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Organization
Dark Horse International
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Headquarters: London
Years active: 1992-1994
Major activities: Comic book publisher

Dark Horse International was a subsidiary of Dark Horse Comics based in London[1] responsible for publishing Dark Horse material in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1992. Dark Horse International was responsible for producing Aliens magazine, after taking over the publication from Trident Comics, and the spin-off publication Alien3 Movie Special, as well as the anthology magazine Total Carnage, which serialized several Predator and Aliens vs. Predator comics. The branch's UK operation was run by Liliana Bolton, wife of long-time Aliens comic book cover artist John Bolton.

Other notable monthly comics magazines produced by Dark horse International during its brief period of operation included the film-based publications The Terminator (also taken over from Trident), Star Wars, Dracula and Jurassic Park, as well as the anthology magazines Manga Mania and Max Overload!.[2] Similarly to how Aliens magazine additionally included Predator comics, The Terminator and Star Wars magazines included RoboCop and Indiana Jones material, respectively. Dark Horse International publications were easily recognized by the prominent colored stripe, approximately half an inch wide, that ran down the left edge of the front cover, inside which publication information (title, issue number, publication date, price etc.) was printed.

Dark Horse International went out of business in 1994 as a result of the collapse in comic book sales during the mid-1990s, resulting in the premature cancellation of Aliens and Total Carnage magazines.

PublicationsEdit

  • Aliens magazine (Jun 1992-Apr 1994)
  • Alien3 Movie Special (Aug-Sept 1992)
  • The Terminator (Oct 1992-Feb 1993)
  • Star Wars (Oct 1992-July 1993)
  • Dracula (Jan-Oct 1993)
  • Total Carnage (Apr 1993-Jan 1994)
  • Manga Mania (July 1993-Oct 1994)
  • Jurassic Park (July 1993-May 1994)
  • Max Overload! (Mar 1994)

A RoboCop magazine was also announced for early 1994, but due to the financial troubles at Dark Horse International it never materialized.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Dave Hughes, Lee Brimmicombe-Wood. Alien3 Movie Special #1, p. 1 (1992), Dark Horse International.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Hasslein Blog - The Alien/Predator Comic Strips, Part Two". Retrieved on 2015-06-15.

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