David Bowie’s Comic Book Legacy Remembered

The world is in morning today after learning of rock legend David Bowie’s passing. Bowie who had been privately battling cancer for the last 18 months sadly lost that battle today at age 69. Aside from being a music icon, Bowie was also a fairly successful movie actor. If you grew up in the 1980s you surely remember Jim Henson’s adventure fantasy film Labyrinth, which starred the late Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King.

In the movie Bowie’s character grants the wish of a selfish teenage girl, Sarah played by Jennifer Connelly, who wishes for her baby brother to be taken away. The girl then has 13 hours to reach the center of a massive Labyrinth in order to save him. With the exception of Bowie and Connelly the majority of the other movie characters are played by puppets, Henson’s modus operandi.


The movie Labyrinth was enough of a success that Marvel Comics felt it was a good idea to do an official comic adaptation of the movie, books which are still highly sought after by collectors to this day. The movie’s first adaptation was released in October 1986 under the Marvel Super Special (issue #40) banner, which were essentially one-shot magazine sized comics. Marvel then followed with a three-issue limited series in traditional comic book format as well, from November 1986 to January 1987. Both versions were filled with beautiful artwork penciled by the great John Buscema and are comic books that should grace every collector’s collection.

RIP Jareth the Goblin King!


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