Star Wars Marvel Makes STAR WARS Comics Theirs written by Justin Bolger January 3, 2014 Today Disney and Lucasfilm announced that STAR WARS comics will be published exclusively by Marvel beginning in 2015. The news is not entirely unforeseen, as fans have speculated since Disney’s acquisition of STAR WARS that the franchise would return to its original comic book home. The move ends twenty-three years of Dark Horse Comics’ exclusive publishing of STAR WARS titles. In a statement released earlier, Dark Horse founder Mike Richardson said, “2014 may be our last year at the helm of the Star Wars comics franchise, but we plan to make it a memorable one. We know that fans of the franchise will expect no less. The Force is with us still.” You can read both Disney/Lucasfilm’s and Dark Horse’s announcements below. Dark Horse The End of an Era All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals. I am sad to report that Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm, has notified us here at Dark Horse of their intention to move the Star Wars publishing license to another of their recent acquisitions, Marvel Comics, beginning in 2015. This will end a partnership that has lasted more than two decades. For those who are new to the industry, Dark Horse revolutionized the treatment of comics based on films. After a history of movie properties being poorly handled with little regard for execution and continuity, Dark Horse took a new approach, carefully choosing licenses and approaching them with excitement and creative energy. Our goal was to create sequels and prequels to the films we loved, paying careful attention to quality and detail, essentially treating those films as though they were our own. Star Wars has been the crown jewel of this approach. We began chasing the title as far back as 1989, and with the launch of Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy’s Dark Empire, a new era in comics was born. I’m not ashamed to admit that we were Star Wars geeks, and we have been determined to spare neither effort nor expense in the pursuit of excellence. 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. Will they take the place of Star Wars? That’s a tall order, but we will do our best to make that happen. In the meantime, 2014 may be our last year at the helm of the Star Wars comics franchise, but we plan to make it a memorable one. We know that fans of the franchise will expect no less. The Force is with us still. Mike Richardson Disney/Lucasfilm DISNEY’S LUCASFILM AND MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT JOIN FORCES TO PUBLISH STAR WARS COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS January 03, 2014 Jedi, Sith, and the Rest of the Star Wars Universe Come to Marvel Comics in 2015 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. Marvel Makes STAR WARS Comics Theirs was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Justin Bolger Related Dark Horse ComicsDisneyLucasfilmMarvel 8 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Justin Bolger previous post Spidey Saves Times Square In New Clip From THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 next post Marvel Makes A Legendary Addition To ANT-MAN You may also like 2016 in Review: The Year the Good... January 2, 2017 Watch The STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS... 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This is a going to be a huge financial blow to a company outside of the big two, and that just makes me really sad. Rob Ó Conchúir Well said. Michael Paksima I feel compelled to up-vote AND reply an echo to this. Also, now that you got me thinking, all the EU and DK stuff already fulfilled my “sequel trilogy” itch. Hope J.J.’s got something wicked awesome up his sleeve. Michael Lalaian I do love compelling people! ElrondL I agree, this is sad news. I wonder what will happen to DK’s current Star Wars title, set between “A New Hope” and “Empire”? It’s one of the best SW titles I’ve ever read — they nailed the look and feel of the classic trilogy. Robert Reineke One of the things that has to be said was Star Wars was successful for Dark Horse because they were giving the fans what they wanted. Lots of licensed properties don’t sell jack simply because they’re not good. Marvel’s challenge will be making the books good which is not a guarantee. Heck, new movies with Luke, Leia, and Han might tie their hands as to what they can do with the characters. At least while they’re ongoing. Adrian Now I’m hoping for some Sara Pichelli Star Wars artwork. Sean Gerber As someone who doesn’t collect Star Wars comics, I don’t have a dog in this fight. It’s an obvious move that makes a ton of sense for two subsidiaries of the same entertainment giant to work together. Hopefully, this inevitability will not cause a dip in quality for the fans who spend their money on these books.