1997 in comics

Notable events of 1997 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

EventsEdit

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MarchEdit

AprilEdit

MayEdit

  • May 24: The British girls' magazine Mandy and Judy, who merged in 1991, now merge with Bunty. It will run in this form until 2001.[2]

JulyEdit

  • July 7: Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman's Zits makes its debut.
  • July 31: The Belgian city Middelkerke starts an annual project where statues of famous Belgian comics characters are placed at the dijk during the summer. The first one to be honoured this way is Jommeke.[3]
  • Marvel Comics' Flashback month: all issues were released with the number −1.

OctoberEdit

NovemberEdit

  • Mayo Kaan takes out newspaper ads claiming to be the original model for Superman,[6] although his allegations were later proven false.[7]

DecemberEdit

  • The final issue of the Belgian comics magazine À Suivre is published.
  • Marvel returns the Avengers and Fantastic Four to their main continuity in Heroes Reborn: The Return #1–4

Specific date unknownEdit

  • The final album of the Belgian comics series Bessy, originally created by Willy Vandersteen, is published.
  • The final episode of the Belgian comics series Tif et Tondu is published, ending it just a year before its 60th birthday.[8]

DeathsEdit

JanuaryEdit

FebruaryEdit

  • February 3: Geoffrey Foladori, Uruguayan comics artist (El Professor Pistacho, Pelopincho y Cachirula, Don Gumersindo, Don Tranquilo y Flia), dies at age 88.[12]
  • February 7: Nina Albright, American comics artist (Comandette, continued Miss Victory), dies at age 89.[13]
  • February 13: Hans Schlensker (Biff Baker, assisted on Buz Sawyer), dies at age 82.[14]
  • February 15: Jack Sparling, Canadian-American comics artist (Claire Voyant, Hap Hopper, Washington Correspondent), dies at age 81.[15]
  • February 23: Larry Antonette, aka Dean Carr, American comics artist (Dash Dixon, Bozo and the Baron, Calling the Duke), dies at age 87.[16]
  • Specific date unknown: Arthur Horner, Australian-British cartoonist (Colonel Pewter, The Thoughts of Citizen Doe), dies at age 80.[17]

MarchEdit

AprilEdit

  • April 11: Helge Kühn-Nielsen, Danish comics artist, teacher, painter and illustrator, dies at age 76. [19]
  • April 16: Roland Topor, French novelist, illustrator, cartoonist, comics artist, film script writer, TV script writer, animator and playwright (Hara-Kiri), dies at the age of 59.[20]
  • April 27: Víctor Arriazu, Spanish comics artist (assisted on El Jabato), dies at age 61 or 62.[21]

MayEdit

JuneEdit

  • June 6: Manny Stallman, American comics artist (various horror comics), dies at age 70. [25]
  • June 12: Rémy Bourles, French comics artist (Bob Mallard), passes away at age 91.[26]
  • June 15: Kim Casali, New Zealand cartoonist and comics artist (Love Is...), dies of bone and liver cancer at the age of 55.[27]

JulyEdit

  • July 8: Clay Geerdes, American writer and photojournalist who extensively covered the underground comix movement, dies of liver cancer at age 63.

AugustEdit

  • August 19: James Ringrose, Dutch comics artist (Tekko Taks, Blix Kater, Willie en Wop), dies at age 83.[28]

SeptemberEdit

  • September 4: Nasjah Djamin, Indonesian illustrator and comics artist (drew a comic book about Hang Tuah), dies at age 72.[29]
  • September 15: Lode Pemmelaar, Dutch painter and comics artist (Romila the Velvet Girl), dies at age 54. [30]
  • September 25: Josep Toutain, Spanish comics artist and publisher (founder of Selecciones Ilustradas and Toutain-Editor), dies from lung cancer at age 64-65.[31]

OctoberEdit

  • October 8: Zhang Chongren, Chinese artist and sculptor (inspiration for the Tintin character Chang Chong-Chen), passes away at age 91.[32]
  • October 16: Dick Cavalli, American comics artist and cartoonist (Winthrop, continued Norbert), dies at the age of 74.[33]
  • October 18: Milt Neil, American animator and comics artist (the Howdy Doody comic strip), passes away at age 83.[34]
  • October 22: Per Lygum, Danish animator and comics artist (Planckton), dies at age 64.[35]

NovemberEdit

DecemberEdit

Specific date unknownEdit

  • Carol Carlson, American comics artist (The Adventures of Waddles), dies at age 84 or 85.[42]
  • Dennis Ellefson, American comics artist, dies at age 59 or 60.[43]
  • Kerstin Frykstrand, Swedish illustrator and comics artist (Muff och Tuff), dies at age 95 or 96.[44]
  • Frank Little, American animator and comics artist (worked for Jerry Iger's studio), dies at age 90.[45]
  • Armand Panis, aka Sinap, Belgian comics artist, caricaturist and cartoonist (Klopstok), dies at age 89 or 90.[46]
  • Roex, aka Roger Exelmans, Belgian comics artist (continued Rikske en Fikske), dies at age 60.[47]
  • Bernard Segal, aka "Seeg", American painter and comics artist (Honey and Hank, also known as Elsworth), dies at age 78 or 79.[48]
  • George Smits, aka 'Toet', Belgian painter, experimental musician and comics artist (De avonturen van Jan, member of Ercola), dies at age 52 or 53.[49]
  • Tony Velasquez, Filipino comics artist (Kenkoy), dies at age 86.[50]
  • Roland Venet, aka Rol, French comics artist (Wa-Pi-Ti), dies at age 77 or 78. [51]

ConventionsEdit

First issues by titleEdit

Clover
Release: by Kodansha (Amie). Authors: Clamp
Desert Punk
Release: August 5 by Enterbrain (Comic Beam). Author: Usune Masatoshi
Peach Girl
Release: by Kodansha (Bessatsu Friend). Author: Miwa Ueda

ReferencesEdit

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