Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Dark Horse HAS Been Good For Twenty Years

I've been meaning to do a bit on this for awhile (since, well, January...hehe), but now is as good a time as any, so let me just say Happy Twentieth Anniversary, Dark Horse Comics!

For twenty years now, Dark Horse has been a great alternative to Marvel and DC for some amazing creators to put out some amazing comics.

In a quest to find good comic books (and they all SHOULD be good), Dark Horse Comics has been quite up to the task for twenty years now.

Congrats, Dark Horse, and thanks!


Anonymous Overworm said...

I join in your salute of Dark Horse.

Although, I have been wondering for some time now whether Oni Press is the new Dark Horse? I think so. I think DH has become more of a licensed property comic book company, and that OP has eased into the slot of "large alternative company".

4/11/2006 02:00:00 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

And both Dark Horse and Oni are headquartered in Portland. Why oh why did I move away?

4/11/2006 02:08:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Dark Horse still regularly publishes such great indie comics as Hellboy, The Goon and Usagi Yojimbo (plus a number of other ones).

But yeah, I get what you mean, in that Dark Horse certainly has the large licenses, as well - it's an interesting relationship.

Creator-driven titles


Licensed titles


Lots of licensed stuff (other than comics).

4/11/2006 02:45:00 PM  
Blogger I. N. J. Culbard said...

They did a great (maybe even excellent) run of Chevel Noir books during the nineties which had some cracking stories in it.

You know when you buy a house and your folks come over with all the crap you've stored in their attack and dump it in your porch as if to say 'here you go, I wash my hands of your rubbish now, you're on your own', well, a few months back, my mum paid a visit (mostly to see her grandson) and brought a box of my stuff over that she'd found hiding up their in her attic (mostly comics and a Stretch Armstrong). All my Chevel Noirs were in that box. She says 'bet you're glad I brought this box over', hoping that I was thinking 'please, stop with the dumping already,' to which I replied, 'boy am I ever glad!!!'

See, you accumilate enough junk over the years, years later you're gonna start finding treasure. Not least of all a Stretch Armstrong if you're really lucky.

4/11/2006 06:50:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Yeah, Chevel Noir was one of those comics where it was almost like a public service by Dark Horse to publish it! :)

And J. N. J. Culbard, your comment reads like it belongs in the New Yorker!

"See, you accumilate enough junk over the years, years later you're gonna start finding treasure. Not least of all a Stretch Armstrong if you're really lucky."

That's classy. :)

4/11/2006 07:14:00 PM  
Blogger Eliot Johnson said...

Usagi Yojimbo (i.e. the greatest comic ever) alone makes Dark Horse worthwhile, but they have plenty of other great stuff.

4/11/2006 10:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Chuck T. said...

Good grief, I just saw "Decade of Dark Horse," in one of my old boxes the other day. I want to go back and read it now: I miss Nexus and Ghost and the random hodgepodge of Aliens books. It also seems like DH used to do more limited series, also of randomness: Hypersonic, Chosen, the Hammer, Out for Blood...(I read a lot of books from the quarter bins, but there were some good reads in there!)

4/12/2006 12:49:00 PM  

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