Dark Horse Presents
|Dark Horse Presents|
Cover of the first issue
|Publisher||Dark Horse Comics|
|Publication date||Volume 1
July 1986 - September 2000
July 2007 - August 2010
April 2011 - May 2014
August 2014 - Ongoing
|Number of issues||157 (Volume 1)
36 (Volume 2)
Dark Horse Presents was the first comic book published by American company Dark Horse Comics from 1986. It was their flagship title until its September 2000 cancellation. The second incarnation was published on MySpace, running from July 2007 until August 2010. A third incarnation began in April 2011, released in print form once again.
First Incarnation: Volume 1
Dark Horse Presents was conceived as an anthology title and was the first comic to be released by the newly formed Dark Horse Comics in 1986. The first issue featured Black Cross on the cover and was notable for the first appearance of Paul Chadwick's Concrete. The title became successful thanks to the increasing popularity of Concrete which quickly became the regular cover feature for much of the first few years of the title.
Concrete eventually spun off into its own title, and this was something which would happen to several characters and stories appearing in Dark Horse Presents. These included John Byrne's "Next Men" comic book, as well as Frank Miller's Sin City stories, with the very first "Sin City" story (Later retitled "The Hard Goodbye") being serialized within the pages of the comic. The title also contained stories featuring Dark Horse's licensed comics, Aliens and Predator, as well as a Buffy the Vampire Slayer story.
Dark Horse Presents was Dark Horse's longest running title, and provided a mix of material from established and new creators. The title ended with issue #157 in September 2000.
Contributors to Volume 1
Amongst the contributors to the first incarnation were:
- Paul Chadwick (Concrete)
- Matt Wagner (Aerialist)
- Eddie Campbell (Hermes vs the eyeball kid)
- Frank Miller (Sin City, Martha Washington, Lance Blastoff)
- John Byrne (Nextmen)
- Arthur Adams
- Gary Davis
- Andrew Vachss
- Moebius (Madwoman of the Sacred Heart)
- Paul Pope (The One-trick Ripoff)
- David Lloyd
- Bryan Talbot
- Mike Mignola (Hellboy)
- Evan Dorkin (Milk and cheese)
- Rick Geary
- Harvey Pekar
- Joe Sacco
- Mike Allred
- John Bolton
- Bernie Wrightson
- Geoff Darrow
- Mark Verheiden
- Gilbert Hernandez
- Ed Brubaker
- Peter Doherty
- Darko Macan
- Steve Bissette
- Dave Gibbons
- Troy Nixey (Trout)
Second Incarnation: MDHP
Dark Horse Presents was revived online through the social networking website MySpace. The first issue of MDHP featured new talents as well as well-known writers like Joss Whedon and Ron Marz. MDHP ran from August 2007 to July 2010, a total of thirty-six issues which were collected in six trade paperbacks.
Third Incarnation: Volume 2
Dark Horse Presents returned as an eighty-page anthology comic on April 20, 2011 with all-new stories including a Concrete story by Paul Chadwick, a Mr. Monster story by Michael T. Gilbert, a Crimson Empire story from the Star Wars universe, a new strip called Marked Man by Howard Chaykin, a strip called Blood by Neal Adams (his first work for Dark Horse), and a sneak peek of Frank Miller’s prequel to 300, Xerxes. Two covers were available for the first issue, one featuring Concrete and the other featuring Xerxes. The new DHP has seen the revival of a number of older Dark Horse properties, including Ghost (leading to the launch of a new monthly title) and Ron Randall's Trekker.
Dark Horse's May 2014 solicitations for the 36th issue announced "...Living legends Mike Mignola, Stan Sakai, and Jaime Hernandez all contribute to this final issue of Dark Horse Presents," although the following day Bleeding Cool reported this was merely the end of the comic in the eighty-page format, and it would return with fewer pages at a later date.
Fourth Incarnation: Volume 3
Beginning August 2014, Dark Horse Presents returned as a forty-eight-page book. According to Dark Horse's Mike Richardson, "The main reason is that for three and a half years we've been producing eighty pages a month – that's about ten different features – and it's time to make it a little easier on ourselves."
- "Dark Horse Presents is coming". 2011-01-26.
- "Dark Horse May 2014 Solicitations". Comic Book Resources. February 20, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- Johnston, Rich (February 20, 2014). "Dark Horse Presents, Canceled In May. But Reborn In July.". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- "Dark Horse Presents Volume 3". Retrieved 29 April 2014.
- Phegley, Kiel. "C2E2 Exclusive: "Dark Horse Presents" Reformats with "Big Guy & Rusty" and More". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 29 April 2014.