Days of Comics Past

A calendar of notable events across the comic book world.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Events for January 31

Jan 31, 2000: Gil Kane (born Eli Katz) passes away at the age of 73.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Events for January 30

Jan 30, 1953: Fred Hembeck, comic book artist and parodist of DC and Marvel, is born.

Jan 30, 1961: Denys Cowan, comic book artist for The Question, co-founder of Milestone Media, and Senior VP of Animation at BET Television, is born.

Jan 30, 2006: Seth Fisher, artist for Green Lantern: Willworld and Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big in Japan, dies from an accidental fall.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Events for January 29

Jan 29, 1971: Brian Wood, writer for Local, Demo, DMZ, and Channel Zero, is born.

Jan 29, 1975: Ryan Kelly, artist for Local, is born.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Events for January 28

Jan 28, 1996: Jerry Siegel (born Jerome Siegel), co-creator of Superman, passes away at the age of 81. On the same day, Burne Hogarth, comic artist for Tarzan, passes away at the age of 84.

Jan 28, 2005: Daniel Branca, Disney comics creator from Argentina, passes away at the age of 54 in Buenos Aires.

Events for January 28

Jan 28, 1996: Jerry Siegel (born Jerome Siegel), co-creator of Superman, passes away at the age of 81. On the same day, Burne Hogarth, comic artist for Tarzan, passes away at the age of 84.

Jan 28, 2005: Daniel Branca, Disney comics creator from Argentina, passes away at the age of 54 in Buenos Aires.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Events for January 27

Jan 27, 1952: Steve Leialoha, comic book artist, is born.

Jan 27, 1954: Peter Laird, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is born in North Adams, MA.

Jan 27, 1957: Frank Miller, writer and artist for The Dark Knight Returns, Ronin, and Sin City, is born.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Events for January 26

Jan 26, 1929: Jules Feiffer, editorial cartoonist and comic historian, is born.

Jan 26, 1936: Silvio "Sal" Buscema, Marvel Comics artist for The Avengers, Captain America, and Rom, is born in Brooklyn, NY.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Events for January 25

Jan 25, 1938: Leiji Matsumoto, artist and creator of Uchû Senkan Yamato (known as Star Blazers in the U.S.) and Captain Harlock, is born.

Jan 25, 1973: Geoff Johns, comic book writer, is born in Detroit, MI.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Events for January 24

Jan 24, 1930: John Romita Sr, one of the definitive Spider-Man artists and father of John Romita Jr, is born.

Jan 24, 1954: Lorenzo Mattotti, Italian comix artist of Stigmates and La Bruit du Givre, is born.

Jan 24, 2002: Kurt Schaffenberger, regular Silver Age Superman artist, passes away at the age of 82.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Events for January 23

Jan 23, 1952: Klaus Janson, comic book artist and inker, is born in Coburg, Germany.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Events for January 22

Jan 22, 1970: Alex Ross, painter and artist for Marvels and DC's Kingdom Come and Justice, is born.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Events for January 21

Jan 21, 1931: Paul Deliège, writer/artist for Spirou magazine and creator of Bobo, is born.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Events for January 18

Jan 18, 1970: Friday Foster debuts as a syndicated comic strip. Created by Jim Lawrence (W) and Jorge Longaron (A), the syndicated strip is the first one to feature a black woman as its lead character.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Events for January 16

Jan 16, 1960: Frédéric Boilet, author of Le Rayon Vert and Tokyo est mon Jardin, is born in France.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Events for January 14

Jan 14, 1863: Richard Felton Outcault is born in Lancaster, Ohio. Creator of the "Yellow Kid," Outcault is recognized as the father of the comic strip.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Events for January 12

Jan 12, 1967: Takehiko Inoue, artist for the sports manga Slamdunk and Real, is born in Kagoshima, Japan.

Jan 12, 1968: John Jackson Miller, writer for Iron Man and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, is born.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Events for January 11

Jan 11, 1998: Wim Mortimer, DC Comics cover artist, passes away at the age of 79.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Events for January 10

Jan 10, 2002: John Buscema, master Marvel Comics artist of the 70's, passes away at the age of 74.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Events for January 8

Jan 8, 1990: Bernie Krigstein, EC Comics artist, passes away at the age of 70.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Events for January 6

Jan 6, 2000: Don Martin, seminal MAD Magazine artist, passes away at age 68.

Jan 6, 2006: Yoshiro Kato, creator of the Mappira-kun comic strip for the Manichi Shimbun newspaper, passes away from respiratory failure.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Events for January 5

Jan 5, 1941: Hayao Miyazaki, creator of Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind manga and master animation director, is born in Tokyo, Japan.

Jan 5, 2000: Goseki Kojima, co-creator of Lone Wolf and Cub, passes away at the age of 71.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Events for January 3

Jan 3, 2005: Will Eisner, pioneering comic book creator and coiner of the term "graphic novel", passes away at the age of 87 due to complications following open-heart surgery.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Events for January 2

Jan 2, 1929: Don Heck, artist for Iron Man and the Avengers, is born in Jamaica, NY.

Jan 2, 1978: Neil Swaab, cartoonist for the newspaper comic strip Rehabilitating Mr. Wiggles, is born in Detroit, MI.

Jan 2, 1986: Zelda Jackson "Jackie" Ormes, creator of Torchy Brown and first syndicated Black female cartoonist, passes away in Chicago.

Jan 2, 2005: Frank Kelly Freas, science fiction illustrator and cover artist for Mad Magazine, passes away at the age of 82.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Events for January 1

Jan 1, 1995: The last Far Side comic strip runs in the daily newspapers.

Events for January

1940: The Golden Age Flash (Jay Garrick) streaks onto the scene in Flash Comics #1.

1976 (?): Jim Steranko's Red Tide is published, arguably the first graphic novel in the industry.

1989: Sandman #1 by Neil Gaiman makes its debut from DC Comics. By 1993, this title and Swamp Thing will form the foundation for the new Vertigo imprint.

1993: Superman dies at the hands of Doomsday in DC Comics' Superman #75, triggering mass media coverage, much fan consternation, massive sales, and interminable variations in the gimmick among DC's other heroes.

1994: Marvels #1 is published by Marvel Comics, presenting an innovative look at the Marvel Universe and vaulting Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross into the top-tier of comics creators.