The Dark Tower (comics)
|The Dark Tower|
Cover of The Gunslinger Born #1
|Publication date||February 7, 2007 - August 7, 2013|
|Main character(s)||Roland Deschain, Alain Johns, Cuthbert Allgood|
|Writer(s)||Robin Furth (adaptation)
Peter David (script)
|Artist(s)||Jae Lee and Richard Isanove|
The Dark Tower, first published in 2007, is a 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 consists 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. The final volume, The Man in Black, is largely an adaptation of the latter portion of the first Dark Tower novel, namely the novellas "The Slow Mutants" and "The Gunslinger and the Dark Man".
Marvel has been publishing hardcover collections for each story arc, and on September 21, 2011, it was published as an omnibus hardcover collection (ISBN 0785155414, 928 pages).
|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||Fall of Gilead||6||May 13, 2009—November 25, 2009|
|5||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|
|7||The Little Sisters of Eluria||5||December 8, 2010—April 13, 2011|
|8||The Battle of Tull||5||June 1, 2011—October 5, 2011|
|9||The Way Station||5||December 14, 2011—April 25, 2012|
|10||The Man in Black||5||June 20, 2012—October 17, 2012|
|*||Sheemie's Tale||2||January 9, 2013—February 13, 2013|
|Evil Ground||2||April 3, 2013—June 5, 2013|
|So Fell Lord Perth||1||August 7, 2013|
- The Sorcerer is a one-shot that serves as a prelude to The Fall of Gilead
- Sheemie's Tale, a one-shot that was 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 later put on indefinite hiatus. The final issue of The Man in Black announced that Sheemie's Tale will be next in the series. While originally solicited as a one-shot, when finally released in 2013, it was announced as a two-issue limited series.
- The Dark Tower comics is planned to be stopped after the release of the one shot "So fell Lord Perth", planned for the 7th of August 2013, according to Marvel's website.
|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|
|#||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 Fall of Gilead #1–6|
|5||The Dark Tower: Battle of Jericho Hill||0785129537||August 18, 2010||The Dark Tower: 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|
|*||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|
|8||The Dark Tower: The Battle of Tull||0785149333||January 25, 2012||The Dark Tower: The Battle of Tull #1-5|
|9||The Dark Tower: The Way Station||078514935X||June 27, 2012||The Dark Tower: The Way Station #1-5|
|10||The Dark Tower: The Man in Black||0785149376||January 15, 2013||The Dark Tower: The Man in Black #1-5|
|11||The Dark Tower: Last Shots||0785149414||October 8, 2013||The Dark Tower: Sheemie's Tale #1-2, Evil Ground #1-2 and The Fall of Lord Perth #1|