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Dark Horse Comics
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 professionals. 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
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. In 2011, 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 Mysticons
Mysticons
are to be released.

Contents

1 Overview 2 Imprints and studios

2.1 Comics' Greatest World/Dark Horse Heroes (1993–1996) 2.2 Legend (1994–1998)

2.2.1 Members

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

3 Titles 4 Dark Horse Entertainment

4.1 Television 4.2 Television shows with graphic novels 4.3 Films

5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links

7.1 Interviews

Overview[edit]

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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 Frank Miller's Sin City
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.[3] Dark Horse also published the English translation of The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia in 2013.[4] Like Dell and Gold Key, Dark Horse was one of the few major American publishers of comic books never to display the Comics
Comics
Code Authority seal on its covers. Imprints and studios[edit] Comics' Greatest World/Dark Horse Heroes (1993–1996)[edit] Main article: Comics' Greatest World From 1993 to 1996, Dark Horse published a line of superhero comics under the 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 early 2000s. Legend (1994–1998)[edit] Legend was a comic book imprint at Dark Horse Comics
Comics
created in 1994 by Frank Miller and John Byrne as an avenue for creator-owned projects.[5] Its logo was a moai drawn by Mike Mignola. Later on, other creators were asked to join them. The imprint ended in 1998. Members[edit]

Art Adams Frank Miller John Byrne Mike Mignola Paul Chadwick, Dave Gibbons, and Geof Darrow
Geof Darrow
were also on the initial Dark Horse Legend launch tour. Mike Allred Walter Simonson

Dark Horse Manga[edit] 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, Trigun
Trigun
and Blood Blockade Battlefront
Blood Blockade Battlefront
by Yasuhiro Nightow, Gantz, Hellsing
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.[6] Dark Horse also publish a number of Korean manhwa titles, including Banya: The Explosive Delivery Man.[7] Maverick (1999–2002)[edit] Main article: Maverick (Dark Horse) Maverick was an imprint for creator owned material. DH Press[edit] The 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. M Press[edit] Publications ranging from novels to film books by Leonard Maltin
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
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[edit] 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. DH Deluxe[edit] 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 to the United States
United States
with a series of products ranging from Qee figurines to journals and stationery sets. Titles[edit] Main article: List of Dark Horse Comics
Comics
publications Dark Horse Comics
Comics
has acquired the rights to make comic book adaptations of many popular films and series. Some of these include Aliens, Army of Darkness
Army of Darkness
(before Dynamite Entertainment acquired the license), Indiana Jones, Predator, RoboCop, The Thing, Star Wars, The Terminator, 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. In 2013 CCP Games
CCP Games
announced that Dark Horse would be publishing a series of comic books based on stories collected from players of the MMORPG
MMORPG
EVE Online.[8] In 2014, Lucasfilm
Lucasfilm
announced that, as of 2015, future Star Wars
Star Wars
comics would be published by Lucasfilm's corporate sibling, Marvel Comics.[9] Dark Horse Entertainment[edit] 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 Largo Entertainment. Dark Horse Entertainment has produced over two dozen films and television projects.[10] Television[edit] The following are TV projects based on Dark Horse comic books:[11]

Duckman
Duckman
(1994–97 animated series) The Mask
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) The Umbrella Academy
Umbrella Academy
(2018) Sin City
Sin City
(upcoming) Briggs Land (upcoming)[12][13]

Television shows with graphic novels[edit]

Avatar: The Last Airbender (2012–Present) Avatar: The Legend of Korra (2017–Present) Mysticons
Mysticons
(upcoming)

Films[edit] The following are feature films based on series from Dark Horse Comics:[14] Released projects

Dr. Giggles
Dr. Giggles
(1992) The Mask
The Mask
(1994) Timecop (1994) Tank Girl (1995) Barb Wire (1996) Mystery Men
Mystery Men
(1999) Virus (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) Hellboy
Hellboy
(2004) Sin City
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) 300
300
(2007) Hellboy: Blood and Iron (2007, animated, direct-to-video) Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) Hellboy
Hellboy
II: The Golden Army (2008) R.I.P.D.
R.I.P.D.
(2013) Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

Upcoming projects

Beasts of Burden Emily the Strange Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen Timecop ArchEnemies El Zombo Fantasma

Canceled projects

The Umbrella Academy Chickenhare

References[edit]

^ Premier and Exclusive Suppliers ^ Current Clients ^ "From the Editor's Desk: Scott Allie". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2010-03-23.  ^ "Information". Retrieved 2013-06-08.  ^ Khoury, George; Eric Nolen-Weathington (2006). Modern Masters Volume Six: Arthur Adams. TwoMorrows Publishing. ISBN 978-1-893905-54-2.  ^ "Super Manga
Manga
Blast Discontinued". Anime News Network. November 24, 2005. Retrieved November 1, 2011.  ^ "Dark Horse manhwa explodes on the scene with Banya". DARK HORSE COMICS CELEBRATING 20 YEARS: 1986 – 2006 Comic Book Bin, June 7, 2006. Retrieved June 6 2013. ^ Wilde, Tyler (April 27, 2013). " EVE Online
EVE Online
TV series and Dark Horse comic to be based on players' true stores". PC Gamer. Retrieved May 1, 2013.  ^ Siegel, Lucas (January 3, 2014). "STAR WARS Comics
Comics
Go to Marvel in 2015, Dark Horse Responds". Newsarama. Retrieved January 3, 2014.  ^ "Dark Horse/Universal Sign First Look Deal". Newsarama. March 18, 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-07-26.  ^ "Best 'Dark Horse Comics' Television". IMDb.  ^ McMillan, Graeme (3 May 2016). "Dark Horse Plans 'Briggs Land' Comic Book Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 October 2017.  ^ Briggs Land on IMDb ^ "Best 'Dark Horse Comics' Movies". IMDb. May 1, 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 

Further reading[edit]

Richardson, Mike (March 2008). Dark Horse Comics: The First Twenty Years. Dark Horse Comics. ISBN 1-59307-608-8. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dark Horse Comics.

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Official website Things From Another World Online retailer of comics and collectibles; sister company of Dark Horse Comics. Dark Horse Comics
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at the Grand Comics
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Database Dark Horse Comics
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at the Big Comic Book DataBase Dark Horse Comics
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at the Comic Book DB Dark Horse Comics
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at the INDUCKS "Dark Horse Comics". The Oregon
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Encyclopedia. 

Interviews[edit]

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From the Editor's Desk: Tim Ervin. Comic Book Resources. January 8, 2009. From the Editor's Desk: Chris Warner. Comic Book Resources. January 14, 2009. From the Editor's Desk: Diana Schutz, Part I. Comic Book Resources. January 20, 2009.

From the Editor's Desk: Diana Schutz, Part II. Comic Book Resources. January 22, 2009.

From the Editor's Desk: Randy Stradley. Comic Book Resources. February 25, 2009. From the Editor's Desk: Shawna Gore. Comic Book Resources. March 16, 2009.

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