Friday, January 3, 2014

Marvel to publish Star Wars comics in 2015

In a move that shouldn't surprise Star Wars and Marvel fans the 'House of Mouse' will be producing Star Wars comics and graphic novels next year. Read the press release from Marvel below. - Aljon

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.

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks in the United States and/or in other countries of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.

Aljon's take...
Once again, I'm not surprised by this one bit. I had mentioned this would happen on several of my shows Sorcerer Radio's WDW Tiki Room and the WDW After Dark webcast. From the moment I heard the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney that it would only be a matter of time. I had thought that the The timing couldn't be better with the new series "Star Wars Rebels" making its debut this fall on Disney XD and "Star Wars Episode VII" hitting theaters in 2015.

I had suspected that when Dark Horse began publishing the new comic "Star Wars" written by Brian Wood as well as "The Star Wars" series that this would be the swan song for Dark Horse. A type of love letter to Star Wars fans and their 20 years as a Star Wars comics publisher. I liked the Dark Horse books, especially the "Star Wars" series. I also believe Marvel will do a great job producing the books.

I believe Marvel will take an approach similar to what they have done with Marvel characters on Disney XD by having comic adaptations of  "Star Wars Rebels" as well as doing film adaptations leading up to the release of Episode VII. I suspect that some of the writers from Dark Horse may come over to writing for Marvel as well - nearly all the writers work for several companies (DC, IDW, Marvel and Dark Horse) anyway.

What do you think about the move back to Marvel? What would like to see in the new era of Marvel published Star Wars books? Leave your comments below!

Read the response from Dark Horse Comics.

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