SDCC ’13: Dark Horse On Whether Or Not They Get To Keep The Star Wars License


star wars bannerWe all know that Disney, in their attempt to buy everything you have ever loved, bought Star Wars and are working on several Wars related movies. A lot of fans’ first thought was “that sounds pretty cool” followed quickly by “what does this mean for the Dark Horse comics?” Since Disney also owns Marvel, there is a good chance that they want the Star Wars comics handled in house when JJ Abrams‘ film comes out in 2015. At Dark Horse‘s panel at Comic-Con today, they were asked what the deal was with their Star Wars license.

Bleeding Cool was on hand to report all the goings on at the panel, and they had the rundown of what was said when a fan asked what the Disney buy-out of Lucas means for the future of Dark Horse comics. Randy Stradley, Dark Horse editor, said:

So far we have not experienced any changes. We are on pins and needles waiting to find out what the future holds for us, and the license. About as near as we can get is we’ll find out sometime this year. Going full-speed ahead, and new projects are being lined up at Comic-Con.

After that answer, the moderator of the panel pointed out that the publisher will be putting out new Star Wars comics for the entirety of 2014 at the absolute least. There are already big plans in  place for the upcoming The Star Wars comic that adapts Lucas‘ original draft for the film. So it appears nobody really knows what will happen to the comics. Dark Horse has oversaw a golden age of Star Wars stories. Marvel published a few comics for the property back in the 70s and 80s, but they never really caught on. Dark Horse was the publisher that breathed new life into it and turned it into a real juggernaut comics property. It will be interesting to see if Disney is content enough with Dark Horse‘s handling of the property that they let them continue on with the license, or they decide Marvel has to be the one to put more stories out. As an added bonus since it’s Comic-Con and these next few days are going to be wacky and fun, here’s a clip of Bill Murray singing Star Wars way back when during his time on SNL. Why? Just because. Do you hope Star Wars stays with Dark Horse?

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Source : Bleeding Cool