Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Happy 20th Anniversary to Dark Horse Comics.

Over the years Dark Horse has provided a comfortable home for huge mainstream talents either disenchanted or underappreciated by the Big Two. Artists like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Paul Chadwick, Mark Shultz and Dave Gibbons.

Additionally they were at the forefront of bringing quality manga like Lone Wolf & Cub to a US audience decades before there was a Tokyopop or Digital Manga.

As if that weren't enough, the eclectic Dark Horse Presents anthology published everyone from Paul Pope to Harvey Pekar to Troy Nixey, and Renee French. Bringing those names to a wider audience.

Mistakes, they've made a few (quite a few, I'm sure...Barbwire) and the company was often easy to ignore as it lingered somewhere between ugly stepsister status to Marvel, DC, and Image on the mainstream side and more credible indie publishers like NBM, Drawn & Quarterly and Top Shelf on the other side. But the industry as a whole has been considerably more robust over the past two decades with Dark Horse churning out a broad variety of comics, than it would have been if DH had never existed. And for what it's worth Sin City and Hellboy proved pretty damned entertaining films, with Miller's 300 waiting in the wings.

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