Marvel to Publish Star Wars Comics

It had to happen eventually. Marvel and LucasFilm announced, via press release, that they’re combining forces and that Marvel Comics will have exclusive rights to create and publish ‘Star Wars’ comics and graphic novels. The comics will begin being published in 2015, marking the return of Star Wars comics to Marvel, who published Star Wars comics for 9 years, beginning with Star Wars #1 in 1977. The Star Wars comics were being published by Dark Horse comics for 20 years.

“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.”. Other executives from Disney and Dark Horse also commented on the announcement.

“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.”

Andrew B. Sugerman, executive vice president of Disney Publishing Worldwide, said that “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.” Finally, Mark Richardson, publisher and owner of Dark Horse Comics called this “The End of an Era” adding that “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.”

Who’s excited for a crossover between Han and Chewie, and the Guardians of The Galaxy? You can check out the complete press release by Marvel here. And Mark Richardson’s response here.