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Stephen King sued for $500mil for allegedly stealing Dark Tower character

03.29.2017by: Mike Sprague

Normally we are not into gossip here at AITH. In fact, we try to avoid that shite like the plague. But when said "gossip" has to do with our man Stephen King, and the news involves some jackass trying to sue the King of Horror for 500 million dollars (!) well, that's something we take interest in.

In short, the story goes: some guy says Stephen King stole the idea for the main character in THE DARK TOWER series ( The Gunslinger aka Roland Deschain) from a famous comic book character also known as a gunslinger.

The creator of THE ROOK comic says King's Gunslinger, is based on his main character, Restin Dane. R-D? Interesting... Anyways, the guy claims the character of The Gunslinger has "striking similarities to Dane other than just their initials -- both are time-traveling, monster-fighting, quasi-immortal, romantic adventure heroes."

THE ROOK dude also says that King's Deschain dresses like a cowboy despite not being from the Old West -- just like Restin Dane -- and the towers in both books look the same.

Supposedly, this Restin Dane character was in more than 5 million comic magazines from 1977-1983. And on top of that, King says he has read those stories, and possible not by coincidence, the first book in THE DARK TOWER series (THE GUNSLINGER) was released in 1982.

I say this is all coincidence. However, THE ROOK creator thinks it is a bit more, and like I mentioned above, is looking to sue King for $500 million.

Hurm... nice timing, THE ROOK dude... Just as THE DARK TOWER movie is about to (no doubt) make a killing, and IT will (hopefully) do twice that business. Smart time to bring this up. Especially since you've had this knowledge since 1982.

I'll let you know more when and if I hear anything. Anything other than King laughing in the man's face and setting CUJO loose on his ass.

THE DARK TOWER hits theaters this July.

Extra Tidbit: In other news, The Ringling Bros. sue King for stealing their "Dancing Clown" character.
Source: tmz

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1:20AM on 03/31/2017

To the person below my comment... reply doesn't work

Wrong... The Rook’s first adventures were sent for printing in December 1976. Look under "Creation" at this Source- [link]comics)

This makes me even more suspect that King stole this characters essence for his own series. Way too many similarities between the two is listed above. Plus, King knew he could steal because he was popular meaning he was powerful. The Rook comics sales did not really take flight until 1982. By this time, King was a beast and soon to be a legend. No one could
Wrong... The Rook’s first adventures were sent for printing in December 1976. Look under "Creation" at this Source- [link]comics)

This makes me even more suspect that King stole this characters essence for his own series. Way too many similarities between the two is listed above. Plus, King knew he could steal because he was popular meaning he was powerful. The Rook comics sales did not really take flight until 1982. By this time, King was a beast and soon to be a legend. No one could possibly have the money or name to be taken seriously too best him in court, especially a comic book writer. I guess this explains where the enormous $500 million number came from or at least the intentions behind it. The man is fed up... and if he's right, he should be.
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4:09PM on 03/29/2017

That said...

There is one saving grace.
The Gunslinger WASN'T first published in 1982.
It was published serially in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction starting in 1978. Which, based on publication lead times, means that the first of the parts of the Gunslinger would have been submitted sometime in 1977 (or, at latest, early 1978).
The Rook first appeared in Eerie in March 1977. So, it's TECHNICALLY still possible for King to have used the character, but that window is pretty narrow. (And King
There is one saving grace.
The Gunslinger WASN'T first published in 1982.
It was published serially in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction starting in 1978. Which, based on publication lead times, means that the first of the parts of the Gunslinger would have been submitted sometime in 1977 (or, at latest, early 1978).
The Rook first appeared in Eerie in March 1977. So, it's TECHNICALLY still possible for King to have used the character, but that window is pretty narrow. (And King said he'd been working on the book since 1970)
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3:49PM on 03/29/2017

That's actually pretty damn compelling...

Do I think King stole it? No. Is it possible that he saw it and unwittingly borrowed some things? I don't know. King has always been a fan of the pulps.
Because if you're a fan of the books, and the first things you think when you see the other two characters in those Rook covers aren't "Andy the Messenger Robot" and "Jonas", then you're lying to yourself.
Do I think King stole it? No. Is it possible that he saw it and unwittingly borrowed some things? I don't know. King has always been a fan of the pulps.
Because if you're a fan of the books, and the first things you think when you see the other two characters in those Rook covers aren't "Andy the Messenger Robot" and "Jonas", then you're lying to yourself.
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