Dark Horse Comics

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

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.

General Informations

Official Name: Dark Horse Comics
Status: Active
Founded: 1986
Founder: Mike Richarson
Country of origin: USA
Headquarters location: 10956 SE Main Street, Milwaukie, Oregon 
Publication types: Comics
Fiction genres: 
Key people:
  • Mike Richardson
  • Mike Mignola (Hellboy)
  • Frank Miller (Sin City)
  • Eric Powell (The Goon)
  • Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)
  • Geof Darrow (Hard Boiled)
  • Mike Allred (Madman)
Official website: www.darkhorse.com


Dark Horse publishes many licensed comics, including comics based on Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 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. 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 2000's. 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.