of films were a big favorite of mine when I was a child in the 1970's. The first one I owned was Star Wars and the eight pages of color
photos were a nice addition. I enjoyed The Dark Crystal when it was released in
1982 and bought the novelization which had nice cover art and the requisite selection
of color photos. The book is being
rereleased in June in hardcover, along with the novelization of Labyrinth.
From the press release:
May 12, 2014 - Los Angeles,
CA - Award-winning publisher Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, is excited
to announce the June debut of JIM HENSON'S THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE NOVELIZATION,
the second in a planned series of three hardcovers that reprint the prose novel
adaptations of fan-favorite Henson properties. The book follows the recent
April release of JIM HENSON'S LABYRINTH: THE NOVELIZATION and will be followed
by the August release of JIM HENSON'S STORYTELLER: THE NOVELIZATION.
JIM HENSON'S THE DARK
CRYSTAL: THE NOVELIZATION, written by author and playwright A.C.H. Smith and
overseen by Jim Henson, reprints the long-out-of-print prose novel of the
classic 1982 fantasy film for the first time in hardcover and features
illustrations and concept designs by legendary illustrator and concept artist
Brian Froud (The Goblins of Labyrinth, Faeries) that have never before been
published. The book also contains an exclusive peek into Jim Henson's creative
process with a transcription of over 20 never-before-seen pages of his detailed
notes on an early draft of the adaptation.
"There's an entire
generation of Jim Henson fans who never had the opportunity to enrich their
enjoyment of classics like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal with the prose novel
adaptations," said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. "We're
honored to be working with The Jim Henson Company and The Jim Henson Archives
to give these reprints the Archaia treatment and present them in beautiful new
Archaia began publishing
comic books and original graphic novels based on The Jim Henson Company's most
popular titles in 2010 with the FRAGGLE ROCK comic book series and has
consistently published new projects since that time. Archaia's relationship
with The Jim Henson Company resulted in the Eisner Award-winning JIM HENSON'S
TALE OF SAND, based on the lost screenplay by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl and
illustrated by Ramon Perez, along with critically acclaimed interpretations of
JIM HENSON'S THE STORYTELLER, THE DARK CRYSTAL, and FRAGGLE ROCK.
JIM HENSON'S THE DARK
CRYSTAL: THE NOVELIZATION goes on sale in comic shops and specialty stores on
June 4th under Diamond Order Code APR140989, and wherever books are sold on
June 10th (ISBN 978-1-60886-418-8). The 6" x 8", 224-page hardcover prose
novelization will retail for $19.99.