Star Wars Comics have been around for decades. Ever since Star Wars: A New Hope came out in 1977, various publishers have published Star Wars comics. From Marvel Comics to Dark Horse, Star Wars has grown. It has reached the hearts of millions all over; there are not many people who don’t at least have a vague notion of what Star Wars is. This isn’t for those people with only an idea of Star Wars, this is for you comic book lovers out there who want to know more about the history of our beloved galaxy, far, far away.
The great Stan Lee was first approached by Lucasfilm’s publicity supervisor in 1975 about creating Star Wars Comics before the movie came out to really boost excitement for the movie. Stan Lee actually first turned down the offer until the film was finished, but then later accepted. The first issue of Star Wars was then released on April 12, 1977, and Marvel continue publishing from 1977 to 1986. They produced 107 issues and three annuals between this time.
Years after Marvel, Dark Horse started publishing Star Wars comics in 1991. They started out with limited series like Tales of the Jedi, Dark Empire, and Crimson Empire. They also started releasing Star Wars: Republic in 1998 but replaced it in 2006 with Star Wars: Dark Times. They also had the ongoing series Star Wars: Empire that was around from 2002 until the 2006 Star Wars: Rebellion replaced it. In 2006, they also published Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: Legacy.
Later on Marvel again started publishing Star Wars comics because Lucasfilm had been acquired by Disney and Marvel is already owned by Disney.
Star Wars comics sure have come a long way since their beginning, and now, things have come full circle. Whether you are a fan of Marvel or Dark Horse, we can all agree that Star Wars has deserved all the fame its received and even more. In a galaxy far, far away, we look forward to learning more and following them on their travels.