Dark Horse Star Wars editor Randy Stradley addresses switch to Marvel, thanks fans for their support.


On his Facebook page, Randy Stradley addressed the recent announcement that, as of 2015, the Star Wars comic license will be moving to Marvel.

Here’s what he said;

Thank you, to all of you, for your kind words. To those who are still angry, two days later, about the news that Star Wars comics will be moving to Marvel in 2015, I would say please relax. Change is inevitable, and the fact that Dark Horse will have held the license for over two decades is kind of amazing.

But Dark Horse must lose the license, this is probably a good time for it. From my perspective, the upcoming films will mean less freedom to do what we at Dark Horse have always done best: expanding the universe. With a new film scheduled every year, and a new television series, it is likely that there will be a lot of comics pages devoted to adaptations and direct spin-off stories in support of the films and TV shows. That’s not where my interests lie, and it has never been Dark Horse’s strong suit. That would be too much like real work to me.

Probably, the coming years will be a great time to be a Star Wars fan (especially a *new* Star Wars fan), and I hope you all enjoy the ride, but I think I’m going to be glad to not be in the mix.

I am immensely proud of all of the work that has been done by our many, many creators over the years. I would urge you to channel your anger into thanks for them. Go find them — most of them are on Facebook — and tell them thank you. I guarantee all of them could benefit from a kind word right now.

I’m also thankful that I was able to work with so many great people at Lucasfilm over the years. We didn’t always see eye-to-eye on everything, but their willingness to allow us to take chances with stories and characters and different segments of the Star Wars timeline resulted in some truly great stories.

And, finally, I want to thank all of the fans for the years of support. Even if we weren’t always 100% successful, we always tried to give you more than you expected. It was your interest that fueled our creativity.

Here’s to the new year!

The writer of this piece was: 576682_510764502303144_947146289_nCraig Neilson (aka Ceej)
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