Akihiro Yamada Illustrates Covers For New Japanese Release Of Stephen King’s “Dark Tower”

This summer, Stephen King’s epic The Dark Tower is set to hit the big screen in a movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey with Nikolaj Arcel writing and directing. Kadokawa has prepared for the upcoming film with a new release of the books. 


Originally, Japanese publishing plans for the seven-book series bounced around during the irregular publication scheduling between 1982 and 2004, ultimately arriving in 2005 from Shincho Bunko with a Kenji Kazama translation and covers from the Viking release by digital artist Steve Stone.


This latest version hit the region on January 25th with the first book, The Gunslinger, and follow-up Drawing of the Three divided into two volumes, with new cover art by Akihiro Yamada – character designer on mech anime RahXephon and original character design on The Twelve Kingodms.

The third book, The Wasteland, will also be split into two volumes, scheduled for March 31st.





Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain’t It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.