Days of Comics Past

A calendar of notable events across the comic book world.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Events for July 31

July 31, 2003: Guido Crepax, erotic comic artist, passes away at the age of 70.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Events for July 30

July 30, 1966: Chris Sprouse, artist for DC's Legion of Superheroes and Alan Moore's Supreme and Tom Strong, is born in Charlottesville, VA.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Events for July 29

July 29, 1955: Dave Stevens, creator of the Rocketeer, is born

July 29: Gail Simone, writer of DC Comics' Birds of Prey and the "You'll All Be Sorry" humor column on, is born.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Events for July 28

July 28, 1945: Jim Davis, creator of the newspaper comic strip Garfield, is born.

July 28, 1960: Jon J. Muth, artist for Moonshadow and Sandman, is born.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Events for July 26

July 26, 1934: Winsor McKay, creator of Little Nemo in Slumberland and animator for Gertie the Dinosaur, passes away at the age of 67.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Events for July 24

July 24, 1971: Louis Fine, prolific Golden Age comic artist, passes away.

July 24: Colleen Doran, creator of A Distant Soil and artist for DC/Wildstorm's Orbiter and Marvel/Icon's The Book of Lost Souls, is born.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Events for July 22

July 22, 1972: Seth Fisher, artist for Green Lantern: Willworld and Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big in Japan, is born.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Events for July 20

July 20, 1932: Dick Giordano, comic book artist, inker, and editor for Charlton and DC, is born in Manhattan, NY.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Events for July 19

July 19, 1883: Max Fleischer, pioneering animator and cartoonist, is born in Vienna.

July 19, 1950: Richard Pini, co-creator of Elfquest, is born.

July 19, 1952: Bob Burden, creator of Mysterymen and the Flaming Carrot, is born.

July 19, 1959: Luke McDonnell, artist for DC's Suicide Squad and Marvel's Iron Man, is born.

July 19, 1961: Terry LaBan, political cartoonist, creator of Cud Comics and Unsupervised Existence comic books, and the Edge City comic strip, is born.

July 19, 2005: Jim Aparo, DC artist for Batman & the Outsiders and The Brave and the Bold, passes away at the age of 72.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Events for July 17

July 17, 1917: Gus Arriola, creator of the comic strip Gordo, is born in AZ.

July 17, 1938: Hermann (Hermann Huppen), creator of the comic series Jeremiah and Les Tours des Bois-Maury, is born in Belgium.

July 17, 1976: Brian K. Vaughan, writer of Y the Last Man and Runaways, is born.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Events for July 16

July 16, 1970: Pierre Wazem, author of Livre Vert Vietnam, Bretagne, and Weekend avec Préméditation, is born in Switzerland.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Events for July 15

July 15, 1933: Guido Crepax, erotic comic artist, is born in Milan.

July 15, 1970: Kelly Sue DeConnick, artist for manga adaptations of Blue Spring, Kare First Love, and Sensual Phrase, is born.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Events for July 14

July 14, 1961: John K. Snyder III, artist for Grendel and DC's Doctor Mid-Nite, is born.

July 14, 2006: Tom Frame, letterer for 2000 AD, passes away from cancer.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Events for July 13

Jul 13, 1931: Ernie Colon, artist for DC's Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld and Marvel's Damage Control, is born in Puerto Rico.

Jul 13, 1942: Mike Ploog, artist for Marvel's Ghost Rider and Conan and co-creator/artist for Abadazad and The Stardust Kid, is born in St. Thomas, MN.

Jul 13, 1942: Tom Palmer, comic book inker for Neal Adams, John Buscema, and John Byrne, is born.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Events for July 12

Jul 12, 1970: Phil Jimenez, writer/artist for DC Comics' Wonder Woman and Infinite Crisis, is born in Los Angeles, CA.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Events for July 10

July 10, 1914: Joe Shuster, co-creator of Superman, is born in Toronto, Canada.

July 10, 1957: Gerard Jones, writer of DC's Green Lantern and the comics history Men of Tomorrow, is born.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Events for July 9

July 9, 1925: Murphy Anderson, DC Comics Silver Age artist, is born in Asheville, North Carolina.

July 9, 2005: Byron Preiss, comic book writer, publisher, and editor, is killed in a fatal auto accident in Long Island, NY.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Events for July 8

July 8, 1918: Irwin Hasen, DC Comics artist from the 1940's and creator of the comic strip Dondi, is born.

July 8, 1985: Frank Hampson, creator of Dan Dare, passes away at the age of 66.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Events for July 7

July 7, 2005: Paul Deliège, writer/artist for Spirou magazine and creator of Bobo, passes away in Belgium.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Events for July 6

July 6, 1950: John Byrne, artist for Uncanny X-Men and creator of Next Men, is born near the town of West Bromwich, England.

July 6, 1953: Joe Zabel, computer cartoonist and creator of The Trespassers and The Ice Queen, is born.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Events for July 5

July 5, 1958: Bill Watterson, creator of the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, is born in Washington, DC.

July 5, 1968: Ken Akamatsu, creator of the manga Love Hina and Negima, is born in Kanagawa, Japan.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Events for July 3

July 3: Dan Slott, writer of Arkham Asylum Living Hell, the 2004 She-Hulk series, and Big Max, is born.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Events for July 2

July 2, 1930: OV Vijayan, Indian cartoonist and modernist writer, is born in Palakkad, India.

July 2, 1996: Mike Parobeck, comic artist of the 80's and 90's, passes away at the age of 30.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Events for July

1962: Dr. Doom debuts in Fantastic Four #5.

1963: Dr. Strange debuts in Strange Tales #110.

1966: The Black Panther makes his first appearance in Fantastic Four #52, making him the first costumed black superhero.

1977: Marvel Comics publishes an official comics adaptation of George Lucas' Star Wars. It would ultimately lead to more than 100 issues of original stories and greater links between comics and TV shows, movies, and and toys.

1982: Jaime, Gilbert, and Mario Hernandez debut Love and Rockets #1 for Fantagraphics.

1986: The nigh-invulnerable Tick debuts in New England Comics' store newsletter, although the first Tick comic will not debut until March, 1988.

Events for July 1

July 1, 1949: Mike Baron, co-creator of Nexus and Badger and writer for The Flash, is born.