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Lucasfilm and Marvel Join Forces to Publish Star Wars Comics

The Star Wars Universe comes to Marvel Comics in 2015!

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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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jtoas
jtoas member

To anyone wishing for a crossover: Just no. In a What If? kinda thing fine, but not officially. Star Wars was "A long time ago," and the 616 is now, so it wouldn't work without time-travel anyway.

PiratePiggy
PiratePiggy

You know what would be awesome? If Deadpool kind of narrated the story in some of the comics, and they were called, like, Star Wars: Deadpool Edition or something like that.


borg1969
borg1969 member

I would hate to see everything that DH did creatively be ruined and would like to see Marvel take the same approach to story lines; I for one am not a fan of drawn out story lines and like the way that DH did story arcs with the same characters. Please no crossover with other Marvel characters there has to be a line and while some fans want to see that; the characters are from entirely separate worlds so let's keep it that way.

thenighmare
thenighmare

I soooooooo hope they will give Boba Fett some big stories in the comics or some just about him

Kalnor
Kalnor member

I think that they should keep the two universes separate from each other. I just don't want to see Chewbacca and Spider-man on the same page. All though i wouldn't mind is Deadpool and Yoda interacted.

Dwarwen
Dwarwen

I'm worry about if a lightsaber can cut adamantium, don't you?? :D

adamaant
adamaant member

Let's hope they include Star Wars in the Marvel Comics Unlimited library!

fuzzchile
fuzzchile

Hope they bring back  Fenn Shysa, Lumiya  Rik Duel ,Danni etc.. Always prefered the Marvel SW's to DH -although Crimson Empire was cool-And I really hope Tom Palmer works on a few Issues

rasx
rasx

Marvel please don't treat Star Wars the way you treated the other Disney properties. On another note can we get a F4/Star Wars crossover with Dr. Doom meeting Darth Vader. 

sid8
sid8

That s cool, it will be interesting to see m.bendis, Reminder, Steve mc Niven, Leinil F Yu, jerome opena, etc..as a marvel fan, not a starwars much, crossover yes, I can see it with the guardian of the galaxy.This is a good news.

Steel_Soldier
Steel_Soldier

I'm very excited about this merging! I know people have had issues about Disney buying out Marvel and Lucasfilm (ergo Star Wars), but this is a great opportunity. And you can call me a dreamer, but I sincerely hope they merge the Marvel and Star Wars Universe..... Can you imagine Thanos teaming up with the Sith Lords?!? 

Aegaleus
Aegaleus member

Going to be interesting to see how you handle it, whether it's in the main universe or a different one so you don't have midiclorians(?) messing with your other characters. Or maybe that's what you wanted all along? The source of magic!

FaroKane
FaroKane

Han Solo -- Year One -- Make it happen Marvel

Hutta
Hutta

This is a great opportunity to make comics that are canon with the new sequel trilogy.  We all know the sequels won't be able to stay true to all the extended universe information.  Some things, will of course, be made obsolete.  These new marvel comics have a chance that no other comics made in the past had the opportunity to do...stay relevant in conjunction with the sequel trilogy.

starwarstimeline.com
starwarstimeline.com

I hate to see DH loose the license, and I sincerely hope that Marvel will continue to follow the road taken by the creative talents over at DH...

doctor253
doctor253

if there was a cross over make it be one where they all forge everything later and it does not affect anything

doctor253
doctor253

yes i still own the first ever star wars comic by marvel  from star wars's first release

lance7282
lance7282

Good 2 know that star wars is with marvel this time and not with dark horse this time.....congratulations marvel.

hollywood0239
hollywood0239

I'm glad Star Wars is back to its home with Marvel

Double75
Double75

Anyone who follows Star Wars, Marvel, or both saw this coming.  It SUCKS that Dark Horse is losing the license, especially considering EVERYTHING they did with Star Wars; that output was just OUTSTANDING.  But I cannot wait to see what is going to happen when The Force returns to The House Of Ideas.

Xabikoma
Xabikoma

Please, please, please, don't screw up everything that's been  made by Darkhorse!!!!...

glennbo216
glennbo216

I think it would be nice for them to do a Marvel/Star Wars cross over, like they did with the Justice League vs. Avengers story line.  It wouldn't have to affect the continuity of either franchise, just like JLvsA didn't affect their stories.  It could be a limited edition run, off to the side.

joeybcool
joeybcool

I'm scared this will be the end of dark horse

MaceTowani84
MaceTowani84

Add my voice to those asking to PLEASE DO NOT DISREGARD the stories from Dark Horse!  Please!

Proximal
Proximal

I hope you keep the continuity & story-lines from Dark Horse. I've been a serious Star Wars comics fan and collector since childhood. I would definitely enjoy keeping the universe the same and only 'adding' to it. DarK Horse has done an incredible job, I'm sad to see them go and I hope you guys can match what they've brought to the table all these years. May the force be with you. You'll need it.

Apophis_
Apophis_

Marvel, please, we want comics set in The Old Republic era! I beg you!

The_Grandmother
The_Grandmother

Will you honor the canon of the existing extended universe or will all the 100000 articles on Wikipedia be nothing more than remnants of a elegant and more civilized age?

OatmealSavage
OatmealSavage

LOL... "Marvel granted exclusive rights to create and publish Star Wars comics and graphic novels beginning in 2015."
Makes me laugh, Disney OWNS MARVEL. This is just more convergence, I'm sure the upcoming Star Wars TV shows (that are surely in development) will somehow be granted to ABC TV, it's ALL THE SAME COMPANY. 
I look forward to the comics but trying to pretend this is some big win for Marvel is laughable, of course this was going to happen, it's not like DC would suddenly 'win the rights' LOL. 


pauldunahoo
pauldunahoo

This really sucks... Most of all, PLEASE DO NOT MERGE UNIVERSES! We the fans BEG you!

pete
pete moderator

Welcome back, Star Wars!

tyberzahn
tyberzahn

@jtoas  well it IS marvel. they time travel like every other week

Kalnor
Kalnor member

@rasx I think that's more of a parody than a crossover but not a bad thought

Kalnor
Kalnor member

@Double75I'm sure that some of the writers from Dark Horse were sold like meat to Disney so the style and story line wont be to compromised

Double75
Double75

@glennbo216 Wow.  That reminds me of what I read around the time that Disney bought LucasFilm.  This individual posted only three words, which stuck with me to this day:

"Avengers Vs. Sith"

I STILL salivate at the thought to this very day.  A Marvel/Star Wars crossover NEEDS to happen!

Double75
Double75

@joeybcool  Dark Horse head honcho Mike Richardson released a statement afterwards on the Dark Horse website (http://www.darkhorse.com/Blog/1552/end-era).  Richardson says that as sad as he is to lose the franchise, the high quality of Star Wars product they put into Star Wars over the past 25 years was applied to other licenses they obtained.  And he stated that although 2014 is DH's last year of Star Wars comics, they are making it "a memorable one" while preparing for the future.

I admittedly bleed Marvel, but I assure you that I believe that Dark Horse will be just fine.

kuzefra
kuzefra

@Proximal I presume they will be tie-ins to Episodes 7-9 and explain all the necessary retcons to the Expanded Universe. 

Apophis_
Apophis_

@The_Grandmother Marvel can't do anything without the permission of Lucasfilm. They have people that always took care for canon, continuity and provided Holocron database, so I'm sure EU is safe.


Well, not exactly safe, because new films are coming and the future of canon depends on them. I hope Lucasfilm will maintain their policy of one universe and one continuity.

Double75
Double75

@pauldunahoo Merging Universes...
On a permanent basis?  Bad.  
In a crossover that does NOT affect continuity? Good. Gooooood!

Personally, I'd LOVE to see a crossover between the two universes for a mini-series.

joeybcool
joeybcool

There is no way they would merge universes

glennbo216
glennbo216

@Double75 @glennbo216 That would be interesting.  However, Death Star vs. Galactus would be epic.  Magneto could do a lot of damage on a Star Destroyer, X-Men against the Sith, with the Avengers going against the Yuuzhan Vong, and...OH SNAP...Hulk vs an AT-AT walker!  This needs to happen.  lol.

JSVENDSEN
JSVENDSEN

Right. This won't be like HeMan where he gets shoehorned into the DCU and even gets a redesign. That said, I would personally love an Indiana Jones/Captain America crossover comic book limited series.

glennbo216
glennbo216

@Double75 The more I think about it, the more I want to see a cross-over series.  Wolverine stuck on Endor, finds that it's the kind of forest seclusion he's always wanted (back when he lived in the Canadian wilderness) and becomes a protector of the Ewoks.  Ultron going head to head with IG-88.  Deadpool against Palpatine, with Palpatine using Force Lightning on Deadpool, only to have Deadpool receive masochistic pleasure from it.  Or even Deadpool against Boba Fett.  The Imperial Fleet fighting the Kree.  Quicksilver racing a speeder bike.  Purple Man in the Senate Building controlling the senators.  There is SOOOO much potential there.