Dark Tower

UNMASKED

UNMASKED For fun I thought to portray my own interpretation of the “Crimson King” as an early Halloween riff… but the sight of police state brutality on Wall Street—and the mainstream news blackout of same—is horror enough for me this year. Jeez. Well, the...

DARK TOWER: LONG ROAD

DARK TOWER: LONG ROAD In 2009, Michael returned to the world of The Dark Tower in this painting created especially for the amazing coffee table book KNOWING DARKNESS: ARTISTS INSPIRED BY STEPHEN KING.

DARK TOWER: CRIMSON KING

DARK TOWER: CRIMSON KING ….he sat on his throne…which is made of skulls…he sat there with his elbow on his knee and his fist on his chin, like a man thinking long thoughts…all the while watching them writhe…and convulse on the floor…

DARK TOWER

DARK TOWER Cover painting for the #1 Bestseller THE DARK TOWER by Stephen King. Fully illustrated by Michael Whelan, the seventh and last book in the Dark Tower series brings to an end the saga of Roland the Gunslinger. Roland finally reaches the tower and Michael places him...

LEGENDS: THE GUNSLINGER

LEGENDS: THE GUNSLINGER After Michael Whelan illustrated the first book in the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, his artwork became synonymous with the story. The author doesn’t describe the tower in the early books of the series, but many of the main characters experience dream...

GUNSLINGER ’88

GUNSLINGER ’88 Michael was asked to do a cover for the trade paperback edition of THE DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER. He had done the dustjacket and all the interior illustrations for the limited edition version, but this was the first mass-market edition of this special series by...

GUNSLINGER: DEAD TOWN

GUNSLINGER: DEAD TOWN Throughout most of Michael Whelan’s career as an illustrator, he took the unusual approach of rarely using models. This is especially noteworthy in the case of a painting like this one. So many figures in so many different poses-all out of his imagination!

GUNSLINGER: SLOW MUTANTS

GUNSLINGER: SLOW MUTANTS Cover art for THE DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King. Michael took up the challenge of illustrating a scene illuminated solely by the flash of a gunshot.

GUNSLINGER ON THE BEACH

GUNSLINGER ON THE BEACH The back cover of the first edition of THE DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER by Stephen King. When asked about this one Michael said, “This is my favorite Dark Tower painting. The mood and the majesty of the epic are captured in this one image.”

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