Marvel to now Oversee ‘Star Wars’ Comic Series

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From Variety: Marvel will take over the publishing of new “Star Wars” comic books, with Dark Horse Comics losing the licensing deal its had for over 20 years.

The rights to the sci-fi franchise will be handled by Marvel starting in 2015, giving Dark Horse the time to wrap up storylines in current series. Its first was Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy’s “Dark Empire,” in 1989.

Disney releases J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII” on Dec. 18, 2015.

The move to Marvel makes sense considering Disney owns the company. And Marvel is no stranger to the series, having published the first comic books based on the original “Star Wars” trilogy for nine years, starting in 1977. “Star Wars #1″ sold more than 1 million copies. [MORE]

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