Here’s the latest installment of Maggie Thompson’s ongoing look at important beginnings, middles, and ends, this time for November 20-24, 2020...
120 years ago November 20, 1900 Dick Tracy creator and two-time NCS Reuben Award-winner Chester Gould is born.
105 years ago November 23, 1915 Disney animator John Dehner is born. He becomes an actor on such projects as radio’s Have Gun, Will Travel and plays the boss on TV’s The Doris Day Show.
95 years ago November 22, 1925 Salvador Bartolozzi begins the Spanish children’s magazine Pinocho in which his Pinocho character is introduced.
80 years ago November 22, 1940 Pioneering fan, historian, comics writer, and editor Roy Thomas is born. His ongoing work on the award-winning Alter Ego makes that magazine arguably the longest-running comics fan publication.
75 years ago November 21, 1945 Vincent DiFate is born. He’s known for his award-winning science fiction and fantasy art and books connected with that field.
75 years ago November 23, 1945 Editorial cartoonist and Desert Storm combat artist Chip Beck is born. He creates Supercrat and Kiljoy.
70 years ago November 22, 1950 Artist David Wenzel is born. He’s especially known for his adaptation (with writers Chuck Dixon and Sean Deming) of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit for Eclipse.
65 years ago November 20, 1955 Malang’s Chain Gang Charlie begins
65 years ago November 21, 1955 Comics publisher Dennis LaSorda is born.
65 years ago November 24, 1955 The Belgian comic Risque-Tout begins from Dupuis.
55 years ago November 22, 1965 Artist Daniel Brereton is born.
50 years ago November 22, 1970 Writer-artist Al Columbia is born. His work includes The Biologic Show and Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days.
50 years ago November 23, 1970 Hara-Kiri becomes Charlie Hebdo following events of the preceding week.
50 years ago November 24, 1970 Finnish artist Eeli Jaatinen dies at age 64.
35 years ago November 23, 1985 Underground comix artist Roger Brand dies of liver failure at age 42.
35 years ago November 24, 1985 Dutch writer and translator Cornelis Buddingh’ dies at age 67. A literary award is named for him, and he co-created (with Otto Dicke) Spekkie en Blekkie and Jesje en Josje.
30 years ago November 24, 1990 Dodie Smith dies at age 94. She wrote The Hundred and One Dalmatians, the basis for Walt Disney projects.
25 years ago November 22, 1995 Pixar’s Toy Story opens. It’s the first feature-length computer animated film.
20 years ago November 20, 2000 Russian animator and artist Viacheslav Kotenochkin dies at age 73. His “Nu, pogodil!” also becomes an animated film.
20 years ago November 23, 2000 Artist Ray Burns dies at age 76. Early in his career, he worked as an artists’ assistant and storyboard artist. Eventually, he took over art on Gil Thorp.
15 years ago November 20, 2005 Cartoonist Lou Myers dies of spindle cell carcinoma at age 90. He wrote and drew for the New Yorker.
10 years ago November 24, 2010 Walt Disney’s Tangled opens. The 3D computer animated feature is based on “Rapunzel” and is the 50th feature in the “Walt Disney Animated Classics” series. It is one of the most expensive animated films and is a box office success.
5 years ago November 22, 2015 Apartment 3-G ends. By this point, it’s a King Features strip by Margaret Shulock and Frank Bolle.