Days of Comics Past

A calendar of notable events across the comic book world.

Friday, April 01, 2005

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.


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