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
, and Who Wants to be a Superhero?
Dark Horse also publishes creator owned
comics such as Frank Miller
's Sin City
, Mike Mignola
, Stan Sakai
's Usagi Yojimbo
, Katsuhiro Otomo
and Michael Chabon
's The Escapist
. 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. 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.
Their DH Press imprint publishes novelizations of their more popular comic book titles, including Aliens and Predator.
Dark Horse titles
Buffy the Vampire Slayer titles