The tyrannical rule of Emperor Palpatine begins…

We all know that the first Star Wars film changed the face of pop culture forever when it hit theaters 40 years ago—but it’s not just the movie that’s celebrating that milestone in 2017. Star Wars comics arrived with force in 1977, and hundreds of issues later, they’re more popular now than ever.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, we’re looking back at our 40 favorite moments from the history of comics from a galaxy far, far away—one day at a time.

“I’m sorry, Senator Braxis,” a familiar out-of-frame character states at the beginning of STAR WARS: DARK TIMES #1. “The Imperial throne cannot interfere in local politics.” In one single opening panel, the tone is set for the 17-issue series to follow, as the Emperor refuses to assist a planet in need. On the same page, Palpatine’s associates inform him that anti-Imperial sentiments have been rounded up and eliminated, and that other planets in turmoil are being put in their place. It’s clear that optimism has no place in this new era for the Star Wars galaxy.

Star Wars: Dark Times (2006) #1

Star Wars: Dark Times (2006) #1

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Beginning shortly after the end of “Revenge of the Sith,” the very title of STAR WARS: DARK TIMES should immediately resonate with Star Wars fans, per an Obi-Wan Kenobi quote about the glory days of the Jedi Knights from “A New Hope”: “Before the dark times. Before the Empire.” Picking up after STAR WARS: PURGE, DARK TIMES serves as a direct continuation of STAR WARS: REPUBLIC, offering numerous story arcs with new and established characters as they adapt to the new galactic order.

Most of issue #1 focuses on a battle of natives versus Imperial forces on New Plympto. Not only do we see the hopeless struggle of the Triceratops-like Nosaurians, we also get a inside the heads of the clone troopers: “When the fighting ends, what then for men bred only to be soldiers?” we’re asked. “What future is there for men of action when peace breaks out?” Anyone familiar with what becomes of the clones comes to realize the phrase “dark times” extends to more than just the good guys…

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We welcome Boeing's Kavya Kamal Manyapu to chat the Starliner Spacecraft!

Join hosts Judy Stephens & Christina Harrington as they welcome Boeing’s Kavya Kamal Manyapu, Ph.D, Flight Crew Operations and Test Engineer, Starliner Spacecraft to chat space technology!

Listen to the Women of Marvel – Episode 155 now!

Mixed by Rick Coste.

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The Women of Marvel podcast assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every Thursday, co-hosted by Marvel Director, Content and Character Development Sana Amanat, Marvel.com Producer Judy Stephens, along with Assistant Editor Christina Harrington.

Have feedback or questions? Email us at WomenOf@marvel.com, or tweet your questions and comments to @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfMarvel.

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You’re definitely worthy of these Mjolnir Candy Apples—now make them yourself!

Mjolnir Candy Apples

Item list

6 Granny Smith Apples

6 Apple Sticks

24 oz. White Meltable Candy Wafers

3 oz. Black Meltable Candy Wafers

3 oz. Green Meltable Candy Wafers

5 oz. Gray Icing

Steps

  1. Cut the apples into rectangles.
  2. Insert apple stick into the middle of each apple.
  3. Place the apple into the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
  4. Microwave the meltable candy wafers and shortening together until melted and smooth.
  5. Remove apples from the freezer and dip them into the melted meltable candy wafers.
  6. Shake off the excess meltable candy wafers and place onto a sheet of parchment paper.
  7. Place into the fridge for 30 minutes.
  8. Decorate the sides of Thor’s hammer with icing.

Recipe and design by Koalipops.

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Howard the Duck, Deadpool and Punisher are featured in the new gear.

Rap juggernauts Run The Jewels have just unveiled an expansive collection of goods produced in collaboration with Marvel. The new items reimagine the duo’s iconic imagery in the context of the Marvel Comics universe, including a variety of shirt designs, keychains, and more. The initial items are available at the group’s webstore (runthejewelsstore.com) with some items exclusively available to purchase at stops along Run the Jewels’ ongoing Run The World tour.

For a look at the initial Run the Jewels/Marvel product take a look at the gallery above, which includes items featuring Deadpool, Howard the Duck and the Punisher.

This is not the first time Run the Jewels and Marvel have crossed paths, as the Run the Jewels logo was the inspiration for several Marvel variant covers beginning in 2015, and the duo also appeared on an episode of This Week in Marvel. This year, a Run the Jewels song — “Legend Has It” — was featured in the teaser trailer for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther.

The hip hop phenomenon known as Run the Jewels continues to roll its way into the hearts & minds of fans worldwide. Following the release of their breakthrough new album RTJ3, the duo continue to make a thrilling impact on the landscape of music & culture. From main stage festival heroes to media darlings, groundbreaking artists to digital mavericks, serial entrepreneurs to presidential surrogates, Run the Jewels have arrived. The group just released a new song, “Mean Demeanor” for the FIFA ’18 video game, which is also featured in the TV ad starring Cristiano Ronaldo. Their latest U.S. tour kicked off Oct 5th in Houston, TX, and includes a taping of the legendary ACL TV show.

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Join the Women of Marvel for their annual panel!

Join us for the annual Women of Marvel panel from New York Comic Con. Hosted by Judy Stephens & Sana Amanat, and panelists include THWIP! The Big Marvel Show host Lorraine Cink, Assistant Editor Christina Harrington, Sarit Klein (Makeup Head of Marvel’s Defenders) plus writers Rainbow Rowell (Runaways) and Mackenzie Cadenhead (Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Deck the Malls).

Listen to the Women of Marvel – Episode 154 now!

Mixed by Rick Coste.

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The Women of Marvel podcast assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every Thursday, co-hosted by Marvel Director, Content and Character Development Sana Amanat, Marvel.com Producer Judy Stephens, along with Assistant Editor Christina Harrington.

Have feedback or questions? Email us at WomenOf@marvel.com, or tweet your questions and comments to @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfMarvel.

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Enjoy all the events, panels, cosplay and more!

Photos by Nicole Ciaramella and Joseph Lin.

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Enjoy all the events, panels, cosplay and more!

Photos by Nicole Ciaramella and Joseph Lin.

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Enjoy all the events, panels, cosplay and more!

Photos by Nicole Ciaramella and Joseph Lin.

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Enjoy all the events, panels, cosplay and more!

Photography by Nicole Ciaramella and Joseph Lin.

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Tune in and watch Marvel’s livestream all four days of Comic Con!

Marvel Entertainment invites you to experience the best of New York Comic Con 2017 LIVE from the heart of Manhattan! Starting Thursday, October 5, tune in to Marvel Entertainment’s livestream coverage of NYCC, starting at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT and get ready to be a part of one of the biggest fan events of the year!

Hosted by TWHIP! The Big Marvel Show’s Ryan Penagos and Lorraine Cink, viewers will be able to watch booth events and panels from the Javits Center, play games with their favorite Marvel comic and television talent, and learn about all the fun surprises happening on the convention floor, from exclusive merchandise to special signings.

Join in on the fun by visiting www.marvel.com/NYCC2017Marvel’s YouTube channel or Marvel’s Facebook page. For the first time ever, you can watch Marvel LIVE! from all three platforms! Marvel LIVE! New York Comic Con 2017 is sponsored by Marvel Contest of Champions.

Day 1: Thursday, 10/5:

Day 2: Friday, 10/6:

Day 3: Saturday, 10/7:

Day 4: Sunday, 10/8:

This year, Marvel LIVE! is new and improved. No matter where you are—you can watch what happens live on the NYCC floor, hear behind-the-scenes secrets from your favorite Marvel celebrities, and maybe even witness a surprise or two along the way…

To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or simply chat with some of your favorite heroes with Marvel’s chatbot accessible through Twitter and Facebook.

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