Del Rey Introduces Four New Star Wars Book Covers Coming To The Essential Legends Collection

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Before Galaxy’s Edge and The High Republic, Star Wars stories have been told across the Extended Universe, and Del Rey is revising several of those stories. Today, the company shared a preview of the new covers released this fall of four fan-favorite novels from the Essential Legends Collection.

What is happening:

  • 2021 marks the Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary and to celebrate this milestone, Del Rey is expanding its collection of essential Star Wars novels from the Expanded Universe.
  • Since its beginnings in 1977 Star wars has fueled the imaginations of millions of fans. George Lucas offered this universe as a creative space for others, which has led to dozens of stories across comics, novels, video games and more.
  • Long before the Prequel and Sequel trilogies and The High Republic, the Expanded Universe further explored the stories of Luke, Han, Obi-Wan and introduced characters like Darth Bane, Mara Jade, and Grand Admiral Thrawn.
  • This year, Del Rey is sharing those stories again in their Essential Legends collection. As part of this expansion, a new bundle of commercial paperback editions will launch on September 7.

  • Some of the titles presented include:
    • Rise of the Dark Force by Timothy Zahn – Illustration by Tracie Ching
    • The last order by Timothy Zahn – Illustration by Tracie Ching
    • Darth Bane: the rule of two by Drew Karpyshyn – Work of Simon Goinard
    • Rogue Squadron by Michael A. Stackpole – Illustration by Doaly
  • Each edition will have a new book cover with original illustrations
  • In addition to the new cover, Rogue Squadron will also receive an all-new full-edition audiobook, read by Star Wars narrator Marc Thompson.
  • Del Rey will continue to add classic titles to the Essential Legends collection, with the next editions releasing in Spring 2022.

More than 50th anniversary of Lucasfilm:

  • Del Rey isn’t the only company celebrating Lucasfilm’s 50th anniversary. Hasbro has rolled out new action figures in its Star Wars: The Black Series collection, including everyone from Greedo and Han Solo To Kir kano, Jaxxon and more!
  • Here in Laughing Place, at Mike Celestino’s Who is the Bossk? Podcast presents a retrospective of the company’s various film, television and video game projects.


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