From Friday’s The Oklahoman:
From Staff Reports
Two Oklahoma stores are among the more than 80 nationwide taking part in a midnight release for the latest comic book from Stephen King: “Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Long Road Home” No. 1.
To celebrate the launch of the new comic book series featuring material only hinted at in King’s original novel series, the stores will be open at midnight Tuesday (effectively 12:01 a.m. Wednesday) so fans can get their hands on the debut issue.
Atomic Comics, 6006 S Western, and Speeding Bullet Comics, 614 N Porter in Norman, are the two Oklahoma comic-book stores that will have early copies of “The Long Road Home.”
“The Long Road Home” follows last year’s groundbreaking comic book series, “Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born,” which was King’s first extended foray into the world of comics. “Gunslinger Born” was both critically acclaimed and one of Marvel Comics’ biggest selling titles of 2007.
The “Gunslinger Born” creative team (writers Robin Furth and Peter David, and artists Jae Lee and Richard Isanove) are back for “The Long Road Home.” King is supervising the comic, ensuring the story fits his vision of the series.
The Dark Tower novels, and now comics, followed Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger, as he sought the Dark Tower in a dark fantasy world.
Artist Lee, who won comics’ highest award, the Eisner, for his work on “The Inhumans,” has been a popular choice to visualize King’s world.
The original “Gunslinger Born” series is available in a hardcover collection.
Full disclosure note: Nerdage writer/editor Matt Price is an owner of Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman.