Days of Comics Past

A calendar of notable events across the comic book world.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Events for April 28

Lee Falk, creator of the Phantom and Mandrake the Magician, is born in St. Louis, Missouri on Apr 28, 1911.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Events for April 25

Albert Uderzo, artist and writer for the Asterix comics, is born in France on April 25, 1927.

George Herriman, creator of Krazy Kat, passes away at the age of 63 on Apr 25, 1944.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Events for April 22

Bryan Hitch, comic artist for DC's The Authority and Marvel's Ultimates, is born in the UK on April 22, 1970.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Events for April 14

Sheldon "Shelly" Moldoff, creator of the Golden Age Hawkman and Batman artist, is born in New York City, NY, on Apr 14, 1920.

Katsuhiro Otomo, creator of the Akira manga and anime movie, is born in Miyago Prefecture, Japan on Apr 14, 1954.

Dave Gibbons, artist for DC's Watchmen, is born in the UK, on Apr 14, 1955.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Events for April 11

Dalia "Dale" Messick, creator of Brenda Starr, is born in South Bend, IN, in 1906.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Events for April 9

Emanuel "Mac" Raboy, artist for Flash Gordon and Fawcett Comics, is born in New York City, NY on Apr 9, 1914.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Events for April 8

Alfredo Alcala, comic book artist and inker, passes away on Apr 8, 2000.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Events for April 6

Gil Kane (born Eli Katz) is born in Latvia on Apr 6, 1926.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Events for April 5

Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragonball Z, is born on April 5, 1955.

Dale Messick (bork Dalia Messick), creator of Brenda Starr, passes away on April 5, 2005, at the age of 96.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Events for April 4

Simon Bisley, artist for 2000AD and Judge Dredd, is born in the UK in 1962.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Events for April 1

Sheldon "Shelly" Mayer, comic book writer, artist, and editor, is born in New York City, NY on April 1, 1917.

Monthly Events for April

1940: Robin, the Boy Wonder, appears as Batman's sidekick for the first time in Detective Comics #38. That same month, Lex Luthor begins a career of bedeviling Superman in Action Comics #23.

1950: The Crypt of Terror #17 introduces the memorable Cryptkeeper as narrator for assorted lurid tales. Three issues later, already well on its way to comic book infamy, the comic would be renamed as Tales from the Crypt.

1958: Cosmic Boy, Saturn Girl, and Lightning Boy travel back in time in Adventure Comics #247 to introduce DC Comics readers to the Legion of Super Heroes.

1959: Sgt. Rock appears (as "Rocky") in DC Comics' Our Army At War #81.

1970: Green Lantern #76, by Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams, hits the stands. Best known for the exchange between Green Lantern and a black ghetto resident, it is credited with introducing social commentary into mainstream superhero comic book adventures.

1977: Heavy Metal Magazine #1 debuts in the United States, introducing many American readers to European comics.

1985: DC Comics begins the Crisis on Infinite Earths. This 12-issue maxi-series would end the Silver Age of Comics and lead to a company-wide revamp of all of DC Comics' heroes.

1992: Rob Liefeld's Youngblood #1 becomes the first comic published by the new Image Comics company.