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Notable events of 1995 in comics. See also List of years in comics.
- 1 Events and publication
- 2 Deaths
- 3 Exhibitions
- 4 Conventions
- 5 First issues by title
- 6 References
Events and publication
- Publishers Broadway Comics, Tekno Comix, Class Comics, Fantasy Flight Publications, Moonstone Books, A is A, and Ace Comics all debut; WildStorm introduces its Homage Comics imprint; Defiant Comics ceases publishing
- Marvel reintroduces the Amazing Fantasy comic book with #16 with a December 1995 date. It was cancelled with a March 1996 date. All three issues feature Spider-Man.
- After Xavier: The Age of Apocalypse is launched. All X-titles change to different names for the next four months.
- Thor marks his 400th appearance in Marvel Comics with issue #482.
- Silver Surfer vol. 2 #100: by Ron Marz, Joe Phillips, and Tom Grindberg.
- Doom Patrol vol. 2 is canceled by DC Comics with issue #87.
- Jerry Ordway launches The Power of Shazam for DC Comics. The title has a March 1995 cover date.
- Marvel Comics Presents vol. 1 is canceled by Marvel with issue #175.
- March 9: Marvel Comics (through its Fleer subsidiary) buys trading card manufacturer SkyBox International for $150 million.
- The Amazing Spider-Man #400: "A Death In the Family." Die-cut embossed cover. (Marvel Comics).
- April 1: In Sioux City, Iowa Fran and Kevin McGarry found the comics store ACME Comics & Collectibles. 
- April 30: DC Comics announces its products will be distributed exclusively by Diamond Comics Distribution, Inc.
- Fantastic Four #400: "Even the Watchers Can Die!" by Tom DeFalco, Paul Ryan, and Dan Bulanadi.
- X-Men: Omega is released and the X-titles revert to their normal continuity.
- Loki makes an appearance in issue #21 of the Malibu Ultraverse title Hard Case.
- Superman (vol. 2) #100: "The Death of Clark Kent," by Dan Jurgens.
- July 24: Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics announce they will be exclusively distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors.
- Savage Sword of Conan, with issue #235, is cancelled by Marvel.
- Marvel cancels all three Punisher titles due to poor sales:
- Deadline is canceled by Deadline Publications Ltd with issue #70 (Aug./Sept.).
- Johnny the Homicidal Maniac debuts.
- Malibu Comics relaunches its Ultraverse titles with the Infinity promotion. The most popular characters, such as Prime, Mantra, Exiles, and Rune, come back with all-black covers and an infinity symbol on the cover.
- Marvel's Marvel Edge imprint debuts, featuring the titles Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme, Ghost Rider, and Incredible Hulk
- Marvel launches The Punisher #1 under the Marvel Edge imprint
- Animal Man is canceled by DC Comics with issue #89.
- December 31: Publication of final Calvin and Hobbes comic strip
- January 1: Nans van Leeuwen, Dutch illustrator, novelist and comics artist (Piggelmee), passes away at age 94.
- January 12: George Price, American cartoonist (The New Yorker), dies at the age of 93.
- January 16: Nin, Spanish comics artist (Trompy, El Habitante del Viejo Castillo de Mockery, Don Espino el Buen Vecino, El Monin y sus Gangsters), dies at age 62. 
- January 24: Frank Emery, American mural artist, jazz musician, photographer, animator, illustrator, and comics artist (4), dies at age 37. 
- February 4: Odette Fumet, Canadian illustrator, novelist and comics artist (newspaper comic strip adaptations of swashbuckler novels), dies at age 94. 
- February 13: Bill Perry, American comics artist (Ned Handy, assisted on Harold Teen, continued Gasoline Alley), passes away at age 89. 
- February 19: Paul Jamin, aka Jam, Alfred Gérard and/or Alidor, Belgian comics artist and cartoonist (Le Vol du Bourdon), dies at age 83.
- February 23: Don Heck, American comics artist (co-creator of Iron Man, continued Avengers), dies at age 66.
- March 22: Hein Auke Kray, Dutch comics artist (Baas Blaas, de Tielse Kruidenier), dies at age 93. 
- March 29: Mort Meskin, American comics artist (DC Comics) dies at age 78.
- March 29: Willy Schermelé, Dutch illustrator and comics artist (Winkie, Bartje en Zwartje, Kater Kwik, Jaap en zijn Aap, Kees en Kikkie, Met z'n Drieën), dies at age 90. 
- April 19: Reg Wootton, British comics artist (Sporting Sam), passed away at age 86.
- April 29: Ingrid Wallerström, Swedish novelist, illustrator and comics artist (Taggstraden, Nisse har fått en Trumma), dies at age 102.
- May 5: Ye Qianyu, Chinese comics artist (Mr. Wang), passes away at the age of 88.
- May 26: Friz Freleng, American animator and cartoonist (Looney Tunes, Tweety and Sylvester, Yosemite Sam, The Pink Panther), dies at age 88.
- June 5: Raye Horne, American underground comix artist (Gay Hearthrobs, White Whore Funnies), dies at the age of 50.
- July 16: Harry Buckinx, Dutch comics artist (Titul, Titula, De Familie Aepebroeck), passes away from cancer at the age of 51.
- July 20: George Caragonne, American comics writer and editor (Marvel Comics, Penthouse Comix), commits suicide at c. age 30.
- July 22: Rick Yager, American comics artist (continued Buck Rogers), dies at age 85.
- July 25: Balthasar Lippisch, German comics artist (Pip & Zip), dies at age 74 or 75.
- August 1: Daniel Chauvin, French comics artist (assisted on Tanguy et Laverdure and Buck Danny), dies at age 56 from stomach cancer.
- August 1: Noel Gloesner, French comics artist (Les Indégonflables de Chantovent, Yann le Vaillant), dies at age 77. 
- August 20: Hugo Pratt, Italian comics artist (Corto Maltese, El Sargento Kirk, Ernie Pike, Jesuit Joe, Asso di Picche), dies at age 68.
- September 7: Russell Johnson, American comics artist (Mister Oswald), passes away at age 97.
- September 9: Toon Rammelt, Dutch comics artist, illustrator and radio executive (De Vliegvarobiel van Professor Knap, Sikkie en Dikkie en de Reis naar Luilekkerland, Hummel, Lummel en hun avonturen met de houten doos, De Stakelijers, Eduard), dies at age 84. 
- September 9: Pim van Boxsel, Dutch illustrator and comics artist (Cartouche, De Wonderlijke Avonturen van Philomene), dies at age 71 from heart failure.
- September 30: Nestor Redondo, Filipino comics artist (DC Comics, Marvel Comics), dies at age 67.
- October 21: Jesús Blasco, Spanish comics artist and writer (Cuto, Capitán Trueno), dies at age 75.
- October 21: Manuel Vázquez Gallego, Spanish comics artist (Las hermanas Gilda, La familia Cebolleta, Anacleto, agente secreto), passes away at age 65 from a stroke.
- November 2: Ollie Harrington, American comics artist (Dark Laughter), dies at age 83 in Berlin, Germany.
- December 5: L. B. Cole, American comics artist (Contact Comics, Captain Flight Comics), dies at age 77.
- December 15: Willy Smit, Dutch comics artist (Tijs Wijs de Torenwachter), dies at age 94.
Specific date unknown
- Benigani, Spanish comics artist, dies at age 92 or 93.
- Alex Cubie, Scottish comics artist and animator (continued Rupert Bear), dies at age 83 or 84.
- José De Lemos, Portuguese comics artist, dies at age 85.
- Óskar, aka Oskar Pinto Lobo, Portuguese comics artist (Tom Migas e o seu cavalo Cara Linda, comics about Laurel & Hardy), dies at age 81 or 82.
- August 1–October 27: "See You in the Funny Papers: American Life as Reflected in the Newspaper Comic Strip," curated by Lucy Shelton Caswell in conjunction with the Festival of Cartoon Art (Ohio State University Cartoon, Graphic, and Photographic Arts Research Library, Columbus, Ohio)
- December 7, 1995 – February 11, 1996: "Classic Comics — A Selection of Stories from EC Comics," featuring the work of, among others, John Severin (Words & Pictures Museum, Northampton, Massachusetts)
- January 15: Albuquerque Comic Con (Albuquerque Marriott, Albuquerque, New Mexico) — guests include Sheldon Moldoff and Tom Grindberg
- January 22: Great Eastern Conventions Boston (57 Park Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts) — c. 750 attendees
- January 26–29: Angoulême International Comics Festival (Angoulême, France) — 22nd annual festival
- February 19: Spirits of Independence (Austin, Texas) — featuring organizers Dave Sim and Gerhard, and Martin Wagner
- February 24–26: The New York Comic Book Spectacular (Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City)
- Spring: MegaCon (Orlando, Florida) — guests include Gil Kane, Dick Giordano, and Howard Chaykin
- March: Motor City Comic Con I
- March 25: Spirits of Independence (Hyatt Downtown, Columbus, OH) — guests include Dave Sim and Gerhard, Paul Pope, Steve Bissette, and M'Oak
- April: Pittsburgh Comicon (Monroeville, Pennsylvania)
- April 15–16: Dallas Fantasy Fair I (Harvey Hotel, Irving, Texas) — guests include Adam Hughes, Susie Owens, and Mark Goddard
- April 15: Spirits of Independence (Seattle, Washington) — featuring organizers Dave Sim and Gerhard, and Drew Hayes
- April 21–23: WonderCon (Oakland, California) — held in conjunction with Pro/Con
- May 19: Alternative Press Expo (San Jose, California)
- Summer: CAPTION (Oxford Union Society, Oxford, England)
- June 23–25: Atlanta Fantasy Fair (Castlegate Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia) — final iteration of this show; official guests include Claudia Christian, Dirk Benedict, Dwight Schultz, Jeff Pittarelli, Don Hillsman II, Wayne Vansant, Joe Phillips
- June 23: Small Press Expo (Bethesda, Maryland) — second annual show
- June 30–July 2: Chicago Comicon (Rosemont Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois) — 20,000 attendees; guest of honor: Peter David; special guests: Sal Buscema, Roy Thomas, John Romita Sr., Chris Claremont, Jim Shooter, and Julius Schwartz
- July: Heroes Convention (Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina) — special guest: Todd McFarlane
- July 1: Spirits of Independence (Manchester, Vermont) — featuring organizers Dave Sim and Gerhard, and Stephen R. Bissette
- July 13–16: Dragon Con/International Starfleet Conference (Atlanta Hilton & Towers, Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel & Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta, Georgia) — 14,312 attendees; guests of honor: George Alec Effinger, Harlan Ellison, Timothy Zahn, Michael Whelan, and Bjo Trimble
- July 27–30: Comic-Con International (San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California) — 34,000 attendees; special guests include Mike Baron, Simon Bisley, Charles Burns, Alan Davis, Ramona Fradon, Neil Gaiman, James Gurney, Greg Hildebrandt, Tim Hildebrandt, Ryoichi Ikegami, Gil Kane, Stan Lee, Irv Novick, Harvey Pekar, Stan Sakai, Joe Sinnott, Tom Sito, Jeff Smith, and Andrew Vachss. Comic-Con officially changes its name to Comic-Con International, and introduces its new "eye" logo designed by Richard Bruning
- August 12: Spirits—Chicago Independent Comics Expo (I.C.E.) (Radisson Suites Hotel O'Hare, Rosemont, IL) — guests include Jessica Abel, Stephen R. Bissette, Joe Chiapetta, Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Matt Feazell, Troy Hickman, David Lapham, Larry Marder, Mark Oakley, Paul Pope, Alex Robinson, Andrew Robinson, Dave Sim & Gerhard, Jim Valentino, and Joe Zabel
- August 11–13: Dallas Fantasy Fair II (Dallas Market Hall Convention Center, Dallas, Texas) — presentation of the Harvey Awards; keynote speaker and master-of-ceremonies: Jim Starlin; official guests include Sergio Aragonés, Kurt Busiek, Rob Liefeld, Terry Moore, David W. Mack, Martin Nodell, Julius Schwartz, Mark Schultz, Jeff Smith, William Stout, Chris Ware, Al Williamson, and Jim Woodring
- August 12–13: Canadian National Comic Book Exposition, (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) — c. 1400 attendees; guests include J. Scott Campbell, Kelley Jones, Joe Jusko, Bill Sienkiewicz, Bernie Wrightson, Brian Hotton, Stephen Platt, Ken Lashley, and Ty Templeton
- August 25–26: Festival of Cartoon Art (Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio) — 5th edition; official guests include Garry Trudeau, Jeff MacNelly, Lynn Johnston, Bill Amend, Robb Armstrong, Stephen Bentley, Bruce Beattie, and Bill Griffith
- September 9–10: Great Eastern Conventions New York II (Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City)
- September 1: Spirits of Independence (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) — featuring organizers Dave Sim and Gerhard, and Don Simpson
- October 7–8: Motor City Comic Con II (Dearborn Civic Center)
- October 7: Spirits of Independence (Phoenix, Arizona) — featuring organizers Dave Sim and Gerhard, and James A. Owen
- November 4: Spirits of Independence (Kitchener, Ontario) — featuring organizers Dave Sim and Gerhard
- November 25–26: Dallas Fantasy Fair III (Harvey Hotel, Irving, Texas) — guests include Julie Newmar
- November 25–26: Mid-Ohio Con (Columbus Ohio) — Special guest: Barry Windsor-Smith; other guests: Mark Evanier, Roger Stern, William Messner-Loebs, John Byrne, Sergio Aragonés, Brian Michael Bendis, Martin Egeland, Dick Giordano, David Mack, Joe Pruett, Beau Smith, Jim Shooter, Jeff Smith, and Bernie Wrightson
First issues by title
- Power of Shazam
- Sovereign Seven
- Amazing X-Men
- Astonishing X-Men
- Avengers: The Crossing
- Gambit and the X-Ternals
- Generation Next
- Skrull Kill Crew
- Weapon X
- X-Men: Omega
- Astro City (as Kurt Busiek's Astro City)
- Dark Town by Mad Monkey Press Writer:Kaja Blackley Artist: Vanessa Chong
- Stray Bullets (by Él Capitan)
- "Nans van Leeuwen". lambiek.net.
- Collins, Glenn (21 December 1995). "George Price, 93, Cartoonist of Oddities, Dies" – via NYTimes.com.
- "George Price". lambiek.net.
- "Paul Jamin". lambiek.net.
- "Don Heck". lambiek.net.
- "Morton Meskin". lambiek.net.
- "Reg Wootton". lambiek.net.
- "Ingrid Wallerström". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Ye Qianyu". lambiek.net.
- "Friz Freleng". lambiek.net.
- "Raye Horne". lambiek.net.
- "Harry Buckinx". lambiek.net.
- "Rick Yager". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Balthasar Lippisch". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Daniel Chauvin". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Hugo Pratt". lambiek.net.
- "Russ Johnson". lambiek.net.
- "Pim van Boxsel". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Nestor Redondo". lambiek.net.
- "Jesús Blasco". lambiek.net.
- "Manuel Vázquez". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "L.B. Cole". lambiek.net.
- "Willy Smit". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Alex Cubie". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "José De Lemos". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Oskar". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- Schoellkopf, Andrea. "Convention Indulges Comic Book Addicts," Albuquerque Journal (16 Jan 1995), p. A1.
- Doten, Patti. "Comics convention a real draw," Boston Globe (21 Jan 1995), p. 23.
- Thompson, Mark and Jacques Dutrey. "Newswatch: International News: Angouleme and All That: French Comics Overview," The Comics Journal #176 (Apr. 1995), pp. 36-37.
- Szadkowski, Joseph. "A `Wow!' and a ho-hum from Fleer," Washington Times (18 Feb 1995), p. E.2.
- Maurstad, Tom. "Dreamland - Think it's all in your mind? - Maybe not at the Fantasy Fair," Dallas Morning News (Apr. 17, 1995).
- Evry, Ron. "Small Press Brings In Small Donation for CBLDF : Small Press Expo Highlights Independent Creators," The Comics Journal #179 (Aug. 1995), pp. 20-21.
- Reuter, Lisa. "Three Events Perfect for Holiday Getaway," Columbus Dispatch (June 25, 1995), p. 03.G.
- Fowler, Jimmy. "Events for the week," Dallas Observer (Aug. 10, 1995).
- Dean, Michael. "Newswatch: 2002 Harvey Awards: Motivations and Mathematics," The Comics Journal #244 (June 2002), pp. 16–21.
- "Festival Draws Cartoon Creators," Columbus Dispatch (Aug. 20, 1995).
- "Inside Plano," The Dallas Morning News (Nov. 25, 1995).
- "Comics VIPs due in Columbus," Cleveland Plain Dealer (Nov. 19, 1995).