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Randy Stradley is a writer and Vice President of Publishing for Dark Horse Comics. He has also written under pseudonyms Mick Harrison and Welles Hartley.[1]


Stradley's work on issue 86 of Marvel's Star Wars series in 1984 was his very first work in the comics industry. He later went to become VP and business partner with Mike Richardson, who founded Dark Horse comics in the 1980s to focus on movie-licensed comics. The company acquired the license for Star Wars comics in the early 1990s, a few years after the end of the Marvel run and in the build-up to the prequels, relaunching the Star Wars line with such titles as Classic Star Wars (reprinting the original Star Wars newspaper strips), Star Wars: Dark Empire, Tales of the Jedi, and Star Wars: Dark Empire II. Stradley and Richardson teamed up to write the Star Wars: Crimson Empire miniseries, focusing on the Emperor's Royal Guard.

Editing of Dark Horse's Star Wars line passed through a number of hands before Stradley assumed the role of Star Wars Senior Editor in 2002, as Dark Horse reorganized its Star Wars line after the release of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. He held the position until Dark Horse lost its Star Wars license in 2014.

Randy Stradley was the first to think up the idea of Chewbacca dying in the New Jedi Order series.[2]




Year Title Issue(s) Notes
1984 Star Wars 86
19971998 Star Wars: Crimson Empire with Mike Richardson
1998–1999 Crimson Empire II: Council of Blood
1999 The Bounty Hunters: Kenix Kil
2000 Dark Horse Extra 21 to 24 Hard Currency
2000 Jedi Council: Acts of War
2001 Star Wars Tales 7 Jedi Chef
2003 Star Wars: Empire 5 to 6
2004 16 to 18 as Welles Hartley
Star Wars: Republic 67
2004-2006 Star Wars: Empire 22, 36 to 40 as Welles Hartley
2004 Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Volume 2 Hide in Plain Sight, as Welles Hartley
2005 Star Wars: Republic 79 to 80 as Welles Hartley
2006 Routine Valor
2006–2007 Star Wars: Dark Times 1 to 5 as Welles Hartley and Mick Harrison
2007–2010 6 to 17 as Mick Harrison
20112012 Star Wars: Crimson Empire III—Empire Lost with Mike Richardson


Year Title
2004 Star Wars: Panel to Panel
2007 Star Wars: Panel to Panel Volume 2: Expanding the Universe


Year Title Notes
2009 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Innocents of Ryloth" co-writer


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Notes and references[]

  1. SWInsider.png Star Wars Insider 127
  2. Dhlogo.png So Randy Killed the Family Dog? on Dark Horse Message Boards. Posted by Randy Stradley on 20 Feb 2003, 21:25 (backup link) "Hey, it wasn't my idea to drop a planet on the poor dumb beast.
    And, those bloodthirsty editors and writers at Del Rey were hell bent on killing someone ... I was just trying to make sure it wasn't somebody important, like Lando."

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