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1992 in comics
Notable events of
1992 in comics. See also List of years in comics.
Events and publications
Black Eye Productions, African Prince Productions, Defiant Comics, Approbation Comics, Full Bleed Studios, and Image Comics (including WildStorm and Top Cow Productions) enter the marketplace; Image explodes onto the scene, releasing eight ongoing and limited series, starting with in April; followed by Youngblood in May; Spawn in July; and Savage Dragon , Brigade , and Shadowhawk in August. WildC.A.T.S.
Time Warner companies decided to drop the word "Inc.", including DC Comics.
March 24: The final issue of the iconic British satirical magazine , which was renowned for its cartoons, is published. It will be briefly revived between 1996 and 2002. Punch 
#475: Introduction of Batman Renee Montoya.
#4, the final issue of the bi-weekly mini-series (Marvel) Hook
January 15: Walter Clinton, American animator and comics artist ( comics), passed away at age 85. Hanna-Barbera 
January 27: Jacques Devos, Belgian comics artist ( Victor Sébastopol, ), passes away at age 67. Génial Olivier 
May 31: Walter Neugebauer, Yugoslavian comics artist ( Jack Jackson, Bimbo Bambus, Patuljak Nosko, Winnetou), dies at age 71. 
June 3: William Gaines, American comics publisher ( , EC Comics ), dies at age 70. Mad
June 6: Martin Goodman, American comics publisher ( ), dies at age 84. Marvel Comics
June 11: Todd Loren, American comics writer, editor, and publisher ( , Revolutionary Comics ), is murdered at aged 32. Rock 'N' Roll Comics
August 8: Lynn Karp, American animator and comics artist ( The Middles, , Disney comics comics, Looney Tunes comics, Walter Lantz comics), passes away at age 82. Hanna-Barbera 
August 25: Jan Gerhard Toonder, Dutch writer, poet and comics writer (wrote scripts for comics by his brother Marten Toonder), passes away at age 78.
August 26: Bob de Moor, Belgian comics artist (long time collaborator of Hergé, creator of , Barelli Meester Mus, Snoe en Snolleke and ), passes away at age 66. Cori, de Scheepsjongen 
August 30: Jeanne Hovine, Belgian comedian and comics artist ( Nic et Nac), dies at age 104. 
September 25: Jaap Beckmann, Dutch illustrator, art critic and comics artist ( Kabouterboekjes), passes away at age 88. 
September 27: Zhang Leping, Chinese comics artist ( ), dies at the age of 91. Sanmao 
November 28: Co Egelie, Dutch illustrator and comics artist ( Hendrik Haan), passes away at age 87. 
December 5: Arturo Del Castillo, Argentine comics artist ( Randall The Killer, Ringo), dies at age 67. 
December 23: Vilhelm Hansen, Danish comics artist ( ), dies at age 92. Rasmus Klump 
December 24: Peyo, Belgian comics artist ( , The Smurfs , Johan and Peewit and Benoît Brisefer ), dies at age 64. Poussy 
December (exact date unknown): Mike Matthews, British comics artist ( Cannibal Romance), passes away. 
Specific date unknown
Fred Abranz, American comics artist and animator (
, Disney comics comics), dies at age 81 or 82. Looney Tunes  Arturo Cazeneuve, Argentine comics artist, dies at age 71 or 72.
 Jimmy McMenamy (aka Jimmy Mack), American comics artist (
), passes away at age 79 or 80. Dotty Dripple  
Sam Rosen, American comics letterer ( ) dies. Marvel Comics Pax Steen, Dutch illustrator and comics artist (
Klompertje Klomp, een echte Hollandsche Jongen, Binnitoe Billy), passes away at age 77 or 78. 
Exhibitions and shows
September 13–November 7: (The Ohio State University Martin Luther King Jr. Complex for Performing and Cultural Arts, Columbus, Ohio) — (part of the Political Satire by Oliver Harrington Festival of Cartoon Art) — examples of Harrington's comic strip character Bootsie, as well as his magazine cartoons
October 9, 1992 – January 5, 1993: Words & Pictures Museum (Northampton, Massachusetts) grand opening exhibition, featuring Mike Ploog, Jack Kirby, Bill Sienkiewicz, Paul Mavrides, Gilbert Shelton, John Severin, Mark Martin, and Wally Wood
October 26–December 11: (The Ohio State University Main Library, Philip Sills Exhibition Hall, Columbus, Ohio) — (part of the Illusions: Ethnicity in American Cartoon Art Festival of Cartoon Art) — examination of racial and ethnic stereotypes in cartoons from the past 150 years
January: CAPTION (Oxford Union Society, Oxford, England, U.K.) – inaugural event
January 4–5: Great Eastern Comic Book Convention (Holiday Inn, St. Louis, Missouri)  
January 23–26: Angoulême International Comics Festival (Angoulême, France) 
March 14–15: GlasCAC (Candleriggs Town Hall, Glasgow) — 3rd annual Glasgow edition of the UKCAC; official guests include creators from the "Deadline Mini-Tour": Nick Abadzis, Rachel Ball, Philip Bond, Glyn Dillon, D'Israeli, Evan Dorkin, Jamie Hewlett, Alan Martin, Shaky 2000, and Si Spencer
April 12: International Seattle Comic Convention (e.g., "Center Con") (Seattle, Washington) – guests include Martin Nodell 
May 9: Ramapo Comic Con VI (Ramapo High School, Spring Valley, New York) — guests include Brian Augustyn, Rick Bryant, Mike Carlin, Dave Cockrum, Denys Cowan, Evan Dorkin, David Chelsea, Ken Gale, Ron Garney, Jack C. Harris, Fred Hembeck, Dennis Janke, Ray Lago, Elaine Lee, Mike Leeke, Luke McDonnell, Bob McLeod, Fabian Nicieza, Jerry Ordway, Bob Pinaha, Richard Pini, Wendy Pini, Jordan Raskin, Adrienne Roy, Jim Salicrup, Kurt Schaffenberger, Joe Staton, Anthony Tollin, Mercy Van Vlack, John Workman, Bernie Wrightson, and Jim Shooter
June: Heroes Convention (Charlotte, North Carolina) — guests include Joe Quesada
June 20–21: Atlanta Fantasy Fair (Hyatt Atlanta Airport, Atlanta, Georgia) — official guests include Peter David
July 4–6: Chicago Comicon (Ramada O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois) – special guests Rob Liefeld, Mark Silvestri, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Jim Valentino, and Whilce Portacio
July 12: Great Eastern Conventions (Sheraton-Indianapolis Hotel, Indianopolis, Indiana) – special guest Dave Sim 
July 17–19:  Dragon Con (Atlanta Hilton & Towers, Atlanta, Georgia) – 6,100 attendees
August 7–9: Dallas Fantasy Fair (Dallas Market Hall Convention Center, Dallas, Texas) — 5,500 attendees; official guests include Archie Goodwin, John Byrne,  Sergio Aragonés, Peter Bagge, Neal Barrett, Jr., Steve Bissette, Bob Burden, Steven Butler, Dan Clowes, Mike Collins, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Steve Erwin, Mark Finn, Brad W. Foster, Josh Alan Friedman, Kerry Gammill, Dick Giordano, Alan Grant, Gary Groth, Bo Hampton, Ray Harryhausen, Tex Henson, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, Walt Holcombe, Jaxon, Shane Johnson, Kelley Jones, Gil Kane, Larry King, Denis Kitchen, Rick Klaw, Harvey Kurtzman, Michael Lark, John Lucas, Dean Mullaney, Martin Nodell, Nina Paley, Butch Patrick, Tom Peyer, Michael Price, Don Ivan Punchatz, Joe Riley, Nina Romberg, Jeff Rovin, Mark Schultz, Julius Schwartz, Gilbert Shelton, Lewis Shiner, Ivan Stang, Kenneth Smith, Chris Sprouse, David Tosh, James Vance, Martin Wagner, Reed Waller, Wayno, Shannon Wheeler, Mack White, Sidney Williams, Al Williamson, John Wooley, Kate Worley, and Catherine Yronwode
August 13–16: Comic-Con International (San Diego Convention Center and Double Tree Hotel, San Diego, California – 22,000 attendees; special guests: Francis Ford Coppola, Creig Flessel, Bill Griffith, Todd McFarlane, Diane Noomin, Rowena, William Shatner, Gilbert Shelton, Lewis Shiner, Mr. T, Gary Trousdale, Vernor Vinge, and Kirk Wise. Con hosts Jack Kirby's 75th birthday party. Phil Foglio begins long run as Masquerade emcee.
September: Mid-Ohio Con (Columbus, Ohio) – convention coincides with publication of DC's The Death of Superman. Guests of the show include Roger Stern, John Byrne, and Jim Shooter
September 19–20: UKCAC92 (Institute of Education, London, England, United Kingdom) — 8th annual edition; guests include John Romita, Jr., Chris Claremont, David Mazzucchelli, Steve Bissette, Mike Mignola, Tom Veitch, Evan Dorkin, Paul Kupperberg, Dave Gibbons, Alan Grant, Peter Milligan, Mike Collins, John McCrea, Lew Stringer, John Beeston, Stephen Sampson, Jamie Hewlett, Doug Braithwaite, Richmond Lewis, Arthur Ranson, Mark Buckingham, Andrew Wildman, and Paul Johnson
October 30–31: Festival of Cartoon Art (Ohio State University, Conference Theatre, Ohio Union, Columbus, Ohio) — guests include Mell Lazarus, David Hendin, Jim Borgman, Mort Drucker, Nicole Hollander, Mike Konopacki, Buck Brown, Lee Lorenz
November 1: Great Eastern Conventions (Marriott Hotel, Portland, Oregon) – special guest Dave Sim 
December 13: Great Eastern Conventions (Sheraton Grand Hotel, Houston, Texas) – special guest Dave Sim 
First issues by title
Dark Horse Comics
Release: August. Writers: Rob Liefeld, Hank Kanalz, and Eric Stephenson. Artists: Marat Mychaels, Paul Scott, and Norm Rapmund.
(1 of 4) Cyberforce
Release: October. Writer: Eric Silvestri. Artist: Marc Silvestri
(1 of 3) Savage Dragon
Release: July. Writer/Artist: Erik Larsen
Release: August. Writer/Artist: Jim Valentino
Release: May. Writer/Artist: Todd McFarlane
Release: October. Writers: Rob Liefeld and Brian Murray. Artists: Brian Murray and Rob Liefeld.
Release: August. Writers: Brandon Choi and Jim Lee. Artists: Jim Lee and Scott Williams.
Release: April. Writers: Rob Liefeld and Hank Kanalz. Artist: Rob Liefeld.
Release: July. Writer and artist: Naoko Takeuchi.
Darkhold: Pages From The Book of Sin
James Bond Jr.
Kid 'n Play
Morbius, the Living Vampire
The Punisher War Zone v1
Spirits of Vengeance
Warlock and the Infinity Watch
WCW World Championship Wrestling
The Adventures of The Thing
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
Cops: The Job
Defenders of Dynatron City
The Infinity War
Kick Fighter Komiks
Release: by Infinity. Writer: Jojo Ende Jr. Artist: Gilbert Monsanto
Oombah, Jungle Moon Man
Release: August by Strawberry Jam Comics. Writer/Artist: Mike Bannon.
Canceled titles by publisher
, with issue #50 (February ) ALF
, with issue #3 (February ) An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
, with issue #12 (September ) Captain Planet and the Planeteers
, with vol. 3, #4 (March ) The Destroyer
, with issue #7 (January ) Original Ghost Rider Rides Again
, with issue #12 (December ) James Bond Jr.
, with issue #9 (October ) Kid 'n Play
Metropol (by Ted McKeever), with issue #12 (March ) (Epic Comics)
, with issue #12 (September ) NFL SuperPro
, with #23 (January ) RoboCop
, with issue #4 (February ) Spider-Man Saga
The Toxic Avenger, with issue #11 (February )
, with issue #2 (January ) ( The Transmutation of Ike Garuda Epic Comics)
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^ Not affiliated with Great Eastern Conventions of New Jersey.
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