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King to Join Special Panel to Discuss Dark Tower Series Which Explores the Origin of the Notorious Gunslinger Character

NEW YORK - World Fantasy Award-winning writer Stephen King, long acknowledged as the master of modern horror, will appear as a Guest of Honor at New York Comic Con taking place February 23-25, 2007. King will join a special panel hosted by Joe Quesada, Editor In Chief of Marvel Entertainment, Inc. on Saturday, February 24, 2007 to discuss the ground-breaking new comic book series adapted from his magnum opus, The Dark Tower. "We are absolutely ecstatic that Stephen King will be attending the February 2007 New York Comic Con," said Ruwan Jayatilleke, Director of Development, Marvel Publishing. "His appearance will be a huge thrill for Dark Tower enthusiasts, comic book fans, and convention-goers alike. Marvel is extremely grateful for this opportunity---and aims to make this convention a landmark event for all of graphic fiction storytelling." The series will expand the saga of King's epic hero, Roland Deschain, whose quest to save the Dark Tower is captured in seven best-selling novels published over the course of twenty-five years. King's unparalleled storytelling power will inform new stories that delve into the life and times of the young Roland, revealing the trials and conflicts that lead to the burden of destiny he must assume as a man, the last Gunslinger from a world that has moved on. The comics will work in conjunction with the novels, further supplementing and defining the saga's mythology under the direction of the acclaimed author himself. The highly anticipated first issue will hit shelves on February 7, 2007. Robin Furth, plotter of the comic series and author of Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance, will also participate in the panel discussion. Marvel has tapped prolific author and veteran comic book writer Peter David to script the first seven issues of King's new Dark Tower stories. The series will be illustrated by Eisner-award winning artist Jae Lee and Richard Isanove. To learn more about The Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born comic book series please visit www.marvel.com/darktower. Marvel Comics is a division of Marvel Entertainment, Inc., a leading global character-based entertainment company that has developed and owns a library of more than 5,000 characters, which have entertained generations around the world for over 60 years. Marvel's operations are focused in entertainment and consumer product licensing and comic book publishing. Marvel Studios supports the development of feature films, DVD/video products and TV series. Marvel's creative team also supports the creation of video games and toy lines based on its characters as well as for a broad and growing range of consumer products and services including apparel, collectibles, foods and promotions. Marvel's comic book division is a leading publisher in the global marketplace while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property. Marvel's Toy Biz division is a recognized creative force and leader in toy design, sales and marketing, developing and overseeing both licensee and in-house toy lines. For additional information visit http://www.marvel.com. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND/OR ARTWORK PLEASE CONTACT: For Marvel: Jim McCann jmccann@marvel.com TM& ©: 2006 Marvel Entertainment, Inc. and subsidiaries, all rights reserved. www.marvel.com



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