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The Stand, comic book/graphic novel series

Have you seen these? -- Stephen King's The Stand Vol. 1: Captain Trips (Stand(Marvel))

That's volume 1 of 6. The next five are all on Amazon as well, and the series goes through the entire novel. They're done by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (author) and Mike Perkins (illustrator).

I bought them about three years ago and read them on a Kindle app. They're pretty good, and faithful to the novel. Be warned though, the illustrations pull no punches; for example, the depiction of Harold Lauder's corpse (discovered by Stu et al in the desert) leaves nothing to the imagination.


The comics are the only version of 'The Stand" that I don't have. I'm going to look into getting them.

I have all three editions of the book, (the ones set in 1980, 1985, and 1990) the DVD of the 1994 ABC miniseries, and now the blu-ray.


> The comics are the only version of 'The Stand" that I don't have. I'm going to look into getting them.

Hey, something I'll pass along. This is the only comic I've ever got on Kindle, so what I'm about to describe might or might not be common to all comics on Kindle? I don't know; but anyway -- double-clicking or double-tapping switches it between two modes, either viewing the page as an intact whole and scrolling from page to page, or enlarging each panel and scrolling between panels. I discovered that quite by accident and am glad I did -- doing it the second way makes things easier to see, at least for my old geezer eyes.


They did a great job with them.

They were giving The Dark Tower series the same treatment, but that kind of went off the rails and is pretty much dead. They only got up to the 2nd book plus the flashbacks.


> They did a great job with them.

Agreed. I've been re-reading them and just finished volume 5 of 6. Mother Abigail just died, and the four guys have just left Boulder to walk to Vegas.

One nice thing is that the artists are free to draw the characters however they like, whereas in TV or movies you get actors who may or may not look the part. The characters here are for the most part much closer to how I had imagined them than those in the TV miniseries were. No disrespect to Ray Walston or Corin Nemec, but they just didn't look like Glen Bateman or Harold Lauder at all, IMO. Of course with the Lauder character a true depiction would have him start off as rather obese then have him lose 60 or so pounds over the course of the miniseries; better to just have him normal weight throughout. Obviously the miniseries powers-that-be made the right call, but knowing that didn't make the character any less "untrue" to me.

But sometimes artists can come up with some unusual ideas. I had never pictured Stu Redman as resembling Dean Martin, but apparently Bernie Wrightson does (illustrator of the big, uncut book) ... ... I had to laugh at that one when I first saw it.


I actually never finished the last one. I'm assuming they didn't change the ending? I don't recall anybody complaining about it.


> I'm assuming they didn't change the ending?

No, didn't change it. In fact, it's more faithful to the novel than the miniseries was; it includes the May Day picnic, Stu and Fran stopping in Nebraska on their way back east, Flagg's resurrection ("Yun-nah!").