STAR WARS Comics Coming Back to Marvel in 2015
After 24 years, Star Wars is coming back to Marvel Comics. The Walt Disney Company’s Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are coming together to bring in new stories for the Star Wars comic book franchise. Just recently, Marvel acquired exclusive rights to begin create and publish Star Wars comics and graphic novels in the beginning of 2015. This leaves Dark Horse, the current license holder, to produce one last amazing year of stories in their present runs.
“It is ironic that this announcement comes at a time when Dark Horse is experiencing its most successful year ever. For obvious reasons, we have prepared for this eventuality by finding new and exciting projects to place on our schedule for 2015 and beyond,” said Mike Richardson, Dark Horse founder, in a statement he made last Friday.
These little turn of events is not surprising. Since the acquisition of all things Lucas in 2012, Marvel was bound to re-squire the rights to the Star Wars comics. Marvel published it’s first Star Wars book in March 1977 and continued producing books for the next nine years.
In 1991, Dark Horse acquired the rights from Marvel and went on to develop some of the best, and oftentimes iconic stories in Dark Horse’s history, including their release of The Star Wars #1, a graphic novel adapting George Lucas’ original rough-draft of the first movie. This book not only garnered rave reviews, but also ranked among the top-selling title in the Star Wars comics’ history.
“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.”
There’s just one question that we’re sure is stuck in our brains: will they acknowledge any of the stories from the Dark Horse run, or will this be a clean slate in storytelling entirely? The same can be asked for most of the Expanded Universe novels with the impending movies coming along, also in 2015.
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