When IDW Publishing first released its graphic adaptation of I Am Legend, Richard Matheson's classic 1954 novel of terror, isolation and vampirism, the trade paperback became an immediate best-seller and quickly sold out. Now IDW will resurrect the out-of-print books with a new deluxe collection that showcases the original novel's vision in advance of the December film adaptation of I Am Legend starring Will Smith, from Warner Bros. Pictures.
The story of the last man on an Earth overrun by undead has seen life as a movie several times already, including the Vincent Price 1964 chiller The Last Man on Earth, which Matheson disliked so much that he removed his name from the writing credits, and Charlton Heston's The Omega Man, a 1971 film that instead became a commentary on modern society at the expense of the tale's vampiric elements.
"Our book is a very faithful adaptation of the novel itself," says Chris Ryall, IDW's publisher and editor-in-chief. "The upcoming movie will tell a variation on the story, but the graphic novel adaptation is the definitive take on the Richard Matheson book that has captured generations of fans"
The adaptation's author is likewise a celebrated name among vampire fans: Steve Niles, who co-created IDW's blockbuster bloodsucker hit 30 Days of Night, being released this month from Sony Pictures and producer Sam Raimi. Niles adapted the novel with art from Elman Brown.
I Am Legend is a 244-page, b&w graphic novel.