needed ], Heyne
Poland Albatros
Turkey Altın Kitaplar
Format Ongoing series
Publication date February 7, 2007 -
Main character(s) Roland Deschain, Alain Johns, Cuthbert Allgood
Creative team
Writer(s) Robin Furth (adaptation)
Peter David (script)
Artist(s) Jae Lee and Richard Isanove
Creator(s) Stephen King

The Dark Tower, first published in 2007, is an ongoing series of comics by Marvel Comics based on Stephen King's The Dark Tower series of novels. It is plotted by Robin Furth and scripted by Peter David. Stephen King serves as Creative and Executive Director of the project.

The first chapter run of the series consists of 30 issues that make up five volumes illustrated by Jae Lee and Richard Isanove. The first volume, The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born, is based primarily on flashbacks from The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger and The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass; the later ones are new content.

As stated by Peter David's afterword to The Long Road Home, the series will detail Roland Deschain's "progress from callow youth to gunslinger", starting with his adventures in Mejis from Wizard and Glass and ending with the Battle of Jericho Hill (as detailed in The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla and The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower).

The second chapter run will consist of another 30 issues broken up into volumes under the title of The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger. The first volume of the second chapter run is The Journey Begins and it takes place twelve years after the Battle of Jericho Hill.

Marvel has been publishing hardcover collections for each story arc, and on September 21, 2011, it will publish an omnibus hardcover collection (ISBN 0785155414, 928 pages).

Contents

Story arcs

# Title Issues Dates
The Dark Tower
1 The Gunslinger Born 7 February 7, 2007—August 1, 2007
2 The Long Road Home 5 March 5, 2008—July 2, 2008
3 Treachery 6 September 10, 2008—February 25, 2009
* The Sorcerer 1 April 15, 2009
4 The Fall of Gilead 6 May 13, 2009—November 25, 2009
5 The Battle of Jericho Hill 5 December 3, 2009—April 21, 2010
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger
6 The Journey Begins 5 May 19, 2010—September 22, 2010
* Sheemie's Tale 1
7 The Little Sisters of Eluria 5 December 8, 2010—April 13, 2011
8 The Battle of Tull 5 June 1, 2011—October, 2011
9 The Way Station 5 December 2011—
Notes
  • The Sorcerer is a one-shot that serves as a prelude to The Fall of Gilead
  • Sheemie's Tale, a one-shot that's meant to serve as an interlude between The Journey Begins and The Little Sisters of Eluria, was originally scheduled for publication in November 2010, then postponed to January 26, 2011, and has since been indefinitely put on hiatus[1]

Other releases

Title Dates
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born Sketchbook December 13, 2006
Marvel Spotlight: The Dark Tower January 27, 2007
The Dark Tower: Gunslinger's Guidebook August 1, 2007
The Dark Tower: End-World Almanac July 2, 2008
The Dark Tower: Guide to Gilead April 8, 2009

Collections

# Title ISBN Release date Collected material
1 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born 0785121447 November 7, 2007 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #1–7
2 The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home 0785135715 October 7, 2008 The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #1–5
3 The Dark Tower: Treachery 078513574X April 21, 2009 The Dark Tower: Treachery #1–6
4 The Dark Tower: Fall of Gilead 0785129510 February 23, 2010 The Dark Tower: The Sorcerer and The Fall of Gilead #1–6
5 The Dark Tower: Battle of Jericho Hill 0785129537 September 1, 2010 The Dark Tower: The Battle of Jericho Hill #1–5
6 The Dark Tower: The Journey Begins 0785147098 January 25, 2011 The Dark Tower: The Journey Begins #1–5
7 The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters of Eluria 0785149317 June 22, 2011 The Dark Tower: The Little Sisters Of Eluria #1-5
8 The Dark Tower: The Battle Of Tull 0785149333 January 25, 2012 The Dark Tower: The Battle Of Tull #1-5
* The Dark Tower Omnibus 0785155414 September 21, 2011 Collections 1–5
* The Dark Tower Omnibus Companion Bonus material not included in the first five collections

References


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