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Notable events of 1989 in comics. See also List of years in comics.



Year overallEdit




  • March 4: The merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications was announced.
  • March 14: Action Comics, with issue #642, ends its weekly publication schedule (begun May 24, 1988) and goes on a short hiatus (resuming publication in July). (DC Comics)




  • June 21: The final issue of the Flemish comics magazine 't Kapoentje is published.
  • June 28: The first issue of the Flemish comics magazine De Jommekeskrant is published, a supplement of Het Volk.
  • Atlantis Attacks crossover event in Marvel Comics, runs through Marvel's core title Annuals.
  • Maze Agency ceases publication by Comico with issue #7.







Specific date unknownEdit

  • The final issue of the Belgian satirical comics and cartoons magazine Pourquoi pas? is published.
  • The first episode of Barbara Brandon-Croft's Where I'm Coming From is published and will run until 2005. [6]







  • May 3: Edmundo Marculeta, aka Marcouleta, Marcouletta, Marcou, Boris Tunder, Spanish-French comics artist (Aventuras de Baron Thunder, Julio y Ricardo, Vengador del Mundo, Jim l'Eclair, Sandy le Petit Boucanier), dies at age 66. [15]
  • May 21: Buford Tune, American comics artist (Dotty Dripple), passes away at age 82. [16]






  • November 6: George Fett, American comics artist (Sniffy (later Norbert), dies at age 69. [24]
  • November 20: Sten Rinaldo, Swedish comics artist (Ba-Ba, Varför är Icander så glad?), dies at age 83. [25]
  • November 22: C.C. Beck, American comics artist (Captain Marvel), dies at age 79. [26]
  • November 22: José Guadalupe Cruz, Mexican comics writer and screenwriter (comics about El Santo), passes away at age 72. [27]
  • November 24: Gordon Bess, American comics artist and writer (Redeye), dies at age 60. [28]


  • December 12: Suihō Tagawa, Japanese manga artist (Norakuro), passes away at the age of 90. [29]
  • December 18: Henning Gantriis, Danish comics artist ('Livets Gang i Lidenlund), dies at age 71. [30]

Specific date unknownEdit

  • Nestor Gonzalez Fossat, Argentine comics artist (Jimmy y su Pupilo, Aventuras de Menucho, Firulete y Retacón, Goyito y Goyita), dies at age 80 or 81. [31]
  • Charles Kuhn, American comics artist (Grandma), dies at age 97. [32]
  • Karel van Milleghem, Belgian journalist and chief editor (Ons Volkske and the Dutch language version of Tintin, creator of the famous slogan Tintin, for people between 7 and 77, initiator of Belvision), dies at age 65 or 66. [33]
  • Stoian Venev, Bulgarian comics artist and caricaturist, passes away at age 84 or 85. [34]
  • George Wheeler, American animator and comics artist (made a comic strip based on True Life Adventures, Disney comics), dies at age 69 or 70. [35]

Exhibitions and showsEdit



Eagle AwardsEdit

Presented in 1990 for comics published in 1989, distributed at the 1990 United Kingdom Comic Art Convention [UKCAC] by Paul Gambaccini and Dave Gibbons.

  • Roll of Honour: 2000 AD
  • Best International Comic Book: Akira

American SectionEdit

U.K. SectionEdit

Eisner AwardsEdit

No awards were presented in 1990, a transition year when Comic-Con International took over administration of the awards.

First issues by titleEdit

DC ComicsEdit

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight

Release: September. Writer: Dennis O'Neil. Artists: Ed Hannigan and John Beatty.

Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children

Release: June by Piranha Press. Writer: Dave Louapre. Artist: Dan Sweetman.

El Diablo vol. 2

Release: August. Writer: Gerard Jones. Artist: Mike Parobeck.


Release: April. Writer: Joey Cavalieri. Artist: Joe Staton and Bruce Patterson.

Justice League Europe

Release: April. Writer: Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis. Artists: Bart Sears and Pablo Marcos.


Release: February. Writers: Alan Grant and Keith Giffen. Artists: Barry Kitson, Keith Giffen, and Mike DeCarlo.

Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 3

Release: November. Writers: Keith Giffen and Tom and Mary Bierbaum. Artists: Keith Giffen and Al Gordon.

New Gods vol. 3

Release: February. Writer: Mark Evanier. Artist: Paris Cullins.

The Sandman

Release: January. Writer: Neil Gaiman. Artists: Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg.

Star Trek vol. 2

Release: October. Writer: Peter David. Artists: James Fry and Arne Starr.

Star Trek: The Next Generation vol. 2

Release: October. Writer: Michael Jan Friedman. Artist: Pablo Marcos.

Limited seriesEdit

Catwoman (4 issues)

Release: February. Writer: Mindy Newell. Artists: J.J. Birch and Michael Bair.

Epicurus the Sage (2 issues; #2 published in 1991)

Release: November by Piranha Press. Writer: William Messner-Loebs. Artist: Sam Kieth.

Hawkworld (3 issues)

Release: August. Writer/Artist: Tim Truman.

Invasion! (3 issues)

Release: January. Writers: Keith Giffen and Bill Mantlo. Artists: Keith Giffen and Todd McFarlane.

Justice, Inc. (2 issues)

Release: July. Writer: Andy Helfer. Artist: Kyle Baker.

Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography (1 issue)

Release: May. Writer: James D. Hudnall. Artist: Eduardo Barreto.

Skreemer (6 issues)

Release: May. Writer: Peter Milligan. Artists: Brett Ewins and Steve Dillon.

Marvel ComicsEdit

Clive Barker's Hellraiser

Release: January by Epic Comics. Editor: Daniel Chichester.

Marc Spector: Moon Knight

Release: June. Writer: Chuck Dixon. Artists: Sal Velluto and Mark Farmer.

Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Release: September. Writer: Bob Harras. Artists: Bob Hall and Kim DeMulder.

Nth Man: The Ultimate Ninja

Release: August. Writer: Larry Hama. Artists: Ron Wagner and Fred Fredericks.


Release: October. Writer: Mark Gruenwald. Artists: Paul Ryan and Danny Bulanadi.

Sensational She-Hulk

Release: May. Writer/Artist: John Byrne

What If vol. 2

Release: July. Editor: Craig Anderson

Limited seriesEdit

Damage Control (4 issues)

Release: May. Writer: Dwayne McDuffie. Artists: Ernie Colón and Bob Wiacek.

Shadowmasters (4 issues)

Release: October. Writer: Carl Potts. Artists: Dan Lawlis and Russ Heath.

The Sleeze Brothers (6 issues)

Release: June by Epic Comics. Writer: John Carnell. Artist: Andy Lanning.

The War (4 issues)

Release: June by New Universe. Writer: Doug Murray. Artist: Tom Morgan.

Independent and small press titlesEdit

  • A1 (Atomeka Press, October )

The Adventures of Bayou Billy

Release: September by Archie Adventure Series. Writer: Rich Margopoulos. Artist: Amanda Conner.


Release: August by Fantagraphics. Writer/Artist: Daniel Clowes.


Release: December by Trident Comics. Writer: Mark Millar. Artists: Daniel Vallely and Nigel Kitching.


Release: August by Trident Comics. Editor: Martin Skidmore.

Limited seriesEdit

Aliens (4 issues)

Release: August by Dark Horse Comics. Writer: Mark Verheiden. Artist: Denis Beauvais.

Squalor (4 issues)

Release: December by First Comics. Writer: Stefan Petrucha. Artist: Tom Sutton.

Initial appearance by character nameEdit

DC ComicsEdit

Marvel ComicsEdit

Independent and small press titlesEdit


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