Days of Comics Past

A calendar of notable events across the comic book world.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Events for February 21

Feb 21, 1993: Harvey Kurtzman, creator of MAD Magazine, passes away at the age of 68.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Events for February 18

Feb 18, 1931: Johnny Hart, writer/artist for the comic strip B.C., is born.

Feb 18, 1963: Mark Bode, creator of Miami Mice and son of underground comix artist Vaughn Bode, is born in Utica, NY.

Feb 18, 2007: Bob Oksner, artist for the newspaper strip Miss Cairo Jones and artist for several syndicated comics for DC, passes away of pneumonia at the age of 90.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Events for February 17

Feb 17, 1920: Curt Swan, Silver Age comic book artist, is born in Willmar, Minnesota.

Feb 17, 1936: The Phantom comic strip by Lee Falk is published for the first time.

Feb 17, 1970: Hiroaki Samura, creator of the Blade of the Immortal manga series, is born.

Feb 17: C.B. Cebulski, former editor for Marvel Comics, creator of the Marvel Mangaverse line of comics, and writer of Wanderlost, is born.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Events for February 16

Feb 16, 1968: Warren Ellis, writer for The Authority, Planetary, and Fell, is born.

Feb 16, 2005: Dudu Geva, Israeli illustrator and cartoonist of "The Duck" character, passes away at age 54.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Events for February 15

Feb 15, 1939: William Van Horn, comic book artist for many of Disney's Duck comics, is born in California.

Feb 15, 1948: Art Spiegelman, creator of Maus, is born in Stockholm, Sweden.

Feb 15, 1954: Matt Groening, creator of the Simpsons, Life in Hell, and Akbar & Jeff, is born in Portland, OR.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Events for February 12

Feb 12, 1970: Judd Winick, writer and artist for Pedro & Me and writer for Green Lantern, Caper, and Batman, is born

Feb 12, 2000: Charles Monroe Schulz, creator of Peanuts, passes away at the age of 77, the night before the last original Peanuts strip is published.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Events for February 10

Feb 10, 1970: Universal Press Syndicate opens for business syndicating comic strips.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Events for February 9

Feb 9, 1928: Frank Frazetta, fantasy artist and painter, is born in Brooklyn, NY.

Feb 9, 1954: Jo Duffy (Mary Jo Duffy), editor for DC and Marvel Comics and writer of Power Man and Iron Fist and Catwoman, is born.

Feb 9, 1956: Tim Truman, artist for Grimjack, creator of Scout, and writer of Hawkworld and Conan, is born in Gauley Bridge, WV.

Feb 9, 1959: David B. (David Beauchard), writer/artist for L'Ascension du Haut Mal (a.k.a. Epileptic), is born in France.

Feb 9, 1962: Sarah Byam, writer of Billi 99 and DC's Black Canary, is born

Feb 9, 1989: Osamu Tezuka, father of manga, passes away at the age of 60.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Events for February 8

Feb 8, 1914: Bill Finger, co-creator of Batman, is born in New York City, NY.

Feb 8, 1961: Bruce Timm, artist and producer of Batman the Animated Series and its spinoffs, is born.

Feb 8, 2004: Julius "Julie" Schwartz, DC Comics good-will ambassador and father of the Silver Age of comics, passes away at the age of 88.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Events for February 6

Feb 6, 1994: Jack "King" Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg) passes away at the age of 76.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Events for February 3

Feb 3, 1968: Rodney Dunn, artist for Vortex Magazine and Atomic Cow, is born.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Events for February

1935: New Fun Comics #1 is published, the first comic book featuring all new material (instead of reprinted newspaper comic strips).

1940: Fawcett Comics' Whiz Comics #2 introduces Captain Marvel (SHAZAM!) to the public.

1960: Julie Schwartz gathers the Justice League of America for the first time in The Brave & The Bold #28. Their own comic book would come four months later.

1974: The Punisher begins his one-man war on crime in Amazing Spider-Man #129.

1987: Batman #404 begins Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One", the first post-Crisis Batman story. Wonder Woman #1, written and drawn by George Perez, similarly restarts the post-Crisis Wonder Woman.

1989: After the readers decide his fate via a call-in poll, Robin (Jason Todd) is murdered by the Joker in Batman #428.