Marvel was licenced to make Star Wars comics in the 70s and 80s, creating the original run which featured many creators including Howard Chaykin, Mary Jo Duffy, Michael Golden, Archie Goodwin, Carmine Infantino, Cynthia Martin, David Mazzucchelli, Tom Palmer, Walt Simonson and Al Williamson.
Being a big Star Wars fan, I read all of them. The series ran from 1977 to 1986. The next Marvel Star Wars comic was scheduled to be a series called Dark Empire by Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy, but the rights lapsed and Dark Horse picked it up instead. They’ve published Star Wars comics since 1991. Unlike Marvel, who put out one ongoing series with limited related titles, Dark Horse have continually brought out an ever changing roster of series. It was too much to keep up with for me. I still keep an eye out for good Star Wars comics, but haven’t felt the desire to buy them all since after Dark Empire 2 back in 1994.
Now that Disney has bought Lucasfilm, speculation is rife about Marvel getting the licence back. Disney owns Marvel, so it might make sense. However there have been other Disney properties which feature in comics not made by Disney, so it’s not a certainty. And anyway I thought to myself, who cares? Doesn’t make any difference to me who’s publishing Star Wars.
But then it occurred to me: Marvel could get the rights back and publish Star Wars #108.
The completist in me would find it very hard not to buy that!
I make comics. I read comics. I write about comics.
My comics have appeared in Adventures in Comics, Artificial Womb, The Awesome Comic, BAM!, Belt Sander, A Bit of Undigested Potato, Copy This!, Crap Your Pants, Dead Singers Society, Dirty Rotten Comics, Eric, Funtime, Guardian #opencomics, Jack Sprat, Love Bites!, Reworking Walter Scott, Shiot Crock, Small Pets, Sneaky Business, Star Jaws, Time & Space, Tin Roof Collective Selected Works, Treehouse, The UK Web and Mini Comix Anthology and at the 40075km, Dundee Comics Creative Space and Redbird Review websites.
I’ve written for The Comics Grid, The Comics Journal, Down the Tubes, Graphixia, The International Journal of Comic Art, Nude, Reference Reviews, Spaceship Away, Starscape and Stripped.
Through Fred Egg Comics, I self-publish my small press mini-comics Berserkotron, Dump and Zero Sum Bubblegum.