Issue #1 of Marvel’s “Star Wars” to Sell Over One Million Copies
ComicBook.com has learned that Marvel Comics’ upcoming Star Wars #1 will sell over a million copies, becoming the top-selling single-issue comic book of the last twenty years.
Star Wars, will also become the first-ever million-selling periodical comic book sold exclusively through direct market channels without the aid of newsstands.
Marvel Comics began a move out of the newsstand market in 2012 and finished it near the end of 2013, according to SVP of Sales David Gabriel, who was quizzed on the issue last year after Barnes and Noble employees in Manhattan revealed that they were removing Marvel from their periodical displays.
The series, which takes place between the events of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Backand features all of the major characters from the film, is due in stores January 14, 2015. It is written by Jason Aaron, with artwork by John Cassaday. While Marvel handled the official adaptations of the original Star Wars trilogy and had a successful Star Wars series around the time of their theatrical release, 2015 will be the first time in decades that the publisher has handled the Star Wars license.
For years, that license had been in the hands of Dark Horse Comics, who contributed to the “Expanded Universe” that also included video games and prose novels. The rights reverted to Marvel as a result of Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm. Disney also owns Marvel. Star Warswas one of a number of titles set in the world of the famous science fiction franchise announced at Comic Con Internation: San Diego this summer, including solo titles for Darth Vader and Princess Leia.
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