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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 ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer: Season 8'' (which was their idea). In addition, they were one of the major early publishers of English-translated {{manga}} in the West before the Creator/TokyoPop boom, bringing over titles like ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', ''Manga/GunsmithCats'', ''Manga/{{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 ''Magazine/{{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 Creator/DCComics, Creator/MarvelComics, Creator/ImageComics, and Creator/ArchieComics.

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!!Things they publish include:

!!! Licensed comics:[[index]]
* ''ComicBook/AngelAndFaith'' (after the license for ''Series/{{Angel}}'' comics moved from Creator/IDWPublishing to Dark Horse in 2011)[[/index]]
* ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' comics
* ''Franchise/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' comics[[index]]
** ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderThePromise''
** ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderRebound''
** ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSearch''
** ''Avatar: The Last Airbender - Shells''
** ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheRift''
** ''Avatar: The Last Airbender - Sisters''
** ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderSmokeAndShadow''
* ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' comics[[/index]]
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'' supplemental comics:[[index]]
** ''ComicBook/TheSilentGrove''
** ''ComicBook/ThoseWhoSpeak''
** ''ComicBook/UntilWeSleep''
** ''ComicBook/{{Magekiller}}''[[/index]]
* ''The Escapist'' ([[{{Defictionalization}} the comic series]] [[ShowWithinAShow from]] Creator/MichaelChabon's ''Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay'')[[invoked]]
** ''The Escapists'' (six-issue mini-series set after the events of the book)
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' comics (during the 90s, license has since been picked up by Creator/IDWPublishing)
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' comics
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda: Hyrule Historia''
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' comics
* ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'' comics
* ''Franchise/{{Robocop}}'' comics[[index]]
* ''ComicBook/RoboCopVersusTheTerminator''
* ''ComicBook/{{Serenity}}'' comics (not ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' comics, for trademark reasons)
* ''Comicbook/{{Smite}}''
* ''[[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''[[/index]]
* A storyline that featured Franchise/{{Tarzan}} and Franchise/{{Predator}} [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fighting]] [[BeneathTheEarth at the center of the earth.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' comics[[index]]
* ''ComicBook/TheThingFromAnotherWorld'' (actually for ''Film/TheThing1982'')[[/index]]
* ''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}}'':[[index]]
** ''ComicBook/HaloInitiation''
** ''ComicBook/HaloEscalation''
* ''ComicBook/FightClub2''[[/index]]

!!! 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/CardCaptorSakura'' (Manga; License obtained from {{Creator/Tokyopop}})
* ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' (Manga; License obtained from {{Creator/Tokyopop}})
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa: The Animation''
* ''Manga/{{Drifters}}''[[index]]
* ''LightNovel/DirtyPair'' (Adam Warren's Amerimanga miniseries and translations of the first two light novels.)[[/index]]
* ''[[Anime/DominionTankPolice Dominion]]''
* ''Manga/EdenItsAnEndlessWorld''[[index]]
* ''{{ComicBook/Empowered}}''[[/index]]
* ''{{Anime/FLCL}}'' (Manga; License obtained from {{Creator/Tokyopop}})
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}''
* ''Manga/GhostInTheShell''
* ''Manga/GhostTalkersDaydream''
* ''Manga/GunsmithCats''
* ''Manga/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''
* ''Manga/TheLegendOfMotherSarah''
* ''New Manga/LoneWolfAndCub''
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' (License obtained from {{Creator/Tokyopop}})
* ''Manga/MPDPsycho''
* ''Manga/NeonGenesisEvangelionCampusApocalypse''
* ''Manga/{{Planetes}}'' (Another former Tokyopop license)
* ''Manga/ShinjiIkariRaisingProject''
* ''Manga/{{Outlanders}}''
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''
* ''Manga/VenusWars''
* ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest''[[index]]
* ''ComicBook/ZodiacStarforce''[[/index]]

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

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