Both Lucasfilm and Marvel announced plans 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.
Publishing the first ever Star Wars comic book, Star Wars #1, in March 1977, Marvel Comics sold more than 1 million copies, subsequently publishing the Star Wars series for nine years, during which my husband basically managed to amass them all. (They live in protective plastic sleeves in our basement).
Dark Horse Comics took over the license in 1991, publishing fan-fave titles like Dark Empire and Star Wars: Legacy. And just last year, Dark Horse released The Star Wars #1, an adaptation of George Lucas’ original rough-draft screenplay for the film, which melted all of Star Wars fandom into shiny galactic goo and ranked among the top-selling Star Wars comics of all time.
So obviously, this is big, though not entirely surprising considering Disney did acquire both Marvel and Lucasfilm within the last few years.
Still, it’s an exciting move.
Photo credits: Disney, Marvel
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