Days of Comics Past

A calendar of notable events across the comic book world.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Events for May 31

Dean Haspiel, independent comic creator, is born on May 31, 1967.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Events for May 30

Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is born in Portland, ME on May 30, 1962.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Events for May 29

Jack Kamen, EC Comics artist, is born in Brooklyn, NY on May 29, 1920.

Ryoichi Ikegami, creator or co-creator of manga series Crying Freeman and Sanctuary, is born in Fukui, Japan on May 29, 1944.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Events for May 26

Nobuhiro Watsuki, creator of Rurouni Kenshin, is born in Tokyo, Japan on May 26, 1970.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Events for May 25

Barry Windsor-Smith, comic artist for Marvel Comics' Conan and the Uncanny X-Men, is born in the UK on May 25, 1949.

Stan Sakai, creator of Usagi Yojimbo, is born in Tokyo, Japan on May 25, 1953.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Events for May 24

Carmine Infantino, one of the definitive DC Comics Silver Age comic book artists, is born on May 24, 1925.

Paul D. Storrie, comic book writer of Gotham Girls, Robin Hood, and Revisionary, is born.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Events for May 23

Mike Deodato, 1990's and 2000's artist for Wonder Woman and the Hulk, is born in Campina Grande, Brazil on May 23, 1963.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Events for May 22

Hergé (George Remi), creator of Tintin, is born in Belgium on May 22, 1907.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Events for May 20

Gardner Fox, one of the primary architects of the Silver Age DC Universe, is born in Brooklyn, NY on May 20, 1911.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Events for May 18

Bill Everett, creator of Marvel Comics' Sub-Mariner, is born in Cambridge, MA on May 18, 1917.

Don Martin
, seminal MAD magazine comic artist, is born somewhere in the desert outbacks of New Jersey on May 18, 1932.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Events for May 17

Dave Sim, creator and publisher of Cerebus, is born in Hamilton, Ontario on May 17, 1956.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Events for May 16

Chester Brown, creator of Yummy Fur, is born in Canada on May 16, 1960.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Events for May 10

Chester Gould, creator of Dick Tracy, passes away at the age of 84 on May 10, 1985.

Monday, May 09, 2005

Events for May 9

William Moulton Marston (aka Charles Moulton), creator of Wonder Woman, is born in Cliftondale, MA on May 9, 1893.

Ty Templeton, comic book artist and writer of Bigg Time and Batman Adventures, is born in Canada on May 9, 19-mumbledy-mumble.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Events for May 8

Jean Giraud, European comic artist better known as "Moebius", is born on May 8, 1938.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Events for May 5

Adam Hughes, "good girl" comic and cover artist, is born in Riverside, New Jersey on May 5, 1967.

Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird sell their first issues of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 at a comic book convention in New Hampshire on May 5, 1984, setting off a boom in black-and-white, self-published comics.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Events for May 3

Bill Sienkiewicz, eclectic comic book artist, is born on May 3, 1958.

Milton Caniff, creator of Terry & the Pirates and Steve Canyon, passes away in New York City, NY, at the age of 81 on May 3, 1988.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Events for May 2

William Moulton Marston (aka Charles Moulton), creator of Wonder Woman, passes away in Rye, NY on May 2, 1947.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Events for May 1

Artist Tim Sale is born in Ithica, NY on May 1, 1956

Monthly Events for May

1939: Bob Kane and Bill Finger debut the Batman in Detective Comics #27.

1962: Bruce Banner is exposed to a gamma-bomb detonation, unleashing Marvel's Incredible Hulk in Incredible Hulk #1.

1975: Len Wein and Dave Cockrum produce Giant Size X-Men #1 for Marvel Comics, reviving the flagging comic book series and creating one of the biggest comic-book franchises ever.

1976: American Splendor #1, Harvey Pekar's seminal autobiographical underground comic, is published. The comic books would eventually be used as the basis for an award winning film of the same name in 2003.

1979: Frank Miller becomes the new artist on Daredevil #158. He would take over scripting in #165. This comic is generally considered the start of the "grim-and-gritty" era that would reach its creative peak with Alan Moore's Watchmen and Miller's own Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

2001: Marvel Comics abandons the Comics Code Authority and institutes its own mostly unexplained ratings system.