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Del Ray Publishing has announced it will be doing the next to adapt Stephen King into comic book form, with Stephen King’s The Talisman getting the treatment.  Marvel Comics has previously adapted The Dark Tower, and is just kicking off The Stand.  This news has got to sting the House of Ideas just a little bit.

Press release after the jump.

Press Release

Del Rey, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, announced today the acquisition of the comic book and graphic novel rights to The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub. The creative team on the project will be announced soon, and the first issue of the monthly comic is planned for late summer/early fall 2009.

Originally published in 1984, The Talisman is the story of a young teen named Jack Sawyer, who can save his dying mother only by retrieving a magical talisman. To find it he must cross back and forth between our world and the frightening and dangerous landscape of its “twinner” counterpart. The hardcover edition, published by Viking, spent 12 weeks in the #1 slot on the New York Times list. Both The Talisman and its sequel, Black House, are in print with Ballantine Books. Television rights to The Talisman are under development by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy.

“Illustrating The Talisman in the depth that it deserves will involve at least 24 issues of comics, probably more,” said Del Rey Editor in Chief, Betsy Mitchell, who acquired the project from agent Ralph Vicinanza. “It’s a tremendously visual story, filled with images that burn in memory long after the book has been closed.”

King’s Dark Tower comics consistently inhabit the top of the comic book sales charts, and his recent series, Dark Tower: Long Road Home was the top-selling comic book in North America in March 2008.

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Stephen Schleicher

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5 Comments

  1. October 14, 2008 at 4:47 pm — Reply

    The Talisman is my favorite King book. I don’t care who does it, as long as it’s done right!

  2. Cory
    October 14, 2008 at 4:55 pm — Reply

    Any action that shows disrespect to Joe Quesada is all right in my book. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  3. Josh P.
    October 14, 2008 at 6:41 pm — Reply

    Hmmmm. I wonder if Del Rey really knows what they are doing in this instance. Hopefully they pull it off and don’t harm the “Stephen King” comic brand.

    Seriously, enough with the Quesada hate. It’s getting to the point of annoyance. Did he kick your puppy?

  4. October 14, 2008 at 10:42 pm — Reply

    How does this decision disrespect anyone?

    It’s a publishing press release, for fardwark’s sake.

  5. hermit
    October 14, 2008 at 11:57 pm — Reply

    is King tired of writing. now he’s working at putting all his book in comic form.

    not that i’m complaining, i love dark tower and can’t wait for the stand.

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