Back in October, IDW Publications announced they would be releasing a two-issue comic adaptation of “Throttle,” a short story written by Stephen King and his son Joe Hill. The prose version originally appeared in He Is Legend, an anthology of stories inspired by the works of Richard Matheson; it was also released as part of an audiobook package called “Road Rage,” which featured it alongside the Matheson story which inspired it, “Duel.” (Stephen Lang provided the vocals for that, and it’s excellent – his rough-around-the-edges voice is a perfect match for the gritty subject matter of both stories.)
IDW’s take on “Throttle” will also be part of an overall package called Road Rage – as in the audiobook version, “Duel” will adapted in a two-parter as well. IDW’s Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall will script both adaptations, with Nelson Daniel handling art for “Throttle” and Rafa Garres taking up penciling duties on “Duel.”
The first issue of “Throttle” won’t be out until February, but Stephen King’s official website has some advance artwork up, including a downloadable PDF of the first eleven pages (sans lettering and color) and an incentive cover by artist Tony Harris depicting King and Hill embarking on their own two-wheeled road trip. Looks like a lot of fun, and IDW (home of Hill’s acclaimed series Locke & Key) has a proven track record with original and adapted works. This looks like a great way to kick off what promises to be a busy 2012 for King and Hill fans alike.