True love, like any other strong and addicting drug, is boring – once the tale of encounter and discovery is told, kisses quickly grow stale and caresses tiresome…except, of course, to those who share the kisses, who give and take the caresses while every sound and color of the world seems to deepen and brighten around them. As with any other strong drug, true first love is really only interesting to those who have become its prisoners.
And, as is true of any other strong and addicting drug, true first love is dangerous.~Stephen King, Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower Volume IV
These words were encountered by yours truly while hunting about for art to showcase in a webpage layout. I was rummaging through Dave McKean works and, voila, I found Wizard and Glass, Book Four of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series.
Each installment of the Dark Tower books is illustrated by a different artist, thus rendering to every one a distinct touch and mood.
The Gunslinger (Book One) was illustrated by Michael Whelan, while drawing chores for The Drawing of the Three (Book Two) went to Phil Hale. I also liked the work of Ned Dameron in The Waste Lands (Book Three), because the mild ethereal quality of his lines seem like a cross between Kaori Yuki (Angel Sanctuary) and Mamiya Oki (Lover’s Diary).
In my humble opinion, Wizard and Glass has the most exquisite artistry out of The Dark Tower books, displaying the unique dark surrealism so similar to McKean’s work in DC Vertigo’s The Sandman series.
Wizard and Glass has over 800 pages, plus 18 full-page color paintings and seven black-and-white drawings. All illustrations are by McKean, which is reason enough to buy the book. Never mind that the bound volume weighs around three pounds or so.