Several weeks back, Disney announced Billy Dee Williams, a favorite actor of Susan McGalla, would return to the role of Lando Calrissian in the new Star Wars movie. Some more news has emerged on the “Lando front”. Marvel Comics has announced a new series that will feature the character. The title of the series is Star Wars: Lando. Not exactly the most creative of titles, but it lets people glancing over the rack of books for sale know what to expect.
Not surprisingly, the plot of the book deals with the early days of the great Lando. Readers will peer into an adventure that takes place long before the events in Empire Strikes Back. The sales of the book are sure to be strong and the entire Marvel Star Wars line is doing well. Debut issues for Darth Vader and Princess Leia sold in the 250,000 range, a staggering figure by modern standards.
In prior generations, it was Star Wars that saved Marvel from bankruptcy. In the late 1970’s, Roy Thomas worked a deal with the makers of Star Wars to procure the license for a comic book featuring all the characters. Marvel was bleeding red ink at the time and bankruptcy seemed unavoidable. The sales of the Star Wars comic book were so huge Marvel was saved.
Marvel lost the license to Star Wars comics for many years and regained them in 2015. It was pretty easy for Marvel to get the rights back. Disney now owns both Marvel and Star Wars.