As Dark Horse Comics President Mike Richardson posted on Facebook yesterday, yesterday’s Disney/Lucasfilm merger is likely to have some sort of impact on their decades-long relationship with the “Star Wars” franchise:
“Dark Horse and LucasFilm have a strong partnership which spans over 20 years, and has produced multiple characters and story lines which are now part of the Star Wars lore. Star Wars will be with us for the near future. Obviously, this deal changes the landscape, so we’ll all have to see what it means for the future.”
A point to particularly underline here: how much original “Star Wars” concepts, history and characters has been generated from Dark Horse. LOTS. Via a casual conversation with one of Dark Horse’s “Star Wars” writers a year ago, the impression I got was that Lucasfilm had an excellent relationship with DH, trusting them with the franchise enough to encourage them to create oodles of new stuff to add to the overall mythos.
How would this change with the Disney deal, considering the company has quite a well-known comic book publishing arm of their own?
Well, let’s look at the case of BOOM! and “The Muppets.” BOOM!’s iteration of the beloved Jim Henson characters was universally lauded as awesome, and when Disney acquired Marvel there was speculation as to whether the franchise would stay where it was. It didn’t. Marvel soon announced reprint editions of the BOOM! material.
Star Wars, Marvel-style, back in the day…
But I really do hope the Star Wars stuff stays at DH, or that DH can strike some sort of deal with Marvel/Disney to keep the books there. Yes, Marvel did publish “Star Wars” comics for awhile in the late 70s/early 80s, but I think Dark Horse just about has this franchise nailed. Ironically, it was DH who reprinted the old Marvel SW stuff, soooo…
(Also, if I may put on my Sally Speculator hat for just a second…DH pretty much “nails” TV and movie adaptations, period. Maybe a relationship between the publisher and Marvel like Wildstorm and DC used to have??? That is my crazy speculation for the day. Enjoy it. And if I ever end up being right, buy me a sammich).
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