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Dark Horse Comics
Type Comic publisher
Founded 1986
Founder(s) Mike Richardson
Headquarters Milwaukie, Oregon, U.S.
Key people Mike Richardson
Industry Comics
Website http://www.darkhorse.com

Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent American comic book publisher.

Mike Richardson, the owner of several comic book shops in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, began to publish in 1986 with an anthology series called Dark Horse Presents, investing profits from his stores into Dark Horse Comics. The publisher is based in Milwaukie, Oregon. Richardson opened his first comic book store, Pegasus Books, in Bend, Oregon in 1980.

Contents

Overview

Dark Horse publishes many licensed comics, including comics based on Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Predator and Who Wants to be a Superhero? Dark Horse also publishes creator owned comics such as Frank Miller's Sin City and 300, Mike Mignola's Hellboy, Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo, Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira and Michael Chabon's The Escapist. Today, the comic arm of the company flourishes despite no longer having their own universe of superpowered characters.

Imprints and studios

Dark Horse Comics booth at WonderCon 2009

Comics' Greatest World/Dark Horse Heroes (1993 - 1996)

From 1993-1996, Dark Horse published a line of superhero comics under the Comics Greatest World imprint, which was later re-named 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)

Legend was a comic book imprint at Dark Horse Comics created in the 1990s 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.

Members

Maverick (1999 - 2002)

Maverick was an imprint for creator owned material.

DH Press

Their DH Press imprint publishes novelizations of their more popular comic book titles, including Aliens and Predator.

M Press

Quirky 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. Managing editor is Robert Simpson.

Titles

In other media

Dark Horse's film arm, Dark Horse Entertainment, produces films and TV shows based on Dark Horse Comics. In March 2008, Dark Horse announced that they had signed a three-year first look deal with Universal Studios.[1]

Television programs

Following are TV projects based on Dark Horse comic books:[2]

Films

Dark Horse Comics has acquired the rights to make comic book adaptations of many popular film series. Some of these include Aliens, Indiana Jones, Predator, RoboCop, Star Wars, and The Terminator. Following are the feature films based on series from Dark Horse:[3]

Video games

Notes

  1. ^ Dark Horse/Universal Sign First Look Deal, Newsarama, March 18, 2008
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/keyword/dark-horse-comics/?title_type=tv
  3. ^ http://us.imdb.com/keyword/dark-horse-comics/?title_type=feature
  4. ^ The 2-issue adaptation was released simultaneously with the movie. However, the character's first appearance was in in the comic book Dark Horse Presents issues #64-66.

References

  • Dark Horse Comics: The First Twenty Years (by Mike Richardson, Frank Miller and others, 384 pages, Dark Horse, March 2008, ISBN 1593076088)

External links

Interviews


Dark Horse Comics
Type Comic publisher
Industry Comics
Founded 1986
Founder(s) Mike Richardson
Headquarters Milwaukie, OR, USA
Key people Mike Richardson
Website http://www.darkhorse.com

Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent American comic book and Manga publisher.

Mike Richardson, the owner of several comic book shops in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, began to publish in 1986 with an anthology series called Dark Horse Presents, investing profits from his stores into Dark Horse Comics. The publisher is based in Milwaukie, Oregon. Richardson opened his first comic book store, Pegasus Books, in Bend, Oregon in 1980.

Contents

Overview

Dark Horse publishes many licensed comics, including comics based on Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Predator and Who Wants to be a Superhero? Dark Horse also publishes creator owned comics such as Frank Miller's Sin City and 300, Mike Mignola's Hellboy, Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo, Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira and Michael Chabon's The Escapist. Today, the comic arm of the company flourishes despite no longer having their own universe of superpowered characters.[1]

Imprints and studios

Comics' Greatest World/Dark Horse Heroes (1993–1996)

From 1993–1996, Dark Horse published a line of superhero comics under the Comics Greatest World imprint, which was later re-named 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)

Legend was a comic book imprint at Dark Horse Comics created in the 1990s 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.

Members

Dark Horse Manga

Dark Horse Manga is an imprint for Japanese Manga. Publications include Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Astro Boy, Magic Knight Rayearth, Gantz, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Blood+.

Maverick (1999–2002)

Maverick was an imprint for creator owned material.

DH Press

Their DH Press imprint publishes novelizations of their more popular comic book titles, including Aliens and Predator.

M Press

Quirky 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. Managing editor is Robert Simpson.

Titles

In other media

Dark Horse's film arm, Dark Horse Entertainment, produces films and TV shows based on Dark Horse Comics. In March 2008, Dark Horse announced that they had signed a three-year first look deal with Universal Studios.[2]

Television programs

Following are TV projects based on Dark Horse comic books:[3]

Films

Dark Horse Comics has acquired the rights to make comic book adaptations of many popular film series. Some of these include Aliens, Army of Darkness (before Dynamite Entertainment acquired the license), Indiana Jones, Predator, RoboCop, Star Wars, The Terminator, Timecop, and Planet of the Apes. Following are the feature films based on series from Dark Horse:[4]

Video games

References

External links

Comics portal
Anime and manga portal
Oregon portal
Companies portal

Interviews


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Dark Horse Comics


Type Comic publisher
Founded 1986
Founder Mike Richardson
Headquarters Milwaukie, Oregon
Key people Mike Richardson
Industry Comics
Website DarkHorse.com

[[File:|thumb|Dark Horse Comics headquarters]] Dark Horse Comics is an American company that creates comic books and manga. It is one of the largest "independent" comic book publishers. The company was founded by Mike Richardson.

Richardson is the owner of several comic book shops in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. In 1986, he began to publish an anthology series called Dark Horse Presents using money from his stores. The company is based in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Contents

Overview

Dark Horse creates many comics based on other peoples characters and settings. These include comics based on Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, and Who Wants to be a Superhero? Dark Horse also publishes comics by artists who own their own settings. These include Frank Miller's Sin City and 300, Mike Mignola's Hellboy, Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo, Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira and Michael Chabon's The Escapist. From 1993-1996, Dark Horse published a line of superhero comics under the name Comics Greatest World. This was later re-named Dark Horse Heroes. After 1996, publication in this line slowed greatly. They stopped making any books about the characters in the early 2000's. Today, the company does very well even though they do not have their own universe of superpowered characters.

Dark Horse's movie company, Dark Horse Entertainment, creates movies based on Dark Horse Comics. These including The Mask and Hellboy.

The company also produces novels based on some of their more popular comic book titles, including Aliens and Predator.

Dark Horse titles

Original titles

  • 300
  • The American
  • Age of Reptiles
  • Agents of Law
  • ArchEnemies
  • Badger
  • Barb Wire
  • Battle Gods: Warriors of the Chaak
  • Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot
  • Billy the Kid's Old Timey Oddities
  • The Blackburne Covenant
  • Boris the Bear
  • BPRD
  • Catalyst: Agents of Change
  • Cheval Noir
  • Concrete
  • Cravan
  • Criminal Macabre
  • Cut
  • Damn Nation
  • The Dark Horse Book Of

  • Dark Horse Presents
  • The Deadlander[1]
  • Dr. Giggles
  • El Zombo Fantasma
  • Freaks of the Heartland
  • Gary Gianni's The MonsterMen
  • Ghost
  • Girl Crazy
  • Give Me Liberty
  • The Goon
  • Grendel
  • The Hammer, Kelley Jones'
  • Hard Boiled
  • Haunted Man
  • Heartbreakers
  • Hellboy
  • Hero Zero
  • HyperSonic
  • Kingdom of the Wicked
  • Living With The Dead
  • Lords of Misrule

  • Marshal Law
  • The Mask
  • Maxwell Strangewell
  • Motorhead
  • Milkman Murders
  • Out of the Vortex
  • The Perhapanauts
  • Red Rocket 7
  • Rex Mundi
  • Samurai: Heaven and Earth
  • Scarlet Traces
  • The Secret
  • Sin City
  • SpyBoy
  • The Thirteenth Son
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • Usagi Yojimbo
  • H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds
  • Will to Power
  • X

Licensed properties

  • Æon Flux
  • Aliens
  • Aliens vs. Predator
  • Army of Darkness
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • The Dirty Pair
  • Disney's Gremlins
  • Digimon
  • Doctor Solar
  • Emily the Strange
  • The Escapist
  • The Fog
  • Godzilla
  • Hard Looks
  • Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor

  • Hellgate: London
  • The Hire
  • The Incredibles
  • Indiana Jones
  • King Kong
  • Little Lulu
  • Magnus, Robot Fighter
  • Man with the Screaming Brain
  • Megatokyo - Vols. 1-3 only
  • Pathfinder [2]
  • Penny Arcade
  • Planet of the Apes
  • Predator
  • Red String
  • Serenity: Those Left Behind (Firefly)

  • Shrek
  • Star Wars: Crimson Empire
  • Star Wars: Crimson Empire II
  • Star Wars: Empire
  • Star Wars: Rebellion
  • Star Wars Tales
  • Star Wars: Legacy
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Superman vs. The Terminator
  • Tarzan
  • Terminator
  • The Thing
  • Vampire Hunter D
  • Xena: Warrior Princess

Buffy: The Vampire Slayer titles

  • Spike & Dru
  • The Origin
  • Viva Las Buffy
  • Slayer Interrupted
  • A Stake to the Heart
  • Dust Waltz
  • Ring of Fire
  • Remaining Sunlight
  • Uninvited Guests
  • The Final Cut
  • Bad Blood

  • Crash Test Demons
  • Pale Reflections
  • Angel: The Hollower
  • Food Chain
  • Blood of Carthage
  • Oz
  • Giles
  • Jonathan
  • Buffy/Angel crossover: Past Lives
  • Out of the Woodwork
  • Haunted

  • False Memories
  • Willow & Tara
  • Autumnal
  • Ugly Little Monsters
  • Chaos Bleeds comic prequel
  • Death of Buffy
  • Reunion
  • Note from the Underground
  • Creatures of Habit
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight
  • Fray (Set 200 years+ in the future)

Manga

  • 3x3 Eyes
  • Akira
  • Appleseed
  • Astro Boy
  • Banya: The Explosive Delivery Man
  • Berserk
  • Black Magic M-66
  • Blade of the Immortal
  • Blood+
  • Bride of the Water God
  • Bubblegum Crisis (aka Bubblegum Crisis: Grand Mal)
  • Cannon God Exaxxion
  • Caravan Kidd
  • Club 9
  • Crying Freeman
  • Dominion: Tank Police
  • Domu
  • Drakuun
  • Eden

  • Gantz
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Gunsmith Cats
  • Gunsmith Cats BURST
  • Hellsing
  • Hipira
  • Intron Depot
  • Ju-on
  • King of Wolves
  • Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service
  • Lady Snowblood
  • Legend of Mother Sarah
  • Lone Wolf and Cub
  • Lost World
  • Mail
  • Metropolis
  • MPD Psycho
  • Nextworld
  • Oh My Goddess!
  • Oldboy

  • Orion
  • Outlanders
  • Octopus Girl
  • Path of the Assassin
  • Reiko the Zombie Shop
  • Satsuma Gishiden
  • Katsuya Terada's The Monkey King
  • The Ring
  • Samurai Executioner
  • Seraphic Feather
  • Masakuzu Katsura's Shadow Lady: Sudden Death
  • Shadow Star (Narutaru)
  • Spirit of Wonder
  • Tomie (Museum of Terror)
  • Trigun
  • Translucent
  • Venus Wars
  • What's Michael?
  • You're Under Arrest

References

  • Dark Horse Comics: The First Twenty Years (by Mike Richardson, Frank Miller and others, 384 pages, Dark Horse, March 2008, ISBN 1593076088)

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