1957 in comics
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- 1 Publications and events
- 2 Deaths
- 3 First issues by title
- 4 Initial appearance by character name
- 5 See also
- 6 References
Publications and events
- January 7: Mort Walker and Frank Roberge's Mrs. Fitz's Flats makes its debut. It will run until 1972.
- Four Color Comics #762 (Dell Comics) — cover-titled "The Sharkfighters." The 34-page story, by an unknown writer, was penciled and inked by John Buscema.
- February 2: André Franquin's Gaston Lagaffe makes his debut in Spirou. He first appears in its pages without any explanation. After a few weeks Spirou finally asks him who he is, but only finds out his name. Gaston then evolves into its own gag comic, which will run until 1997.
- February 4: Mell Lazarus' Miss Peach makes its debut. It will run until 8 September 2002.
- February 10: Leonard Starr's Mary Perkins, On Stage makes its debut.
- The final issue of the Dutch comics magazine Ketelbinkie Krant is published, which is named Kapitein Rob's Vrienden outside Rotterdam.
- March 28: The first issue of the Italian comics magazine Il Giorno dei Ragazzi is published. In the first issue Benito Jacovitti's Cocco Bill makes its debut.
- May 8: Maurice Maréchal's Prudence Petitpas makes her debut in Tintin.
- Héctor Germán Oesterheld and Hugo Pratt's Ernie Pike makes its debut.
- June 2: The final episode of Barbara Shermund's cartoon feature Shermund's Sallies is published, which will run in Pictorial Review until 2 June 1957.
- June 12: Jean Graton's Michel Vaillant is first published in Tintin.
- American News Company goes out of business, causing a huge shakeup in the publishing industry, forcing many comic book publishers and small magazine publishers out of business. Atlas Comics is forced to switch distribution to Independent News, owned by National Periodical Publications, owner of Atlas' rival, DC Comics. Because of this, Atlas is constrained as to its publishing output for the next decade (including the early years of its successor, Marvel Comics).
- August 3: The final episode of Stephen Dowling and Frank Dowling's Ruggles is published.
- August 5: Reg Smythe's Andy Capp makes its debut.
- The first issue of Harvey Kurtzman's humor magazine Humbug is published. It will run until 1958.
- Showcase #9, Lois Lane is featured in a tryout for her own series.
- Marvel Tales (vol. 1), with issue #159, canceled by Timely.
- Western Kid, with issue #17, canceled by Atlas.
- September 4: Héctor Germán Oesterheld and Francisco Solano López' Il Eternauta (The Eternaut) makes its debut.
- September 9: Abel Santa Cruz and Alberto Breccia's Pancho López makes its debut.
- September 10: Marten Toonder's Tom Poes story De Kiekvogel is first published. Halfway the story Anne-Marie Doddel, Olivier B. Bommel's love interest, makes her debut.
- September 14: The final episode of Stanley Link's newspaper comic The Dailys is first published.
- Wild Western, with issue #57, canceled by Atlas.
- Ringo Kid, with issue #21, canceled by Atlas.
- Outlaw Kid, with issue #19, canceled by Atlas.
- Rawhide Kid, with issue #17, canceled by Atlas. (The title would be revived three years later by Marvel, continuing the numbering.)
- October 16: Dino Attanasio's Signor Spaghetti makes its debut in Tintin.
- October 21: Marc Sleen's The Adventures of Nero story De Granaatslikker is first published in the newspapers. Halfway the story Abraham Tuizentfloot makes his debut.
- October 28: Charles M. Schulz' It's Only a Game makes its debut and will run until 11 January 1959.
- The first issue of Hot Stuff the Little Devil, created by Warren Kremer and first published in Hot Stuff is published.
- November 19: The first issue of the Belgian comics magazine Samedi-Jeunesse is published, which will run until November 1976.
- November 28: The first episode of Hergé's Adventures of Tintin airs on television by Ray Goossens and animation studio Belvision. This is the first hand-drawn animated TV adaptation of the comics series The Adventures of Tintin.
- December 24: André Franquin creates the Christmas comic Le Petit Noël in Spirou.
- December 28: The final issue of the British Disney comics weekly Mickey Mouse Weekly is published.
- January 5: Clarence Gray, American comics artist (Brick Bradford), dies at the age of 56.
- January 25: Harry J. Tuthill, American comics artist (The Bungle Family), dies at the age of 71.
- February 5: Ben Hardaway, American animator (Looney Tunes, namegiver of Bugs Bunny), passes away at age 61.
- March 1: A.C. Hutchison, American comics artist and animator (Major Sunshine and Colonel Grouch, Mrs. Economy, Luke Whoozis), dies at age 72.
- March 20: Arthur Lewis, American comics artist (continued Nervy Nat), dies at age 84.
- March 28: Jack Butler Yeats, Irish painter, illustrator and comics artist. (Chubb-Lock Holmes), passes away at age 85.
- April 17: Juan Martinez Buendia, aka Tínez, Spanish comics artist (contributed to TBO, Los Grandes Inventos de TBO), passes away at age 64 or 65.
- April 30: Jacques Souriau, French comics artist (Jean et Jeanette), dies at age 80.
- September 24: Harry Paschall, American bodybuilder, columnist and comics artist (Bosco), dies at age 60.
- October 11: Edmond François Calvo, French comics artist (La Bête est Mort), dies at the age of 65.
- October 14: Reginald Heade, British comics artist (worked for magazines like Knockout and Comet), dies at the age of 55 or 56.
- October 26: Lawson Wood, British painter, illustrator, designer and comics artist (Gran'pop), dies at age 79.
- December 14: Josef Lada, Czech painter, illustrator, comics artist and writer (Mikeš the cat, The Good Soldier Švejk), passes away at 69 years old.
- December 23: Maurice Cuvillier, French comics artist and illustrator (Zimbo et Zimba, Perlin et Pinpin, Sylvain et Sylvette), passes away at age 60.
- December 24: Stanley Link, American comics artist (Tiny Tim, Ching Chow, The Dailys), dies at the age of 62 or 63.
Specific date unknown
- Ad Carter, American comics artist (Our Friend Mush, Just Kids, Nicodemus O'Malley), dies at age 71 or 72.
- Ed Smalle, Canadian-American comics artist (Récit Authentiques, comics for Chesler Comics and Funnies Inc.), dies at age 44 or 45.
First issues by title
- Billy the Kid (November)
- Adventures of Homer Ghost (June)
- The Black Rider Rides Again (September)
- Commando Adventures (June)
- A Date with Patsy (September)
- Hedy Wolfe (August)
- The Kid from Dodge City (July)
- The Kid from Texas (June)
- Marvin Mouse (September)
- Navy Tales (January)
- Nellie the Nurse
- Showgirls (June)
- Six-Gun Western (January)
- Western Trails (May)
- Willie the Wise Guy
- Dexter the Demon #7 — renamed from Melvin the Monster
- G.I. Tales #4 ± renamed from Sgt. Barney Barker
- Marines at War #1-8 — renamed from Tales of the Marines (Atlas Comics)
- Kid Slade, Gunfighter #5 — renamed from Matt Slade, Gunfighter
- Navy Action #15 — renamed from Sailor Sweeney
- Sherry the Showgirl #5 — renamed from Showgirls
- Showgirls #4 renamed from Sherry the Showgirl
- Tales of the Marines #4 — renamed Marines at War, renamed from Devil-Dog Dugan (Atlas Comics)
Initial appearance by character name
- Billy the Kid — Masked Raider #6 (Charlton, February)
- Captain Cold in Showcase #8 (June), created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino - DC Comics
- Challengers of the Unknown in Showcase #6 (February), created by Jack Kirby - DC Comics
- Professor Milo in Detective Comics #247 (September), created by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff - DC Comics
- Professor Potter — Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #22 (DC, August)
- Signalman in Batman #112 (December), created by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff - DC Comics
- "Stan the Man & Roy the Boy: A Conversation Between Stan Lee and Roy Thomas," Comic Book Artist (2). Summer 1998. Archived from the original on November 14, 2009.
- Irvine, Alex (2010). "1950s". In Dolan, Hannah (ed.). DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9.
The future title Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane got a tryout in issues #9 and #10 of Showcase, when Lois Lane stepped in as the lead feature.
- Dan Dare. "Francisco Solano López".
- Ghez, Didier (30 September 2011). Walt's People: Talking Disney With the Artists Who Knew Him. p. 61. ISBN 978-1-4653-6841-6.
- "United Kingdom: Mickey Mouse Weekly". Coa.inducks.org.