A title released in Vertigo
's first year, it was intended as a spin-off to Swamp Thing
. Writer Dick Foreman
was working with Nancy Collins
during Collins' run on Swamp Thing, where he guest wrote three issues, one featuring Black Orchid. The series followed characters introduced in the Black Orchid
mini-series by Neil Gaiman
and Dave McKean
(who provided the covers for this volume) a few years earlier.
Black Orchid was not popular enough to last a full two years and was canceled at 22 issues. It is possible that the backlash of the children's crusade
crossover hurt its sales instead of improving them.