• Marvel to Acquire Star Wars License from Dark Horse

      It was the question that was on every comic book fan’s mind the moment Disney purchased Lucasfilm for a whopping $4 billion dollars, “What about Dark Horse Comics?” Since 1991, the publisher has been churning out all manner of Star Wars comics, expanding the mythos laid out by the original film trilogy, but now that Disney has both Marvel Comics and Lucasfilm in its pocket, it was inevitable that the license to the galaxy far, far away would end up in the hands of the House of Ideas at some point. Enjoy Dark Horse’s handling of Star Wars comics while it lasts, because after 2013, Marvel will be riding the Millennium Falcon all the way to the bank.



      The blog Blue Sky Disney reported that next year will be the last time Dark Horse publishes their Star Wars titles:

      The Suits in the know have determined that no new contracts will be given to Dark Horse after the current ones expire. So all new projects after 2013 will be handled internally by Marvel.

      They also added that once the license is acquired, we won’t be seeing any new Star Wars material until around 2015 — a long and grueling wait for those that have Star Wars titles at the top of their pull lists every comic book Wednesday.

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      1. El Chuxter's Avatar
        El Chuxter -
        This could either be awesome or ultra-crappy. Disney gave the Muppets license to Marvel when they took over, and it was left to wither and die. Plus there were tons of Disney comics published by Boom! as well, and they all vanished after the takeover. Then there's the (non-Disney) Dark Tower series, where they were doing all sorts of comics to fill in the many holes Stephen King left in the novels, which suddenly stopped when sales dropped a bit.

        I'm hoping they handle Star Wars a bit better than their other licensed properties from the past decade or so.
      1. Mr. JabbaJohnL's Avatar
        Mr. JabbaJohnL -
        Very interesting. I'm not a big comics reader - actually I've only ever read the Clone Wars-era "Republic" series - but I was looking forward a little to the rebooted "Star Wars" title coming out in 2013 and seeing where that went. It seems odd that they would be willing to just let the comics drop for a while, but everything else about it makes sense. I wonder if any of the creative teams will move over there, but it frankly couldn't hurt to start with a clean slate of people - and maybe continuity.
      1. El Chuxter's Avatar
        El Chuxter -
        Dang, I totally missed that last sentence. That sucks.

        If you want any of Dark Horse's stuff, better get it soon.
      1. Bel-Cam Jos's Avatar
        Bel-Cam Jos -
        Wait; you mean that the Dark Horse books will now be COLLECTORS' ITEMS?!? The kind that I can fund my retirement with? Oh yeah!

        Chuxter; three words for you: Jaxxon Mini Series.
      1. bigbarada's Avatar
        bigbarada -
        Well, I guess this means that any Star Wars "canon" established by Dark Horse will be back up for grabs after 2013.

        I quit buying the DH Star Wars comics back in 2001; so this is good news since it means that I might actually pick up a Star Wars comic book again for the first time in over a decade.
      1. Tycho's Avatar
        Tycho -
        It would suck if the continuity was not continued and Jan Duursema's art and John Ostrander and John Jackson Millers writing didn't go on. Jan actually drew for a marvel Star Wars comic back in the day when she was first getting started. I suspect they would hire her again.
      1. El Chuxter's Avatar
        El Chuxter -
        Quote Originally Posted by Tycho View Post
        Jan actually drew for a marvel Star Wars comic back in the day when she was first getting started. I suspect they would hire her again.
        Unfortunately, I wouldn't hold your breath. Marvel today is a different animal from what it was in the early 80s.
      1. Maerj2000's Avatar
        Maerj2000 -
        I read that the above article wasn't accurate and that no official plans have been made as of yet. It *would* make sense for Marvel to get it and if they do, hopefully they will carry over artist/writers of the series that fans really like. But we will have to wait and see.
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