Dark Horse Unsure Of What Disney's Purchase Of LucasFilm Means For Future Comics

So, now that Disney owns LucasFilm, we'll see plenty of new Star Wars comics from Marvel, right? Wrong. Dark Horse still has the license to publish books based on the franchise, and while this won't necessarily last forever, president Mike Richardson has issued the following statement.

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By Josh Wilding - 10/31/2012
Dark Horse has been publishing Star Wars comic books for well over 20 years, but their partnership with LucasFilm will more than likely be coming to an end very soon. As you should already know, Disney owns Marvel, so common sense says that they will soon be handling the lucrative job of publishing comic books based on the iconic film franchise. As of right now though, Dark Horse holds the license, and while the following statement (released via IGN Movies) from Mike Richardson seems fairly optimistic, it's hard to imagine "the near future" lasting much longer. As the site points out, "when Disney bought Marvel, the Disney/Pixar properties that had comics being published by Boom! Studios eventually reverted to Marvel" and so it seems likely that the same will happen again here.

"Dark Horse and LucasFilm have a strong partnership which spans over 20 years, and has produced multiple characters and story lines which are now part of the Star Wars lore. Star Wars will be with us for the near future. Obviously, this deal changes the landscape, so we'll all have to see what it means for the future."




Source: IGN Movies
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ImaNerd - 10/31/2012, 2:59 PM
Seth McFarland also said there won't be any more family guy parody of star wars either which blows
Spideyguy94 - 10/31/2012, 3:07 PM
Can't say I didn't see it coming
Gromblidor - 10/31/2012, 3:07 PM
Don't forget where Star Wars comics started out people, Marvel ! I love all the Dark Horse books though. Hope this works out for everyone, maybe they will split some titles.
jimpinto24 - 10/31/2012, 3:09 PM
I didn't see this one coming either. I hope Disney does not make Star Wars Episode 7 way too much PG-13!
marvel72 - 10/31/2012, 3:26 PM
i'm not that worried about the comics or cartoons(star wars the clone wars is probably in trouble as well),i just can't wait for the movies.
hatrick3 - 10/31/2012, 3:28 PM
Blah, blah, blah! Star Wars has sucked ass since Empire. Getting rid of Lucas is the only hope this franchise has.
BlueDemon - 10/31/2012, 3:29 PM
Hopefully Marvel can do something good with it
marvel72 - 10/31/2012, 3:52 PM
i said i wasn't that worried about the star wars comics but thinking about it,i would love to read a star wars comic by the guys that made the marvel cosmic events a must read.

dan abnett & andy lanning writing & lenil yu doing the art.
tazmaniak - 10/31/2012, 4:45 PM
Not saying they will, but if they wanted to, the Star Wars universe could easily be integrated into the Marvel Comics Universe.

Because Star Wars takes place in a distance galaxy and has never involved Earth, that universe could be transplanted into 616 without any conflicts or contradictions.
superotherside - 10/31/2012, 4:56 PM
I think they should have a crossover universe. I always wanted Spider-man to kick around Darth Vader. :P No offence Star Wars fans. ;)
Happy11 - 10/31/2012, 5:04 PM
I have a return of the Jedi xmas annual from 1983 which was published by MARVEL, so as long as its good writing it doesn't matter, I know u will get the,big corperates crushing the little guys blah blah blah.
XavierLehnsherr - 10/31/2012, 5:41 PM
THE GREATEST FIGHTING GAME OF ALL TIME

starring

Anakin Skywalker, Wolverine, and The Beast.



Possible unlockable characters:

- Rumplestiltskin from ABC's Once Upon A Time
- Selena Gomez as Alex Russo from Wizards of Waverly Place
- Slave Leia
- Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow
Pox - 10/31/2012, 6:53 PM
This was one of my first thoughts when I heard about the deal. The pity is that whole series will most likely be killed off only because some artists and writers would refuse to work for Marvel.

On a sidenote...I guess Lucas won't have to go around shopping his live-action TV series anymore since Disney owns ABC as well as several other channels.
scrappybuttons - 10/31/2012, 8:03 PM
@LEVITIKUZ
Love it.
eleven59 - 10/31/2012, 8:56 PM
Lucas is out

Puts a whole new meaning on "a new hope" doesn't it...
TheMarvelWay - 10/31/2012, 9:43 PM
That's business Dark Horse. Perhaps you shouldve strived to have a stronger line of Comics aside from Star Wars.

@Pox Disney has said they will move forward with a TV series: 'Everybody Loves Palpatine' and 'Touched By A Wookie'
Brady1138 - 11/1/2012, 12:59 AM
I REALLY hope Dark Horse gets to keep the property. Granted, Marvel is full of talent, but Dark Horse really owns the art of staying true to the spirit of the source material in comic book form.
dailycomicsfix - 11/1/2012, 5:16 AM
Anyone who thinks Dark Horse will continue to print Star Wars comics is nuts. They will only print these comics for as long as legally/contractualy obligated.

Why would Disney allow a competitor to print a high selling title when they own a comics compny? It makes no sense to do that.

Star Wars is coming to Marvel as soon as legally possible.
KeithM - 11/1/2012, 8:26 AM
Even if Marvel do publish the comics, it's doubtful they'd cross over into the MU. Marvel already publish/have published other sci-fi properties such as Ender's Game, Dr. Who, Transformers, etc. which didn't necessarily result in a bunch of crossovers.

If Marvel do get the rights, I can see them being pretty respectful of the universe's integrity and keep it self-contained.
KeithM - 11/1/2012, 8:28 AM
In a video game mash-up maybe, but in other media it would be bunk.

"So Luke, you've met Spider-Man?"

Nah.
comicNERD1031 - 11/1/2012, 8:57 AM
I'd be pissed! Dark Horse has the best Star Wars stories ever. Darth Maul: Death Sentce was amazing.
TheSavorings - 11/1/2012, 10:20 AM
You guys at Dark House had an awesome run. I grew up reading a bunch of Dh Star Wars comics and graphic novels and still them to this day but, yeah, those days are most likely over. Star Wars is going back to Marvel where they originally started (comic book wise anyways).
TREE24K - 11/1/2012, 10:29 AM
Just have Disney buy Dark Horse too. Can't be that big a price tag.
DrDoom - 11/1/2012, 11:28 AM
Unless Disney for some reason buys Dark Horse, Marvel will be making the Star Wars comics from now on.

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