NEW YORK – Marvel Comics has tapped prolific author and veteran comic book writer Peter David to script the first seven issues of the ground-breaking new comic book series adapted from Stephen King’s magnum opus, The Dark Tower. The first issue is scheduled to debut in February 2007.
The series will expand the saga of King’s epic hero, Roland Deschain, whose quest to save the Dark Tower is captured in seven best-selling novels published over the course of twenty-five years. The new stories delve into the life and times of the young Roland, revealing the trials and conflicts that lead to the burden of destiny he must assume as a man, the last Gunslinger from a world that has moved on. The comics will work in conjunction with the novels, further supplementing and defining the saga’s mythology under the direction of the acclaimed author himself.
“You have to understand: To me, it was yesterday that I was standing on line at a Stephen King book signing, telling him that I was an aspiring writer, and he inscribed a copy of ‘Danse Macabre with ‘To Peter: Best of luck on your writing career.’ Since then I’ve had a great deal of luck, and this opportunity is—by me—one of the luckiest breaks of them all,” says David. “I’m extremely excited to be a part of such a highly anticipated project, and am looking forward to contributing however much I can to King’s epic fantasy. I just wish I could go back and tell the kid on the autograph line; he probably wouldn’t believe it.”
The series will be illustrated by Eisner-award winning artist Jae Lee.