Days of Comics Past

A calendar of notable events across the comic book world.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Events for June 30

Jun 30, 1958: Shawn McManus, artist on Swamp Thing, Wild Girl, and Sandman, is born in Brookline, MA.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Events for June 29

Jun 29, 1950: Mike Richardson, founder and publisher of Dark Horse Comics, is born.

Jun 29, 1950: Bobby London, underground comix artist for Air Pirates and Dirty Duck, is born.

Jun 29, 1951: Don Rosa, writer/artist for Disney's "Duck" comics, is born

Jun 29, 1954: Bo Hampton, artist/painter for Viking Glory: The Viking Prince, Verdilak, and Batman: Castle of the Bat, is born.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Events for June 28

Jun 28, 1934: Georges Wolinski, political cartoonist for L'Enrage, Paris-Match, and L'Humanite, is born in Tunisia.

Jun 28, 1944: Philippe Druillet, sci-fi comic book artist for Lone Sloane, La Nuit, and Wagner Space Opera, is born in France.

Jun 28, 2005: Rowland B. Wilson, cartoonist and Disney animator, passes away in Encinitas, CA.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Events for June 27

Jun 27, 1928: Joe Giella, comic strip artist for Mary Worth, Batman, Flash Gordon, and The Phantom, is born.

Jun 27, 1959: Dan Jurgens, artist for DC's Warlord and Adventures of Superman, is born.

Jun 27, 1961: Jackson "Butch" Guice, artist for DC's Birds of Prey and Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis, is born.

Jun 27, 1961: Bernie Mireault, creator of The Jam and Dr. Robot and artist for Grendel, is born in Marville, France.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Events for June 26

Jun 26, 1947: Alfredo Castelli, creator and artist for Martin Mystère, is born in Italy.

Jun 26, 1950: Tom DeFalco, writer of Spider-Girl and editor for Marvel Comics, is born in Queens, NY.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Events for June 25

Jun 25, 1928: Peyo (Pierre Culliford), creator of the Smurfs (Schtroumpfs), is born in Belgium.

Jun 25, 1928: Alex Toth, renowned comic book and animaton artist, is born.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Events for June 21

Jun 21, 1957: Berkeley Breathed, writer/artist for the Bloom County, Outland, and Opus newspaper comic strips, is born.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Events for June 19

Jun 19, 1915: Julius "Julie" Schwartz, DC Comics good-will ambassador and father of the Silver Age of comics, is born in the Bronx, NY.

Jun 19, 1978: The comic strip Garfield debuts in American newspapers.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Events for June 17

Jun 17, 1927: Wallace "Wally" Wood, prolific artist of the Silver Age, is born in Menahga, MN.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Events for June 16

Jun 16, 1930: Frank Thorne, artist for Marvel's Red Sonja and creator of Ghita of Alizzar, is born.

Jun 16, 1966: Killoffer, writer/artist for Billet SVP, La Clef des Champs, and 676 Apparitions of Killoffer, is born in France.

Jun 16, 1973: Vito Delsante, writer for Batman Adventures and creator of The Mercury Chronicles, is born.

Jun 16, 1996: Curt Swan passes away at the age of 76.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Events for June 15

Jun 15, 1927: Ross Andru, comic artist for DC and Marvel Comics, is born.

Jun 15, 1941: Neal Adams, artist for Batman, Deadman, and numerous other comic titles, is born.

Jun 15, 1945: Don McGregor, creator of Detectives, Inc. and Lady Rawhide and writer for Zorro and Black Panther, is born in Providence, RI.

Jun 15, 1955: Brent Anderson, artist for X-Men: God Loves Man Kills and Astro City, is born in San Jose, CA.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Events for June 14

Jun 14, 1944: Jordi Bernet (Jordi Bernet Cusso), artist for Torpedo and Clara de Noche, is born in Spain.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Events for June 12

Jun 12, 1948: Len Wein, writer for the Uncanny X-Men and Swamp Thing, is born in New York, NY.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Events for June 10

Jun 10, 1951: Charles Vess, comic artist best known for imaginative and distinctive fantasy images and head of Green Man Press, is born in Lynchburg, VA.

Jun 10, 1960: Scott McCloud, writer of Zot! and Understanding Comics, is born.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Events for June 9

Jun 9, 1954: George Perez, co-creator of the New Teen Titans and artist for Crisis on Infinite Earths, is born in Jamaica Estates, NY.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Events for June 8

Jun 8, 2006: Jaxon (born Jack Jackson), writer/artist for God Nose and Comanche Moon and considered the first underground comix artist, is found dead at the age of 65 in Stockdale, TX.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Events for June 7

Jun 7, 1955: Mark Schultz, creator of Xenozoic Tales (a.k.a. Cadillacs and Dinosaurs), is born.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Events for June 6

Jun 6, 2004: Kate Worley, writer for Omaha the Cat Dancer, passes away from cancer.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Events for June 5

Jun 5, 1929: Dick Locher, political cartoonist and writer/artist for the Dick Tracy newspaper strip, is born.

Jun 5: Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, twin brothers and comic book artists, are born.

Jun 5, 2005: Rodney Dunn, artist for Vortex Magazine and Atomic Cow, passes away at age 37.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Events for June 4

Jun 4, 1951: Wendy Pini, co-creator of Elfquest, is born.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Events for June 1

June 1, 1936: Gerald Scarfe, political cartoonist for the London Sunday Times, is born.

Events for June

1910: Clarence Charles "C.C." Beck, artist for Captain Marvel/SHAZAM! comics, is born in Minneapolis, MN.

1938: Superman debuts in Action Comics #1 and launches an industry.

1940: Will Eisner debuts the Spirit in newspapers across the country.

1972: Power Man (Luke Cage) debuts in Hero for Hire #1 by Archie Goodwin and George Tuska (with help from Roy Thomas and John Romita Sr). He is the first black character to headline his own comic book.

1973: A battle between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin leads to the death of Gwen Stacy in Amazing Spider-Man #121.

1983: Lobo makes his fraggin' debut in Omega Men #3.

1986: John Byrne relaunches DC Comics' flagship character after the Crisis on Infinite Earths with The Man of Steel #1.

1991: Colleen Doran self-publishes her first issue of A Distant Soil.

1992: Todd McFarlane's Spawn #1 hits the stands, courtesy of Image Comics.

1993: Erik Larsen's Savage Dragon #1 is published by Image Comics. At this time, it is the only comic still written and published by an original Image Comics founder.