In a move that isn’t quite unexpected, LucasFilm will be moving its Star Wars comic and graphic novel publishing from Dark Horse to Marvel, starting in 2015. Marvel originally published Star Wars comics for nine years, starting in March 1977 with Star Wars #1, which went on to sell more than 1 million copies.
Dark Horse took over the license in 1991, publishing fan favorite titles like Dark Empire and Star Wars: Legacy. They also released The Star Wars #1 last year, which was an adaptation of George Lucas’ original rough-draft screenplay for the film.
LucasFilm, Marvel and Dark Horse announced the transfer in their own press releases.
“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.”
Dark Horse, however, had a more melancholy look at the change:
UK’s Empire Magazine is known for their great film coverage and exclusives, and their upcoming February 2014 issue, featuring Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is no exception.
First, there are two covers. This is the general cover featuring Chris Evans as Captain America:
And this is the “limited edition” cover, which also features Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, aka “The Winter Soldier,” and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow:
Walt Disney Studios has released their schedule for films to be released on DVD in 2014, and it contains a mixture of classic favorites and new projects.
Here are the dates to mark in your calendar:
February 11 – The Jungle Book: Diamond Edition
For the first time ever, this classic movie will be available on Blu-ray in high definition. The release will also feature new behind-the-scenes bonus features. It will be available in a Blu-ray combo pack, regular DVD, and digital formats. Save up to 30% by pre-ordering today.
March 18 – Frozen
Of course, Disney’s newest animated hit will hit the shelves in Spring 2014. If you pre-order the blu-ray DVD combo box, you can save 49% off the retail price. Can’t beat that deal.
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If you haven’t seen Thor: The Dark World
, yet, you might want to bookmark this for future reading. I’m about to discuss something that happens toward the end of the movie, so you’ll want to see the film first.
If you’ve seen Thor:TDW, there are two credit scenes. The first one is a mid-credits scene that serves as a lead-in to Marvel’s upcoming feature film, Guardians of the Galaxy (due in theaters August 1, 2014).
Sif and Volstagg meet with The Collector to give him the Aether. Surrounding the exchange are glass boxes with various aliens and other collectibles. One of these glass boxes contains a huge cocoon.
It looks suspiciously like Marvel dropped a small Easter Egg in the form of Adam Warlock, who is a key character in the Thanos storyline.
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