1959 in comics
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Notable events of 1959 in comics. See also List of years in comics.
- 1 Publications and events
- 2 Deaths
- 3 First issues by title
- 4 Initial appearance by character name
- 5 References
Publications and events
- January 11: After two years of publication Charles M. Schulz' It's Only a Game comes to an end. 
- Mr. District Attorney, with issue #67 (January/February cover date), cancelled by DC.
- March 15: After 38 years of publication Russ Westover's Tillie the Toiler is discontinued. 
- March 28: The final episode of Phiny Dick, Ton Beek, Eiso Toonder and Andries Brandt's Birre Beer is published. 
- March: Flash Comics, a series which ended in 1949 is rebooted and marks the debut of The Flashby John Broome and Carmine Infantino.
- May 24: After two and a half years Frank Giacoia's Johnny Reb and Billy Yank comes to an end.
- May 30: John Dixon's Air Hawk and the Flying Doctors makes its debut.
- Hopalong Cassidy, with issue #135 (May/June cover date), cancelled by DC.
- June 6: Leo Baxendale's The Three Bears makes its debut in The Beano.
- June 21: The first issue of the Belgian children's magazine Zonnekind, a sister publication of Zonneland, is published. In the first issue Nonkel Fons and Gray Croucher's Rikske en Fikske makes its debut. 
- September 14: The new The Adventures of Nero story De Zoon van Nero starts in Het Volk, which marks the birth of Nero's son Adhemar.
- September 24:The final issue of the Belgian Disney comics magazine Mickey Magazine is published.
- September: Harvey Kurtzman's graphic novel Harvey Kurtzman's Jungle Book is first published.
- October 10: After 27 years of publication Norman Pett's Jane comes to an end. 
- October 17: After 23 years of continuous publication Bill Connor and Steve Dowling's Belinda comes to an end.
- October 17: The British comics magazine The Comet ceases to exist and merges into the new magazine Tiger.
- October 17: After 42 years of publication Sidney Smith's The Gumps comes to an end. 
- October 19: Dennis Collins' The Perishers makes its debut.
- October 24: The British boys' story paper The Hotspur is transformed into a comics magazine: The New Hotspur. It will run until 24 January 1981. 
- October 29: The first issue of the French comics magazine Pilote is published, which will become one of the best-selling magazines ever in only a few years. In its first issue Astérix by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, Tanguy et Laverdure by Jean-Michel Charlier and Albert Uderzo and Jean-Michel Charlier and Victor Hubinon's Redbeard make their debut.
- November 5: Willy Vandersteen's De Rode Ridder, based on the novels by Leopold Vermeiren, makes its debut. 
- December 10: In the 1130th issue of the Belgian magazine Spirou a small supplement Smurfs comic book is added named Le Voleur de Schtroumpfs, in which Gargamel and Azrael make their debut. 
- December 16: Raymond Macherot's Clifton makes its debut. 
- December 24: Jean Roba and Maurice Rosy's Boule et Bill makes its debut. 
- April 15: Harry B. Martin, American comics artist (Weatherbird, It Happened in Birdland), dies from cerebral thrombosis at age 85.
- July 6: George Grosz, German painter, caricaturist, and illustrator, dies at age 65.
- August 4: Eric Ericson, American comics artist and cartoonist (The Grounded Gremlin, Herkimer Fuddle), dies at age 45. 
- August 5: Frank Godwin, American comics artist and illustrator (Roy Powers, Connie, Rusty Riley), dies at age 69.
- August 11: Matt Baker, American comics artist (Phantom Lady, Flamingo) dies at age 37.
- August 11: Bert Wymer, British comics artist and archeologist (continued Tiger Tim), dies at age 68. 
- September 29: Bruce Bairnsfather, British comics artist and cartoonist (Old Bill), passes away at age 72 from bladder cancer. 
- December 7: Peter Beekman, Dutch comics artist (Hansje, Ansje en de Meeuw, Rare, Maar Ware Commentaren), dies at age 48. 
- December 9: Gene Carr, American comics artist (Lady Bountiful, The Bad Dream That Made Bill A Better Boy), dies at age 78. 
Specific date unknown
- Will Donald, Australian comics artist (Fashion Plate Fanny), passes away at age 85 or 86. 
First issues by title
- Kathy - Marvel Comics
- A Date with Millie - Marvel Comics
- Pilote magazine, featuring debuts of the series Astérix by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, and Michel Tanguy by Uderzo and Jean-Michel Charlier. (October 29)
- Tales of Suspense - Marvel Comics
- Tales to Astonish - Marvel Comics
Initial appearance by character name
- Asterix and Obélix make their debut on 29 October 1959 in the first issue of Pilote.
- Tanguy et Laverdure make their debut in the first issue of Pilote.
- Abin Sur in Showcase #22 (October) created by John Broome and Gil Kane - DC Comics
- Bat-Mite in Detective Comics #267 (May), created by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff - DC Comics
- Carol Ferris in Showcase #22 (September), created by John Broome and Gil Kane - DC Comics
- Circe in Showcase #21 (July), created by Jack Miller and Mike Sekowsky - DC Comics
- Congorilla in Action Comics #248 (January) created by Robert Bernstein and Howard Sherman - DC Comics
- Gorilla Grodd in The Flash #106 (May), created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino - DC Comics
- Hal Jordan in Showcase #22 (October) created by John Broome and Gil Kane - DC Comics
- Human Flame in Detective Comics #274 (December), created by Jack Miller and Joe Certa - DC Comics
- Karin Grace in The Brave and the Bold #25 (September), created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru - DC Comics
- Lady Blackhawk in Blackhawk #133(February), created by Jack Schiff and Dick Dillin - DC Comics
- Lori Lemaris in Superman #129 (May), created by Bill Finger and Wayne Boring - DC Comics
- Lucy Lane in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #36 (April), created by Otto Binder and Curt Swan - DC Comics
- Metallo in Action Comics #252 (May), created by Robert Bernstein and Al Plastino - DC Comics
- Mirror Master in The Flash #105 (March), created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino - DC Comics
- Mister Freeze in Batman #121(February), created by Dave Wood and Sheldon Moldoff - DC Comics
- Pied Piper in The Flash #106 (May), created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino - DC Comics
- Rick Flag in The Brave and the Bold #25 (August), created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru - DC Comics
- Rip Hunter in Showcase #20 (June), created by Jack Miller and Ruben Moreira - DC Comics
- Sgt. Rock in Our Army at War #81 (April), created by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert
- Solovar in The Flash #106 (April), created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino - DC Comics
- Suicide Squad in Brave and Bold #25, created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru - DC Comics
- Supergirl in Action Comics #252 (May), created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino - DC Comics
- The Clock in Detective Comics #265 (March), created by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff - DC Comics
- Weather Wizard, in Flash #110 (December 1959/January 1960)
- "Norman Pett", Artists, Lambiek.
- Complete AP/Fleetway comic index
- McAleer, Joseph (1992). Popular Reading and Publishing in Britain: 1914-1950. ISBN 9780198203292.
- BDoubliées. "Tintin année 1959" (in French).
- BDoubliées. "Pilote année 1959" (in French).
- Irvine, Alex; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1950s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 93. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9.
In "The Rock of Easy Co.!" written by Robert Kanigher and Bob Haney, with art by Ross Andru, the reader was introduced to Sgt. Frank Rock of Easy Company.