Dark Horse Presents Ends Next Week
Next week brings Dark Horse Presents #33, the latest installment of one of the best-known and most-respected comic anthologies, and the last for a while.
In 1986, the company launched with the first issue of the first Dark Horse Presents series, which ran until issue #157 in 2000. A second volume, with 80-page issues, began in 2011 and went for 36 issues, until spring 2014. (There was also a digital version on MySpace, also 36 issues, from 2007-2010.) This most recent, slimmed-down volume started in August 2014, and #33 will be the last issue, according to Mike Richardson’s editor’s note.
Sadly, our comics market follows a predictable downward sales pattern with ongoing series and not even our award-winning anthology is immune…. I will point out that we’ve reached an astonishing 226 issues under the Dark Horse Presents banner, a number rarely reached by any comics magazine, and even less likely for a comics anthology….
I’ll leave you with this note: keep watching, for we just might be back with a new format and a star-studded lineup.
Dark Horse Presents has won the Eisner Award for Best Anthology five times and the Harvey Award in the same category nine times. The contributors to this last issue include Shannon Wheeler, Ron Randall, Paul Levitz and Tim Hamilton, Ryan Browne, and Carla Speed McNeil.
Issue #35 was solicited in the latest Previews catalog, so watch for that and #34 to be cancelled through Diamond. The end must have been somewhat abrupt, as several of the story chapters in issue #33 either don’t have endings or mention a next chapter. It’s just another change, though. When asked for comment, the publisher said, “Dark Horse hopes and plans to publish more Dark Horse Presents in the future with our amazing creators.”