Dark Horse Comics is one of the largest independent American comic book publishers, behind dominant publishers Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

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.


Dark Horse publishes many licensed comics, including comics based on Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Godzilla, Aliens, 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.

Dark Horse's film arm, Dark Horse Entertainment, produces films based on Dark Horse Comics, including The Mask and Hellboy. In March 2008 Dark Horse announced that they had signed a three-year first look deal with Universal Studios.[ Imprints & Studios

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

Main article: Comics' Greatest World 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 in 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 (199? - 1998)Edit

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


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


Main article: List of Dark Horse Comics publications#Legend

Maverick (1999 - 2002)Edit

Main article: Maverick (Dark Horse) Maverick was an imprint for creator owned material.

DH PressEdit

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

M PressEdit

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've also published a series reprinting Playboy interviews. Managing editor is Robert Simpson.

Dark Horse titlesEdit

Main article: List of Dark Horse Comics publications

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