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Notable events of 2009 in comics. See also List of years in comics.
- 1 Events
- 2 Deaths
- 3 Conventions
- 4 First issues by title
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes
- January 1: The direct-to-DVD movie Hulk Vs was released.
- January 6: The third and final volume of Hollow Fields has been released.
- The Ultimate Marvel titles Ultimate X-Men and Ultimate Fantastic Four are both cancelled at milestones: Ultimate X-Men's series finale ends issue #100, while Ultimate Fantastic Four's ends at issue #60.
- To celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama, Amazing Spider-Man #583 presented an all-new story teaming up President Obama and Spider-Man in "Spidey Meets the President!" The title featured five variant covers.
- In honor of Wolverine's 35th anniversary, Marvel Comics announced that numerous Marvel titles would feature Wolverine Art Appreciation Variant covers in April 2009. Styles will be reminiscent of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol. The first issues to feature a Wolverine Art Appreciation variant cover were Captain Britain and MI13 #12, Amazing Spider-man #590, Hulk #11, Uncanny X-Men #508, and Secret Warriors #3.
- "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" was a 2009 story featuring the DC Comics character of Batman. The story was published in two parts, in the "final" issues of the series Batman (#686) and Detective Comics (#853), released February and April respectively. Written by Neil Gaiman, pencilled by Andy Kubert, and inked by Scott Williams, the story was purported to be the "last" Batman story in the wake of severe psychological trauma that Batman endures within the Batman R.I.P. story, and his ultimate fate in Final Crisis.
- May 1: X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released in theaters.
- May 19: The final issue of the relaunched version of the German comics magazine Fix und Foxi is published.
- June 2: In Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, the Hergé Museum opens its doors.
- June 19: In the Zandstraat/Rue de Sable in Brussels, Belgium, the Marc Sleen Museum opens its doors, the first museum dedicated to a Belgian comics artist while the artist in question, Marc Sleen, is still alive. King Albert II of Belgium officially opens the building.
- August 31: The Walt Disney Company buys Marvel Comics.
- Textbook publisher Flat World Knowledge publishes a business-themed graphic novel, Atlas Black: Managing to Succeed.
- September 9: It was announced that Paul Levitz would step down as President and Publisher of DC Comics to serve as the Contributing Editor and Overall Consultant for the newly formed DC Entertainment and Diane Nelson would serve as President of the new division.
- October 7: Haunt, an ongoing series created by Todd McFarlane and Robert Kirkman, was launched by Image Comics. The book is written by Kirkman with layouts done by Greg Capullo, pencils by Ryan Ottley, and inks by McFarlane.
Specific date unknown
- Iván and Andrés Ramírez Ortiz establish the alternative Costa Rican comics magazine Revista Fotocopia, which will run under the name Ultracomics from August 2010 on and eventually bring out its final issue in 2014.
- January 21: Claude Moliterni, French comics writer (Scarlett Dream), critic and historian and co-founder of the Angoulême International Comics Festival, dies at the age of 76.
- February 13: Corky Trinidad, Filipino-American comics artist (Nguyen Charlie), dies from pancreatic cancer at age 69.
- May 1: Ric Estrada, Cuban-American comics artist (worked for DC Comics), passes away at age 81 from prostate cancer.
- April 2: Frank Springer, American comic artist (The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist, worked for Marvel Comics), dies at age 79 from prostate cancer.
- April 4: Fritzi Harmsen van Beek, Dutch comics artist (continued Flipje van Tiel), dies at age 81.
- April 24: José Miguel Heredia, Argentine comics artist (Perro Mundo, El Doctor Vudú, El Cuaderno Rojo, Ferranio), dies at age 75.
- June 9: Dave Simons, American comics artist and animator (worked for Marvel and DC Comics), dies at age 54.
- June 19: Piet Tibos, Belgian comics artist and cartoonist (De Avonturen van Sebedeus en zijn Ploeg), dies at age 78.
- July 3: Martin Vaughn-James, British painter, illustrator and comics artist (Elephant, The Projector, The Park, The Cage), dies at age 65.
- July 6: Alfons Figueras, Spanish animator and comics artist (Aspirino y Colodión or Topolino, el último héroe, worked on Rabatino y Cebollita), dies at age 86.
- July 21: Heinz Edelmann, German graphic designer, illustrator, animator, cartoonist and comics artist (Yellow Submarine), dies from heart disease at age 75.
- July 22: John Ryan, British comics artist and animator (Harris Tweed, Extra Special Agent, Captain Pugwash), dies at age 88.
- August 9: Frank Borth, American comics artist and writer (Ken Stuart, wrote There Oughta Be A Law!, worked for Cracked) dies at age 91.
- August 13: Josette Baujot, Belgian comics artist and colorist (Adventures of Tintin) and wife of Jo-El Azara, dies at age 88.
- September 25: Jean Vermeire, aka Jiv, Belgian comics artist and illustrator (Les Aventures de M. Ding, Les Aventures de Bob), passes away at age 88.
- September 29: Rusty Haller, American comics artist (Hanna-Barbera comics, Looney Tunes comics), dies at age 55.
- October 4: Ricardo Garijo, Argentinian comics artist, writer and publisher (founder of the magazine Gurbos, wrote for Commando Comics) dies at age 55.
- October 12: Joe Rosen, American comics letterer (worked for Marvel Comics and DC Comics), dies at age 88.
- October 15: George Tuska, American comics artist (worked on Scorchy Smith, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Captain Marvel and Iron Man. Created The World's Greatest Superheroes) , dies at age 93.
- October 20:
- October 21: Robert Dalmasso, aka Robert Devil, French comics artist (made comics for Éditions Presses Mondiales), dies at age 78 or 79.
- October 23: Michel Motti, French comics artist (Le Petit Roi Ibello, Nicolas et Nicolette, Disney comics, continued Pif le chien and Placid et Muzo), dies at age 74.
- October 26: Fred McCarthy, creator of Brother Juniper, the only religious-themed comic ever syndicated in daily newspapers internationally, dies at age 91.
- November 3: Shel Dorf, American comics letterer (Steve Canyon) and founder of the San Diego Comic-Con International, dies at age 76.
- November 9: Bill Jaaska, American comics artist (continued New Titans and The Incredible Hulk), dies at age 48. 
- November 13: François Bel, French comics artist (Phil et Jori, Miss Justine, Sidonie Fleurdepois, Zophyta), passes away at age 82.
- November 23: Sonny Trinidad, Filipino comics artist (El Gato, Inday sa Balitaw) dies.
- November 27: Irving Tripp, American comics artist (continued Little Lulu and Nancy, Disney comics, Looney Tunes comics), dies at age 88 from cancer.
- December 9: Govind Brhamania, Indian comics artist (Bahadur), dies at age 71.
- December 10: Jean-Marie Brouyère, Belgian comics writer (Archie Cash, L'Épervier Bleu), dies at age 66.
- December 14: Minami Keizi, Brazilian novelist and comics artist (Tupãzinho), dies at age 54.
- December 27: Geoffrey Bond, aka Alan Jason, British comics writer (Luck of the Legion, Claudia of the Circus, Arty and Crafty, Justin Tyme - ye Hapless Highwayman), passes away at age 89.
- December: Nel van Beek, aka Koten, Dutch feminist, poster designer and comics artist (Dol en Mina, Floor Blom), dies at age 75 or 76.
Specific date unknown
- January 23–25: Phoenix Comicon (Mesa, Arizona) — 7,000 attendees; official guests: David Beaty, Lou Ferrigno, Tiffany Grant, Erin Gray, Matt Greenfield, Reuben Langdon, Yuri Lowenthal, Tara Platt, Christophe Tang, and Wil Wheaton
- January 29–February 1: Angoulême International Comics Festival (Angoulême, France)
- February: Convention du Lac (Lake Charles, Louisiana)
- February 6–8: New York Comic Con (New York City, USA)
- February 14–15: Hi-Ex (Inverness, Scotland) — guests included John Higgins, Leah Moore, Mike McMahon, and Frank Quitely
- February 27–March 1: MegaCon (Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida) — 40,000 attendees; guests include Peter S. Beagle, Jim Cheung, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Aaron Dismuke, Lou Ferrigno, Caitlin Glass, Peter Mayhew, Vic Mignogna, George Moss, Paul Pelletier, George Pérez, William Tucci, and Mark Waid
- February 27–March 1: WonderCon (Moscone Center, San Francisco, California)
- March 7: STAPLE! (Monarch Event Center, Austin, Texas)
- April 4–5: Emerald City ComiCon (Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle, Washington, USA) — 13,000 attendees; guests: Humberto Ramos, Barry Kitson, Darwyn Cooke, Mark Brooks, Joe Casey, Christos Gage, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Frank Cho, Stuart Immonen, Adam Hughes, Steve Niles, Joseph Michael Linsner, Adi Granov, Mark Waid, Matt Fraction, Stan Sakai, Tony Harris, Brian Michael Bendis, Becky Cloonan, Vasilis Losos, James Kochalka, David Peterson, Paul Smith, Patrick Gleason, Mark Texeira, Brian Denham, Joe Jusko, Stephen Silver, Rick Remender, Gene Ha, Mike Huddleson, and Tim Sale
- April 18–19: Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (S.P.A.C.E.) (Aladdin Shrine Center, Columbus, Ohio)
- April 18–19: Stumptown Comics Fest (Double Tree Convention Hall, Portland, Oregon) — guest of honor: Craig Thompson
- April 18–19: Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
- May 9–10: Bristol Comic Expo (Ramada and Mercure hotels, Bristol, UK) — guests include Dan DiDio and Bob Wayne
- May 9–10: Toronto Comic Arts Festival (Toronto Reference Library, Toronto, Canada)
- May 15–17: Motor City Comic Con (Rock Financial Showplace, Novi, Michigan, USA) — guests include Art Baltazar, Dwayne McDuffie, Guy Davis, Carrie Fisher, John Schneider, Aaron Douglas, Michael Hogan, Kristy Swanson, Julie Newmar, Doug Jones, Catherine Bach, Garrett Wang, and Joyce DeWitt
- May 15–16: East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (Free Library and Crowne Plaza Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) — guests include Kevin Grevioux, Jamal Igle, Reggie Byers, Leslie Esdaile Banks, and Eric Battle; presentation of the Glyph Comics Awards
- June 6–7: MoCCA Festival (69th Regiment Armory, New York City, USA)
- June 12–14: Adventure Con 2009 — Summer (Knoxville Convention Center, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA) — guest of honor: Arthur Suydam
- June 19–21: Heroes Convention (Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA) — guests include Mark Bagley, Liz Baillie, John Beatty, Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Brandon, Ed Brubaker, Cliff Chiang, Jeremy Dale, Guy Davis, Vito Delsante, Colleen Doran, Nathan Edmondson, Matt Fraction, Bryan J. L. Glass, Michael Golden, Adam Hughes, Jamal Igle, Bob McLeod, Carla Speed McNeil, Steve McNiven, Chris Moreno, Jim Ottaviani, George Pérez, David Petersen, Don Rosa, Jeff Smith, Ben Templesmith, Loston Wallace, and Daniel Way
- July 18–19: London Film and Comic Con (Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England, UK)
- July 23–26: San Diego Comic-Con International (San Diego, California, USA) — 126,000 attendees; guests include Forrest J. Ackerman, Sergio Aragonés, Kyle Baker, Ralph Bakshi, Mike W. Barr, Lynda Barry, Frank Beddor, Ray Bradbury, Steve Breen, Max Brooks, Ed Brubaker, Matt Busch, Jim Butcher, Eddie Campbell, Howard Chaykin, Kim Deitch, Mark Evanier, Al Feldstein, Keith Giffen, Neil Googe, Victor Gorelick, Mike Grell, Paul Gulacy, Joe Hill, Bryan Hitch, John Howe, Al Jaffee, Geoff Johns, J. G. Jones, Todd Klein, Dean Koontz, Tite Kubo, Verne Langdon, Jim Lee, Rutu Modan, Noel Neill, Floyd Norman, Jim Ottaviani, Mike Peters, Wendy Pini, Steve Purcell, Robert J. Sawyer, James Shoop, Jim Starlin, Joe Staton, J. Michael Straczynski, Adrian Tomine, Ethan Van Sciver, James Warren, Jeff Watts, Signe Wilkinson, Bill Willingham, Connie Willis, Jim Woodring, Bernie Wrightson, Dean Yeagle, Neil Patrick Harris, and more
- August 6–9: Wizard World Chicago (Rosemont, Illinois, USA)
- August 15–16: "CAPTION is Away with the Fairies" (East Oxford Community Centre, Oxford, England, UK)
- August 15–16: Dallas Comic Con 13 (Richardson Civic Center, Richardson, Texas) — guests include Paul Smith, Steve Niles, Bill Sienkiewicz, J. Scott Campbell, Cal Slayton, and many more
- August 22–23: "miniMegaCon" (Orlando, Florida) — guests include Buffy the Vampire Slayer actors Charisma Carpenter, Emma Caulfield, Amber Benson, and Adam Busch
- August 28–30: Fan Expo Canada (Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) — 59,000 attendees; guests include Leonard Nimoy, Bruce Campbell, Linda Hamilton, Thomas Dekker, Avery Brooks, Beau Bridges, Mary McDonnell, Billy Dee Williams, Walter Koenig, James Kyson Lee, Robert Duncan McNeill, Emma Caulfield, Lou Ferrigno, Dave Thomas, Leslie Nielsen, Larry Thomas, J. Michael Straczynski, Roger Corman, Udo Kier, Barbara Steele, James Duval, Max Brooks, Rick Green, Jack Ketchum, Joe Quesada, Chris Bachalo, Mike Deodato Jr., Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Terry Dodson, David Finch, Olivier Coipel, Len Wein, Bill Sienkiewicz, Stuart Immonen, Yoshinori Ono, Scott McNeil, Crispin Freeman, Brad Swaile, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Aaron Dismuke, Monica Rial, Derek Stephen Prince, Steve Downes, Victor Lucas, Lil Poison, Scott C. Jones, and surprise guest Tobin Bell
- September 4–7: Dragon Con (Hyatt Regency Atlanta/Marriott Marquis/Atlanta Hilton/Sheraton, Atlanta, Georgia, USA) — 30,000+ attendees; guests include William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Patrick Stewart, Adam Savage, Terry Gilliam, Malcolm McDowell, Lois McMaster Bujold, Mike Mignola, and Tom Felton
- September 11–13: Pittsburgh Comicon (Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville, Pennsylvania, USA) — 9,000 attendees; guest of honor: Stan Lee; other guests include Beau Smith, Billy Tucci, Khoi Pham, Robyn Moore, Bethany Barbis, Scott James, Sean McKeever, Joe Jusko, Pat Olliffe, Ron Frenz, Brian Pulido, Dawn Best, and Dan Fraga
- September 19–20: Montreal Comiccon (Place Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec) — 4,000 attendees; guests include Lou Ferrigno, Jeremy Bulloch and The Honky Tonk Man, with Brad Swaile
- September 26–27: Small Press Expo (Bethesda, Maryland, USA)
- October 3–4: Mid-Ohio Con (Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio)
- October 9–10: Komikazen (Ravenna, Italy) — guests include Dave McKean (guest of honor), Peter Kuper, Carlos Trillo, Gianluca Costantini, Davide Toffolo, Gianfranco Bettin, and Paul Gravett
- October 10–11: Baltimore Comic-Con (Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
- October 16–18: Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con (Pier 94, New York City, USA) — first iteration of the show under Wizard Entertainment
- October 17–18 Alternative Press Expo (San Francisco, California, USA)
- October 24–25: Adventure Con 2009 — Fall (Pigeon Forge Convention Center, Grand Hotel, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA)
- October 31-November 1: Manitoba Comic Con (Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) — guests include Adam West, Julie Newmar, Marv Wolfman, Tommy Castillo, Nigel Sade, Echo Chernik, and Lucie Brouillard
- November 28: Genghis Con (Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio) — first edition of this show, organized by local retailer Scott Rudge and comics creator John G.; guests include Derf, Mike Gustovich, Gary Dumm, and Greg Budgett
First issues by title
- Batman and Robin
- Release: June by DC Comics. Writer: Grant Morrison Artists: Frank Quitely, Philip Tan.
- Go Beerkada: Rise of the Jhologs
- Release: October. Writer and Artist: Lyndon Gregorio
- Black Panther Vol. 5
- Release: February by Marvel Comics. Writer: Reginald Wudlin Artist: Ken Lashley.
- Mysterius: The Unfathomable
- Release: March by Wildstorm. Writers: Jeff Parker Artist: Tom Fowler
- Release: January by Wildstorm. Writers: Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman Artist: Bruno Redondo
- Release: February by DC Comics. Writer: Tony Bedard Artists: Andy Clarke, Claude St. Aubin.
- Bailey, Michael. "The Blue, the Red and the Green". Archived from the original on 2009-09-12. Retrieved 2009-03-19.
- "Ultimate X-Men #100". Marvel.com. Archived from the original on 2009-09-12. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
- "Ultimate Fantastic Four #60". Marvel.com. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
- "Spider-Man and Barack Obama team up | Marvel.com News". Marvel.com. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
- "Wolverine as Masterpiece". The Washington Post. March 18, 2009. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- "Marvel prepares to showcase Wolverine from a very different perspective | Marvel.com News". Marvel.com. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
- "News | Marvel Announces "Wolverine Art Appreciation Month"". Comicspriceguide.com. 2009-03-19. Archived from the original on 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
- "SDCC '08 - DC Nation 2, Neil Gaiman to Write Batman". Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- McClintock, Pamela (2007-10-17). "'Wolverine' claws on May '09 date". Variety. Archived from the original on 2009-09-12. Retrieved 2009-03-19.
- "Hergé". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Marc Sleen". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- Wilkerson, David B. (August 31, 2009). "Disney to Acquire Marvel Entertainment for $4B". MarketWatch.com. Archived from the original on June 8, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
- Rogers, Vaneta (September 9, 2009). "Warner Bros. Creates DC Entertainment To Maximize DC Brands". Newsarama. Archived from the original on May 9, 2013.
- Brady, Matt (2009-02-07). "NYCC '09 - Image Comics Panel". Newsarama. Retrieved 2009-08-12.
- "Corky Trinidad". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Juan Bernet Toledano". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Ric Estrada". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Frank Springer". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Fritzi Harmsen van Beek". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Dave Simons". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Piet Tibos". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Martin Vaughn-James". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Heinz Edelmann". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "John Ryan". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Frank Borth". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- Davison, Phil (5 November 2009). "Josette Baujot obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-11-06.
- "Jean Vermeire". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "George Tuska". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Jef Nys". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Founder of San Diego Comic-Con dies at 76", Associated Press, 4 November 2009. Accessed 4 November 2009. Archived 4 November 2009.
- Spurgeon, Tom. "Shel Dorf, 1933-2009", The Comics Reporter (self-published), 4 November 2009. Accessed 4 November 2009. Archived 4 November 2009.
- Evanier, Mark, "", POV Online (self published), November 3, 2009. Accessed 4 November 2009. Archived 4 November 2009.
- "François Bel". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Sonny Trinidad". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Govind Brhamania". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Koten". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Annette Tison". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- "Convention calendar," Orlando Sentinel (March 13, 2009).
- Henrickson, Eric. "Comic fans to get royal visit," Detroit News (May 14, 2009).
- Sullivan, Kita S. "Literacy through comics: A convention is aimed at teaching the young to read," Philadelphia Inquirer (15 May 2009), p. W.28.
- "Comicon: From Marvel Legends to Online Upstarts," Pittsburgh Post - Gazette (14 Apr 2011), p. W.13.
- Chakerian, Peter. "Genghis Con Cleveland: Thanksgiving for fans of regional indie comics, small-press and 'zine," Cleveland.com (November 25, 2013).
- Sangiacomo, Michael. "Genghis Con comic convention set for Cleveland's Beachland Ballroom," The Plain Dealer (November 24, 2009).
- Getting 'Mysterius' With Jeff Parker - His New Series, Newsarama, November 4, 2008
- "防犯砂利か芝生か伐採や草むしりのあとの選択肢". www.mysteriusthegreat.com. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- SDCC 08: Wildstorm Snares Push License Archived 2009-01-23 at the Wayback Machine, IGN, July 22, 2008