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My Life For You


The Stand: Hardcases

by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Adaptor), Mike Perkins (Illustrator), Stephen King (Story)

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The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there…and still on your feet.― 

Stephen KingThe Stand

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No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side.

Or you don’t. –

Stephen KingThe Stand


Hardcover, 136 pagesPublished March 2nd 2011 by Marvel (first published March 24th 2010)ISBN0785136231 (ISBN13: 9780785136231)Edition LanguageEnglishSeriesThe Stand: Graphic Novels #4

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Story Synopsis

The Trashcan Man was spared for a reason. To join the Dark Man Randall Flagg’s swelling army and to set the world on fire. It’s a dream come true for the pyromaniac, but he has to reach Flagg’s compound in Las Vegas first–and, somehow, survive crossing paths with “the Kid,” a hardcase who’s even crazier and more dangerous than Trashy is! The villains are front-and-center as we cross the mid-point of this epic adaptation of Stephen King’s horror masterpiece! Collecting: The Stand: Hardcases #1-5

My Thoughts

Taking as a whole, this is not a poor edition. I don’t believe it is up to par with the previous versions of Captain TrippsAmerican Nightmares, and Soul Survivors. Maybe it is because Hardcases mainly deals with the villains of the novel — specifically Trashcan Man. I never felt like Trashcan Man was a fully fleshed-out character in the original book, so I lack interest in reading about him in the graphic novel. I do think that graphically this book shines as much as previous installments. The images of Las Vegas with people being crucified on the strip are pretty stark. It shows just how evil the Las Vegas folk are and how low they will go. It is an excellent addition to the series, as it keeps the story flowing, but I didn’t enjoy it a whole lot.

“That wasn’t any act of God. That was an act of pure human fuckery.”


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About The Author

Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father’s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them. Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support. After Stephen’s grandparents passed away, Mrs. King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.

Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. From his sophomore year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS. He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate. He came to support the anti-war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional. He graduated in 1970, with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level. A draft board examination immediately post-graduation found him 4-F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.

He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students; they married in January of 1971. As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men’s magazines.

Stephen made his first professional short story sale (“The Glass Floor”) to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men’s magazines. Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.

In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

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