1988 in comics

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Notable events of 1988 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

Events and publications[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • August 26: Belgian comics character Jommeke receives his first statue. It is revealed in front of the library of Beveren, but will unfortunately be destroyed by vandals a few years later. [8]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Specific date unknown[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

  • January 4: Henfil, Brazilian comics artist (Zeferino,Bode Orellana,Os Fradins,Orelhão,Urubu,Pó de Arroz,Bacalhau,Ubaldo,Paranóico, Graúna), dies at age 43 from AIDS. [15]
  • January 30: Homer Brightman, American animation screenwriter and comics writer (original scriptwriter of Al Taliaferro's Donald Duck comic strip [16]), passes away at age 86.[17]

February[edit]

March[edit]

  • March 2:
  • March 6: Jack Binder, American comics artist (Daredevil), dies at age 86.[25]
  • March 8: Jan Kraan, Dutch illustrator, animator and comics artist, dies at age 87. [26]
  • March 26: Rit-Ola, Swedish comics artist (Biffen och Bananen), dies at age 82.[27]
  • March 31: Georges Lévis (Jean Sidobre), French comics artist, passes away at age 63.[28]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

  • Specific date unknown: Julius Stafford Baker II, British comics artist (continued Tiger Tim), passes away at age 84.[37]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Specific date unknown[edit]

Exhibitions and shows[edit]

  • June 27–August 10: Galería Esquina de la Libertad (San Francisco) — "Spain: a View from the Bottom: Posters, Comic Strips, Caricatures and More."

Conventions[edit]

Awards[edit]

Eisner Awards[edit]

Presented in 1989 for comics published in 1988:

First issues by title[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Animal Man

Release: September Writer: Grant Morrison. Artists: Chas Truog and Doug Hazlewood.

Checkmate

Release: April Writer: Paul Kupperberg. Artists: Steve Erwin and Al Vey.

C.O.P.S.

Release: August Writer: Doug Moench. Artists: Pat Broderick and Pablo Marcos.

Hellblazer

Release: January Writer: Jamie Delano. Artist: John Ridgway.

Starman

Release: October Writer: Roger Stern. Artists: Tom Lyle and Bob Smith.

Wanderers

Release: June. Writer: Doug Moench. Artists: Dave Hoover and Robert Campanella.

Limited series[edit]

Batman: The Cult (4 issues)

Release: August Writer: Jim Starlin. Artist: Bernie Wrightson.

Black Orchid (3 issues)

Release: November Writer: Neil Gaiman. Artist: Dave McKean.

Cosmic Odyssey (4 issues)

Release: December Writer: Jim Starlin. Artist: Mike Mignola.

Crimson Avenger (4 issues)

Release: June Writers: Roy and Dann Thomas. Artist: Greg Brooks.

Millennium (8 weekly issues)

Release: January Writer: Steve Englehart. Artists: Joe Staton and Ian Gibson.

Power Girl (4 issues)

Release: June. Writer: Paul Kupperberg. Artists: Rick Hoberg and Arne Starr.

The Prisoner: Shattered Visage (4 issues)

Release. Writer/Artist: Dean Motter.

Unknown Soldier (12 issues)

Release: Winter. Writer: James Owsley. Artist: Phil Gascoine.

The Weird (4 issues)

Release: July. Writer: Jim Starlin. Artist: Bernie Wrightson.

Kodansha[edit]

Natsuko's Sake

Release: on Weekly Morning. Author: Akira Oze.

Marvel[edit]

Count Duckula

Release: November from Star Comics. Writer: Michael Gallager. Artist: Warren Kremer.

Death's Head

Release: December from Marvel UK. Writer: Simon Furman. Artists: Bryan Hitch and Mark Farmer.

Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme

Release: November Writer: Peter Gillis. Artists: Richard Case and Randy Emberlin.

Dragon's Claws

Release: June from Marvel UK. Writer: Simon Furman. Artist: Geoff Senior.

Excalibur

Release: October Writer: Chris Claremont. Artist: Alan Davis.

Marvel Comics Presents

Release: September Editors: Terry Kavanagh and Michael Higgins.

The Punisher War Journal

Release: November Writer/Penciller: Carl Potts. Inker: Jim Lee.

Wolverine

Release: November Writer: Chris Claremont. Artists: John Buscema and Al Williamson.

Limited series[edit]

Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. (6 issues)

Release: June. Writer: Bob Harras. Artists: Paul Neary and Kim DeMulder.

Stray Toasters (4 issues)

Release: by Epic Comics. Writer/Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz.

X-Terminators (4 issues)

Release: October Writer: Louise Simonson. Artist: Jon Bogdanove.

Independent titles[edit]

Limited series[edit]

Aliens (6 issues)

Release: May by Dark Horse Comics. Writer: Mark Verheiden. Artist: Mark A. Nelson.

Black Kiss (12 issues)

Release: June by Vortex Comics. Writer/Artist: Howard Chaykin.

Initial appearance by character name[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Independent titles[edit]

References[edit]

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