Author Stephen King spoke this week with USA Today’s David Colton about Marvel Comics’ adaptations of his “Dark Tower” novels. In the interview, King indicated that he was more involved in the creative process than some fans might have assumed, explaining, “I had a lot of involvement in casting the course of the narrative, and in fact suggested that these illustrated narratives should focus on Roland’s young manhood.”
King explained that the first few “Dark Tower” issues would be familiar to fans of the novels, as they’re based entirely from the books. “Readers will recognize them and hopefully be as thrilled as I am. And I know Jae Lee’s work well enough to trust him entirely. It pays off. His work has never been better.” Indeed, King is a Jae Lee fan, and of his other collaborators and of comics in general. Of his childhood favorites, King lists “‘Plastic Man.’ ‘Little Lulu.’ ‘Uncle $crooge’ (Donald never interested me in the slightest). ‘Classics Comics.’ And, of course, the EC horror comics. The four-color world, as you call it, has always had a strong influence on my work, particularly ‘Salem’s Lot’ and ‘The Stand.'”
Stephen King characterized the experience of a novelist seeing his work in comics form as “more phantasmagoric than ever,” and that the “Dark Tower” project is a true collaboration. “Especially the narrative panels. Do I absolutely love everything? Nope. It’s collaboration. But I absolutely love a lot, and in an imperfect world, that’s just about Nirvana.”
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