Marvel Unveil 40th Anniversary Star Wars Variant Covers

It may seem hard to believe, but next year, Star Wars will turn forty years old. Yup, the biggest franchise of all time will finally hit the big four zero.

Marvel, who have been publishing Star Wars comics since January 2015, will release several variant covers featuring illustrations of iconic scenes from A New Hope to celebrate this milestone. Revealed over on the official Star Wars website, there’ll be no fewer than 48 variant covers in total, with contributing artists including Kevin Wada, David Lopez, Michael Laming, Mike Mayhew, Stuart Immonen and Juan Gimenez. So yeah, Star Wars fans are gonna have pretty empty pockets come 2017.

The re-acquisition of the Star Wars license (they also held the comic rights to the series from 1977-87) has proved incredibly profitable for Marvel, with the first issue of the main series sold and incredible 985,976 copies in its first month alone. Aside from reprints, all of Marvel’s Star Wars publications are part of the new Canon continuity, as opposed to the now retconned Legends timeline, so expect to see them directly tie into the new movies.

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If you want to get in on some of the action, ComiXology are currently hosting a sale on the collected editions.

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