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Marvel Snares King—and Dickey, and Morrell

So yesterday’s rumors are now official: Stephen King’s next Dark Tower story will be a six-issue comic book series for Marvel Entertainment, beginning next April, with “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 story will be collected into a hardcover edition in time for the 2006 holiday season.

All well and good, and no doubt money in the bank, but equally fascinating will be two other Marvel projects with literary pedigrees. Bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey will script a limited series starring Storm (the Halle Berry character from the X-Men flicks), and David Morrell, best known for creating Rambo in the novel First Blood, is sending Captain American to Afghanistan.

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