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Mad Dashiell takes you back into the LABYRINTH to reveal a new origin story of the Goblin King

Hello all, Mad Dashiell here, welcome back to the LABYRINTH!

Jim Henson’s classic 1986 fantasy film LABYRINTH has inspired an ongoing comic series that will be coming soon. Boom! Studios imprint Archaia is publishing the series. Simon Spurrier will be writing it and artist Daniel Bayliss will be bringing the vision to life.

 The series will be exploring the origins of Jareth the Goblin King. What we know so far is that the comic series will have Jareth recounting his beginnings to Toby. Jareth’s mother and father will also be introduced in 18th-century Venice. Issue #1 of Jim Henson’s LABYRINTH will be on sale this February with cover art by Fiona Staples, a subscription cover will be done by Rebekah Isaacs, and the variant covers by Laurent Durieux, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Jill Thompson. 

“It’s the backstory of how Jareth came to be in the Labyrinth himself,” says Lisa Henson, the CEO and President of The Jim Henson Company as well as Jim's daughter. “The Goblin King, he’s not a goblin, he’s human. Many people have asked, ‘Well, how did he get there?’ So, that’s something that we thought we would explore.”

“We’re sort of having our cake and eating it...The ‘Bowie form’ version of the character is very much present in our story. But there’s a huge amount of stuff about the people who loved him and he loved. What happened to them? How did this all shake out? How did he come to be who he is? I hope that by exercising both sides of that picture, as well as leaning into all the other amazing things that are fantastic about the Labyrinth as a concept, we should hopefully get our Bowie itch scratched while also enjoying the fantastical, surreal wonder of this world.” says writer Spurrier.

-The cover art in the write-up was done by Staples, Thompson, and Sienkiewicz.Thank you for joining me -Mad Dashiell


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