BOOM! Studios has announced plans (via Entertainment Weekly) to launch the first-ever ongoing comic series based on Jim Henson's Labyrinth. The series will reportedly explore the origins of the film's infamous Goblin King, who was played by late music legend and actor David Bowie in the original '80s film from which the comic is based.
The new series comes from writer Si Spurrier (Legion) and artist Daniel Bayliss (Kennel Block Blues), and will introduce readers to Jareth’s mother and father in 18th-century Venice, as the series unravels the Goblin King's origins.
“It’s the backstory of how Jareth came to be in the Labyrinth himself,” Lisa Henson, the daughter of Jim, and CEO and President of The Jim Henson Company, told EW. “The Goblin King, he’s not a goblin, he’s human. Many people have asked, ‘Well, how did he get there?’ So, that’s something that we thought we would explore.”
“We’re sort of having our cake and eating it,” Spurrier teased. “The ‘Bowie form’ version of the character is very much present in our story. But there’s a huge amount of stuff about the people who loved him and he loved. What happened to them? How did this all shake out? How did he come to be who he is? I hope that by exercising both sides of that picture, as well as leaning into all the other amazing things that are fantastic about the Labyrinth as a concept, we should hopefully get our Bowie itch scratched while also enjoying the fantastical, surreal wonder of this world.”
Check three of Labyrinth #1's covers below, by Bill Sienkiewicz, Fiona Staples and Jill Thompson, respectively.
Jim Henson's Labyrinth ongoing series kicks off in February, 2018.