Dark Horse Comics

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Dark Horse Comics
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Founded 1986

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 translated the Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia on October 23, 2018 in partnership with Nintendo, after success with translating several The Legend of Zelda books. They also translated 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, including Spoing and Scuttlebug.


  1. ^ Nintendo Life (May 31, 2019). A look inside the upcoming English version of The Art of Super Mario Odyssey. Nintendo Everything.
  2. ^ Nintendo Life (October 24, 2018). It Looks Like The Official Super Mario Encyclopedia Plagiarised A Fan-Made Wiki. Nintendolife.