Friday, January 3, 2014

Marvel will publish Star Wars comics starting 2015

 Marvel will have the exclusive rights to Star Wars comics and graphic novels starting in 2015, Disney announced today.
Work by artist Jan Duursema, a Dark Horse staple

Dark Horse began publishing Star Wars comics in 1991. Before that, it was all Marvel, all the time, starting with the now-classic Star Wars series in 1977.

 It's bittersweet for me. Dark Horse comics were my Star Wars comics. The Rebellion series, Quinlan and Aayla, the recent Legacy series - all of the comics I think of first came from what I suppose should now be called the Dark Horse era. But Marvel is where it all began, and it makes sense for Disney to neatly gather everything under their umbrella.

This makes me wonder whether Star Wars novels will be similarly gathered. Disney publishes junior novels such as the Kingdom Keepers series and Peter and the Starcatchers under the Disney Hyperion imprint of Disney Publishing Worldwide, the same people who made the switch for the comics.

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