1998 in comics
Notable events of 1998 in comics. See also List of years in comics.
- 1 Events and publications
- 2 Specific date unknown
- 3 Deaths
- 4 Conventions
- 5 First issues by title
- 6 References
Events and publicationsEdit
- Jim Lee announced that DC Comics would take over WildStorm Productions.
- MU Press publishes Those Annoying Post Bros. #63, the final issue of that title.
- Superman Red/Superman Blue begins.
- Ghost Rider, vol. 3., 1990 series, cancelled by Marvel with issue #93
- Batman: Cataclysm begins.
- The first episode of Daniel Clowes' David Boring is prepublished in Eightball.
- Marvel Comics' Identity Crisis begins.
- Batman: Cataclysm concludes.
- Emerald Knights begins.
- Identity Crisis concludes.
- Superman Red/Superman Blue concludes.
- Toy Biz buys Marvel Comics
- The "Emerald Knights" storyline concludes
- The Gathering of Five, taking place over Spider-Man's four main ongoing series
- Daredevil vol. 1, 1964 series, is canceled by Marvel with issue #380
- Excalibur is canceled by Marvel with issue #125
- The Sensational Spider-Man is canceled by Marvel with issue #33
- DC One Million takes place.
- The Final Chapter begins and concludes, taking place over Spider-Man's three main ongoing series
- The imprint Marvel Knights debuts with three new titles:
- Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man is canceled by Marvel with issue #263.
- Silver Surfer vol. 2 is canceled by Marvel with issue #146.
- What If vol. 2 is canceled by Marvel with issue #114.
- November 18: The first page of Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik's Penny Arcade is uploaded to the Internet.
Specific date unknownEdit
- January 7: Eli Bauer, American comics artist and animator (Kermit the Hermit, Norman), dies at age 69. 
- January 11: Win Mortimer, American comics artist (co-creator of Ripley's Believe It Or Not), dies at age 78.
- January 28: Shotaro Ishinomori, Japanese manga artist (Kamen Rider, Cyborg 009, Sandarobotchi), dies at age 60 of heart failure.
- February 8: John Miles, British cartoonist and comics artist (Perkins), passes away at age 63. 
- February 14: Thomas McKimson, American comics artist and animator (Looney Tunes comics, Disney comics, worked on the Roy Rogers comic strip), dies at age 90. 
- February 16: Gervy, French comics artist (Pat'Apouf), passes away at age 89. 
- February 28: Antonio Prohías, Cuban-American comics artist (Spy vs. Spy), dies at age 77.
- March 1: Archie Goodwin, American comics writer (Luke Cage, Manhunter, worked for Blazing Combat, Creepy and Eerie), dies at age 60.
- March 3: Olaf Stoop, Dutch activist and underground comics artist (Roza's Lotgevallen), dies at the age of 52 from a heart attack. 
- March 23: John Sikela, Slovakian-American comics artist (worked on Superman, Superboy), dies at age 90 or 91. 
- April 7: Alex Schomburg, Puerto Rican-American comics artist (Timely Comics), dies at age 92.
- April 8: Lee Elias, British-American comics artist (Beyond Mars, Black Cat), dies at age 77.
- April 17: E.E. Hibbard, American painter and comics artist (worked on The Flash, The Green Lantern and was the first artist to illustrate a Justice Society story), dies at age 89. 
- April 26: Bill Crooks, American comics artist (assisted on Captain Easy), dies at age 80. 
- August 1: René Bonnet, French comics artist (Fripounet et Marisette), dies at age 92. 
- August 20: Robert Rigot, French illustrator, caricaturist and comics artist (Chantal, Frédéri le Gardian, Les Rapaces), dies at age 89. 
- September 1: Francisco Coching, Filipino comics artist (Marabini, Hagibis, Sabas, ang Barbaro Pedro Penduko, El Indio), dies at age 86.
- September 3: Vincent Alascia, American comics artist (American Avenger, worked on Captain America), dies at age 84.
- October 28: Les Carroll, American comics artist (The Tillers, Life with the Rimples, assisted Boots and Her Buddies and Alley Oop, continued Our Boarding House), dies at age 86. 
- November 2: Enric Sió, Spanish comics artist (La Guerra de los Poetas, Mara, Mis Miedos), dies from a stroke at age 56.
- November 3: Bob Kane, American comics artist (Batman), dies at age 83.
- November 17: Bill Ward, American comics artist (Torchy), dies at age 79.
- November 24: Jacques Eggermont, Belgian comics artist and animator (Bicky, Kaatje en Klopje), passes away at age 80.
- December 10: Ray Goossens, Belgian comics artist (Reynaert de Vos, Ouwe Taaie, Mr. Snor, Tijl Uilenspiegel (sometimes titled Tijl en Lamme), Pimmeke, Snops, Tsjoem) and animator (Musti), dies at age 74.
- December 23: Joe Orlando, American comics artist (co-creator of the Weird Science, Weird Fantasy series), dies at age 71.
- December 29: Jean-Claude Forest, French comics artist (Barbarella), dies at age 68.
- December 31: Sándor Gugi, Hungarian comics artist (Talál Tamás, Der Arme Leopold, adaptations of literary novels), dies at age 81. 
- January 22–25: Angoulême International Comics Festival (Angoulême, France)
- February 21–22: Alternative Press Expo (San Jose, California)
- March 13–15: MegaCon (Orlando Expo Center, Orlando, Florida, USA) — guests include Stephen Furst and Robin Downs of Babylon 5
- March 21–22: United Kingdom Comic Art Convention (Manchester, England) — guests include Joe Sacco, Alex Ross, Eddie Campbell, Colleen Doran, Woodrow Phoenix, William Messner-Loebs, Alan Grant, and Dave Taylor ; presentation of the National Comics Awards; final iteration of the UKCAC
- April 17–19: WonderCon (Oakland, California)
- April 25–26: Pittsburgh Comicon (Pittsburgh ExpoMart, Monroeville, Pennsylvania) — guests include Kevin Smith and Jim Mahfood
- May 15–17: Motor City Comic Con I (Novi Expo Center, Novi, Michigan)
- May 16: Ramapo Comic Con XII (Ramapo High School, Spring Valley, New York) — guests include Barry Blair, Howard Cruse, Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Dave Cockrum, Joe Quesada, Jimmy Palmiotti, Fred Hembeck, and Amanda Conner
- Summer: "The Death of CAPTION" (Oxford Union Society, Oxford, England)
- June 3–5: Heroes Convention (Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina) — guests include "Trilogy Tour" II members Jeff Smith, Charles Vess, Linda Medley, Mark Crilley, Jill Thompson, and Stan Sakai
- June 26–28: Fan Expo Canada (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) — 6,778 attendees; guests include Joe Quesada, Greg Capullo, Joseph Michael Linsner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Humberto Ramos, Christina Z, Amanda Conner, Chester Brown, Joe Matt, and Seth
- July 17–19: Wizard World Chicago (Rosemont Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois) — 25,000 attendees; guest of honor: Todd McFarlane; special guests: David Prowse and Kenny Baker; other guests include "Trilogy Tour" II members Jeff Smith, Charles Vess, Linda Medley, Mark Crilley, Jill Thompson, and Stan Sakai
- July 17–18: Zinefest (Los Angeles and Orange, California)
- Aug. 11–12: Pro/Con (San Diego, California) — 6th Pro/Con moves from Oakland to San Diego; held right before Comic-Con International
- August 13–17: Comic-Con International (San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California) — 42,000 attendees. Special guests include John Broome, Eddie Campbell, Nick Cardy, Mark Crilley, Colleen Doran, Lorenzo Mattotti, Terry Moore, Paul S. Newman, James Robinson, Joe Simon, Paul Smith, Vin Sullivan, Naoko Takeuchi, Chris Ware, and Robert Williams
- September 3–6: Dragon Con (Hyatt Regency Atlanta/ AmericasMart, Atlanta, Georgia) — 18,000 attendees
- September 11–12: Big Apple Comic Con I (Church of St. Paul the Apostle, New York City)
- September 26–27: Small Press Expo (Holiday Inn Select, Bethesda, Maryland)
- October 9–10: Festival of Cartoon Art (Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio) — 6th edition
- October 10: Big Apple Comic Con II (Church of St. Paul the Apostle, New York City)
- October 10–11: Motor City Comic Con II (Dearborn Civic Center, Dearborn, Michigan)
- October 17–18: SuperCon III (Oakland Convention Center, Oakland, California)
- November 13–15: The Graphic Novel: a 20th Anniversary Conference on an Emerging Literary and Artistic Medium (the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts) — program book features a brief essay by Will Eisner, "Twentieth Anniversary Reflections on A Contract with God"
- November 13–14: Big Apple Comic Con III (Church of St. Paul the Apostle, New York City)
- November 28–29: Mid-Ohio Con (Adam's Mark Hotel, Columbus, Ohio) — guests include "Trilogy Tour" II members Jeff Smith, Charles Vess, Linda Medley, Mark Crilley, Jill Thompson, and Stan Sakai
First issues by titleEdit
- "Eppo". www.lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Win Mortimer". lambiek.net.
- "Shôtarô Ishimori". lambiek.net.
- "John Miles". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Gervy". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Antonio Prohias". lambiek.net.
- "Archie Goodwin". lambiek.net.
- Saunders, David. "Alex Schomburg (1905–1998)," PulpArtists.com: Field Guide to Wild American Pulp Artists (2009). Accessed June 25, 2012.
- "Alex Schomburg". lambiek.net.
- "Lee Elias". lambiek.net.
- "Reg Smythe". lambiek.net.
- "René Bonnet". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Francisco V. Coching". lambiek.net.
- Vincent Alascia at the Lambiek Comiclopedia. Retrieved October 18, 2011. Archived from the original October 18, 2011
- "Les Carroll". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Enric Sio". lambiek.net.
- Boxer, Sarah. "Bob Kane, 83, the Cartoonist Who Created 'Batman,' Is Dead", The New York Times November 7, 1998
- "Bob Kane". lambiek.net.
- "Bill Ward". lambiek.net.
- "Jacques Eggermont". lambiek.net.
- "Ray Goossens". lambiek.net.
- "Joe Orlando". lambiek.net.
- "Jean-Claude Forest". lambiek.net.
- Kannenberg, Jr., Gene. "Veni, Vidi, BD: A First-Time View of Angoulême, 1998," The Comics Journal #202 (Mar. 1998), pp. 24-26..
- "Chasing Kevin: Besides Movie Fans, Director Smith Has to Cope With Comic Book Lovers," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (29 Apr 1998), p. F-5.
- "Detroit Gears Up for Motor City Con," Comic Book Marketplace, vol. 2, #58 (Apr. 1998), pp. 74-75.
- Rimmels, Beth Hannan. "Stripped: Cruising in Queens, Etc.," Long Island Voice (May 14–20, 1998).
- "News for the week ending September 27, 1998," Sequential Tart (Sept. 1998).
- Kannenberg, Gene. "One-of-a-kind: The Ohio State University Festival of Cartoon Art, October 9–10, 1998, A Personal View," Comics Journal (Dec. 1998), pp. 9–14.