DISNEY’S LUCASFILM AND MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT JOIN FORCES TO PUBLISH STAR WARS™ COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

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Jedi, Sith, and the rest of the Star Wars Universe Come to Marvel Comics in 2015

The Walt Disney Company’s Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment are joining forces 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.

The agreement marks a homecoming for the Star Wars comic books. Marvel
Comics published the first Star Wars comic book, Star Wars #1, in
March 1977, which went on to sell more than 1 million copies. Marvel
Comics published its Star Wars series for nine years. In 1991, Dark
Horse Comics took over the license, publishing fan-favorite titles
like Dark Empire and Star Wars: Legacy. Last year, Dark Horse released
The Star Wars #1, an adaptation of George Lucas’ original rough-draft
screenplay for the film, garnering rave reviews and national media
attention and ranking among the top-selling Star Wars comics of all
time.

“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.”

“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.”

Marvel has continued to push comic book publishing forward with
innovations and experiments like motion comics and digital-only
releases, in addition to its deep, ongoing catalog of monthly series
and graphic novels created by some of the industry’s most gifted
artists and writers.

Credit: Marvel Comics

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