Funny how you may not even be aware how much you’ve been waiting for something until it finally happens. Case in point, Marvel’s recently announced comic translation of Stephen King’s epic end-of-the-world novel, The Stand.
The project was first mentioned during New York Comic Con 2006 (“>read about it here), and since Marvel has never officially said yes or no if they were doing it, until now. Roberto Aquire-Sacasa (Marvel Knights 4, Fantastic Four) will be writing it, with art handled by Mike Perkins (Captain America). The unexpurgated version of The Stand will be the source material the creators will be working from, with six five-issues miniseries planned to encompass the entire sweeping adventure. Will it be enough? Executive Editor Ralph Macchio (!) hopes so.
”Roberto, when he actually sits down to write a plot or a script,” Macchio told Wizard in a recent interview, ”he may find that there’s something that he wants to expand or characterization he really wants to get into or something that just didn’t appear to him when he was doing the initial outline, so that may extend it an issue here or there. So we could very well wind up with an arc that has more than five issues, but right now we’re planning to do six five-issue arcs.”
From the tone of the rest of the aforementioned interview, these guys realize the daunting task ahead of them, both in terms of scope and making sure they’re delivering something lifelong Stand readers will be pleased with, and are more than happy to take the challenge. Personally I can’t wait to see how it comes together; if it’s anything like The Dark Tower series was, this will be something very special.
Be sure to read the entire interview right here and look for the first issue of The Stand comic on stands this September!
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