Dark Horse Presents


''Dark Horse Presents'' was a
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published by American company
Dark Horse Comics Dark Horse Comics is an American comic book and manga publisher. It was founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson (publisher), Mike Richardson in Milwaukie, Oregon. Richardson started out by opening his first comic book store, Pegasus Books, in Bend, O ...

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from 1986. Their first published series, it was their flagship title until its September
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cancellation. The second incarnation was published on MySpace, running from July 2007 until August 2010. A third incarnation began in April
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, released in print form once again.

Publishing history

First Incarnation: Volume 1

''Dark Horse Presents'' was conceived as an
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title and was the first comic to be released by the newly formed
Dark Horse Comics Dark Horse Comics is an American comic book and manga publisher. It was founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson (publisher), Mike Richardson in Milwaukie, Oregon. Richardson started out by opening his first comic book store, Pegasus Books, in Bend, O ...

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in 1986. The first issue featured ''Black Cross'' on the cover and featured the first appearance of
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's ''
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''. The title became successful thanks to the increasing popularity of ''Concrete'' which quickly became the regular cover feature for much of the first few years of the title. ''Concrete'' eventually spun off into its own title, and this was something which would happen to several characters and stories appearing in ''Dark Horse Presents''. These included John Byrne's "Next Men" comic book, as well as Frank Miller's ''
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'' stories, with the very first "Sin City" story (later retitled " The Hard Goodbye") being serialized within the pages of the comic. The title also contained stories featuring Dark Horse's licensed comics, ''Aliens'' and ''Predator'', as well as a ''
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'' story. ''Dark Horse Presents'' was Dark Horse's longest running title, and provided a mix of material from established and new creators. The title ended with issue #157 in September 2000.

Second Incarnation: MDHP

''Dark Horse Presents'' was revived online through the social networking website
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. The first issue of ''MDHP'' featured new talents as well as well-known writers like
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. ''MDHP'' ran from August 2007 to July 2010, a total of thirty-six issues which were collected in six trade paperbacks.

Third Incarnation: Volume 2

''Dark Horse Presents'' returned as an eighty-page anthology comic on April 20, 2011 with all-new stories including a ''Concrete'' story by Paul Chadwick, a '' Mr. Monster'' story by
Michael T. Gilbert
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, a ''Crimson Empire'' story from the Star Wars universe, a new strip called ''Marked Man'' by Howard Chaykin, a strip called ''Blood'' by Neal Adams (his first work for Dark Horse), and a sneak peek of Frank Miller’s prequel to ''300'', ''Xerxes''. Two covers were available for the first issue, one featuring Concrete and the other featuring Xerxes. The new DHP has seen the revival of a number of older Dark Horse properties, including ''Ghost'' (leading to the launch of a new monthly title) and Ron Randall's ''Trekker''. Dark Horse's May 2014 solicitations for the 36th issue announced "...Living legends Mike Mignola, Stan Sakai, and Jaime Hernandez all contribute to this final issue of Dark Horse Presents," although the following day Bleeding Cool reported this was merely the end of the comic in the eighty-page format, and it would return with fewer pages at a later date.

Fourth Incarnation: Volume 3

Beginning August 2014, ''Dark Horse Presents'' returned as a forty-eight-page book. According to Dark Horse's Mike Richardson (publisher), Mike Richardson, "The main reason is that for three and a half years we've been producing eighty pages a month – that's about ten different features – and it's time to make it a little easier on ourselves."


External links

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