Dark Horse Comics - Randy Stradley, VP of Publishing, Retires

After 35 years with the publisher, Dark Horse's original editor-in chief, will retire on February 26, 2021


MILWAUKIE, Ore., (February 23, 2021)—
In 1985, comic store owner Mike Richardson approached friend Randy Stradley with his plan to start a comic book publishing company. The idea was to not only allow writers and artists to tell the stories they wanted to tell, but to actually own the work they created. They pasted up the first issue of Dark Horse Presents on the counter of a comic shop, hoping they could sell 10,000 copies in order to break even. Instead, the book sold 50,000 and the rest, as they say, is history.

Over the next 35 years, Stradley played a key part in shaping Dark Horse's publishing line, editing seminal series including Concrete (Paul Chadwick), Boris the Bear (Co-written with Richardson), The American (Mark Verheiden), Hard Boiled (Frank Miller/Geof Darrow), Give Me Liberty (Frank Miller/Dave Gibbons), Dark Horse's own creation Ghost, Sin City (Frank Miller), and the publication that started it all, Dark Horse Presents. He was also central in elevating licensed comics to previously unseen heights with properties such as Aliens, Predator, Godzilla, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and Star Wars.

“After three and a half decades, I believe I've done just about all that I can. It has been a great ride, and I want to think Mike Richardson for the tremendous opportunities he's afforded me. It's with mixed emotions that I step down, but I know that Dark Horse will continue on to new heights, and that the company is in good hands,” said Stradley.

As a writer, Stradley's work has left an indelible mark on popular culture. His writing on the original Aliens Versus Predator series inspired a film franchise yielding two movies, and the tales of Lieutenant Janek Sunber from Star Wars: Empire and the trials of Jedi Das Jennir in Star Wars: Dark Times remain beloved touchstones for readers of the bygone Expanded Universe.

“I cannot overstate how integral Randy has been to the development and growth of Dark Horse,” said founder and president Mike Richardson. “He was not only a writer, editor, and creator, but also a friend and collaborator for three-and-a-half decades. Together we created something very special that succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. Sad though his departure may be, I wish him all the best in this new chapter of his life."

Please join us in congratulating Randy Stradley on his past accomplishments and wishing him luck in his future endeavors.

About Dark Horse Comics
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics is an excellent example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and transform a company with humble beginnings into an industry giant. Under a new partnership with Vanguard Visionary Associates, Dark Horse is positioned to further expand its reach globally with publishing, products, and filmed entertainment. Over the years, Dark Horse has published the work of creative legends such as Yoshitaka Amano, Margaret Atwood, Paul Chadwick, Geof Darrow, Will Eisner, Neil Gaiman, Dave Gibbons, Faith Erin Hicks, Kazuo Koike, Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Mike Mignola, Frank Miller, Moebius, Chuck Palahniuk, Wendy Pini, and Gerard Way. In addition, Dark Horse has a long tradition of establishing exciting new creative talent throughout all of its divisions. The company has also set the industry standard for quality licensed comics, graphic novels, collectibles, and art books, including Stranger Things, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, Minecraft, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Dragon Age, James Cameron's Avatar, Game of Thrones, Mass Effect, StarCraft, The Witcher, and Halo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is one of the world's leading entertainment publishers.

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