It was to be expected to be fair; Disney has moved the Star Wars based comics to Marvel starting from next year, when the next film is released.
Walt Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 and many fans believed that Marvel will regain the rights to produce comic books based around the world of Star Wars immediately, seeing that Disney also own Marvel.
It will now happen in 2015, which will coincide with the release of Star Wars episode VIII. Marvel did a long run of Star Wars comics in the late 70’s and 80’s – telling the story of what happened in the saga inbetween the movies.
“Dark Horse Comics published exceptional Star Wars comics for over 20 years,” said Carol Roeder, director of Lucasfilm franchise publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide said in a press statement, “and we will always be grateful for their enormous contributions to the mythos, and the terrific partnership that we had. 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.”
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