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Stephen King's Dark Tower Graphic Novels & More

Updated on June 17, 2014

Stephen King Stories in Comic Book Format

I used to read a lot of Stephen King's books when I was a teen, but I never got around to reading his Dark Tower series. I guess at the time I just was not too interested in reading it. Something about cowboys, and wizards just didn't sound appealing to me at the time. But being a lover of comic books, and hearing from friends that this series was going to become a Marvel Comics project I decided to check it out. These graphic novels got me excited to read the Dark Tower series. The purpose of this lens is to highlight the graphic novels that were based on Stephen King's writings. Mainly the Dark Tower prequels, and a few others that the average fan of his writing may not have heard of.

The Graphic Novels

As I mentioned at the start of this lens that I had not yet read the Dark Tower Novels. A few friends had mentioned how they really enjoyed reading them, and I had read an article in a comics magazine that the prequels were being thought of. I managed to read the first five volumes, and then found more. I became engrossed with this mystical world that King had written about, and how Marvel Comics had drawn and put together in full color. Reading these graphic novels has made me want to read this series, but maybe a lover of the series could also find joy in reading these too. These books are the events that happened before the Dark Tower novels, and they help set the stage for them. First I will highlight the Dark Tower Series, and then introduce you the reader to other graphic novelizations of King's work. Works such as The Stand, and an all new series called American Vampire, which features a different kind of bloodsucker.

Dark Tower Omnibus [Hardcover]

Stephen King launched one of the most memorable characters in his lifetime of writing that is a man on a mission. His mission? To find the man in black and find his dwelling place, The Dark Tower. It has taken almost 30 years for the comic book format. King jteamed with Marvel in 2007 to bring his Dark Tower series to a new generation of readers. Adding these prequels to the legend of Roland and Mid-World for four years, the initial arc of King and Marvel's union is now complete, and the entire run is collected here. Collecting DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER BORN #1-7, THE LONG ROAD HOME #1-5, TREACHERY #1-6, SORCERER #1, THE FALL OF GILEAD #1-6 and THE BATTLE OF JERICHO HILL #1-5. 296 PGS

Dark Tower Omnibus
Dark Tower Omnibus

Buying this big volume will save you the time and trouble of having to collect the individual volumes. Plus it's hardcover.

 

The Dark Tower Trailer by Marvel Comics

The Dark Tower Graphic Novels on Amazon

Stephen King's Dark Tower Vol. 1: The Gunslinger Born
Stephen King's Dark Tower Vol. 1: The Gunslinger Born

The start of the prequel series introduces you to the gunslinger as a child and his friends. This also gives backs story and a look into how gunslingers are trained from childhood.

 
Stephen King's Dark Tower, Vol. 2: The Long Road Home
Stephen King's Dark Tower, Vol. 2: The Long Road Home

Slowly we see Roland growing up and witness the reasons why he is on the quest to find the Dark Tower.

 
Stephen King's Dark Tower: The Fall of Gilead (Dark Tower (Marvel Comics))
Stephen King's Dark Tower: The Fall of Gilead (Dark Tower (Marvel Comics))

This was an epic fight. If you like action and a lot of drama this book is for you.

 
Dark Tower, Vol. 3: Treachery
Dark Tower, Vol. 3: Treachery

There is a traitor amongst them, but the shocker is who it is.

 
Stephen King The Dark Tower: Battle of Jericho Hill
Stephen King The Dark Tower: Battle of Jericho Hill

Sad ending. So many deaths, and the end is just the beginning.

 

More Dark Tower Graphic Novels - The Story Continues......

Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Vol. 1 - The Journey Begins
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Vol. 1 - The Journey Begins

Good restart of the series, but a little slow. I will admit that this was a little boring, but it's a part of the story.

 
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger - The Little Sisters of Eluria
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger - The Little Sisters of Eluria

This is one of my personal faves of this series. Mysterious nuns who are more than they seem to be have offered to "heal" Roland. But are they really healing their patients?

 
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger- The Battle of Tull
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger- The Battle of Tull

This is a fast paced story with a lot of gunslinging action. I can't even count how many people Roland goes against in this issue. It was very intense.

 
Dark Tower - the Gunslinger: The Way Station
Dark Tower - the Gunslinger: The Way Station

The Gunslinger continues on his pursuit of the man in black, and picks up a traveling companion. His mentor is a young boy named John Chambers who has a mysterious origin, and he may be the "key" to getting to the Dark Tower.

 
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Man in Black
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Man in Black

Our travelers continue on their quest to catch the Man in Black, and a hard choice is made.....which leads in death.

 

American Vampire Vol. 1 [Paperback]

American Vampire Vol. 1
American Vampire Vol. 1

This volume collects 2 stories: 1 written by Snyder and 1 written by King. Snyder's story is set in 1920's LA, we follow Pearl, a young woman who is turned into a vampire and sets out on a path of revenge against the European Vampires who turned her. This story is paired with King's story, a western about Skinner Sweet, the original American Vampire- stronger,and faster than any vampire ever seen before with and immune to the sun.

 

Ever Read Any Graphic Novels?

I know a lot of people have read or currently read Stephen King's novels, but I often wonder how many people have read the graphic novels. I thought this poll would be fun to see what the results would be.

Have you read any of these already?

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The Stand

Stephen King's The Stand Vol. 1: Captain Trips
Stephen King's The Stand Vol. 1: Captain Trips

Intro to the series. The super flu starts here. This is taken directly from the Stand novel and converted into comic book form.

 
American Nightmares
American Nightmares

The sides are starting to be drawn here. Things start to get interesting in this volume. I really enjoyed this one.

 

Stephen King's N. [Paperback]

Stephen King's N.
Stephen King's N.

There is something in Ackerman's Field in rural Maine. A Stonehenge-type monument , and a mysterious entity dwells there.This is the story of a man called "N" and what he saw and did there, because of this strange place. Collection of issues 1-4#

 

What Do You Think? - Would You Read These?

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      Projectlazy 4 years ago

      I really liked this series

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      Dan 4 years ago from CNY

      @CommanderNicole: I hadn't heard about that. I'll have to look that up.

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      CommanderNicole 4 years ago

      Lot of friends tell me I need to read this series. I'm pretty excited about a movie being made, and a tv show.