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Here’s the latest installment of Maggie Thompson’s ongoing look at important beginnings, middles and ends, this time for July 6-12, 2018...

120 years ago July 6, 1898 Born as Edgar Everett Martin, Abe Martin is born. He creates the Boots and Her Buddies newspaper strip.

100 years ago July 8, 1918 Award-winning cartoonist Irwin Hasen is born. He co-creates the Dondi newspaper strip with Gus Edson.

95 years ago July 11, 1923 Writer-artist Dan Barry is born. The artist of the Tarzan and Flash Gordon comic strips also writes and draws Dark Horse comics featuring Indiana Jones and Predator.

95 years ago July 11, 1923 Editor and cartoonist Guy Bara is born. He creates Max, L’Explorateur, whose adventures appear in a number of European newspapers.

85 years ago July 7, 1933 Kulafu by Pedrito and Francisco Reyes begins.

75 years ago July 8, 1943 Political cartoonist and Resistance leader Jean Moulin dies at age 44 “under Nazi torture.”

65 years ago July 6, 1953 Artist Joe Zabel is born. He is especially known for his work on Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor.

60 years ago July 7, 1958 The Spanish comics series La Familia Trapisonda by Francisco Ibáñez Talavera begins.

55 years ago July 7, 1963 Belgian artist François-Joseph Herman dies, age 31. He was especially known for his work as assistant to Willy Vandersteen.

55 years ago July 8, 1963 Fred Basset begins. The comic strip is written and drawn by Alex Graham for London’s Daily Mail newspaper.

55 years ago July 8, 1963 Image cofounder and Wetworks creator Whilce Portacio is born.