1996 in comics

Notable events of 1996 in comics. See also list of years in comics.


Year overall

  • The Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute creates Enviro-babies to help promote endangered species awareness








  • The British satirical cartoon magazine Punch, which went bankrupt in 1992, is revived. It will run until 2002. [3]
  • Fantastic Four (1961 series) is canceled by Marvel with issue #416.
  • The Avengers (1963 series) is canceled by Marvel with issue #402.
  • Iron Man (1968 series) is canceled by Marvel with issue #332.
  • Newspaper strip A Couple of Guys begins publication





  • February 5: Roberto Raviola, aka Magnus, Italian comics artist (Alan Ford, Kriminal, Satanik, Lo Sconosciuto, Necron) passes away from cancer at age 56. [8]
  • February 6: Boody Rogers, American comics artist (Sparky Watts, Babe), dies at age 91. [9]
  • February 13: Cara Sherman-Tereno, American comics artist (Life With The Vampire) dies of leukemia at the age of 44. [10]
  • February 26: Cork, Dutch cartoonist, (Mr. Cork/Ruitenheer), dies at age 64. [11]



  • April 12: Bob Zschiesche, American comics artist (Our Folks, Harley Hogg, assisted on Gasoline Alley and Snuffy Smith), dies at age 67 from an aneurysm. [16]


  • May 7: Piet Worm, Dutch comics artist (De Vrolijke Vaderlandse Geschiedenis, Professor Zegellak), dies at age 95. [17]
  • May 9: Carl Fallberg, American comics writer and artist (Disney Comics) dies at age 80.


  • June 11: Gin, Spanish comics artist, animator and illustrator (Nathalie, Denise, Disney comics), passes away at age 65. [18]
  • June 15: Nonkel Fons, Belgian priest, publisher and comics writer (founder of the comics magazine Zonneland, writer of Rikske en Fikske) dies at age 84. [19]
  • June 19: Curt Swan, American comics artist (worked on Superman), dies at age 76. [20]





  • December 2: Don Dohler, American film director, publisher and comics artist (Pro Junior), passes away at age 60. [25]
  • December 7: Giuseppe Perego, Italian comics artist (Buffalo Brill, Boby, Disney comics, Rolf Kauka comics), dies at age 81. [26]
  • December 22: Jack Hamm, American comics artist (Drawing the Head and Figure, Cartooning the Head and Figure), dies at age 80. [27]

Specific date unknown


First issues by title

Independent titles

Release: August by Image Comics. Writer: Steven T. Seagle. Artist: Scott Clarke
Release: March by Image Comics. Writer: Robert Loren Fleming Artist: Ching Lau
Release: June by Millennium Publications. Writers: Dean Haspiel, Josh Neufeld, R. Walker, Chris Cliadakis, Linda Perkins. Art by: Haspiel, Neufeld, and Perkins.
Tim Curry
Release February by Curry Comics.

Marvel Comics

Release August
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  33. ^ "Comic Marvels," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (19 Apr 1996), p. 2.
  34. ^ "Book events," Houston Chronicle (02 June 1996), p. 20.
  35. ^ Cwiklik, Gregory. "The 21st Annual Chicago Comicon: A Personal View," The Comics Journal #189 (Aug. 1996), pp. 23–27.
  36. ^ Wardle, Paul: "Freaks, Outcasts, and Peter David: Dragon Con '96," The Comics Journal #189 (Aug. 1996), pp. 27–30.
  37. ^ Raphael, Jordan. "Dallas Fantasy Fair Cancelled: New Con Takes Its Place," The Comics Journal #189 (Aug. 1996), p. 23.
  38. ^ "People Watch," Fort Worth Star-Telegram (July 26, 1996), p. 7.
  39. ^ "Choices: What's Happening This Weekend," Newsday (25 Oct 1996), p. B.02.
  40. ^ Van Domelen, Dave. "Dave's Mid-Ohio Con Page," Dave's Online Nest (Dec. 16, 1999).
  41. ^ "Top Comic-Book Talents Convene for Aficionados," Columbus Dispatch (Nov. 28, 1996).
1995 in comics

Notable events of 1995 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

1997 in comics

Notable events of 1997 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

A Matter of Some Gravity

A Matter of Some Gravity is an Uncle Scrooge adventure comic written and drawn by Don Rosa in 1996 and includes Magica De Spell. Like some other comic stories by Rosa (Cash Flow and The Universal Solvent), the story is founded with toying with the laws of nature. Rosa claims that he thinks that he got the ideas for those comics from a mechanical engineering course in an institute of higher education, which he took before he became a professional cartoonist.

Asociación de Historietistas Independientes

Argentine comics creators formed the Asociación de Historietistas Independientes (Spanish for Association of Independent Comic Creators) at Buenos Aires convention Fantabaires in 1996, to collectively address the challenges of independent publishing. Soon, more than 100 magazines throughout Argentina sported the AHI logo. AHI’s first major accomplishment was Historieta Bajo Tierra (Underground Comics), a convention that brought together the entire Argentine indie comics community. Building on the success of this event, AHI bought a stand at Fantabaires in 1998 to nurture the previously nonexistent indie comics market. Other accomplishments included putting a common logo on the covers of member comics and organizing events to display and disseminate good new works.AHI kept growing in 1998 as new offices popped up throughout the country. AHI held its first national meeting in the Che Plaza of Rosario, Argentina. At this event, members reaffirmed their commitment to collectively producing independent comics. Furthermore, many participants said that for the first time, they felt truly Argentine.In 1999, irreconcilable differences emerged between certain constituents. One group split from AHI and formed independent publishing collective La Productora. Maintaining informal connections throughout the country and putting national aspirations of earlier years on the backburner, AHI-Rosario emerged as the strongest group to continue the AHI tradition. Entrance into AHI-Rosario is open to all dedicated to publishing independent comics and related materials. In self-publishing, AHI celebrates the freedom of expression, complete individual creator control over material and the close relationship of the creator to the final product. Their goals include supporting indie creators in producing and distributing their works. Working with a large local comics shop, AHI organizes the annual Leyendas convention that includes comics, RPG’s and sci-fi.

Clone Saga

The "Clone Saga" or "Spider-Clone Saga" was a major story arc in Marvel Comics which ran from 1994 to 1996 involving many clones of Spider-Man.

The story is one of the most controversial Spider-Man stories ever told. Although it was intended to wrap up in less than a year, the comics sold very well and the writers were encouraged to prolong the saga as long as possible. This led to some changes to the storyline that ultimately proved unpopular.Although there were many people involved, the Clone Saga is most closely associated with Terry Kavanagh, who proposed the idea, Howard Mackie, who worked on the majority of the smaller crossovers involved in the overall storyarc, and Gerry Conway, who devised the original story. Executive editors on the storyline included Tom DeFalco, Bob Budiansky, and Bob Harras.

Fire from Heaven (comics)

"Fire From Heaven" was a company-wide comics crossover event story arc published by American company WildStorm in 1996. The story ran across at least one issue of most WildStorm titles at the time and several independent one-shots. The story tied into many events happening in the WildStorm universe and, unlike many major crossovers of the time, Fire From Heaven had a lasting impact on many of the characters involved.

Heroes Reborn (comics)

"Heroes Reborn" was a 1996–97 crossover story arc among comic book series published by the American company Marvel Comics. During this one-year, multi-title story arc, Marvel temporarily outsourced the production of several of its most famous comic books to the studios of its popular former employees Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld.

List of years in comics

This page indexes the individual year in comics pages. Each year is annotated with significant events as reference points.

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Orgy Bound

Orgy Bound is a collection of comics by Daniel Clowes. This 1996 anthology collects stories from Eightball #7-16, along with several one-page strips from Details magazine and National Lampoon. The inside front and back covers first appeared as part of Boredom, a “dismal anti-game” Clowes created in 1994. On the back cover, Clowes advertises the book as “your foe to dull care! An unstoppable amalgam of number one hits and seldom seen rarities from Eightball and elsewhere!”

The Final Night

The Final Night was a 1996 comic book crossover storyline published by DC Comics that ran through a weekly self-titled limited series and a score of tie-in issues spanning most of DC's ongoing titles in the month of September 1996 (cover-dated November 1996). It featured the Justice League of America, several members of the Legion of Super-Heroes and more than two dozen allied heroes, villains and scientists of the DC Universe banding together in the face of global calamity when an extraterrestrial entity called the Sun-Eater envelopes and extinguishes the Sun, causing Earth to freeze and wither into ecological collapse.

Unlike other crossover events published by DC, the conflict of The Final Night did not revolve around a conventional villain. It was primarily a story of survival that focused on the main characters performing disaster response, while attempting to prevent impending mass extinction of all life on Earth. At the end of each issue was an in-story website feature written by S.T.A.R. Labs, giving information updates and emergency support to residents of the DC Universe as the crisis progressed.

The storyline is notable in DC canon for the death and disputed redemption of Green Lantern Hal Jordan, whose character at the time had been transformed into the villainous Parallax. Jordan's character was later restored to life and to his role as Earth's Green Lantern in the 2004 miniseries Green Lantern: Rebirth.

The Francis Blake Affair

The Francis Blake Affair was the thirteenth Blake and Mortimer book and the first one not to be written by Edgar P. Jacobs. It was published in 1996.

The Once and Future Duck

"The Once and Future Duck" is a 1996 Donald Duck story by Don Rosa. The title is a pun on T.H. White's Arthurian novel The Once and Future King.

The Treasure of the Ten Avatars

"The Treasure of the Ten Avatars" is a 1996 Donald Duck story by Don Rosa.

Walter (Lapinot)

Walter is a comic strip in the series The spiffy adventures of McConey (Les formidables aventures de Lapinot in the original French language), by the popular French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. It was released in 1996 as volume 3 in the series.

An English translation, titled Harum Scarum, was released in 1998.

This is one of the fastest-paced books in the series, and the characters are constantly dragged from one situation to another without getting a chance to catch their breath. This volume is often considered by fans to be one of the funniest and strongest in the series.

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