I've been intending to post this for about a week now. This is form issue 3 of Star Wars Gamer. "Blah blah blah blah, does your article [about Marvel aliens] signify a reversal of Lucasfilm's take on the Marvel series?... Is Marvel becoming canon?" -Talon Dunning Editor's Answer: "For an answer, we went to Lucasfilm's own Ben Harper for a tell-all spectacular. Ben says: Good question! We have never disavowed the existence of Marvel comics. We have, whenever feasible included important events and characters from the Marvel comics in our other products. Some of the Marvel storylines before anyone knew what would happen in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Obviously, in many places, those films contradicted what had happened in the comics. Which ones are more important? The films of course. However, Lucasfilm recognizes the creativity and diversity within the Marvel comics, and feels there is a place within the Star Wars universe for non-continuity events. You'll notice that ***books recognized as Star Wars canon are marked with Era symbols*** (so you'll know where they fall within the Star Wars timeline). The non-continuity books (at this point, the Dark Horse Star Wars Tales and Infinities: A New Hope comics) will soon be marked with a non-continuity symbol. ***Elements from Marvel which do not tread upon that which has been estalished in the films, novels, comics, et cetera, are being integrated into OFFICIAL STAR WARS CANON*** because we like them, they're cool, the aliens will be fun to use in the RPG, and, well, we were just feeling a bit nostalgic. After all, it's been over 20 years!" The first statement I asterisked implies all EU products with Era symbols are canon. Obviously, all of Bantam and several Del Rey novels, and most of DHC's comics came before Era symbols were even invented, so they can't really bear them, can they? But that's ok, because the second statement I asterisked does include all those novels and comics and describes how Marvel fits in as well. Notice how the word "CANON" is used in reference to "novels, comics, et cetera". There we have it, an offical statement, in print, from an actual Lucasfilm employee, that basically says the films, novels, comics, et cetera are all canon. Funny how it is pretty much what I have been saying all along. You can all stop arguing now.