1955 in comics
This is a list of comics-related events in 1955.
- 1 Publications and events
- 2 Deaths
- 3 First issue by title
- 4 Renamed titles
- 5 Initial appearance by character name
- 6 References
Publications and eventsEdit
- As part of the fallout resulting from the Fredric Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent and the 1954 comic book hearings of the United States Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency, publishers Avon Comics, Eastern Color Printing, Lev Gleason Publications, Master Comics, Nesbit, Orbit Publications, Reston Publications, Toby Press, Trojan Magazines, and the S. M. Iger Studio go out of business (or otherwise cease publishing comic books).
- January 6: In Spirou the Tif et Tondu story Tif et Tondu contre la Main Blanche (written by Maurice Rosy and drawn by Will) starts running, which marks the debut of recurring and iconic villain Mr. Choc.
- January 8: With the death of cartoonist Ed Payne, the long-running newspaper comic Billy the Boy Artist comes to a close after having been in production for 56 years straight. 
- The final issue of Giggle Comics is published.
- February 15: Sydney Jordan's Jeff Hawke makes its debut. It will run until 18 April 1974.
- Cancellation of Tales from the Crypt, with issue #46, by EC Comics.
- Cancellation of Two-Fisted Tales.
- The first issue of the American comics magazine Extra is published. Five issues will be published before its eventual cancellation in November/December.
- Stephen Slesinger's King of the Royal Mounted draws to a close.
- Stan Lee and Bob Brown's Rawhide Kid makes its debut, published by Atlas Comics.
- The first issue of the American comics magazine M.D. by EC Comics is published. It will only last until December.
- Western Tales of Black Rider, with issue #28, takes over the numbering of Black Rider — Atlas Comics
- Third-last issue of Teen-Age Romances published, series cancelled shortly after.
- June 5: Warren Tufts' Lance makes its debut.
- June: In the 92th issue of Batman the character Ace the Bat-Hound makes its debut.
- July 30: Frank Victor Martinek's Don Winslow of the Navy comes to an end.
- July 30: Ken Reid's Grandpa makes its debut in The Beano.
- Crime Does Not Pay (1942 series) #147 cancelled by Lev Gleason Publications.
- Cancellation of Red Ryder Comics, with issue #144 by Dell Comics.
- Cancellation of Famous Funnies, with issue #218.
- September 25: Gus Edson's Dondi makes its debut.
- Seotelver: First publication of Manuel García Ferré's Hijitus.
- October 19: Tibet and André-Paul Duchâteau's Chick Bill makes its debut.
- October 19: André Franquin's Modeste et Pompon makes its debut.
- October 30: Jef Nys' Jommeke makes its debut as a gag-a-day strip in the Belgian magazine Kerk en Leven.
- October 31: Ward Greene and Dick Moores's Scamp makes its debut. It will run until 1988.
- November 15: The final episode of Phiny Dick, Coen van Hunnik and Richard Klokkers' Olle Kapoen is published.
- November 20: Malang's Chain Gang Charlie makes its debut.
- November 24: Dupuis releases the Belgian comics magazine Risque-Tout, which will appear until 1 November 1956.
- The first issue of Marvel Comics' Snafu is published, but it will only last three issues and disappear in March 1956.
- December 23: The first issue of the long-running German comics magazine Mosaik is published.
- Gunsmoke Western, with issue #32, takes over the numbering of Western Tales of Black Rider — Atlas Comics
Specific date unknownEdit
- The final episode of both Arthur Warden's Snowdrop's Zoo and Tuffy and his Magic Tail is published.
- Belvision creates some animated TV shorts for Belgian television, based on the comics series Suske en Wiske and Tijl Uilenspiegel by Willy Vandersteen, which are broadcast during the children's show Kom Toch Eens Kijken.
- January 7: Ed Payne, American comics artist (Billy the Boy Artist, Professor O. Howe Wise and Professor I.B. Schmart), dies at age 84.
- January 18: George Morrow, British cartoonist, illustrator and comics artist (published in Punch), dies at age 85.
- March 22: Kristoffer Aamot, Norwegian journalist, film director, politician and comics writer (Skomakker Bekk of Tvillingene Hans), dies at age 65. 
- Specific date unknown: Ellison Hoover, American cartoonist and comics artist (Mr. and Mrs.), passes away at age 66 or 67.
- April 21: Knut Stangenberg, Swedish comics artist (Fridolf Celinder), dies at age 83.
- August 5: André Vlaanderen, Dutch comics artist (advertising comic books for the Gazelle bicycle factory), passes away at age 73.
- August 25: Kitazawa Rakuten, Japanese manga artist (Tagosaku and Mokube's Sightseeing in Tokyo, The Failures of Kidoro Haikara, Chame and Dekobo, Nukesaku Teino, Tonda Haneko Jo, founder of the magazines Tokyo Puck and Rakuten Puck), passes away at age 82.
- October 6: Jean Doisy, Belgian journalist and publisher (chief editor of Spirou, 1938-1955), passes away at age 55 from throat cancer.
- November 12: Otto Nückel, German painter, graphic designer, illustrator and comics artist (Schicksal (Destiny)), dies at age 67.
- November 30: Foxo Reardon, American cartoonist and comics artist (Bozo), dies at age 50 from cancer.
- December 20: Emilio Cortinas, Uruguayan comics artist (Vito Nervio, Homero, El Muchacho Viajero), passes away at age 39 from cancer.
- December 27: Alex Gurney, Australian comics artist (Ben Bowyang), dies at age 53.
- December 27: Ham Fisher, American comics artist (Joe Palooka), commits suicide at age 55.
Specific date unknownEdit
First issue by titleEdit
- The Adventures of Pinky Lee
- Billy Buckskin Western
- The Black Knight
- Della Vision
- Homer the Happy Ghost
- Marines in Action
- Meet Miss Bliss
- My Girl Pearl
- Navy Combat
- Rawhide Kid
- Strange Tales of the Unusual
- Wyatt Earp
- Cowboy Action #5 renamed from Western Thrillers
- Gunsmoke Western #32 renamed from Western Tales of Black Rider - Marvel Comics
- Jann of the Jungle #8 renamed from Jungle Tales - Marvel Comics
- Patty Powers #4 renamed from Della Vision - Marvel Comics
- Police Badge issue 749 #5 renamed from Spy Thrillers - Marvel Comics
- Strange Stories of Suspense #5 renamed from Rugged Action - Marvel Comics
- Western Tales of Black Rider #28 renamed from Black Rider - Atlas Comics
Initial appearance by character nameEdit
- Black Knight (Sir Percy), in Black Knight #1 (May)
- Homer the Happy Ghost, in Homer, The Happy Ghost #1 (Mar.)
- Morgan le Fay, in Black Knight #1 (May)
- Mordred, in Black Knight #1 (May)
- Rawhide Kid, in Rawhide Kid #1 (Mar.)
- Ace the Bat-Hound, in Batman #92 (July)
- Krypto in Adventure Comics #210 (March), created by Otto Binder and Curt Swan - DC Comics
- Martian Manhunter in Detective Comics #225 (November), created by Joseph Samachson and Joseph Certa - DC Comics
- Silent Knight in The Brave and the Bold #1 (August), created by Robert Kanigher and Irv Novick - DC Comics
- Viking Prince in The Brave and the Bold #1 (August), created by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert - DC Comics
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-03. Retrieved 2015-03-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Dondi at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Retrieved on May 13, 2007. Archived from the original on April 10, 2016.
- BDoubliées. "Tintin année 1955" (in French).
- Bell, Blake; Vassallo, Michael J. (2013). The Secret History of Marvel Comics: Jack Kirby and the Moonlighting Artists at Martin Goodman's Empire. Fantagraphics Books. p. 257. ISBN 9781606995525. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- Garcia, Kevin (June 1, 2009). "Marvel Mystery Monday: Irving Forbush, man and myth". Monomythic.com. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- Iversen, Gunnar. "Kristoffer Aamot". In Helle, Knut (ed.). Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
- Svendsen, Trond Olav. "Kristoffer Aamot". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
- Irvine, Alex (2010). "1950s". In Dolan, Hannah (ed.). DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9.
Once Superman had a dog, Batman got one too, in "Ace, the Bat-Hound!" In the story by writer Bill Finger and artist Sheldon Moldoff, Batman and Robin found a German Shepherd called Ace.