Days of Comics Past

A calendar of notable events across the comic book world.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Events for September

1956: Julie Schwartz and Carmine Infantino re-introduce the Flash (Barry Allen) in Showcase #4, kicking off the Silver Age of Comic Books.

1962: The Silver Age Flash (Barry Allen) met the Golden Age Flash (Jay Garrick) in the "Flash of Two Worlds" story of Flash #123, introducing parallel universes into the common comic book lexicon.

1963: X-Men #1 debuts from Marvel Comics, introducing Cyclops, Iceman, Beast, Angel, Jean Grey, Professor X, and Magneto to a mutant-free world. That same month, Loki attempts to stir up trouble on Earth, but only causes five heroes to band together to form the Avengers in Avengers #1.

1970: Fantastic Four #102 is published, the last issue by the team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. At the time, it becomes the longest continuous run of a monthly comic book by the same creative team.

1971: House of Secrets #92 marks the first appearance of Swamp Thing by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson.

1986: DC Comics publishes Watchmen #1 by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Events for August 30

Robert Crumb, underground comix icon of the 60's and 70's, is born in Philadelphia, PA on Aug 30, 1943.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Events for August 28

Jack "King" Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg) is born in New York City, NY on Aug 28, 1917.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Events for August 26

Otto Oscar Binder, scripter for Captain Marvel/SHAZAM!, is born in Bessemer, MI on Aug 26, 1911.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Events for August 25

Walter Crawford Kelly, creator of Pogo, is born in Philadelphia, PA on Aug 25, 1913.

Michael William Kaluta, comic artist, is born on Aug 25, 1947.

Carl Barks, creator of Scrooge McDuck and prolific comics author, passes away at the age of 99 on Aug 25, 2000.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Events for August 23

Alfredo Alcala, artist and inker on multiple comics, is born in the Philippines on Aug 23, 1925.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Events for August 22

George Herriman, creator of Krazy Kat, is born in New Orleans, LA on Aug 22, 1880.

Jerry Iger, comic artist and pioneering comic book publisher, is born on Aug 22, 1903.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Events for August 20

Max Gaines, publisher for for Dell and EC Comics, is killed in a boating accident on Aug 20, 1947.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Events for August 19

Chynna Clugston, creator of Blue Monday and Scooter Girl, is born in Fresno, CA on August 19.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Events for August 18

Harold "Hal" Foster, creator of Prince Valiant, is born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Aug 18, 1892.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Events for August 17

John Romita Jr., penciller for Spider-Man, creator of The Gray Area, and son of creator John Romita Sr., is born in New York City, NY on Aug 17, 1956.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Events for August 14

Rene Goscinny, writer for the Asterix comics, is born in Paris, France on Aug 14, 1926.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Events for August 13

Jack Cole, creator of Plastic Man, dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Aug 13, 1958.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Events for August 11

Jim Lee, comic book artist, founding member of Image Comics, chief of Wildstorm Studios, and all-around nice guy, is born in South Korea on Aug 11, 1964.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Events for August 10

Eddie Campbell, creator of Bacchus and artist for Alan Moore's From Hell, is born in Scotland on Aug 10, 1955.

James Sturm, creator of The Golem's Mighty Swing and Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules, is born on Aug 10, 1965.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Events for August 8

Otto Messmer, creator of Felix the Cat, is born on Aug 8, 1892.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Events for August 7

Paul Dini, writer for Batman: The Animated Series and Jingle Belle, is born on August 7, 1957.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Events for August

1932: Jim Aparo, artist on DC's Batman and Phantom Stranger, is born.

1941: Will Eisner debuts the Blackhawks in Military Comics #1. Over in Police Comics #1, Jack Cole introduces Plastic Man.

1942: Carl Barks draws his first Donald Duck story in Four Color Comics #9.

1947: Black Canary appears as a supporting character in the Johnny Thunder backup feature of Flash Comics.

1962: Amazing Fantasy #15 is published, introducing the Amazing Spider-Man to the world. In the same month, frail Dr. Don Blake discovers a gnarled cane in Journey Into Mystery #83 and becomes the Mighty Thor.

1989: Tim Drake becomes the third teenager to become Robin in Batman #436.

1994: Archie Comics and Marvel Comics team up for The Punisher Meets Archie. I'm sure this seemed like a good idea at the time.