It is a fantasy story about a community of elves and other fictional species who struggle to survive and coexist on a primitive Earth-like planet with two moons.
Several published volumes of prose fiction also share the same setting.
The first ten issues of Hidden Years were collected in two color volumes, Hidden Years and Rogue's Challenge (Book 9 in the continuity of the second edition of graphic novels).
Selected stories from the first ten issues of New Blood were collected as New Blood and Bedtime stories.
DC's publication of Elfquest material began in July 2003 with The Elfquest 25th Anniversary Special, reprinting the first issue of Elfquest with new computer coloring and lettering by Wendy Pini, and two short interviews with the Pinis.
This was a teaser for The Elfquest Archives, hardcover color compilation volumes which began in November 2003.
A fifth tribe of elves, the Wave Dancers, was introduced only to be redacted from continuity.
Several collectibles, calendars, apparel, a role-playing game and figurines have been sold over the years.
Towards the end of their runs, in the mid-1990s, most of these titles reverted to black and white in North America, though some were published in color in Europe.
In large part as a response to the shrinking direct market in the mid-1990s, continuing storylines were collapsed together into a single 64-page anthology series introduced by the one shot Metamorphosis.
The full-length novel Elf Quest: Journey to Sorrows End, which included both text and several black-and-white illustrated plates, was published by Playboy in 1982, and Berkley in March 1984.
In 1985, the original series was reprinted in 32 installments with additional bridging pages (necessitated by the Marvel comics, at 22 pages each, breaking at different points in the story than the Warp comics, which were 32 pages) and published by Marvel Comics's Epic imprint.