Days of Comics Past

A calendar of notable events across the comic book world.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Events for May 31

May 31, 1967: Dean Haspiel, independent comic writer and artist, is born.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Events for May 30

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

Monday, May 29, 2006

Events for May 29

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

May 29, 1951: Larry Marder, creator of Tales of the Beanworld and current Executive Director of Image Comics, is born.

May 29,1974: Aaron McGruder, creator of the newspaper comic strip The Boondocks, is born.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Events for May 28

May 28, 1966: Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, co-creator of Sushi Girl, Shutterbox, and Ranklechick and His Three-Legged Cat, is born.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Events for May 27

May 27, 1954: Mark Wheatley, creator of Frankenstein Mobster, is born.
May 27, 2006: Alex Toth, renowned comic book and animaton artist, passes away at his writing/drawing desk at the age of 77.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Events for May 26

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

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Events for May 25

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

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

May 25, 1957: Marc Hempel, creator of Gregory and Tug & Buster, is born.

May 25, 1967: Terry Nantier, publisher for NBM Publishing, is born.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Events for May 24

May 24, 1925: Carmine Infantino, Silver Age DC Comics artist and editor, is born.

May 24: Paul D. Storrie, comic book writer of Gotham Girls and Revisionary, is born.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Events for May 23

May 23, 1951: John Bolton, painted comic book artist for The Books of Magic and Harlequin Valentine, is born.

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

May 23, 2005: John Albano, comic book artist and co-creator of DC's Jonah Hex, passes away in Orlando, FL, at the age of 82.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Events for May 22

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

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Events for May 21

May 21, 1956: Gary Reed, former Caliber Comics publisher and writer for Deadworld and The Red Diaries, is born.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Events for May 20

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

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Events for May 18

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

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

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Events for May 17

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

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Events for May 16

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

Monday, May 15, 2006

Events for May 15

May 15, 1941: Jaxon (born Jack Jackson), writer/artist for God Nose and Comanche Moon and considered the first underground comix artist, is born in Pandora, TX.

May 15, 1973: Stéphane Blanquet, creator of A l'intérieur... des têtes and Mon Méchant Moi, is born in France.

May 15, 2005: Paul Cassidy, assistant to Joe Shuster and creator of the five-cornered Superman "S" chest logo, passes away in Milwaukee, WI at the age of 94.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Events for May 13

May 13, 1960: Marv Wolfman, co-creator of the New Teen Titans and writer for DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths, is born in Brooklyn, NY.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Events for May 12

May 12, 1947: cat yronwode (born Catherine Manfredi), editor-in-chief at Eclipse Comics and co-author of Women in the Comics with Trina Robbins, is born in San Francisco, CA.

May 12, 1950: Tom Armstrong, writer/artist of the newspaper comic strip Marvin, is born in Indiana.

May 12, 2006: Ferdinando Tacconi, artist for the "Gli Aristocratici" comic strip in Il Corriere dei Ragazzi magazine and illustrator for El Bravo, Jet Morgan, and Isabella, passes away in Italy at the age of 83.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Events for May 11

May 11, 1926: Paul Gillon, newspaper comic strip and bandes dessinees artist for 13 Rue de l'Espoir and The White Widow, is born in France.

May 11, 1955: Matt Feazell, creator of Cynicalman and Ant Boy, is born.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Events for May 10

May 10, 1963: Fred Burton, artist for Coleman Wallace and Fort Boyard and founder of Brussels studio Stripcheese, is born.

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

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Events for May 9

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

May 9: Ty Templeton, writer/artist of Bigg Time and Batman Adventures, is born in Canada.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Events for May 8

May 8, 1936: Kazuo Koike, co-creator of Lone Wolf and Cub and Crying Freeman, is born in Akita, Japan

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

Friday, May 05, 2006

Events for May 5

May 5, 1932: Stan Goldberg, color designer for Marvel Comics and artist on DC's Captain Carrot, is born.

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

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

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Events for May 3

May 3, 1927: Mell Lazarus, creator and cartoonist for the Miss Peach and Momma comic strips, is born in Brooklyn, NY.

May 3, 1939: Denny O'Neil, comic book writer and longtime Batman editor, is born.

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

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

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Events for May 2

May 2, 1944: Howard Cruse, writer/artist for Barefootz and Stuck Rubber Baby, is born in Alabama.

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

May 2, 1955: Jerry Scott, creator and writer/artist for the Baby Blues and Zits newspaper comic strips, is born in Elkhart, IN.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Events for May 1

May 1, 1937: Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem debuts in the Pittsburgh Courier. Created by Zelda Jackson "Jackie" Ormes, it is the first syndicated cartoon by a black woman.

May 1, 1940: Alex Nino, artist for DC's Black Orchid and the Sunday Tarzan comic strips, is born in the Phillippines.

May 1, 1956: Phil Foglio, writer/artist for What's New with Phil and Dixie, Buck Godot, and Girl Genius, is born.

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

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 The Dark Knight Returns.

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