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Notable events of 1989 in comics. See also List of years in comics.
- 1 Events
- 2 Exhibitions and shows
- 3 Conventions
- 4 Awards
- 5 First issues by title
- 6 Initial appearance by character name
- 7 References
- "Inferno" company-wide Marvel Comics crossover continues, involving the mutant titles The Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor, The New Mutants, and Excalibur, as well as the X-Terminators limited series and various other Marvel titles. Began in Marvel titles cover-dated October 1988; runs through issues cover-dated August 1989.
- DC Comics debuts its alternative imprint Piranha Press, rolling out such series as Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children, Epicurus the Sage, Etc., Gregory, and The Score; and the original graphic novels Desert Streams, The Sinners, and The Wastelands.
- Caliber Comics, Continüm Comics, Revolutionary Comics, and Trident Comics make their publishing debuts; Blackthorne Publishing, Comics Interview Group, Starblaze Graphics, and the UK publisher Harrier Comics all cease publishing.
- "The Man Who Falls," by Dennis O'Neil and Dick Giordano, published in Secret Origins of the World's Greatest Super-Heroes trade paperback. (DC Comics)
- NOW Comics decided to use the Comics Code Authority seal in that year.
- Ronald Perelman buys the Marvel Entertainment Group, the parent company of Marvel Comics, from New World Entertainment for $82.5 million, putting in $10.5 million of his own money and borrowing the rest.
- Invasion! crossover event in DC Comics
- Doom Patrol vol. 2, #19: "Crawling from the Wreckage" — Grant Morrison begins a celebrated run as Doom Patrol writer (lasting until issue #63, January 1993).
- Gotham by Gaslight, by Brian Augustyn, Mike Mignola, and P. Craig Russell, published by DC Comics.
- Justice League International #24 features the final Bonus Book, a free insert showcasing the work of new comics creators.
- Thor #400: "God vs. god in the greatest battle of all time," mostly written by Tom DeFalco. (Marvel Comics)
- The Avengers #300: 68-page Inferno crossover by Walter Simonson, John Buscema, and Tom Palmer. (Marvel Comics)
- February 9: Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion, dies at age 60.
- March 4: The merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications was announced.
- March 14: Action Comics, with issue #642, ends its weekly publication schedule (begun May 24, 1988) and goes on a short hiatus (resuming publication in July). (DC Comics)
- March 30: Justice League of America and Wonder Woman artist Mike Sekowsky dies at age 65.
- Dragon's Claws is canceled by Marvel UK with issue #10.
- Wanderers is canceled by DC with issue #13.
- April 9: Carl Wessler dies at age 75.
- Detective Comics #600 by Sam Hamm, Denys Cowan, Dick Giordano, and Frank McLaughlin. (DC Comics)
- The Janus Directive crossover storyline begins. (DC Comics)
- Justice League International changes its name to Justice League America with issue #26 (DC Comics).
- Atlantis Attacks crossover event in Marvel Comics, runs through Marvel's core title Annuals.
- Maze Agency ceases publication by Comico with issue #7.
- Action Comics, with issue #643, goes back to being a standard format monthly title. (DC Comics)
- The introduction of the Great Lakes Avengers in issue #46 of West Coast Avengers. (Marvel Comics)
- Batman: Year Three storyline, by Marv Wolfman and Pat Broderick, begins in Batman #436 (runs through Batman #439). (DC Comics)
- Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 2 is canceled by DC with issue #63.
- C.O.P.S.is cancelled by DC with issue #15.
- St. Swithin's Day, by Grant Morrison and Paul Grist, debuts in Trident #1. (Continues through issue #4; collected by Trident Comics as a trade paperback in 1990.)
- August 4: Paul Murry, long-time Disney comics artist, passes away at age 77.
- August 8: George Papp, long-time Superboy artist, passes away at age 73.
- West Coast Avengers changes its name to Avengers West Coast with issue #48.
- Death's Head is cancelled by Marvel UK with issue #10.
- Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean, published by DC Comics.
- October 28: The Dead Man storyline, by John Wagner and John Ridgway, begins in 2000 AD prog 650 (running through prog 662, 20 January 1990). (Fleetway Publications)
- Conan The King is cancelled with issue 55.
- November 22: Captain Marvel creator C.C. Beck dies at age 79.
- Acts of Vengeance crossover event in Marvel Comics; runs through February 1990 issues.
- G.I. Joe Special Missions is canceled by Marvel with issue #28.
- Maze Agency is picked up by Innovation Comics with issue #8.
Exhibitions and shows
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- Motor City Comic Con (Dearborn Civic Center) — first iteration of this show
- January: Angoulême International Comics Festival (Angoulême, France)
- Summer: Dragon Con (Omni Hotel & Convention Center, Atlanta, Georgia) — 3,200 attendees; guest of honor: Anne McCaffrey
- June: Heroes Convention (Charlotte, North Carolina)
- June 16–17: Comix Fair (Ramada Hotel Southwest, Houston, Texas) — seventh annual show; guests include John Romita, Jr., Bob Layton, Tim Vigil, and Doug Hazlewood
- June 30–July 2: Chicago Comicon (Ramada O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois) — c. 5,000 attendees; guests include Jim Aparo, Stan Lee, Harvey Pekar, Jay Lynch, Skip Williamson, and S. Clay Wilson
- July 14–16: Dallas Fantasy Fair I (Sheraton Park Central, Dallas, Texas) — presentation of the Harvey Awards; official guests include Doug Hazlewood
- July 21–23: Atlanta Fantasy Fair (Atlanta Hilton & Towers, Atlanta, Georgia) — 4,000 attendees; official guests include George Pérez, Michael Dorn, Jerry Robinson, Gary Gygax, Todd Bryant, June Chadwick, Marc Singer, and Marina Sirtis (scheduled guests Bob Kane and Tom Savini forced to cancel)
- August 3–6: San Diego Comic-Con (Convention and Performing Arts Center and Omni Hotel) — 11,000 attendees; official guests: Paul Chadwick, Howard Cruse, Ron Goulart, Mark Hamill, Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez, Selby Kelly, Syd Mead, Fred Rhoads, Jerry Robinson, and Gahan Wilson
- September 8–10: United Kingdom Comic Art Convention — guests include Jim Baikie, Grant Morrison, Jamie Delano, Kev F. Sutherland, John Ridgway, Dickie Howitt, Cam Kennedy, Guy Lawley, Will Simpson, Tim Perkins, Warren Pleece, Gary Pleece, Trina Robbins, Steve Yeowell, Steve Leialoha, Mark Farmer, Karen Berger, John Byrne, Jenette Kahn, Jaime Hernandez, Howard Chaykin, Woodrow Phoenix, Lew Stringer, Richard Bruning, David Lloyd, Susan Catherine, Barry Kitson, Mike Grell, Mark Buckingham, Tom Veitch, Gerhard, Gilbert Hernandez, Garry Leach, Steve Yeowell, Dave Gibbons, Phil Elliott, Myra Hancock, Paul Gravett, Eddie Campbell, Georgiou Bambos, Ed Pinsent, Glenn Dakin, Don Lawrence, Liam Sharp, Bill Marks, Archie Goodwin, Al Davison, Kevin O'Neill, Howard Chaykin, Dennis O'Neil, and Bryan Talbot
- September 9–10: FantaCon (Albany, New York)
- September 23–24: OrlandoCon (International Inn, Orlando, Florida) — 16th annual edition
- October 21–22: Toronto Comic and Sequential Art Exposition (Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Building, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
- October 27–29: Festival of Cartoon Art (Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio) —featured guests include Bill Watterson
- November 24–26: Dallas Fantasy Fair II (Dallas, Texas)
- Favourite Writer: Neil Gaiman, Sandman (DC Comics)
- Favourite Artist (Penciller): Todd McFarlane
- Favourite Artist (Inker): Paul Neary
- Favourite Comicbook: Uncanny X-Men
- Favourite Graphic Novel: Arkham Asylum
- Favourite Character: Batman
- Favourite Group or Team: Doom Patrol
- Favourite Villain: The Joker
- Favourite Single or Continued Story: Skreemer, written by Peter Milligan with art by Brett Ewins and Steve Dillon (DC Comics)
- Favourite New Comic Title: Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight
- Favourite Comic Cover: Aliens #1 by Denis Beauvais
- Favourite Specialist Comics Publication: Marvel Age
- Favourite Writer: Grant Morrison
- Favourite Artist: Simon Bisley
- Favourite Comic: 2000 AD
- Best Graphic Novel: Violent Cases (Titan)
- Favourite Graphic Novel: Sláine: The Horned God Book I
- Favourite Character: Judge Dredd
- Favourite Villain: Judge Death
- Favourite Supporting Character: Middenface McNulty (Strontium Dog)
- Favourite Single or Continued Story: Sláine: The Horned God Book I (2000 AD Prog 626-635)
- Character Most Worthy of Own Title: Captain Britain
- Favourite New Comic: Bogey Man
- Favourite Comic Cover: 2000 AD Prog 626, by Simon Bisley
- Favourite Specialist Comics Publication: Speakeasy
First issues by title
El Diablo vol. 2
- Release: February. Writers: Alan Grant and Keith Giffen. Artists: Barry Kitson, Keith Giffen, and Mike DeCarlo.
Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 3
- Release: November. Writers: Keith Giffen and Tom and Mary Bierbaum. Artists: Keith Giffen and Al Gordon.
New Gods vol. 3
Star Trek vol. 2
Catwoman (4 issues)
Hawkworld (3 issues)
- Release: August. Writer/Artist: Tim Truman.
Invasion! (3 issues)
Justice, Inc. (2 issues)
Lex Luthor: The Unauthorized Biography (1 issue)
Skreemer (6 issues)
- Release: May. Writer/Artist: John Byrne
What If vol. 2
- Release: July. Editor: Craig Anderson
Damage Control (4 issues)
Shadowmasters (4 issues)
The Sleeze Brothers (6 issues)
The War (4 issues)
Independent and small press titles
- A1 (Atomeka Press, October )
- Baker Street (Caliber, March )
- Black Moon Chronicles (Zenda Editions, May)
- The Crow (Caliber, February )
- Release: December by Trident Comics. Writer: Mark Millar. Artists: Daniel Vallely and Nigel Kitching.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures (Archie Comics, March )
Aliens (4 issues)
Squalor (4 issues)
Initial appearance by character name
- Anarky in Detective Comics #608 (November )
- Amadeus Arkham in Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth (October )
- Arm Fall Off Boy in Secret Origins vol. 2 #46 (December )
- Artemiz in Suicide Squad #35 (November )
- Azazel in The Sandman #4 (April )
- Blasters in Invasion! #1 (January )
- Garryn Bek in Invasion! #1 (January )
- Blockbuster (Roland Desmond) in Starman #9 (April )
- Brotherhood of Dada in Doom Patrol #26 (September )
- Corinthian in The Sandman #10 (October )
- Crazy Jane in Doom Patrol #19 (February )
- Crimson Fox in Justice League Europe #6 (September )
- Deadline in Starman #15 (October )
- El Diablo (Rafael Sandoval) in El Diablo vol. 2 #1 (August )
- Draaga in Superman #454 (May)
- Tim Drake in Batman #436 (August )
- Henri Ducard in Detective Comics #599 (April )
- The Endless in The Sandman #1 (January )
- Eradicator in Action Comics Annual #2
- Flamebird (Bette Kane) in Secret Origins Annual #3
- Freedom Beast in Animal Man #13 (July)
- Hawkwoman (Shayera Thal) in Hawkworld vol. 1, #1 (August )
- Huntress (Helena Bertinelli) in Huntress #1 (April )
- Kirigi in Batman #431 (March )
- Kono in Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 4) #2 (December )
- Matthew the Raven in The Sandman vol. 2, #11 (December )
- Maxima in Action Comics #645 (September )
- Mirror Master (Evan McCulloch) in Animal Man #8 (February )
- Mr. Nobody in Doom Patrol vol. 2 #26 (September )
- Naiad in Firestorm, the Nuclear Man vol. 2 #90 (October )
- Linda Park in Flash vol. 2 #28 (July)
- Merv Pumpkinhead in The Sandman #5 (May)
- Agent in Marvel Graphic Novel: Rick Mason, The Agent
- Alley Viper in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #92 (November )
- Angler in Quasar #3 (mid-November )
- Prince Baran in Wolverine vol. 2 #6 (April )
- Blackheart in Daredevil #270 (September )
- Bloodscream in Wolverine vol. 2 #4 (February )
- Carrion (Malcolm McBride) in The Spectacular Spider-Man #149 (April )
- Andrew Chord in Thor #411 (December )
- Crossbones in Captain America #359 (early October )
- Crystal Ball in G.I. Joe Special Missions #24 (August )
- Darklon in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #88 (July)
- Dogfight in G.I. Joe Special Missions #28 (December )
- Jubilee in Uncanny X-Men #244 (May)
- Llan the Sorcerer in Alpha Flight #71 (June)
- Madman in The Incredible Hulk #363 (December )
- Matsu'o Tsurayaba in Uncanny X-Men #255 (mid-December )
- Midnight in Marc Spector: Moon Knight #4 (September )
- Misfit in West Coast Avengers #40 (January )
- Numinus in Power Pack #51 (December )
- Alfie O'Meagan in Marvel Comics Presents #25 (August )
- Perun in Captain America #352 (April )
- Portal in Avengers #304 (June)
- Powderkeg in Giant-Size Special: Captain Marvel #1
- Red Guardina (Josef Petkus) in Captain America #352 (April )
- Roughouse in Wolverine vol. 2, #4 (February )
- Shadowmasters in Punisher War Journal #8 (September )
- Shockwave in G.I. Joe Special Missions #17 (January )
- Shotgun in Daredevil #272 (November )
- Silver Fox in Wolverine vol. 2, #10 (August )
- Alysande Stuart in Excalibur #6 (March )
- Voltar in G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero #87 (June)
- Whiteout in Uncanny X-Men #250 (late-October )
- Worm in Uncanny X-Men #249 (early-October )
Independent and small press titles
- The Crow in Caliber Presents #1 (Caliber Comics, January )
- Krang in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures vol. 2, #1 (Archie Comics, March )
- Faust in Faust (Rebel Studios)
- Friday in 2000 AD #650 (Fleetway, 28 October )
- Freeza in Dragon Ball chapter 247
- Judge Giant, Jr. in 2000 AD #651 (Fleetway, 4 November )
- Justice League International #24 at the Grand Comics Database
- Greenberger, Robert; Manning, Matthew K. (2009). The Batman Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles from the Batcave. Running Press. p. 41. ISBN 0-7624-3663-8.
In the pages of Detective Comics, Batman screenwriter Sam Hamm took advantage of that year's ongoing writers' strike to write a three-issue story entitled "Blind Justice", which culminated in that title's 600th issue.
- Powers, Nancy Chipman. "Batman Would Feel At Home: Collectors To Head For Motor City Comic Con Show," Detroit Free Press (13 May 2007), p. CJ.5.
- "Brèves,"Les Cahiers de la Bande Dessinée #83 (Dec. 1988). pp. 28-29.
- "Victoria Artist Due at Fair," The Victoria Advocate (June 15, 1989).
- "Comix Fair has toys for all ages," Houston Chronicle (17 June 1989), p. 1.
- "Comix Fair ready for Batman fans," Houston Chronicle (16 June 1989), p. 7.
- "Victorian Due at Fantasy Fair," The Victorian (July 12, 1989), p. 6.
- Keefer, III, John. "Escape From Reality: The Atlanta Fantasy Fair Had Something For The Kid In Everyone," Sun-Sentinel (July 29, 1989).
- "Convention Caters to Cartoon Fans," Orlando Sentinel (23 Sep 1989): E2.
- Watterson, Bill (1989-10-27). What We Expect of the Comics (The Cheapening of the Comics). The 1989 Festival of Cartoon Art. Retrieved 2011-12-26.