The End of an Era

January 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm | Posted in Comic Books, Dark Horse, Disney, Star Wars | 3 Comments

Official news release from Dark Horse Comics…

The End of an Era

All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals. I am sad to report that Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm, has notified us here at Dark Horse of their intention to move the Star Wars publishing license to another of their recent acquisitions, Marvel Comics, beginning in 2015. This will end a partnership that has lasted more than two decades.

For those who are new to the industry, Dark Horse revolutionized the treatment of comics based on films. After a history of movie properties being poorly handled with little regard for execution and continuity, Dark Horse took a new approach, carefully choosing licenses and approaching them with excitement and creative energy. Our goal was to create sequels and prequels to the films we loved, paying careful attention to quality and detail, essentially treating those films as though they were our own.Star Wars has been the crown jewel of this approach. We began chasing the title as far back as 1989, and with the launch of Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy’s Dark Empire, a new era in comics was born. I’m not ashamed to admit that we were Star Wars geeks, and we have been determined to spare neither effort nor expense in the pursuit of excellence.

It is ironic that this announcement comes at a time when Dark Horse is experiencing its most successful year ever. For obvious reasons, we have prepared for this eventuality by finding new and exciting projects to place on our schedule for 2015 and beyond. Will they take the place of Star Wars? That’s a tall order, but we will do our best to make that happen. In the meantime, 2014 may be our last year at the helm of the Star Wars comics franchise, but we plan to make it a memorable one. We know that fans of the franchise will expect no less. The Force is with us still.

Mike Richardson

I for one find this to be very sad news. Star Wars won’t be the same without Dark Horse.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.
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  1. It’s not unexpected, but it is really terrible news. I was really loving The Star Wars, which was a great fun read and I was really excited about it.

  2. I, for one, am very upset. DH has done a wonderful job, far better than the Marvel ones I remember. And what happens to the unfinished series and graphic novels? Will they be allowed to keep re releasing what they’ve already created or will it all just vanish so those who can’t pay an arm and leg for a copy to finish a story line will be out of luck? Will Marvel re release as DH released those ‘old’ Marvel versions in graphic novel format? The way Disney is going, I am very afraid. Disney, I fear, has gone to the DARK SIDE. :(

  3. Boo and hiss as far as I’m concerned too. I really love the way dark horse has handled this license and will be very sad to see Disney milk it like they do everything else.


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