Notable events of 2004 in comics. See also List of years in comics.



Events

February

March

April

May

  • May 9: Sam Linthout, son of Belgian cartoonist Willy Linthout, commits suicide at age 21. This will motivate Linthout to draw a graphic novel about his grief: Years of the Elephant. [7] [8]
  • May 19: At the instigation of Kees Kousemaker, owner of the Amsterdam comics store Lambiek, the first buildings of the Stripheldenbuurt in the Dutch city Almere are inaugurated. This is a district where all street names are named after famous comics characters and cartoonists. [9]

June

August

September

October

November

December

Deaths

January

  • January 7: Jerzy Skarzynski, Polish theatre artist and comics artist (Janosik Sans Titre), dies at age 79. [15]
  • January 8: Eddy Ryssack, Belgian comics artist (Brammetje Bram, Opa), dies at age 75 from a heart attack. [16]
  • January 20: George Woodbridge, American comics artist (Mad Magazine), dies at age 73 from emphysema. [17]
  • January 31: Giorgio Cambiotti, Italian comics artist (Jacula, worked on Kriminal, Messalina and Reno Kid, continued Mandrake the Magician and The Phantom), passes away at age 72. [18]

February

March

  • March 8: Mario Uggeri, Italian painter, sculptor and comics artist, dies at age 70. [25]
  • March 11:
    • Ladislaus Elischer, German comics artist (Bummel, Mexycano, Die Spreenixen), dies at age 68 or 69. [26]
  • March 30: Doug Tainsh, Australian cartoonist, gag writer, screenwriter and comics artist (Speewah Jack, Cedric), dies at age 82. [27]

April

  • April 5: Gébé, French comics artist (L'An 01), passes away from a tumor at age 74. [28]
  • April 10: Chester Commodore, American comics artist (The Sparks, continued Bungleton Green, The Ravings of Professor Doodle, So What?), passes away at age 89. [29]
  • April 11: Irv Novick, American comics artist (DC Comics) artist, passes away at age 93. [30]
  • April 14: Pepe Huinca, Chilean comics artist (Artemio), dies at age 61 in a car accident. [31]
  • April 15: Mitsuteru Yokoyama, Japanese manga artist (Tetsujin 28-go, Giant Robo, Sangokushi), passes away at age 69 in a home fire.[32] [33]

May

  • May 1: Jørgen Mogensen, Danish comics artist (Alfredo, Poeten og Lillemor, Roselil og hendes mor), passes away at age 82. [34]
  • May 10: Henry Kiefer, American comics artist and illustrator (various realistically drawn comics, among them for Classics Illustrated), passes away at age 67. [35]
  • May 12: Syd Hoff, American cartoonist and comics artist (Tuffy, Laugh It Off), dies at age 91. [36]
  • May 15:
  • May 16: Remus Dimitrie Sbiera, aka Sool Sbiera, Romanian comics artist (Les Braconniers), dies at age 67. [39]

June

  • June 6: Kate Worley, American comics writer (Omaha the Cat Dancer), dies of cancer at age 46.
  • June 7: Karel Biddeloo, Belgian comics artist (continued De Rode Ridder), passes away from cancer at age 60. [40]
  • June 17: Todor Dinov, Bulgarian animator and comics artist (Malkoto Anche), dies at age 84. [41]
  • June 24: Heinz Rammelt, German comics artist (Der Insel der Ferianer, Chi-Chi), passes away at age 92. [42]

July

  • July 2: John Cullen Murphy, American comics artist (Big Ben Bolt, worked on Prince Valiant), dies at age 85. [43]
  • July 8: Chlodwig Poth, German comics artist (Amadeus Knüll), dies at age 74. [44]
  • July 25: Joe Buresch, American comics artist (Dinah Mite), dies at age 87. [45]
  • July 26: Oğuz Aral, Turkish comics artist (Hafiyesi Mahmut, Hayk Mammer, Utanmaz Adam, Avanak Avni), dies at age 68. [46]
  • Specific date in July unknown: Mario Capaldi, British comics artist and illustrator, dies at age 69. [47]

August

  • August 2: François Craenhals, Belgian comics artist (Pom et Teddy, Primus et Musette, Les 4 As, Le Chevalier Ardent), passes away at age 77. [48]
  • August 11: George Breisacher, American comics artist (Knobs, continued Mutt and Jeff), dies at age 64. [49]
  • August 26: Enzo Baldoni, Italian journalist and translator of Doonesbury in the Italian magazine Linus, is kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Iraq at age 55. [10]
  • August 30: Bart Huges, Dutch activist and comics writer (Arnold Slak & de Slow Sisters op weg, Licht uit de put, Een wetenschappelijke sekte...? en Gnōthi seauton/Ken uzelf: erken uw oude engrammen [50]), passes away at age 70.

September

  • September 5: Carlos Leopardi, Argentine comics artist (Atila, worked on Nippur de Lagash), dies at age 57. [51]

November

December

  • December 3: Hans Nordenström, aka Brul, Swedish cartoonist, illustrator and comics artist, dies at age 77. [57]
  • December 22: Loek van Delden, Dutch comics artist (Smidje Verholen, Brigadier Piet), passes away at age 86. [58]
  • December 22: Ben van Voorn, Dutch comics artist and animator (worked for Marten Toonder), dies at age 67. [59]
  • December 26: Pierre Dupuis, French comics artist (Les Grands Capitaines, La Seconde Guerre Mondiale, worked on L'oncle Paul series, continued Mam'zelle Minouche), dies at age 75. [60]

Specific date unknown

  • Dimitris Antonopoulos, Greek architect, painter, illustrator and comics artist (Ta Koróida oi Archaíoi, aka The Ancient Losers), passes away at age 71 or 72. [61]
  • Lucien Meys, Belgian comics artist (Le Beau Pays d'Onironie, Chroniques de l'Heureux Zélu) and comics writer (Signor Spaghetti, Modeste et Pompon, Mongwy), dies at age 67 or 68. [62]

Exhibitions

  • September 15–December 10: "Gillray's Legacy," curated by Lucy Shelton Caswell (8th Festival of Cartoon Art, Philip Sills Gallery, William Oxley Thompson Library, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio)[63]

Conventions

First issues by title

DC Comics

JSA Strange Adventures
Release: October.

Marvel Comics

Guardians
Release: July 14. Writer: Marc Sumerak. Artist: Casey Jones.
Loki
Release: July 7. Writer: Robert Rodi. Artist: Esad Ribić.
Man-Thing
Release: July 21. Writer: Hans Rodionoff. Artist: Kyle Hotz.
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Avengers 2004
Release: July 7. Cover by: Salvador Larroca.
Starjammers
Release: July 7.Writer: Kevin J. Anderson. Artist: Francisco Ruiz Velasco.
Witches
Release: June. Writer: Brian Walsh. Artist: Will Conrad.

Other publishers

Capitão Brasil
Osiedle Swoboda
Release: June by Niezależna Prasa. Writer & Artist: Michał Śledziński

Initial appearances by character name

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Footnotes

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  2. (in French) Beleidsplan van het Nederlands Stripmuseum Archived 2014-03-18 at the Wayback Machine., Nederlands Stripmuseum. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
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  5. "Frank O. King". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/k/king.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2020. 
  6. "Joost Swarte". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/swarte1.htm. Retrieved September 19, 2020. 
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  8. "Willy Linthout". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/linthout.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2020. 
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  17. "George Woodbridge". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/woodbridge_george.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  18. "Giorgio Cambiotti". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/cambiotti_giorgio.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  19. "Josep Maria Madorell". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/madorell_jm.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2020. 
  20. "James Simpkins". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/simpkins_james.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2020. 
  21. "Fiep Westendorp". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/westendorp.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  22. "Norman Thelwell". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/thelwell.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  23. "Jean-Marc Lelong". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/lelong_j-m.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2020. 
  24. https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/chartier_albert.htm
  25. "Mario Uggeri". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/u/uggeri_mario.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2020. 
  26. "Ladislaus Elischer". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/e/elischer_ladislaus.htm. Retrieved September 14, 2020. 
  27. "Doug Tainsh". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/tainsh_doug.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2020. 
  28. "Gébé". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/gebe.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  29. "Chester Commodore". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/commodore_chester.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2020. 
  30. "Irv Novick". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/n/novick_irv.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  31. "Pepe Huinca". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/huinca_pepe.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2020. 
  32. "Mitsuteru Yokoyama dies". Anime News Network. 2004-04-15. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2004-04-15/mitsuteru-yokoyama-dies. Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  33. "Mitsuteru Yokoyama". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/y/yokoyama_mitsuteru.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  34. "Jørgen Mogensen". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/mogensen_jorgen.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  35. "Henry Kiefer". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/k/kiefer_hc.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2020. 
  36. "Sydney Hoff". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/hoff_sydney.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  37. "Jack Bradbury". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/bradbury_jack.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  38. "Gill Fox". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/f/fox_gill.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  39. "Sool Sbiera". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/sbiera_sool.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2020. 
  40. "Karel Biddeloo". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/biddeloo_karel.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  41. "Todor Dinov". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/dinov_todor.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  42. "Heinz Rammelt". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/rammelt_heinz.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2020. 
  43. "John Cullen Murphy". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/murphy_john_c.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  44. "Chlodwig Poth". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/poth_chlodwig.htm. Retrieved September 14, 2020. 
  45. "Joe Buresch". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/buresch_joe.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  46. "Oğuz Aral". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/a/aral-oguz.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2020. 
  47. "Mario Capaldi". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/capaldi_mario.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2020. 
  48. "François Craenhals". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/craenhals.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  49. "George Breisacher". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/breisacher_george.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2020. 
  50. "Eveline van Dijk". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/dijk_eveline-van.htm. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  51. https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/leopardi_carlos.htm
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  58. "Loek van Delden". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/delden_van.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2020. 
  59. "Ben van Voorn". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/v/vanvoorn.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2020. 
  60. "Pierre Dupuis". https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/dupuis_p.htm. Retrieved May 11, 2020. 
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