In a follow-up to The Los Angeles Times’ big weekend profile of Mike Richardson and Dark Horse Comics, Geoff Boucher homes in on this interesting, and apparently previously unknown, item: During Marvel’s bleak financial times in the mid-’90s, Dark Horse made plans with Disney to take control of the House of Ideas.
“This hasn’t been out there, but we were in serious talks with Disney about buying Marvel,” Dark Horse founder Michael Richardson told Boucher. “I met with Michael Eisner, who is a good friend of [my mentor, producer] Larry Gordon, and they were going to buy Marvel and put Dark Horse in control of it.”
Obviously it didn’t pan out. But why? A mix of skepticism about Marvel’s financial figures and Disney’s uneasiness about “seeing Wolverine products on the same shelf as Mickey Mouse.”
Be sure to read both articles.