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Notable events of 1976 in comics. See also List of years in comics.



This is a list of comics-related events in 1976.

Events

Year overall

January

February

March

  • DC Comics raises the prices of its standard comics from 25 cents to 30 cents, keeping the page-count at 36.
  • Gerry Conway succeeds Marv Wolfman as Marvel Comics editor-in-chief in March 1976,[2] but holds the job only briefly, relinquishing the post before the month is out, succeeded in turn by Archie Goodwin.
  • Warlord, with issue #2 (March /April cover date), goes on hiatus until October /November (DC Comics)

April

  • With issue #45, DC revives Metal Men, which itself was a 1973 revival of a 1963 series which had stopped publishing in 1969.

May

June

July

August

September

November

December

Conventions

Awards

Eagle Awards

Two British comics fans, Mike Conroy and Richard Burton, create the Eagle Awards, named after the long-running Brish comic title Eagle. The first set of awards are presented in 1977 at Comicon '77 for comics published in 1976:

First issues by title

DC Comics

Blitzkrieg

Release: January/February. Writer: Robert Kanigher. Artist: Ric Estrada.

DC Super Stars: mostly reprint title.

Release: March. Editor: E. Nelson Bridwell.

Four Star Spectacular: reprint title.

Release: March/April. Editor: E. Nelson Bridwell.

Freedom Fighters

Release: March/April. Writers: Gerry Conway and Martin Pasko. Artists: Ric Estrada and Mike Royer.

Isis

Release: October /November Writer: Denny O'Neil. Artists: Ric Estrada and Wally Wood.

Karate Kid

Release: March/April. Writers: Paul Levitz. Artists: Ric Estrada and Joe Staton.

Kobra

Release: February/March. Writers: Jack Kirby, Steve Sherman, and Martin Pasko. Artists: Jack Kirby and Pablo Marcos.

Ragman

Release: August/September. Writers: Bob Kanigher. Artists: Joe Kubert and Redondo Studio.

Secret Society of Super Villains

Release: May/June. Writers: Gerry Conway. Artists: Pablo Marcos and Bob Smith.

Starfire

Release: August. Writer: David Michelinie. Artist: Mike Vosburg.

Super Friends

Release: November. Writer: E. Nelson Bridwell. Artists: Ric Estrada,[11] Joe Orlando, and Vince Colletta.

Warlord

Release: January/February. Writer/Artist: Mike Grell.

Welcome Back, Kotter

Release: November. Writer: Elliot Maggin. Artists: Jack Sparling and Bob Oksner.

Marvel Comics

2001: A Space Odyssey

Release: December. Writer: Jack Kirby. Artists: Jack Kirby and Mike Royer.

Captain Britain Weekly

Release: October 13 by Marvel UK. Editor: Larry Lieber.

Eternals

Release: July. Writer: Jack Kirby. Artists: Jack Kirby and John Verpoorten.

Haunt of Horror

Release: May by Curtis Magazines. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Howard the Duck

Release: January. Writer: Steve Gerber. Artists: Frank Brunner and Steve Leialoha.

Nova

Release: September. Writers: Marv Wolfman. Artists: John Buscema and Joe Sinnott.

Omega the Unknown

Release: March. Writers: Mary Skrenes and Steve Gerber. Artist: Jim Mooney.

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider Man

Release: December. Writer: Gerry Conway. Artists: Sal Buscema, Mike Esposito, and Dave Hunt.

Other publishers

Action

Release: February 14 by IPC Magazines. Editor: Pat Mills.

American Splendor

Release: by Harvey Pekar. Writer: Harvey Pekar.

Bullet

Release: February by D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.
Cole Black Comix
Release by Rocky Hartberg Productions Writer and Artist: Rocky Hartberg

LaLa

Release: July by Hakusensha

Storm

Release: Big Balloon (Dutch). Artist: Don Lawrence.

Canceled titles

Charlton Comics

DC Comics

Gold Key Comics

Harvey Comics

Marvel Comics

Other publishers

Initial appearance by character name

DC Comics

Marvel Comics

Other publishers

References

  1. Bloodstar. (The Morning Star Press Ltd., 1976): "BLOODSTAR is a new, revolutionary concept — a graphic novel, which combines all the imagination and visual power of comic strip art with the richness of the traditional Novel."
  2. Daniels, Les Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1991 ISBN 0-8109-3821-9 p. 176
  3. McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 170. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "For the first time since 1947, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's names were back in Superman comics, and listed as the Man of Steel's co-creators." 
  4. Dahlen, Chris (July 23, 2009). "Interview: Steve Bissette". The A.V. Club. http://www.avclub.com/articles/steve-bissette,30751/. Retrieved April 10, 2010.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Grimes, Paul. "Fantasy Boom: The Profits Are Real; Fantasy Boom: $50,000 a Weekend, $2 Million a Year," New York Times (May 30, 1976).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Skinn, Dez. "Early days of UK comics conventions and marts," DezSkinn.com. Accessed Mar. 3, 2013.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Fratz, Doug. "TNJ Listings," The New Nostalgia Journal #28 (Aug. 1976), p. 39.
  8. Lopez, Rosemary. "Red Sonja, Star Of the Comics Fans," New York TImes (Nov. 14, 1976).
  9. Grimes, Paul. "2 Collegians Get an 'A' In Comic Books," New York Times (Nov. 26, 1976),
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 "Marvel Bullpen Bulletins," Marvel Team-Up #69 (May 1978).
  11. McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 171: "Hanna-Barbera's animated Super Friends proved so successful that DC brought the concept full circle, adapting the show into a comic. Scribe E. Nelson Bridwell and artist Ric Estrada crafted the inaugural issue."
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