Star Wars comic books are coming home.
Marvel Comics published the first title based onGeorge Lucas’ sci-fi movie universe in March 1977, and the company will again release new Star Warscomics beginning in 2015. Lucasfilm and Marvel Entertainment, both properties of the Walt Disney Company, announced the news Friday.
“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,” said Dan Buckley, Marvel president and publisher, in a statement.
Marvel published Star Wars comics for nine years, and its return to that universe next year coincides with J.J. Abrams’ new movie Star Wars: Episode VII, slated for release December 2015.
Dark Horse Comics took over the Star Wars comic license in 1991. Dark Horse had a pair of high-profile launches last year: An adaptation of George Lucas’ first-draft screenplay entitled The Star Wars, and a return to the classic characters of the original film trilogy with Star Wars.
In a statement Friday, Dark Horse founder Mike Richardson acknowledged the end of the license but promised a “memorable” last year of Star Wars comics for the company in 2014.
Source: USA Today