Dark Horse Comics is one of the largest "independent" American comic book publishers, behind dominant publishers Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Dark Horse published the three-issue comic book miniseries, Serenity: Those Left Behind.
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, 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.
- Dark Horse Comics: The First Twenty Years (by Mike Richardson, Frank Miller and others, 384 pages, Dark Horse, March 2008, ISBN 1593076088)