1990 in comics

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Notable events of 1990 in comics. See also List of years in comics.


Year overall[edit]











Specific date unknown[edit]

  • The first issue of the Belgian satirical comics and cartoons magazine Ubu-Pan is published.




  • February 22: Thomas Ochse Honiball, South African cartoonist and comics artist (Oom Kaspaas, Jakkals en Wolf), dies at age 84. [5]


  • March 4: Salvatore Deidda, Italian comics artist (Stark, continued Martin Mystère), dies at age 37. [6]
  • March 30: João Mottini, Brazilian comics artist (Quintín Duval, continued Ellos), passes away at age 66. [7]


  • April 24: André Fernez, Belgian comics writer, novelist and chief editor of Tintin between 1947 and 1959, passes away at age 72. [8]
  • April 28: Edwina Dumm, American comics artist (Cap Stubbs and Tippie) dies at age 96.[9]







  • October 29: François Gianolla, Belgian comics artist (Fred, Mile et Bob), dies at age 83. [20]
  • October 31: Roger Price, American humorist, writer, publisher and cartoonist (creator of droodles), passed away at age 72.

Date unknown[edit]

  • Dennis Collins, British comics artist (The Perishers), passes away. [21]
  • Cram, Belgian cartoonist (De Weyfelaers, Jan Pech), passes away at age 51 or 52. [22]
  • Marcel Dehaye, Belgian journalist, novelist, comics writer and chief editor of Tintin (1959-1965), dies at age 82 or 83.
  • Harry Haenigsen, American comics artist (Penny), dies at age 89.[23]
  • Yu Takita, Japanese manga artist (Terajima-cho (The Terajima Neighborhood Mystery tales), dies at age 57 or 58. [24]
  • William Timym, also known as Tim, Austrian-British comics artist (The Boss, Caesar, Bengo the Boxer, Wuff, Tuff and Snuff, Bim, Bam and Boom, Oh, Johnny!, Bleep and Booster), , dies at age 87 or 88. [25]
  • Tom, aka Thomaz de Mello, Portuguese comics artist (Rico, Pico e Sarapico), dies at age 83 or 84.[26]

Exhibitions and shows[edit]



Eisner Awards[edit]

Presented in 1991 for comics published in 1990.

First issues by title[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Justice League Quarterly

Release: Winter.

Superboy v2

Release: February

Limited series[edit]

The Atlantis Chronicles

Release: March. Writer: Peter David. Artist: Esteban Maroto.

The Books of Magic v1

Release: Writer: Neil Gaiman. Artists: John Bolton, Scott Hampton, Charles Vess & Paul Johnson.


Release: July Writer: Mark Wheatley. Artist: Marc Hempel.

Hawkworld (3 issues, later became an ongoing)

Release: June. Writers: John Ostrander and Timothy Truman. Artist: Graham Nolan.


Release: December. Writers: Howard Chaykin. Artist: José Luis García-López.

World Without End

Release: January. Writers: Jamie Delano. Artist: John Higgins.


Batman: Digital Justice

Release: 1990 Writer/Artist: Pepe Moreno.

Marvel Comics[edit]

Camp Candy

Release: May.

Ghost Rider v2

Release: May. Writer: Howard Mackie. Artists: Javier Saltares & Mark Texeira.

Guardians of the Galaxy v1

Release: June.

Knights of Pendragon

Release: July by Marvel UK. Writers: Dan Abnett and John Tomlinson. Artist: Gary Erskine.


Release: August. Writer & Artist: Todd McFarlane
Issued with regular and silver ink covers, second printing with gold ink cover.


Release: March. Writer: Alan Grant. Artists: Lee Sullivan & Kim DeMulder.

Marvel Super-Heroes v2

Release: May.

Mighty Mouse

Release: October.

Namor the Sub-Mariner

Release: April

New Warriors

Release: July. Writer: Fabian Nicieza. Artists: Mark Bagley & Al Williamson.


Release: November. Writer: Fabian Nicieza. Artists: James Fry & Mark McKenna.

Tomorrow Knights

Release: June by Epic Comics.


Release: December.

Limited Series[edit]

Alien Legion: On The Edge

Release: November.

Atomic Age

Release: November by Epic Comics. Writer: Frank Lovece. Artists: Mike Okamoto & Al Williamson.

Black Knight

Release: June.

Brute Force

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs

Release: November by Epic Comics.

Darkman v1

Release: August.

Deathlok v1

Release: July.

Critical Mass

Release: January by Epic Comics. Writer: D. G. Chichester and Margaret Clark.

Elsewhere Prince

Release: May by Epic Comics. Writer/Artist: Moebius.

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser

Release: October by Epic Comics. Writer: Howard Chaykin. Artist: Mike Mignola.

Foolkiller v1

Release: October.

Hero: Warrior of the Mystic Realms

Release: May.

Hollywood Superstars

Release: November by Epic Comics. Writer: Mark Evanier. Artist: Dan Spiegle.

Impossible Man Summer Vacation Spectacular

Release: August

The Last American

Release: December by Epic Comics. Writers: John Wagner & Alan Grant. Artist: Mike McMahon.

New Adventures of Cholly & Flytrap

Release: December by Epic Comics.

Punisher Armory

Release: July. Writer:

RoboCop 2

Release: August.

Saga of the Original Human Torch

Release: April. Writer: Roy Thomas.

X-Men Spotlight On... Starjammers

Release: May


Release: April

Steeltown Rockers

Release: April. Writer: Elaine Lee. Artist: Steve Leialoha.

The Thanos Quest

Release: September. Writer: Jim Starlin. Artist: Ron Lim.


The Return of Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu: Bleeding Black

Release: February.



Release: September on Betsucomi. Author: Yumi Tamura.

Independent titles[edit]

Classics Illustrated v2

Criminal Macabre: A Cal McDonald Mystery



Release: April by Fantagraphics. Writer/Artist: Peter Bagge.

Judge Dredd Megazine

Release: October by Egmont UK.

Logan's Run


Limited series[edit]

Big Numbers (2 issues before cancellation)

Release: April by Mad Love. Writer: Alan Moore Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz.


Release: August by King Hell Press. Writer & artist: Rick Veitch.


Release: December by Tundra Publishing. Writer/Artist: Dave McKean.

Give Me Liberty

Release: June. Writer: Frank Miller. Artist: Dave Gibbons.

Hard Boiled

Release: September. Writer: Frank Miller. Artist: Geoff Darrow.

The Men In Black v1

Release: January. Writer: Lowell Cunningham. Artist: Sandy Carruthers

Terminator: The Burning Earth

Release: March. Writer: Ron Fortier. Artist: Alex Ross.

The Terminator: Tempest

Release: August by Dark Horse Comics.

Initial appearance by character name[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Independent titles[edit]



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