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 chapter run, The Drawing of the Three, was announced.[2]

Marvel has been publishing collections for each story arc, and on September 21, 2011, it began publishing hardcover omnibus editions collecting each chapter run, with bonus materials not contained in the original releases.

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-November 30, 2014
12 House of Cards 5 March, 2015- July 2015
13 The Lady of Shadows 5 September 9, 2015-November, 2015
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 Issues Dates
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born Sketchbook 1 December 13, 2006
Marvel Spotlight: The Dark Tower 1 January 27, 2007
The Dark Tower: Gunslinger's Guidebook 1 August 1, 2007
The Dark Tower: End-World Almanac 1 July 2, 2008
The Dark Tower: Guide to Gilead 1 April 8, 2009

Collections[edit]

Story Arc Collections[edit]

# Title Format ISBN Release date Collected material
The Dark Tower
1 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born Hardcover 0785121447 November 7, 2007 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born #1-7
Paperback 0785121455 May 19, 2010
2 The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home Hardcover 0785135715 October 7, 2008 The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #1-5
Paperback 0785127798 October 20, 2010
3 The Dark Tower: Treachery Hardcover 078513574X April 21, 2009 The Dark Tower: Treachery #1-6
Paperback 0785135758 March 16, 2011
4 The Dark Tower: Fall of Gilead Hardcover 0785129510 February 23, 2010 The Dark Tower: The Sorcerer #1 and Fall of Gilead #1-6
Paperback 0785129529 November 2, 2011
5 The Dark Tower: Battle of Jericho Hill Hardcover 0785129537 August 18, 2010 The Dark Tower: Battle of Jericho Hill #1-5
Paperback 0785129545 May 9, 2012
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger
6 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Journey Begins Hardcover 0785147098 January 25, 2011 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Journey Begins #1-5
Paperback 0785147101 November 14, 2012
7 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Little Sisters of Eluria Hardcover 0785149317 June 22, 2011 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Little Sisters of Eluria #1-5
Paperback 0785149325 January 29, 2013
8 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Battle of Tull Hardcover 0785149333 January 25, 2012 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Battle of Tull #1-5
Paperback 0785149341 May 7, 2013
9 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Way Station Hardcover 078514935X June 27, 2012 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Way Station #1-5
Paperback 0785149368 July 30, 2013
10 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Man in Black Hardcover 0785149376 January 15, 2013 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Man in Black #1-5
Paperback 0785149384 October 29, 2013
11 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: Last Shots Paperback 0785149414 October 8, 2013 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: Sheemie's Tale #1-2, Evil Ground #1-2, and So Fell Lord Perth #1
The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three
12 The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three: The Prisoner Paperback 0785191577 March 10, 2015 The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three: The Prisoner #1-5
13 The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three: House of Cards Paperback 0785192816 September 22, 2015 The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three: House of Cards #1-5

Omnibus Collections[edit]

# Title Format ISBN Release date Collected material
The Dark Tower
1 The Dark Tower Omnibus Hardcover 0785155414 September 21, 2011 Story arc collections 1–5
The Dark Tower Omnibus Companion Bonus material not included in the original individual collections (1-5)
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger
2 The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Omnibus Hardcover 0785188703 September 3, 2014 Story arc collections 6-11
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Omnibus Companion Bonus material not included in the original individual collections (6-11)
Notes
  • Story arc collections 1-10 originally were made available in both hardcover and softcover (paperback) formats. Beginning with Collection 11, the only printed edition released was a paperback format. (This does not apply to the Omnibus editions, which continued to be released solely in hardcover.)

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