Dark Horse Comics

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Dark Horse Comics is a prominent American comic book publisher and manga translator. It was founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson in Milwaukie, Oregon. They were chosen by Nintendo to translate the Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia, after success with translating several The Legend of Zelda books. They will also translate The Art of Super Mario Odyssey on 22nd October 2019.[1]


Dark Horse publishes many different comics and manga, including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Predator, RoboCop, Planet of the Apes, Astro Boy, Ghost in the Shell and Akira. Prior to publishing Mario books, Dark Horse translated The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, The Legend of Zelda: Arts & Artifacts, The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Creating a Champion for the Legend of Zelda series.


Main article: Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia#Controversy

With the release of the English translation of the Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Comics was criticized for taking fan names for enemies and characters lacking official English names. They also took transliterated Japanese names for some enemies, leading to inconsistent names for the Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins enemies.[2] The book also contained several translation errors, such as conflating different enemy species as the same thing, such as Spoing and Scuttlebug.