Dark Horse Comics is a solid example of how integrity and innovation combined with a dedication to success can help grow a declining medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The history of Dark Horse Comics explains why Hero Illustrated magazine named founder Mike Richardson "the most important person in comics." Soon Dark Horse was publishing some of the most popular and groundbreaking comics ever to hit the market. With this dedicated approach, Dark Horse lured some of the most sought-after creators to their stable. One of the first titles published by Dark Horse — Paul Chadwick’s Concrete — went on to earn an unprecedented 26 awards and nominations within two years of its debut. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Stan Sakai, Sergio Aragonés, Neil Gaiman, and comics legend Will Eisner, Dark Horse is also recognized as the world’s leading publisher of licensed comics. Their highly successful line of comics based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Kiss, and Shrek. Today Dark Horse Comics is the fourth largest comic-book publisher in the U.S. and is recognized as the world's leading publisher of licensed comics material.