Comics: Disney Takes STAR WARS Away From Dark Horse Comics

dark-horseYet another reason why I despise Disney and Marvel Comics… Mike Richardson sent us a letter earlier today, which is re-posted below, stating that after nearly two decades, starting in 2015, the STAR WARS licensing from Dark Horse Comics will go to Disney’s recently acquired Marvel Comics. This will also mean, that starting in 2015, we will no longer be able to do comic book reviews on STAR WARS. This is because Marvel is the only distributor that “does not give out review copies,” or at least that’s what they said to us. We literally get review material from EVERYONE else on the market, big and small. Not as if I have done an abundance of comic book reviews lately, a department of which I’ve personally been slacking. Though I’m happy to say that it was my New Year’s Resolution to do more comic reviews and have Truly Disturbing be your number one stop for anything comic or graphic novel news and reviews related. Yes, my New Year’s Resolution, i.e. I have no life. There is a small positive side, we still have an entire year while Dark Horse has control, before the king of cheesy comics and overblown films steals the show (Marvel Comics).

A quote from Aubrey Driver: “Dark Horse has a FULL YEAR of Star Wars titles coming down the line. We’re going full speed to December 2014. This also means our convention exclusives just got a while lot more exclusive (Just wait for SDCC & NYCC).”

Also, do not fear, if you have been reading STAR WARS on Dark Horse Digital, you get to keep your copies in your account’s cloud.

And even after December 2014, all yours and our other favourites from Dark Horse will still be there: Aliens, Ghost, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Zelda, Halo, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Mass Effect, Game of Thrones and countless others. STAR WARS though, will truly be missed…


The Letter From Mike Richardson, Founder Of Dark Horse Comics:


“All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals. I am sad to report that Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm, has notified us here at Dark Horse of their intention to move the Star Wars publishing license to another of their recent acquisitions, Marvel Comics, beginning in 2015. This will end a partnership that has lasted more than two decades.

For those who are new to the industry, Dark Horse revolutionized the treatment of comics based on films.Dark-Horse-Star-Wars-Dark-Empire-1 After a history of movie properties being poorly handled with little regard for execution and continuity, Dark Horse took a new approach, carefully choosing licenses and approaching them with excitement and creative energy. Our goal was to create sequels and prequels to the films we loved, paying careful attention to quality and detail, essentially treating those films as though they were our own. Star Wars has been the crown jewel of this approach. We began chasing the title as far back as 1989, and with the launch of Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy’s Dark Empire, a new era in comics was born. I’m not ashamed to admit that we were Star Wars geeks, and we have been determined to spare neither effort nor expense in the pursuit of excellence.

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. Will they take the place of Star Wars? That’s a tall order, but we will do our best to make that happen. In the meantime, 2014 may be our last year at the helm of the Star Wars comics franchise, but we plan to make it a memorable one. We know that fans of the franchise will expect no less. The Force is with us still.”

Mike Richardson




About Dark Horse

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Geof Darrow, Guillermo Del Toro and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties such as The Mask, Ghost, Captain Midnight, and X. Its successful line of comics, books, and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Halo, Serenity, The Legend of Zelda, Game of Thrones and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.



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Christopher Gibson

Chris can be found only at night, playing vast hours of XBox 360, reading uniquely disturbing novels, and scouring Netflix for late sixties horror flicks. He has 69,000 Gamerscore and counting. Supposedly at the age of three, he beat Super Mario Bros. on NES, though possesses no recollection of this. Writing novels since the age of fourteen, he hopes to one day publish them. On Friday nights, he is seen at the local indie film theater, then the pubs next door shortly after, for thorough critique among friends. Follow him on Twitter @Literaryman420 


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