Star Wars comic books are coming home.
Marvel Comics published the first title based on George Lucas' sci-fi movie universe in March 1977, and the company will again release new Star Wars comics 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.
It's not a surprising turn of events — the move has been expected in comics circles since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012. (It had previously bought Marvel in 2009.)
"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," said Carol Roeder, director of Lucasfilm franchise publishing.
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.
"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," Richardson said.
"Will they take the place of Star Wars? That's a tall order, but we will do our best to make that happen."
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