Here’s the latest installment of Maggie Thompson’s ongoing look at important beginnings, middles and ends, this time for September 8-14, 2017...
100 years ago September 9, 1917 Writer-artist Frank Robbins is born. He creates the Johnny Hazard strip and comic book.
95 years ago September 10, 1922 Reuben Award-winning cartoonist and illustrator Roy Doty is born.
95 years ago September 12, 1922 Award-winning writer John Albano is born. He co-creates Jonah Hex with Tony DeZuniga.
80 years ago September 8, 1937 Award-winning writer-editor-artist Archie Goodwin is born. Frequently referred to as “the best-loved comic book editor,” he works for DC, Warren, and Marvel.
70 years ago September 13, 1947 Writer-artist Mike Grell is born. He creates Warlord, Jon Sable, and Starslayer.
65 years ago September 10, 1952 Comic book and TV writer Gerry Conway is born. He co-creates Firestorm and Punisher and is responsible for what happens to Gwen Stacy.
65 years ago September 14, 1952 Beetle Bailey receives its first Sunday page—created, written, and drawn by Mort Walker.
50 years ago September 9, 1967 The short-lived but classic animated TV series George of the Jungle begins on ABC. Its independent segments are “George of the Jungle,” “Tom Slick,” and “Super Chicken.”
50 years ago September 11, 1967 Cartoonist Michael Wright is born. He writes and draws the “Jake” series of kids’ books.
45 years ago September 11, 1972 Animator, inventor, film director, producer, and Fleischer Studios co-founder Max Fleischer dies of heart failure at age 89.
45 years ago September 12, 1972 William Boyd dies of complications from Parkinson’s disease and heart failure at age 77. The actor’s cowboy roles led to licensing his name and image (as well as his appearance as Hopalong Cassidy) in Fawcett comics (and the Hopalong series continued at DC in 1954, continuing the numbering).
35 years ago September 12, 1982 Italian comics writer Gian Giacomo Dalmasso dies at age 75. He co-created Pantera Bionda with Enzo Magni.
35 years ago September 13, 1982 Golden Age artist Reed Crandall dies of a heart attack at age 65. He was especially noted for his work for Quality Comics (through the Eisner-Iger shop), the E.C. line, Warren comics, and Tower Comics.
25 years ago September 11, 1992 Batman: The Animated Series introduces Harley Quinn (Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel), created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. Voiced by Arleen Sorkin, Harley first appears in “Joker’s Favor,” the series’ seventh episode.
15 years ago September 13, 2002 Writer-artist Fred Guardineer dies at age 88. His career began in the Golden Age, and he contributed to DC’s Action Comics #1. He was especially noted for The Durango Kid.
10 years ago September 12, 2007 Phil Frank dies at age 64 of a brain tumor. He created the Farley comic strip and drew The Elderberries.