Dark Horse was founded in 1986 and is still going strong. Were you aware of it back in the 80s and 90s? Did you read any Dark Horse comics?
I dabbled in Dark Horse. Occasionally I would read Concrete or Tank Girl. I thought it was cool when Dark Horse got the Star Wars license in 1991, yet I never really followed any of their Star Wars titles until the 21st century. For some reason Hellboy never appealed to me, which is weird, since demons and such are usually right up my alley.
As I ponder Hellboy now, I think my lack of interest flowed from him being sort of a Thing (Ben Grimm) character. When I think of books about demons, I think of Constantine and Son of Satan, both of whom are more along the lines of a dark Reed Richards. Not scientific geniuses, but cerebral. Actually, I guess a dark Reed Richards is almost the definition of Victor Von Doom, and I certainly see Constantine and Hellstrom as vibrating on the Von Doom spectrum, though neither has ever attempted to rule the world, and in fact both make forays into heroism. I guess what I'm saying is, a Von Doom on the path of redemption, a Von Doom who was trying to make amends, would probably be pretty similar to Constantine or Son of Satan.
I want my demon fighter to be more like Von Doom than Ben Grimm.
I notice Concrete has seven TPB volumes on Amazon. I'm tempted to buy them. Is anyone reading them?
Who can name all the characters on our new banner?
Looking at the banner, I notice Martha Washington, and I'm pleasantly reminded that I did in fact read Frank Miller's first Martha Washington graphic novel. I liked it.
Do you think Dark Horse may have suffered due to pretty much never trying to publish a long-term ongoing series? I think if Concrete, Tank Girl, and Martha Washington had been long-term ongoing books, I might have committed to them in the way I'll commit to, say, Batman.
Do you think Dark Horse may have suffered due to not having a single, cohesive universe? I know a lot of fans commit to a comic book universe first, and then, secondarily, to particular books in that universe. For example, there are many X-fans whose first commitment is to the X-universe as a whole, and only secondarily to any particular X-book. If it were possible for Hellboy, Tank Girl, Concrete, and Martha Washington to meet and have adventures together, would this have increased the overall popularity of Dark Horse?