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2004 in comics

Notable events of 2004 in comics.

Events

February

  • February 6: Marvel Enterprises and Electronic Arts announce a multi-year agreement in which EA will develop a new generation of fighting video games, pitting Marvel superheroes against a new, original set of EA heroes.
  • February 14: In an episode of Cathy, Irving proposes to the titular character.
  • February 20: Erik Larsen becomes the new publisher of Image Comics, replacing Jim Valentino, who stepped down.

March

April

May

  • May 9: Sam Linthout, son of Belgian cartoonist Willy Linthout, commits suicide at age 21. This will motivate Linthout to draw a graphic novel about his grief: Years of the Elephant.[7][8]
  • May 19: At the instigation of Kees Kousemaker, owner of the Amsterdam comics store Lambiek, the first buildings of the Stripheldenbuurt in the Dutch city Almere are inaugurated. This is a district where all street names are named after famous comics characters and cartoonists.[9]

June

  • With issue #1595, Comics Buyer's Guide changes its format from a weekly tabloid to a monthly squarebound magazine. In addition, in hopes of enhancing newsstand sales, CBG adds a price guide for contemporary comics as well as other new features intended to make the magazine more appealing to those with an avid interest in comic books as an investment.
  • June 3: Marvel Comics announces the creation of its first prose imprint Marvel Press. Three novels were scheduled for 2004: the young adult novel Mary Jane II would land on bookstore shelves in June, followed by an adult fantasy Wolverine title in October and a middle grade Spider-Man title in November.
  • June 18: CrossGen Entertainment files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy at the US Bankruptcy Court in Tampa, Florida. ("Copy of filing" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2005-08-17. Retrieved 2005-08-11. (220 KiB)
  • Daniel Clowes' The Death-Ray is prepublished in Eightball.

August

September

October

November

December

Specific date unknown

Deaths

January

  • January 7:
    • Daniel Billon, French comics artist (Les Animaux Célèbres, continued Barbarella), dies at age 76.[17]
    • Jerzy Skarzynski, Polish theatre artist and comics artist (Janosik Sans Titre), dies at age 79.[18]
  • January 8: Eddy Ryssack, Belgian comics artist (Brammetje Bram, Opa), dies at age 75 from a heart attack.[19]
  • January 20: George Woodbridge, American comics artist (Mad Magazine), dies at age 73 from emphysema.[20]
  • January 23: Jules Coenen, Dutch comic artist (Disney comics), dies at age 44. [21]
  • January 25: Guus van Cleef, Dutch comics writer (Disney comics) and artist (De Diefstal van de Eve + Adam Kollektie), dies at age 54.[22]
  • January 31: Giorgio Cambiotti, Italian comics artist (Jacula, worked on Kriminal, Messalina and Reno Kid, continued Mandrake the Magician and The Phantom), dies at age 72.[23]

February

  • February 1:
    • Josep María Madorell, Spanish comics artist (Jep i Fidel, Pere Vidal, En Massagran), dies at age 80.[24]
    • James Simpkins, Canadian animator and comics artist (Jasper the Bear), dies at age 93.[25]
  • February 3: Fiep Westendorp, Dutch illustrator and comics artist (Tante Patent), dies at age 87.[26]
  • February 8:
  • February 16:
    • Tito Marchioro, Italian comics artist (Johnny Speed, Texas Bill, Sylver des Collines), dies at age 82.[28]
    • Bill Oakley, American comics letterer (Marvel Comics, DC Comics) dies at age 39.
  • February 24:
    • Rudy Lapick, American comics inker (Archie Comics), dies at age 77.
    • Jean-Marc Lelong, French comics artist (Carmen Cru, Monsieur Émile), dies at age 55.[29]
  • February 25: Albert Chartier, Canadian illustrator and comics artist (Bouboule, Onésime, Séraphin), dies at age 91.[30]

March

  • March 5: Martin Emond, New Zealand painter, illustrator and comics artist (Accident Man, The Punisher), commits suicide at age 33.[31]
  • March 8: Mario Uggeri, Italian painter, sculptor and comics artist, dies at age 70.[32]
  • March 11:
    • Ladislaus Elischer, German comics artist (Bummel, Mexycano, Die Spreenixen), dies at age 68 or 69.[33]
    • Gilles Nicoulaud, French comics artist, dies at age 61.[34]
  • March 30: Doug Tainsh, Australian cartoonist, gag writer, screenwriter and comics artist (Speewah Jack, Cedric), dies at age 82.[35]

April

  • April 5: Gébé, French comics artist (L'An 01), dies from a tumor at age 74.[36]
  • April 8: Ernö Zórád, Hungarian comics artist, painter and illustrator, dies at age 93.[37]
  • April 10: Chester Commodore, American comics artist (The Sparks, continued Bungleton Green, The Ravings of Professor Doodle, So What?), dies at age 89.[38]
  • April 11: Irv Novick, American comics artist (DC Comics) artist, dies at age 93.[39]
  • April 14:
    • Harry Holt, American comics artist and animator (Blackeye and Blubber, worked for Merry Go-Round Comics), dies at age 93.[40]
    • Pepe Huinca, Chilean comics artist (Artemio), dies at age 61 in a car accident.[41]
  • April 15: Mitsuteru Yokoyama, Japanese manga artist (Tetsujin 28-go, Giant Robo, Sangokushi), dies at age 69 in a home fire.[42][43]

May

  • May 1: Jørgen Mogensen, Danish comics artist (Alfredo, Poeten og Lillemor, Roselil og hendes mor), dies at age 82.[44]
  • May 11: Aristophane Boulon, aka Aristophane, French comics artist, dies at age 37.[45]
  • May 12: Syd Hoff, American cartoonist and comics artist (Tuffy, Laugh It Off), dies at age 91.[46]
  • May 15:
  • May 16: Remus Dimitrie Sbiera, aka Sool Sbiera, Romanian comics artist (Les Braconniers), dies at age 67.[49]

June

  • June 6: Kate Worley, American comics writer (Omaha the Cat Dancer), dies of cancer at age 46.[50]
  • June 7: Karel Biddeloo, Belgian comics artist (continued De Rode Ridder), dies from cancer at age 60.[51]
  • June 17: Todor Dinov, Bulgarian animator and comics artist (Malkoto Anche), dies at age 84.[52]
  • June 24: Heinz Rammelt, German comics artist (Der Insel der Ferianer, Chi-Chi), dies at age 92.[53]

July

  • July 2: John Cullen Murphy, American comics artist (Big Ben Bolt, worked on Prince Valiant), dies at age 85.[54]
  • July 8: Chlodwig Poth, German comics artist (Amadeus Knüll), dies at age 74.[55]
  • July 25: Joe Buresch, American comics artist (Dinah Mite), dies at age 87.[56]
  • July 26: Oğuz Aral, Turkish comics artist (Hafiyesi Mahmut, Hayk Mammer, Utanmaz Adam, Avanak Avni), dies at age 68.[57]
  • July 28: Eugenio Zoppi, Argentine comics artist (Alain y Crazy, Misterix), dies at age 81.[58]
  • Specific date in July unknown: Mario Capaldi, British comics artist and illustrator, dies at age 69.[59]

August

  • August 2: François Craenhals, Belgian comics artist (Pom et Teddy, Primus et Musette, Les 4 As, Le Chevalier Ardent), dies at age 77.[60]
  • August 11: George Breisacher, American comics artist (Knobs, continued Mutt and Jeff), dies at age 64.[61]
  • August 26: Enzo Baldoni, Italian journalist and translator of Doonesbury in the Italian magazine Linus, is kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Iraq at age 55.[10]
  • August 30: Bart Huges, Dutch activist and comics writer (Arnold Slak & de Slow Sisters op weg, Licht uit de put, Een wetenschappelijke sekte...? en Gnōthi seauton/Ken uzelf: erken uw oude engrammen [62]), dies at age 70.

September

  • September 5: Carlos Leopardi, Argentine comics artist (Atila, worked on Nippur de Lagash), dies at age 57.[63]

November

December

  • December 22: Loek van Delden, Dutch comics artist (Smidje Verholen, Brigadier Piet), dies at age 86.[71]
  • December 22: Ben van Voorn, Dutch comics artist and animator (worked for Marten Toonder), dies at age 67.[72]
  • December 26: Pierre Dupuis, French comics artist (Les Grands Capitaines, La Seconde Guerre Mondiale, worked on L'oncle Paul series, continued Mam'zelle Minouche), dies at age 75.[73]

Specific date unknown

  • Dimitris Antonopoulos, Greek architect, painter, illustrator and comics artist (Ta Koróida oi Archaíoi, aka The Ancient Losers), dies at age 71 or 72.[74]
  • Wim Hanssen, Dutch comic artist (comic adaptations of De Molenaar and 1984), dies at age 45.[75]
  • Lucien Meys, Belgian comics artist (Le Beau Pays d'Onironie, Chroniques de l'Heureux Zélu) and comics writer (Signor Spaghetti, Modeste et Pompon, Mongwy), dies at age 67 or 68.[76]
  • Mehmet Tunali, Turkish painter and comic artist (Alparslan, Amsterdam Underwater), dies at age 48 or 49. [77]

Exhibitions

Conventions

First issues by title

DC Comics

JSA Strange Adventures
Release: October.

Marvel Comics

Guardians
Release: July 14. Writer: Marc Sumerak. Artist: Casey Jones.
Loki
Release: July 7. Writer: Robert Rodi. Artist: Esad Ribić.
Man-Thing
Release: July 21. Writer: Hans Rodionoff. Artist: Kyle Hotz.
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Avengers 2004
Release: July 7. Cover by: Salvador Larroca.
Starjammers
Release: July 7.Writer: Kevin J. Anderson. Artist: Francisco Ruiz Velasco.
Witches
Release: June. Writer: Brian Walsh. Artist: Will Conrad.

Other publishers

Capitão Brasil
Osiedle Swoboda
Release: June by Niezależna Prasa. Writer & Artist: Michał Śledziński

Initial appearances by character name

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Footnotes

  1. ^ Hoffman, Eric; Grace, Dominick (18 March 2013). Dave Sim: Conversations. Univ. Press of Mississippi. ISBN 9781617037818. Retrieved 7 April 2018 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Beleidsplan van het Nederlands Stripmuseum Archived 2014-03-18 at the Wayback Machine, Nederlands Stripmuseum. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Frans le Roux".
  4. ^ Mertes, Micah (October 14, 2008). "Rest up now to take part in 24 Hour Comics Day Saturday". Lincoln Journal Star. Lincoln, Nebraska. Archived from the original on September 23, 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  5. ^ "Frank O. King". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  6. ^ "Joost Swarte". lambiek.net. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  7. ^ "Inmemoriam". Inmemoriam. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  8. ^ "Willy Linthout". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  9. ^ "The History of Lambiek (2003-2005)".
  10. ^ a b "Profile: Enzo Baldoni". BBC News. 2004-08-27. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
  11. ^ Adformatie, Redactie (Sep 29, 2004). "Retera wint Stripschapprijs". Adformatie. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  12. ^ "WE HAVE A WINNER!". www.silvesterstrips.nl. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  13. ^ "Het Stripschap - Complete lijst".
  14. ^ "Makers stripbladen geëerd met prijzen". Gazet van Antwerpen. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  15. ^ "Jean Graton". lambiek.net. Retrieved 27 April 2023.
  16. ^ "Gary Panter". lambiek.net. Retrieved March 9, 2024.
  17. ^ "Daniel Billon". lambiek.net. Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  18. ^ "Jerzy Skarzynski". lambiek.net. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  19. ^ "Eddy Ryssack". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  20. ^ "George Woodbridge". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  21. ^ "Jules Coenen". lambiek.net. Retrieved 25 October 2023.
  22. ^ "Guus van Cleef". Lambiek.net. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  23. ^ "Giorgio Cambiotti". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  24. ^ "Josep Maria Madorell". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  25. ^ "James Simpkins". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  26. ^ "Fiep Westendorp". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  27. ^ "Norman Thelwell". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  28. ^ "Nevio Zeccara". lambiek.net. Retrieved January 22, 2021.
  29. ^ "Jean-Marc Lelong". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  30. ^ "Albert Chartier".
  31. ^ "Martin Emond". lambiek.net. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  32. ^ "Mario Uggeri". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  33. ^ "Ladislaus Elischer". lambiek.net. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  34. ^ "Gilles Nicoulaud". lambiek.net. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  35. ^ "Doug Tainsh". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  36. ^ "Gébé". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  37. ^ "Ernö Zórád". lambiek.net. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  38. ^ "Chester Commodore". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  39. ^ "Irv Novick". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  40. ^ "Harry Holt". lambiek.net. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  41. ^ "Pepe Huinca". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
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  44. ^ "Jørgen Mogensen". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  45. ^ "Aristophane". lambiek.net. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  46. ^ "Sydney Hoff". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  47. ^ "Jack Bradbury". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  48. ^ "Gill Fox". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
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  50. ^ Gustines, George Gene (27 March 2020). "Overlooked No More: Kate Worley, a Pioneer Writer of Erotic Comics". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
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  53. ^ "Heinz Rammelt". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  54. ^ "John Cullen Murphy". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  55. ^ "Chlodwig Poth". lambiek.net. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  56. ^ "Joe Buresch". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
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  58. ^ "Xirinius". lambiek.net. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  59. ^ "Mario Capaldi". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  60. ^ "François Craenhals". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  61. ^ "George Breisacher". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  62. ^ "Eveline van Dijk". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  63. ^ "Carlos Leopardi".
  64. ^ "Eric Schreurs".
  65. ^ "Controversial filmmaker shot dead". The Independent. London. 2 November 2004. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
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  75. ^ "Wim Hanssen". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  76. ^ "Lucien Meys". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  77. ^ "Mehmet Tunali". lambiek.net. Retrieved January 7, 2022.
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  90. ^ "2004 Festival of Cartoon Art". OSU Cartoon Research Library. Ohio State University.
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