Marvel has been granted exclusive rights to publish Star Wars comics and graphic novels beginning in 2015. The agreement between the two marks a homecoming for Star Wars coming back to Marvel. Marvel published the first Star Wars comic #1 in March 1977. That comic went on to sell over 1 million copies. Marvel went on to publish Star Wars for another 9 years.
In 1991, Dark Horse Comics took over the license and publishing of the favorites like Dark Empire and Star Wars: Legacy. Last year, Dark Horse released The Star Wars #1 which is an adaptation of George Lucas’ original rough draft of the film.
“Dark Horse Comics published exceptional Star Wars comics for over 20 years, and we will always be grateful for their enormous contributions to the mythos, and the terrific partnership that we had,” said Carol Roeder, director of Lucasfilm franchise publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide. “In 2015, the cosmic adventures of Luke, Han, Leia and Chewbacca will make the lightspeed jump back to Marvel, to begin a new age of adventures within the Star Wars universe.
“We here at Marvel could not be more excited to continue the publication of Star Wars comic books and graphic novels,” said Marvel Worldwide Publisher and President, Dan Buckley. “The perennial brand of Star Wars is one of the most iconic in entertainment history and we are honored to have the opportunity to bring our creative talent pool to continue, and expand Star Wars into galaxies far, far away.”
“We’re incredibly excited by this next chapter in the Star Wars saga,” said Andrew B. Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney Publishing Worldwide. “Bringing together the iconic Lucasfilm and Marvel brands to tell new stories will allow us to continue to thrill lovers of the original Star Wars comic books and entertain generations to come.”
With Disney bringing the two power houses of Star Wars and Marvel together, this can only mean great things for the readers. Both, Marvel and Star Wars, have such a loyal fan base and both companies have a large commitment to excellence, that this should be great for the fans. Not sure if it will effect anything, but with the movie studio, the bood/comic publisher, and the people in charge at Lucas all together, this could make for some interesting reading as we get closer to Episode VII’s film.
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