Included in Marvel’s October 2014 solicitations is the Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus, a collection of Marvel’s original Star Wars comic book series from the 1970s.
The omnibus will be printed under the Star Wars Legends line, indicating that the stories included are no longer part of the official Disney/Lucasfilm canon. The stories take place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and are still considered classic by many Star Wars fans, regardless of their inclusion in canon, and their sales helped buoy Marvel comics through a particularly difficult financial period.
The omnibus includes works by legendary comic book creators like Roy Thomas, Archie Goodwin, Chris Claremont, Hoaward Chaykin, Carmine Infantino, Walter Simonson, and more.
"With Star Wars poised to return to its comic book home, what better time to revisit the first adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and, of course, Darth Vader?" says Marvel Editor In Chief, Axel Alonso. "I am extremely proud to present these original Star Wars stories, told as only Marvel can, in the first in a massive and glorious Omnibus series."
The rights to create Star Wars comics recently reverted to Marvel Comics after being with Dark Horse for nearly 30 years, following the purchase of Lucasfilm and Star Wars by Marvel’s corporate owners, Disney. Plans for new Star Wars comics have yet to be announced by Marvel.
The Star Wars: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus goes on sale in October.