By the mid-1980s, Mike Richardson had already established himself as a business leader in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area with the successful chain of retail comic-book shops he founded after graduating from college. But something was bothering him - even the best comics his stores carried were below the standards Richardson believed the comics medium was capable of maintaining. For an industry that was already half a century old, there was very little innovation surfacing in the books he sold, and because of that, this medium that Richardson had loved since his youth was in danger of crumbling. Richardson knew that if he expected anything to change, he'd have to jump in and do it himself. In 1986, he invested profits from his chain of bookstores and with that money founded Dark Horse Comics.
Richardson determined early on that great stories were great stories no matter the medium in which they're told. This belief led the publisher to explore the world of filmmaking and he established his own filmmaking company, Dark Horse Entertainment, in 1992. The company's first major film - The Mask, starring Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz was a huge smash and among others, includes the recent critically and commercially successful feature film, Hellboy.
Today Dark Horse Comics is the third largest comic-book publisher in the U.S. and is recognized as the world's leading publisher of licensed comics material.
HC - 'The Tale of the Loyal Retainers' #1 - 'The Tale of the Loyal Retainers Book 1' #2 - 'The Tale of the Loyal Retainers Book 2' #3 - 'The Tale of the Loyal Retainers Book 3' #4 - 'The Tale of the Loyal Retainers Book 4' #5 - 'The Tale of the Loyal Retainers Book 5'
#1 - 'Slaughter of the Teenage Radioactive Black Belt Mutant Ninja Critters' #2 - 'Die Robot, Die!' #3 - 'The Secret Hero of the Super Wars!' #4 - 'The Bear of Steel!' #4 (Part B) - 'The Bear of Steel!' #5 - 'Where Walks the Dump Thing?' #6 - 'Shadow of the Bat-Bear' #7 - 'A Quest for Elves' #8 - 'The Return of the Living Teenage Radioactive Black Belt Mutant Ninja Critters' #10 - 'Lambo: Second Blood, Part One' #11
#1 - 'Showdown at 50 Fathoms!' #2 - 'Q: Where does a 55,000 ton monster eat lunch? / A: Anywhere he wants... Even the heart of a nuclear power plant!' #3 - 'Tokyo's In Flames... And Godzilla's at the Heart of the Inferno!' #4 - 'Under the Guns of the Super-X! Is This the End for Godzilla?' #5 - 'Earth's Mightiest Monster Versus Mankind's Most Powerful Weapon!' #6 - 'Into the Pit!'
TPB - 'The Adventures of Luther Arkwright' TPB (Second Edition) - 'The Adventures of Luther Arkwright' #1 - 'The Disruption Spiral' #2 - 'The Treaty of St. Petersburg' #3 - 'The Firefrost Principle' #4 - 'Black Tuesday' #5 - 'The Theatre of Cruelty' #6 - 'The Doors of Perception' #7 - 'Destiny's Angel' #8 - 'The Battle of London' #9 - 'The Hand of God'
#1 - 'Who is That Masked Man?' #1 (Ashcan) - 'Who is That Masked Man?' #2 - 'Big Mask Attack' #3 - 'It's a Dog's Life' #4 - 'POW Right From The Kisser !' #5 - 'A Head for Trouble' #6 - 'I Wear the Body Electronic' #7 - 'Remotely Possible' #8 - 'Dog Days' #9 - 'Shaken and Stirred' #10 - 'Dober-Man Forever' #11 - 'How the Mask Stole Christmas' #12 - 'Trial of the Mask'