Marvel's longest-running ongoing comic book will reach its milestone 50th issue in July, Marvel's solicitations revealed today. Star Wars #50, by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca, is headed to stores this summer, with multiple variant covers and a promise of "the most epic story done yet in a Star Wars comic." Check it out:
STAR WARS #50
KIERON GILLEN (W) • SALVADOR LARROCA (A)
Cover by MIKE MAYHEW
Variant Cover by PHIL NOTO
Variant Cover by David Marquez
Variant Cover by TERRy DODSON
VIRGIN VARIANT Cover by TERRy DODSON
Galactic Icon Variant Cover by ROD REIS
Action Figure Variant Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
IN THIS ISSUE…HOPE DIES.
• The REBEL FLEET is completed. It's magnificent. It's beautiful. It's secret.
• But no secret is kept for long from DARTH VADER.
• The most epic story yet done in a STAR WARS comic begins here. Prepare to witness the Empire TRULY strike back.
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
Star Wars © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. Text and illustrations for Star Wars are © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd.
Of course, there are other books which have published more issues than Star Wars, and thanks to Marvel Legacy, some with higher numbers on the cover, but it looks like Star Wars is the only current Marvel ongoing to make it to 50 issues without either a #1 issue reboot or a return to legacy numbering (to be followed later by a #1 issue reboot). It's almost as if, if you just leave a comic alone to tell consistently good stories over a long period of time, it will generate sales on its own and not need to be rebooted annually. Almost.
Check out Marvel's full July solicitations here. See the covers by Mayhew and Marquez below.