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Star Wars Returns to Marvel Comics

Where they began!

By Robert T. Trate     January 03, 2014
Source: StarWars.com

Outside of “Splinters of the Mind’s Eye” by Alan Dean Foster, the only Star War outlet fans had was Marvel Comics continuing adventures. I loved reading this great pulp stories, yet they weren’t without their faults. Giant green space bunnies anyone? Regardless, it was Marvel Comics made that them possible. With Walt Disney buying Marvel Comics, many of us knew that it was only a matter of time before Star Wars and Marvel reunited. Here is the official press release from Star Wars.com on when the two old friends will be back in business again. 

Press Release: The Walt Disney Company's Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are joining forces to bring new Star Wars adventures to readers across the galaxy, with Marvel granted exclusive rights to create and publish Star Wars comics and graphic novels beginning in 2015.

The agreement marks a homecoming for the Star Wars comic books. Marvel Comics published the first Star Wars comic book, Star Wars #1, in March 1977, which went on to sell more than 1 million copies. Marvel Comics published its Star Wars series for nine years. In 1991, Dark Horse Comics took over the license, publishing fan favorite titles like Dark Empire and Star Wars: Legacy. Last year, Dark Horse released The Star Wars #1, an adaptation of George Lucas' original rough-draft screenplay for the film, garnering rave reviews and national media attention and ranking among the top-selling Star Wars comics of all time.

"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."

Marvel has continued to push comic book publishing forward with innovations and experiments like motion comics and digital-only releases, in addition to its deep, ongoing catalog of monthly series and graphic novels created by some of the industry's most gifted artists and writers.

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ElBaz13 1/3/2014 4:30:37 PM

Interesting,

I'm guessing Dark Horse stuff will no longer be "official" Star Wars material.

Marvel begins in 2015, same year the Disney movie debuts. If this movie has nothing to do with the EU, than the Marvel comic will be new stories based on the outcome of the new trilogy.

 

scifi1972 1/8/2014 1:53:40 AM

Disney taking the license away from Dark Horse & giving it back to the Disney owned Marvel? Gee, who didn't see that coming.

stonedtodeath 1/8/2014 7:29:40 AM

I'd be interested to see who is going to write it and what artist they select for the first comic.  I hope they don't just stick with the Skywalker story or related events.  I really enjoyed some of the stories some of the video games told.  Knights of the Old Republic was excellent and I think a more interesting story than the whiny Skywalkers.

Timothy25 1/8/2014 1:10:26 PM

They should have graphic novels retelling the stories of the movies in the sequel trilogy but not released until after the movies. There could even be comics in between the movies of the sequel trilogy. There also should be full legnth novelizations to the movies as long as they aren't released until after the movies and movie storybooks haven't been so accurate to the Marvel movies with also incomplete.

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