Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Marvel Turns Stephen King’s The Stand into Comics - PW

Marvel Turns Stephen King’s The Stand into Comics - Publishers Weekly: "Stephen King is no stranger to comics now. And if the marriage of his bestselling horror novels with comic books seemed strange at first, it certainly doesn’t anymore. The Marvel Comics adaptation of his Dark Tower prose novels, a prequel miniseries called The Gunslinger Born, shot to the top of the comics sales charts both as a monthly pamphlet and a graphic novel collection in 2007. The success of the series and the book collection spurred a second Dark Tower miniseries, The Long Road Home, that began earlier this year.

Now, Marvel Comics has moved on to another King property, with a comic book adaptation of his 1978 horror classic, The Stand. A postapocalyptic vision of a world ravaged by a lethal superflu epidemic, The Stand follows two camps of survivors who are slowly drawn into confrontation. The comic book series, which is slated for 30 issues, launches September 10; it will be written by playwright and comics author Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and drawn by Captain America artist Mike Perkins. Aguirre-Sacasa and Perkins talked with PW Comics Week about the process of bringing one of King’s most popular prose works to life in the form of comics."


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