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

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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 was Marvel Comics' Flashback month. All issues were released with the number −1.

NovemberEdit

  • Mayo Kaan takes out newspaper ads claiming to be the original model for Superman,[3] although his allegations were later proven false.[4]

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. [5]

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. [9]
  • February 7: Nina Albright, American comics artist (Comandette, continued Miss Victory), dies at age 89. [10]
  • February 15: Jack Sparling, Canadian-American comics artist (Claire Voyant, Hap Hopper, Washington Correspondent), dies at age 81. [11]
  • February 23: Larry Antonette, aka Dean Carr, American comics artist (Dash Dixon, Bozo and the Baron, Calling the Duke), dies at age 87. [12]

MarchEdit

AprilEdit

  • 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. [14]

MayEdit

JuneEdit

  • June 15: Kim Casali, New Zealand cartoonist and comics artist (Love Is...), dies of bone and liver cancer at the age of 55. [18]

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. [19]

OctoberEdit

  • October 8: Zhang Chongren, Chinese artist and sculptor (inspiration for the Tintin character Chang Chong-Chen), passes away at age 91. [20]
  • October 16: Dick Cavalli, American comics artist and cartoonist (Winthrop, continued Norbert), dies at the age of 74. [21]
  • October 18: Milt Neil, American animator and comics artist (the Howdy Doody comic strip), passes away at age 83. [22]
  • October 22: Per Lygum, Danish animator and comics artist (Planckton), dies at age 64. [23]

NovemberEdit

DecemberEdit

Specific date unknownEdit

  • Ray and Carol Carlson, American comics artists (The Adventures of Waddles), dies at age 84 or 85. [28]
  • Armand Panis, aka Sinap, Belgian comics artist, caricaturist and cartoonist (Klopstok), dies at age 89 or 90.[29]
  • Roex, aka Roger Exelmans, Belgian comics artist (continued Rikske en Fikske), dies at age 60. [30]
  • Bernard Segal, aka "Seeg", American painter and comics artist (Honey and Hank, also known as Elsworth), dies at age 78 or 79. [31]
  • George Smits, aka 'Toet', Belgian painter, experimental musician and comics artist (De avonturen van Jan, member of Ercola), dies at age 52 or 53. [32]
  • Tony Velasquez, Filipino comics artist (Kenkoy), dies at age 86. [33]


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

  1. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/wray.htm
  2. ^ http://comicsuk.co.uk/forum/download/file.php?id=3908&mode=view
  3. ^ Bisbee, Dana. "Obituary; Mayo J. Kaan, said to be inspiration for Superman", Boston Herald, Jul 11, 2002 p.057
  4. ^ "Mayo Kaan 1915 – 2002," Superman Super Site. Accessed Oct. 28, 2012.
  5. ^ "Fernand Dineur". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  6. ^ "André Franquin". lambiek.net.
  7. ^ "Frans Piët". lambiek.net.
  8. ^ "Daniel Barry". lambiek.net.
  9. ^ "Geoffrey Foladori". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  10. ^ http://lambiek.net/artists/a/albright_nina.htm
  11. ^ "Jack Sparling". lambiek.net.
  12. ^ "Larry Antonette". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Stan Drake". lambiek.net.
  14. ^ "Roland Topor". lambiek.net.
  15. ^ "Sirius". lambiek.net.
  16. ^ Anderson, Paul M. (August 1997). "Vertigo Editor Stathis Succumbs to Cancer". Wizard (72). p. 22.
  17. ^ "Ruth Atkinson". lambiek.net.
  18. ^ "Kim Casali". lambiek.net.
  19. ^ "James Ringrose". lambiek.net.
  20. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/obituary-chang-chong-ren-1178701.html
  21. ^ "Dick Cavalli". lambiek.net.
  22. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/n/neil_milt.htm
  23. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/lygum_per.htm
  24. ^ "Samm Schwartz". lambiek.net.
  25. ^ "Evelyn Flinders". lambiek.net.
  26. ^ "Benito Jacovitti". lambiek.net.
  27. ^ "Samm Schwartz". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  28. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/carlson_ray_carol.htm
  29. ^ "Sinap". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  30. ^ "Roex". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  31. ^ "Bernard Segal". lambiek.net.
  32. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/smits_georges.htm
  33. ^ "Tony Velasquez". lambiek.net.
  34. ^ Dutrey, Jacques. "News Watch: Angoulême 1997," The Comics Journal #194 (Mar. 1997) , pp. 20-21.
  35. ^ "Chaos! And the Crow Go to Church, 1997 Big Apple Comic Con Report," Comics Buyer's Guide (Mar. 21, 1997), p. 10.
  36. ^ "Newswatch," The Comics Journal #193. (Feb. 1997). p. 27.
  37. ^ "Spotlight," Orlando Sentinel (14 Mar 1997), p. 43.
  38. ^ Ottaviani, Jim. "News Watch: Motor City Convention, March 21–23," The Comics Journal #195 (Apr. 1997), p. 25.
  39. ^ "Comic Book Fans to Convene," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (18 Apr 1997), p. A.23.
  40. ^ "Weekend Hot List," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (18 Apr 1997), p. 3.
  41. ^ Press release. "NEWS: Small Press Expo Signing Tour in September," (July 26, 1997). Archived at Google Groups.
  42. ^ Sangiacomo, Mike. "Superman Vet Had Write Stuff: Alviin Schwartz will make Rare Public Appearance and Discuss Years at DC," Cleveland Plain Dealer (Nov. 27, 1997).