The Dark Tower (comics)

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The Dark Tower
Publication information
Publisher

United StatesCanada Marvel
FranceBelgium Soleil
NetherlandsBelgium Uitgeverij L

BrazilSpainItaly Panini
GermanyAustria Splitter, Heyne
Poland Albatros
Turkey Altın Kitaplar
Genre
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 a series of comic books 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 details 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".

The Dark Tower comics were planned to be finished after the release of the one-shot So Fell Lord Perth, released on August 7, 2013, according to Marvel's website.[1] However, on April 25, 2014, a third arc, The Drawing of the Three, was announced.[2]

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).

Story arcs[edit]

# 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 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 Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three
11 The Prisoner 5 September 17, 2014—
Notes
  • 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.[3] The final issue of The Man in Black announced that Sheemie's Tale will be next in the series.[4] While originally solicited as a one-shot, when finally released in 2013, it was announced as a two-issue limited series.[5] [1]

Other releases[edit]

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[edit]

# 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 original collections (1-5)
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
* Dark Tower Gunslinger Omnibus 0785188703 September 3, 2014 Collections 6-11
* Dark Tower Gunslinger Omnibus Companion Bonus material not included in the original collections (6-11)

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