After two decades of publishing  Star Wars comics, Dark Horse is relinquishing the license to Marvel.

Dark Horse published their first Star Wars comic in 1991, when they took the license from Marvel. Initially they published mini-series such as Crimson Empire, Dark Empire and Tales of the Jedi.

Marvel published the first ever Star Wars comic in 1977 and will take the license back in 2015, allowing Dark Horse the time to wrap up its current story lines.

Dark Horse publisher, Mike Richardson, made a statement:

“All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals.

“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.”

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