Marvel Comics will reacquire the Star Wars license from Dark Horse in 2015, much to the surprise of no one.
We first reported of the possible Marvel takeover back in December 2012; back then, though, we thought the hand-off would occur in 2014 (2013 was the last year on DH’s contract). Apparently Dark Horse scored some extra time to finish out their ongoing books.
Dark Empire, the first DH-published Star Wars book, released in 1991. Several impressive one-offs and ongoing books followed, including adaptations of various Expanded Universe novels. Most of their titles were well-received amongst the fan community. Marvel published a Star Wars series from 1977-86; the profits from it, according to former Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter, kept the company alive in the late ’70s.
“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.”
Will some of Dark Horse’s current books be relaunched at Marvel? If anything, they should at least allow Brian Wood’s Star Wars to continue. It looks like they’ll begin with a clean slate, unfortunately. Will you be checking out Marvel’s Star Wars books? Let us know in the comments.