Comics is an American comic book and manga publisher. It
was founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson in Milwaukie, Oregon, with the
concept of establishing an ideal atmosphere for creative
Richardson started out by opening his first comic book store, Pegasus
Books, in Bend, Oregon, in 1980. From there he was able to use the
funds from his retail operation to start his own publishing company.
Dark Horse Presents
Dark Horse Presents and
Boris the Bear
Boris the Bear were the two initial titles in
1986 and within one year of its first publication, Dark Horse Comics
added nine new titles to its roster, including Hellboy, The American,
The Mask, Trekker, and Black Cross. Frank Miller's
Sin City is one of
the most famous works associated with Dark Horse, and it has become
something of a token comic to the publishing house. They also
established a reputation for publishing licensed works such as Aliens,
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Conan, and Star Wars.
Dark Horse Presents
Dark Horse Presents relaunched including the return of Paul
Chadwick's Concrete and Steve Niles' Criminal Macabre, as well as new
talent including Sanford Greene, Carla Speed McNeil, Nate Crosby and
others. In late summer of 2018 a set of comic books for
to be released.
2 Imprints and studios
2.1 Comics' Greatest World/Dark Horse Heroes (1993–1996)
2.2 Legend (1994–1998)
2.3 Dark Horse Manga
2.4 Maverick (1999–2002)
2.5 DH Press
2.6 M Press
2.7 Dark Horse Digital
2.8 DH Deluxe
4 Dark Horse Entertainment
4.2 Television shows with graphic novels
6 Further reading
7 External links
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Dark Horse publishes many licensed comics, including comics based on
Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
Aliens, Predator, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Conan and Who Wants to be a
Superhero? Dark Horse also publishes creator owned comics such as
Sin City and 300, Mike Mignola's Hellboy, Stan Sakai's
Usagi Yojimbo, Gerard Way's Umbrella Academy, and Michael Chabon's The
Escapist. Today, the comic arm of the company flourishes despite no
longer having its own universe of superpowered characters. Dark
Horse also published the English translation of The Legend of Zelda:
Hyrule Historia in 2013.
Like Dell and Gold Key, Dark Horse was one of the few major American
publishers of comic books never to display the
Comics Code Authority
seal on its covers.
Imprints and studios
Comics' Greatest World/Dark Horse Heroes (1993–1996)
Main article: Comics' Greatest World
From 1993 to 1996, Dark Horse published a line of superhero comics
Comics' Greatest World imprint, which was later renamed Dark
Horse Heroes. After 1996, publication of this line came to a near
halt, ceasing production of any books concerning the characters with
the publication of the last crossover books involving Ghost, in the
Legend was a comic book imprint at Dark Horse
Comics created in 1994
by Frank Miller and John Byrne as an avenue for creator-owned
projects. Its logo was a moai drawn by Mike Mignola. Later on,
other creators were asked to join them. The imprint ended in 1998.
Paul Chadwick, Dave Gibbons, and
Geof Darrow were also on the initial
Dark Horse Legend launch tour.
Dark Horse Manga
Manga is an imprint for Japanese manga. Publications
include Akira, Astro Boy, Berserk, Blade of the Immortal, Ghost in the
Shell, Lone Wolf and Cub,
Blood Blockade Battlefront
Blood Blockade Battlefront by
Yasuhiro Nightow, Gantz,
Hellsing and Drifters by Kouta Hirano,
Blood+, Multiple Personality Detective Psycho, FLCL, Oreimo, and
America's longest running manga series,
Oh My Goddess!
Oh My Goddess! by Kōsuke
Fujishima. Dark Horse also publishes a number of CLAMP titles,
including Clover, Chobits, Okimono Kimono, Cardcaptor Sakura, Magic
Knight Rayearth, and Gate 7. A manga magazine titled Super Manga
Blast! was published by Dark Horse starting in the spring of 2000. It
was discontinued in December 2005 after 59 issues.
Dark Horse also publish a number of Korean manhwa titles, including
Banya: The Explosive Delivery Man.
Main article: Maverick (Dark Horse)
Maverick was an imprint for creator owned material.
DH Press imprint publishes novelizations of Dark Horse's more
popular comic book titles, including Aliens and Predator.
DH Press has
now been absorbed by DH Books.
Publications ranging from novels to film books by
Leonard Maltin about
John Landis, to comic related material such as a biography of Will
Eisner, to health books. They have also published a series reprinting
Playboy interviews. The M Press imprint was created to publish a
diverse list of both literary fiction and non-fiction prose for
authors with a unique voice. One such series is Orchid by Tom Morello,
published from 2011–2013. The newest addition to M Press is an
original graphic novel The Fifth Beatle by Vivek Tiwary, Andrew
Robinson, and Kyle Baker, published on November 2013.
Dark Horse Digital
In 2011, Dark Horse launched their iOS app and online digital comics
store, followed by the release of the beta version of a native Android
app in 2012. Any device with a modern web browser can be used to read
Dark Horse comics at their web store.
Initiated in 1998, Dark Horse Deluxe rolled out a line of merchandise
that included model kits, toys, apparel and collectibles. Its original
purpose was to draw on Dark Horse properties but expanded to include
such collectibles as Tim Burton's Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys, Joss
Whedon's Serenity, and most recently, merchandise for the popular
video-game franchise Mass Effect. Dark Horse, working with Big Tent
Entertainment and the NHK broadcasting corporation, brought Domo-kun
United States with a series of products ranging from Qee
figurines to journals and stationery sets.
Main article: List of Dark Horse
Comics has acquired the rights to make comic book
adaptations of many popular films and series. Some of these include
Army of Darkness
Army of Darkness (before
Dynamite Entertainment acquired the
license), Indiana Jones, Predator, RoboCop, The Thing, Star Wars, The
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and its spin-off, Angel), Planet
of the Apes, Let Me In and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
CCP Games announced that Dark Horse would be publishing a
series of comic books based on stories collected from players of the
MMORPG EVE Online.
Lucasfilm announced that, as of 2015, future
Star Wars comics
would be published by Lucasfilm's corporate sibling, Marvel Comics.
Dark Horse Entertainment
Main article: Dark Horse Entertainment
Dark Horse's production studio arm, Dark Horse Entertainment, produces
films and television shows based on Dark Horse Comics. Established by
Richardson in 1992,
Dark Horse Entertainment set up shop on the lot at
Twentieth Century Fox through a first-look deal with Larry Gordon and
Dark Horse Entertainment has produced over two
dozen films and television projects.
The following are TV projects based on Dark Horse comic books:
Duckman (1994–97 animated series)
The Mask (1995–1997 animated series)
Timecop (1997–1998 series)
Fat Dog Mendoza (1998–2000 animated series)
Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot (1999–2001 animated series)
The B.P.R.D. Declassified (2004 special)
The Amazing Screw-On Head
The Amazing Screw-On Head (2006 pilot)
Dark Matter (2015)
Umbrella Academy (2018)
Sin City (upcoming)
Briggs Land (upcoming)
Television shows with graphic novels
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2012–Present)
Avatar: The Legend of Korra (2017–Present)
The following are feature films based on series from Dark Horse
Dr. Giggles (1992)
The Mask (1994)
Tank Girl (1995)
Barb Wire (1996)
Mystery Men (1999)
G-Men from Hell
G-Men from Hell (2000)
American Splendor (2003)
Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision (2003)
Alien vs. Predator (2004)
The B.P.R.D. Declassified (2004, TV special)
Sin City (2005)
Son of the Mask
Son of the Mask (2005)
The Amazing Screw-On Head
The Amazing Screw-On Head (2006, TV pilot)
Hellboy: Sword of Storms (2006, animated, direct-to-video)
Hellboy: Blood and Iron (2007, animated, direct-to-video)
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
Beasts of Burden
Emily the Strange
Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen
El Zombo Fantasma
The Umbrella Academy
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Comic book publishers in North America
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Another Rainbow Publishing
Black Mask Studios
Blue Juice Comics
Creative Impulse Entertainment
Darby Pop Publishing
Devil's Due Publishing
Drawn and Quarterly
First Second Books
Lion Forge Comics
Mad Cave Studios
Rip Off Press
Seven Seas Entertainment
Slave Labor Graphics
Top Cow Productions
Harry "A" Chesler
Del Rey Manga
Fox Feature Syndicate
Gold Key Comics
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