Founded in 1986 by a comic shop owner named Mike Richardson, Dark Horse is one of the most versatile comics companies out there.

Dark Horse publishes a little bit of everything; Indie art comics, a number of "creator-owned" series such as ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' and ''ComicBook/SinCity'', and even licensed comics like ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer: Season 8'' (which was their idea) and (until recently) ''StarWarsExpandedUniverse''. In addition, they were one of the major early publishers of English-translated {{Manga}} in the West before the {{TokyoPop}} boom, bringing over titles like ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', ''GunsmithCats'', ''{{Hellsing}}'' and ''Manga/GhostInTheShell''. They also publish paper collections of a number of well-known {{Webcomics}}.

They even had an original universe for a short time in its ''Comics' Greatest World'' imprint, though it was eventually dropped due to poor sales and lack of interest. They also recently gained a subset (Dark Horse Books) dedicated to non-comics and the word-based sort of book. They've also printed all sorts of other things (including a collection of ''{{Playboy}}'' interviews and even health books). It doesn't matter ''what'' it is, Dark Horse will publish it[[note]]Apart from Literature/{{Gor}}, which they abandoned plans to republish following threats of a boycott from female fans[[/note]].

This open policy has been the key to Dark Horse's success, allowing them to survive the [[UsefulNotes/TheGreatComicsCrashOf1996 comic crash]].

One of the big five comic companies of the ModernAge, alongside DCComics, MarvelComics, ImageComics, and ArchieComics.
!!Things they publish include:

!!! Licensed comics:
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' comics (license moves from IDWPublishing to Dark Horse in 2011)
** ''ComicBook/AngelAndFaith''
* ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' comics
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' comics
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' comics
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'' supplemental comics:
** ''ComicBook/TheSilentGrove''
** ''ComicBook/ThoseWhoSpeak''
** ''ComicBook/UntilWeSleep''
* ''The Escapist'', [[{{Defictionalization}} the comic series]] [[ShowWithinAShow from]] Creator/MichaelChabon's ''Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay''
** ''The Escapists'', a six-issue mini-series set after the events of the book
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' comics (during the 90s, license has since been picked up by IDWPublishing)
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' comics
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda: Hyrule Historia''
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' comics (however many that ends up being)
* ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'' comics
* ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}'' comics
* ''Comicbook/RoboCopVersusTheTerminator''
* ''Comicbook/{{Serenity}}'' comics (not ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' comics, for trademark reasons)
* ''[[ComicBook/DarkHorseStarWars Star Wars]]'' (until they lost the license after Disney purchased Lucasfilm)
** ''ComicBook/AgentOfTheEmpire''
** ''ComicBook/DarkTimes''
** ''ComicBook/DarthVader''
** ''ComicBook/DarthMaulSonOfDathomir''
** ''ComicBook/DawnOfTheJedi''
** ''ComicBook/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''
** ''ComicBook/{{Legacy}}''
** ''ComicBook/StarWarsCrimsonEmpire''
** ''ComicBook/StarWarsKnightErrant''
* A storyline that featured Franchise/{{Tarzan}} and Franchise/{{Predator}} [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fighting]] [[BeneathTheEarth at the center of the earth.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' comics
* ''ComicBook/TheThingFromAnotherWorld'' (actually for ''Film/TheThing1982'')
* ''Valve Presents: The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories'' An omnibus of all the digital comics Creator/ValveSoftware has put out, including ''[[VideoGame/Left4Dead The Sacrifice]]'', ''[[VideoGame/{{Portal2}} Lab Rat]]'', and some of the ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' comics.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}: Initiation'' and ''[[ComicBook/HaloEscalation Escalation]]''
* ''ComicBook/FightClub2''

!!! Manga and [[{{Animesque}} Amerimanga]]:
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess''
* ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' (Licence went to Kodansha)
* ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}''
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''
* ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal''
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' (Adam Warren's "Grand Mal" miniseries)
* ''Manga/{{Card Captor Sakura}}'' (Manga; License obtained from {{Creator/Tokyopop}})
* ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' (Manga; License obtained from {{Creator/Tokyopop}})
* ''Manga/{{Drifters}}''
* ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' (Adam Warren's Amerimanga miniseries; translations of the first two light novels.)
* ''[[Anime/DominionTankPolice Dominion]]''
* ''{{ComicBook/Empowered}}''
* ''{{Anime/FLCL}}'' (Manga; License obtained from {{Creator/Tokyopop}})
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}''
* ''Manga/GhostInTheShell''
* ''Manga/GhostTalkersDaydream''
* ''Manga/GunsmithCats''
* ''HatsuneMix'' ([[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-03-29/dark-horse-adds-new-lone-wolf-and-cub-hatsune-miku/unofficial-hatsune-mix-manga Out early 2014]])
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''
* ''Manga/TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService''
* ''New Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'' ([[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-03-29/dark-horse-adds-new-lone-wolf-and-cub-hatsune-miku/unofficial-hatsune-mix-manga Out early 2014]])
* ''Manga/NeonGenesisEvangelionCampusApocalypse''
* ''Manga/ShinjiIkariRaisingProject''
* ''{{Manga/Outlanders}}''
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''
* ''Manga/VenusWars''
* ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest''
* ''ComicBook/ZodiacStarforce''

!!! Former Creator/GoldKeyComics characters most famous for being used by Creator/ValiantComics:
* ''[[ComicBook/DoctorSolar Solar, Man of the Atom]]''
* ''ComicBook/MagnusRobotFighter''
* ''ComicBook/{{Turok}}''

!!! Other series:
* ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}''
* ''ComicBook/AgeOfReptiles''
* ''ComicBook/AmericanSplendor'' (1993-2002)
* ''Webcomic/AxeCop''
* ''Webcomic/{{Bandette}}''
* ''BarbWire'' (part of the short-lived ''Comics' Greatest World/Dark Horse Heroes'' imprint and inspiration for the movie of the same name)
* ''ComicBook/BeastsOfBurden''
* ''ComicBook/TheBigGuyAndRustyTheBoyRobot'' (The original comic)
* ''ComicBook/{{BPRD}}''
* ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}''
* ''BorisTheBear''
* ''ComicBook/BrodysGhost''
* ''ComicBook/{{Concrete}}''
* ''DarkHorsePresents''
* ''ComicBook/FearAgent''[[superscript:[[note]]Second publisher. Previously published by Creator/ImageComics.[[/note]]]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Finder}}''
* ''ComicBook/FunWithMilkAndCheese''
* ''ComicBook/{{Ghost|DarkHorseComics}}'' (part of the short-lived ''Comics' Greatest World / World's Greatest Comics'' imprint)
* ''ComicBook/TheGoon''
* ''ComicBook/{{Grandville}}''
* ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer''
* ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}''
* ''Comicbook/HeartBreakers''
* ''KingsInDisguise''
* ''ComicBook/TheLastTemptation''
* ''ComicBook/{{Madman}}''
* ''ComicBook/TheMask'' (also briefly part of the ''Dark Horse Heroes'' imprint towards the end)
* ''ComicBook/MesmoDelivery''
* ''ComicBook/NextMen''
* ''ComicBook/ScarletTraces''
* ''ComicBook/SinCity''
* ''ComicBook/SpyBoy''
* ''Film/{{Timecop}}''
* ''[[Music/DangerDaysTheTrueLivesOfTheFabulousKilljoys The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys]]''
* ''ComicBook/TheUmbrellaAcademy''
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo''
* ''ComicBook/{{X}}'' (part of the short-lived ''Comics' Greatest World/Dark Horse Heroes'' imprint)