January 3, 2014 – Marvel Comics is Granted Exclusive Rights to Star Wars Comics
“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.” – Carol Roeder, director of Lucasfilm franchise publishing, Disney Publishing Worldwide
On January 3, 2014, Marvel Comics, in partnership with Lucasfilm Ltd., was granted exclusive rights to publish Star Wars comics and graphic novels. The agreement ends the partnership with Dark Horse Comics, who had been publishing Star Wars titles since 1991; Marvel had previously owned the license to the comics from 1977 to 1987, with Star Wars #1 selling over 1 million copies in 1977. This acquisition brought Star Wars completely under the Disney banner, as Disney had acquired Marvel in 2009.