There already was a monthly Star Wars comic book from Marvel Comics, but that was a long, long time ago in a comic galaxy largely retconned and forgotten. After reacquiring the rights, Marvel is putting out a brand new monthly Star Wars comic, and the first issue will exceed one million copies sold, as confirmed by Comicbook.com. This will make Star Wars #1 the highest selling comic book in over 20 years.
The figure reflects the number of books that will be distributed on the direct market, such as local comic stores and online comics retailers. Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Sales, David Gabriel, is confident that the popularity of the Star Wars franchise will help sales for retailers who haven’t necessarily had comic sales, such as exclusive giveaways like LootCrate and perhaps even video game retailers.
Aiding the astronomical sales figure is the number of variant covers for the first issue, which some have counted as many as 38 variant covers. Gabriel, however, is confident that even without the incentive covers that Star Wars #1 would have the highest debut of any issue in 2015. The series will take place between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back.
Star Wars #1 is written by Jason Aaron (Thor, Original Sin) and drawn by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men). It is schedule to hit, and promptly sell out, on January 14, 2015.
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