Here’s the latest installment of Maggie Thompson’s ongoing look at important beginnings, middles and ends, this time for May 19-25, 2017...
110 years ago May 22, 1907 Georges Remi is born. Signing his work as “Hergé,” he creates the long-running adventure hero Tintin.
105 years ago May 24, 1912 Reuben Award-winning artist Alfred Andriola is born. His strips include Charlie Chan, Dan Dunn, and Kerry Drake.
100 years ago May 21, 1917 Garth strip artist Frank Bellamy is born. His other work includes Dan Dare and Heros the Spartan.
75 years ago May 19, 1942 Writer, publisher, teacher, and filmmaker Shirrel Rhoades is born. He becomes Marvel Entertainment Publisher and Executive Vice President.
75 years ago May 20, 1942 Gail Beckett is born. She’s a colorist and letterer for Dark Horse, Malibu, and Marvel.
65 years ago May 21, 1952 Lawrence Tureaud is born. As Mister T, he stars in the Mister T Ruby-Spears cartoon and appears in comic books both as the character he plays on The A-Team and in the Now Comics series Mr. T and the T-Force.
60 years ago May 25, 1957 Writer-artist Marc Hempel is born. Though he may be best known for his Sandman art, he’s the creator of Gregory and Tug & Buster and co-creator of Blood of the Innocent, Breathtaker, and Mars.
60 years ago May 25, 1957 NBM Publishing founder Terry Nantier is born.
55 years ago May 22, 1962 Dixie Dugan comic strip artist John H. Striebel dies.
55 years ago May 23, 1962 The New York Times runs an 18-panel Pogo strip as a TV Guide ad.
50 years ago May 19, 1967 Writer and Quad Star Comics self-publisher Anthony Monzo III is born.
50 years ago May 24, 1967 Comics creator Everette Hartsoe is born. He’s best known for Razor.
45 years ago May 21, 1972 The Rose of Versailles (Berusaiyu no Bara) by Riyoko Ikeda begins in Margaret magazine.
45 years ago May 23, 1972 Italian artist and animator Nino Pagot dies at age 64. He co-created Calimero and The Dynamite Brothers film with his brother, Toni Pagot.
40 years ago May 25, 1977 Star Wars opens, starring comics fan (and later voice artist) Mark Hamill. (The first issue of the Marvel series that adapts it is by Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin and is already on sale.)