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Published: Monday January 6, 2014 MYT 9:30:00 AM
Updated: Monday January 6, 2014 MYT 9:53:50 AM

Marvel takes back Star Wars comics

The company will be publishing new comics starting from next year.

Marvel will publish new Star Wars comics beginning in 2015, the same year Disney and Lucasfilm will release a new Star Wars film, the companies said last week.

Marvel published the first Star Wars comic book in 1977 and continued to do so for nine years, but Dark Horse Comics claimed the license in 1991. Marvel has regained the license, which Disney, Lucasfilm and Marvel announced on StarWars.com.

“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,” Carol Roeder, director of Lucasfilm franchise publishing at Disney Publishing Worldwide, said in a statement.

“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.”

Disney acquired Lucasfilm in October 2012 and three months later hired J.J. Abrams to direct a new Star Wars movie. The acquisition raised various rights issues, including the rights to make future Indiana Jones movies. Disney has gradually resolved many of those, and this is the latest example. — Reuters

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment, Marvel, Comics, Books, Star Wars, rights

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