- Dark Horse Comics
Dark Horse Comics Type Comic publisher Industry Comics Founded 1986 Founder(s) Mike Richardson Headquarters Milwaukie, Oregon, USA Key people Mike Richardson Website http://www.darkhorse.com
Dark Horse Comics 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 and 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 The American, The Mark, Trekker, and Black Cross. In 2011, Dark Horse Presents relaunched including the return of Paul Chadwick's Concrete and Steve Niles's Criminal Macabre, as well as new talent including Sanford Greene, Carla Speed McNeil, Nate Crosby and others.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Imprints and studios
- 3 Titles
- 4 Dark Horse Entertainment
- 5 References
- 6 Further reading
- 7 External links
Dark Horse publishes many licensed comics, including comics based on Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Predator, Mass Effect, Conan, 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, 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.
Imprints and studios
Comics' Greatest World/Dark Horse Heroes (1993–1996)
From 1993 to 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 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.
- Art Adams
- Frank Miller
- John Byrne
- Mike Mignola
- Mike Allred
- Paul Chadwick, Dave Gibbons, and Geof Darrow were also on the initial Dark Horse Legend launch tour.
Dark Horse Manga
Dark Horse Manga is an imprint for Japanese manga. Publications include Akira, Astro Boy, Berserk, Blade of the Immortal, Ghost in the Shell, Trigun and Blood Blockade Battlefront by Yasuhiro Nightow, Gantz, Hellsing and Drifters by Kouta Hirano, Blood+, MPD Psycho, and America's longest running manga series, Oh My Goddess! by 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.
Maverick was an imprint for creator owned material.
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. 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. The newest addition to M Press is an original comic series by Tom Morello called Orchid. Issue one is due out October 12, 2011.
In 2011, Dark Horse launched their iOS app and online digital comics store. Dark Horse is in the process of developing a native Android app. 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 collectables. It's original purpose was to draw on Dark Horse properties but expanded to include such collectables 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 with a series of products ranging from Qee figurines to journals and stationery sets.
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, Predators, RoboCop, Star Wars, The Terminator, Timecop, Planet of the Apes, and Let Me In.
Dark Horse Entertainment
Dark Horse's film 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.
The following are TV projects based on Dark Horse comic books:
- The Mask (1995–1997 animated series)
- Timecop (1997 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 (2006 pilot)
The following are feature films based on series from Dark Horse Comics:
- The Mask (1994)
- Timecop (1994)
- Barb Wire (1996)
- Mystery Men (1999)
- Virus (1999)
- Alien vs. Predator (2004)
- Hellboy (2004)
- Sin City (2005)
- Son of the Mask (2005)
- Hellboy: Sword of Storms (2006, animated, direct-to-video)
- 300 (2007)
- Hellboy: Blood and Iron (2007, animated, direct-to-video)
- Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
- Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
- My Name is Bruce (2008)
- El Zombo Fantasma (2010)
- Conan the Barbarian (2011)
- R.I.P.D. (2013)
- Beasts of Burden (2013)
- The Umbrella Academy
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- ^ Khoury, George; Eric Nolen-Weathington (2006). Modern Masters Volume Six: Arthur Adams. TwoMorrows Publishing. ISBN 978-1893905542.
- ^ "Super Manga Blast Discontinued". Anime News Network. November 24, 2005. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2005-11-24/super-manga-blast-discontinued. Retrieved November 1, 2011.
- ^ "Dark Horse/Universal Sign First Look Deal". Newsarama. March 18, 2008. http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=150132.
- ^ "Best 'Dark Horse Comics' Television". IMDb. http://www.imdb.com/keyword/dark-horse-comics/?title_type=tv.
- ^ "Best 'Dark Horse Comics' Movies". IMDb. May 1, 2009. http://us.imdb.com/keyword/dark-horse-comics/?title_type=feature. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
- Richardson, Mike; Frank Miller, et al. (March 2008). Dark Horse Comics: The First Twenty Years. Dark Horse Comics. ISBN 1-59307-608-8.
- Official website
- Things From Another World Online retailer of comics and collectibles; sister company of Dark Horse Comics.
- Dark Horse Comics at the Grand Comics Database
- Dark Horse Comics at the Big Comic Book DataBase
- Dark Horse Comics at the Comic Book DB
- Dark Horse Comics in the Oregon Encyclopedia
- 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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