1940 in comics

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Notable events of 1940 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

Events and publications[edit]

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Year overall[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

  • Ace Comics (1937 series) #35 – David McKay Publications
  • Action Comics (1938 series) #21 – DC Comics
  • Adventure Comics (1938 series) #47 – DC Comics
  • All-American Comics (1939 series) #11 – DC Comics
  • Daring Mystery Comics (1940 series) #2 – Timely Comics
  • Detective Comics (1937 series) #36 – DC Comics
  • Feature Comics (1939 series) #29 – Quality Comics
  • Flash Comics (1940 series) #2 – National Periodical Publications
  • Marvel Mystery Comics (1939 series) #4 – Timely Comics
  • More Fun Comics (1936 series) #52 – National Periodical Publications
  • Mystery Men Comics (1939 series) #7 – Fox Feature Syndicate
  • Smash Comics (1939 series) #7 – Quality Comics
  • Whiz Comics #2, the first appearance of Captain Marvel — Fawcett (This is actually #1 due to Whiz Comics #1 doesn't exist)

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

  • October 17: The first issue of the short-lived Walloon children's comics magazine Le Soir-Jeunesse, a supplement of the Nazi-controlled Le Soir, is published. It will run until 23 September 1941. In its first issue Hergé's Tintin story The Crab with the Golden Claws is prepublished. Halfway the story Allan Thompson and Captain Haddock make their debut. (In later republications of older Tintin albums Thompson would be retroactively introduced in the older story Cigars of the Pharaoh (1933).)[6]
  • The final issue of the Italian Disney comics magazine Paperino is published.
  • Ace Comics (1937 series) #43 – David McKay Publications
  • Action Comics (1938 series) #29 – DC Comics
  • Adventure Comics (1938 series) #55 – DC Comics
  • All-American Comics (1939 series) #19 – DC Comics
  • Crack Comics (1940 series) #6 – Quality Comics
  • Detective Comics (1937 series) #44 – DC Comics
  • Feature Comics (1939 series) #37 – Quality Comics
  • Flash Comics (1940 series) #10 – National Periodical Publications
  • Hit Comics (1940 series) #4 – Quality Comics
  • Marvel Mystery Comics (1939 series) #12 – Timely Comics
  • Master Comics (1940 series) #7 – Fawcett Publications
  • More Fun Comics (1936 series) #60 – National Periodical Publications
  • Mystery Men Comics (1939 series) #15 – Fox Feature Syndicate
  • Smash Comics (1939 series) #15 – Quality Comics
  • Superman (1939 series) #6 – DC Comics
  • Whiz Comics (1940 series) #9 – Fawcett Comics

November[edit]

December[edit]

  • December 19: The Flemish comics magazine Bravo! launches a French-language sister magazine. It will run until 17 April 1951.
  • Ace Comics (1937 series) #45 – David McKay Publications
  • Action Comics (1938 series) #31 – DC Comics
  • Adventure Comics (1938 series) #57 – DC Comics
  • All-American Comics (1939 series) #21 – DC Comics
  • Crack Comics (1940 series) #8 – Quality Comics
  • Detective Comics (1937 series) #46 – DC Comics
  • Feature Comics (1939 series) #39 – Quality Comics
  • Flash Comics (1940 series) #12 – National Periodical Publications
  • Hit Comics (1940 series) #6 – Quality Comics
  • Marvel Mystery Comics (1939 series) #14 – Timely Comics
  • Master Comics (1940 series) #9 – Fawcett Publications
  • More Fun Comics (1936 series) #62 – National Periodical Publications
  • Mystery Men Comics (1939 series) #17 – Fox Feature Syndicate
  • Smash Comics (1939 series) #17 – Quality Comics
  • Superman (1939 series) #7 – DC Comics
  • Whiz Comics (1940 series) #11 – Fawcett Comics

Specials[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

  • January 15: Henri Verstijnen, Dutch comics artist and philosopher (Spitsmuis en Tapir), dies at age 57.[7]

February[edit]

  • February 27: Johan Braakensiek, Dutch illustrator, painter, graphic artist, political cartoonist and comics artist (Dik Trom), dies at age 81.[8]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • June 3: Charles R. Snelgrove, Canadian comics artist (Robin Hood and Company), dies at age 47.[9]
  • June 21: Tjerk Bottema, Dutch caricaturist, political cartoonist, illustrator and comics artist (made some political comics), dies at age 58.[10]

July[edit]

  • July 20: Harry E. Homan, American comics artist (Billy Make Believe, How to Make It, assisted on Joe Jinks), passes away at age 51 from a heart attack.[11]
  • July 28: Gerda Wegener, Danish graphic designer, painter, illustrator and comics artist (erotic comics), dies at age 47 or 51. [12]

September[edit]

  • September 28: Earl Hurd, American animator and comics artist (Trials of Elder Mouse, Brick Bodkin's Pa, Susie Sunshine, Bobby Bumps), dies at age 60.[13]

October[edit]

  • October 4: Tom Wood, American illustrator and comics artist (Disney comics), dies at age 53 from injuries in a car accident.[14]
  • October 15: Georges Léonnec, French comics artist and illustrator, dies at age 59. [15]

November[edit]

  • November 9: Nikola Navojev, Yugoslavian comics artist (Tarcaneta, Vukadin, Zigomar, illegal versions of Mickey Mouse), dies at age 27 from TBC. [16]
  • November 16: Albert Engström, Swedish novelist and comics artist (Kolingen, Bobban), passes away at age 71.[17]

Specific date unknown[edit]

  • Lucien Haye, French illustrator and comics artist (L'Homme Aux Cent Visages, Le Prince Kama), died at age 73 or 74.[18]
  • Karl Pommerhanz, German-Austrian illustrator and comics artist (made comics for Fliegende Blätter and the Chicago Tribune), dies at age 82 or 83.[19]

First issues by title[edit]


Initial appearances by character name[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c https://www.lambiek.net/artists/f/fox_gardner.htm
  2. ^ Markstein, Don. "Lady Luck". Archived from the original on 2011-10-25.
  3. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/comics/bulgarian.htm
  4. ^ a b https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/taliaferro.htm
  5. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/cuvillier_maurice.htm
  6. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/herge.htm
  7. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/v/verstijnen_henri.htm
  8. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/braakensiek_johan.htm
  9. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/snelgrove_charles.htm
  10. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/bottema_tjerk.htm
  11. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/homan_harry-e.htm
  12. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/wegener_gerda.htm
  13. ^ <https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/hurd_earl.htm
  14. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/wood_tom.htm
  15. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/leonnec_georges.htm
  16. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/n/navojev_nikola.htm
  17. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/e/engstrom_albert.htm
  18. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/haye_lucien.htm
  19. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/pommerhanz_karl.htm
  20. ^ a b c Wallace, Daniel (2010). "1940s". In Dolan, Hannah (ed.). DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. The first issue of Batman's self-titled comic written by Bill Finger and drawn by Bob Kane, represented a milestone in more ways than one. With Robin now a partner to the Caped Crusader, villains needed to rise to the challenge, and this issue introduced two future legends: the Joker and Catwoman.