Days of Comics Past

A calendar of notable events across the comic book world.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Events for August 30

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

Monday, August 28, 2006

Events for August 28

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

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Events for August 26

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

Friday, August 25, 2006

Events for August 25

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

Aug 25, 1947: Michael William Kaluta, comic book artist for The Shadow, Starstruck, and The Books of Magic, is born.

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

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Events for August 24

Aug 24, 1919: Gasoline Alley debuts as a daily comic strip. It is the first and longest running strip that advances in "real time."

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Events for August 23

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

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Events for August 22

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

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

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Events for August 20

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

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Events for August 19

Aug 19, 1944: Skip Williamson, underground comix artist for Bijou Funnies, Class War Comix, and Smoot, is born.

Aug 19, 1966: Stefano Gaudiano, artist for Kafka Returns, DC's Gotham Central, and Marvel's Daredevil, is born.

Aug 19, 1975: Chynna Clugston, creator of Blue Monday and Scooter Girl, is born in Fresno, CA.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Events for August 18

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

Aug 18, 1967: Brian Michael Bendis, writer for Jinx, Sam and Twitch, and Ultimate Spider-Man, is born.

Aug 18, 1977: Jenni Rope, creator of the newspaper strips Miss Simon Ginlemon and the graphic novels Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, is born in Finland.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Events for August 17

Aug 17, 1938: Trina Robbins, comic book creator of Wimmin's Comix and Go Girl! and author of From Girls to Grrrlz: A History of Women in Comics, is born.

Aug 17, 1956: 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.

Aug 17, 1958: Andy Helfer, DC Comics writer and editor and current editor/writer for Hill & Wang's non-fiction comics, is born.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Events for August 15

Aug 15, 1953: Paul Gulacy, artist for Marvel's Master of Kung-Fu and DC's Catwoman, is born.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Events for August 14

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

Aug 14, 1943: John Costanza, artist and letterer for DC's House of Mystery, Marvel's Heathcliff comics, and Bongo's Simpsons comics, is born in Dover, NY.

Aug 14, 1950: Gary Larson, creator of The Far Side comic strip, is born.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Events for August 13

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

Friday, August 11, 2006

Events for August 11

Aug 11, 1964: Jim Lee, comic book artist, founding member of Image Comics, chief of Wildstorm Studios, and creator of WildC.A.T.S., is born in South Korea.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Events for August 10

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

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

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Events for August 8

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

Monday, August 07, 2006

Events for August 7

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

Friday, August 04, 2006

Events for August 4

Aug 4, 1952: Franco Saudelli, erotic comic book artist, is born in Italy.

Aug 4, 1966: Charlie Adlard, artist for Judge Dredd and Image's The Walking Dead, is born.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Evens for August 2

Aug 2, 1924: Danny Hellman, underground comix artist for Time and Screw magazines and Last Gasp Comix & Stories, is born in New York City, NY.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Events for August 1

Aug 1, 1931: Tom Wilson, Sr, creator and writer/artist of Ziggy, is born.

Aug 1, 2006: Robert "Bob" Thaves, creator and writer/artist for the Frank and Ernest comic strip, passes away at the age of 81.

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 #86.

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.