Notable events of 1976 in comics. See also List of years in comics.
This is a list of comics-related events in 1976.
- 1 Events
- 2 Conventions
- 3 Awards
- 4 First issues by title
- 5 Canceled titles
- 6 Initial appearance by character name
- 7 References
- American Splendor, Harvey Pekar's long-running autobiographical comic book title, publishes its debut issue.
- Fantagraphics Books, Inc. founded by Gary Groth and Michael Catron.
- Bloodstar, based on a short story by Robert E. Howard and illustrated by Richard Corben, published by Morning Star Press. It is possibly the first graphic novel to call itself a “graphic novel” in print.
- Chandler: Red Tide, an illustrated novel by Jim Steranko, published by Pyramid Books.
- Flying Buttress Publications (later to be known as NBM Publishing) is founded in Syracuse, N.Y. by Terry Nantier.
- Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man, the first major intercompany crossover, is co-published by DC Comics and Marvel Comics.
- Jenette Kahn replaces Carmine Infantino as DC Comics' publisher and editorial director.
- DC revives All Star Comics with issue #58, continuing the numbering from the original 1940 series (ignoring the numbering from All-Star Western). Written by Gerry Conway, with art by Ric Estrada and Wally Wood.
- With issue #244 — after an eight-year hiatus — DC revives Blackhawk, which began in 1944 under Quality Comics, was acquired by DC in 1957, and stopped publishing in 1968.
- Marvel Super Action, a Curtis Magazines one-shot, edited by Archie Goodwin, is released.
- 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, 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)
- With issue #45, DC revives Metal Men, which itself was a 1973 revival of a 1963 series which had stopped publishing in 1969.
- Superman #300: "Superman, 2001!" — an imaginary story featuring a Superman who came to Earth in 1976 — by Cary Bates, Elliot S! Maggin, Curt Swan, and Bob Oksner. (DC Comics)
- Star Spangled War Stories #200, featuring the Unknown Soldier and Enemy Ace, edited by Joe Orlando. (DC Comics)
- The Incredible Hulk #200: "An Intruder in the Mind!" by Len Wein, Sal Buscema, and Joe Staton. (Marvel Comics)
- July 5: British comics artist Frank Bellamy dies at age 59.
- Captain America #200: Special Bicentennial issue, by Jack Kirby and Frank Giacoia.
- X-Men #100: "Greater Love Hath No X-Man..." by Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum.
- With issue #90, DC revives the title Green Lantern (calling it Green Lantern, co-Starring Green Arrow), which began in 1960 and stopped publishing in 1972.
- Superman #302: The first issue with the restored credit that Superman was "created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.".
- The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, founded by Joe & Muriel Kubert, begins teaching its first class of students, some of whom include Stephen R. Bissette, Thomas Yeates, and Rick Veitch.
- With issue #9 (September /October ), DC suspends publication of Claw the Unconquered; it picks up again with issue #10 in 1978.
- Following DC's lead, Marvel Comics raises the prices of its standard comic book from 25 cents to 30 cents, keeping the page-count at 36.
- Marvel cancels 6 ongoing titles: Amazing Adventures (vol. 2), Chamber of Chills, Jungle Action, Marvel Feature, Skull the Slayer, and the Curtis Magazines title Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction.
- With issue #44, DC revives Teen Titans vol. 1, which began in 1966 and stopped publishing in 1973.
- Marvel Comics launches its third ongoing Spider-Man series, Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider Man.
- Detroit Triple Fan Fair (Detroit, Michigan) — 11th edition of the fair; guests include Joe Kubert, John G. Fuller, and Mike Nasser
- Pittcon '76 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
- January: Cincinnati Comic Convention (Netherland Hilton, Cincinnati, Ohio) — 2nd annual show; guests include Frank Brunner, Steve Gerber, Mary Skrenes, and Martin Pasko
- February 27–29: Super DC Con '76 (Americana Hotel, New York City) — organized by Phil Seuling to celebrate Superman's birthday; guests include Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, and Julius Schwartz
- March 19–21: Comics 101 (Mount Royal Hotel, London, England) — organized by Denis Gifford to celebrate the 101st year of British comics; guests include John M. Burns, Ron Embleton, Don Lawrence, Frank Hampson, Alan Class, Mick Anglo, Stanley White, and Steve Dowling; presentation of the Ally Sloper Awards
- April: Mid-America Comic Convention (Holiday Inn North, Cincinnati, Ohio) — 2nd annual show
- April 23–25: Marvel-Con '76 (Hotel Commodore, New York) — 2nd annual show; guests include Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, and John Buscema
- June 11–14: D-Con (Sheraton Hotel, Dallas, Texas)
- July: Omnicon (Convention Center Ramada Inn, Louisville, Kentucky) — produced by Don Rosa and James Van Hise; guests include Frank Brunner, DeForest Kelley, and Michael Kaluta
- July 2–6: Comic Art Convention (McAlpin Hotel, 34th Street and Broadway, New York City)
- July 2–4: Konvention of Alternative Komix (Birmingham, England) — underground comix convention produced by the Birmingham Arts Lab; guests include Chris Welch, Steve Bell, Bryan Talbot, Mike Higgs, Suzy Varty, and Hunt Emerson
- July 21–25: San Diego Comic-Con (El Cortez Hotel, San Diego, California) — 3,000+ attendees, special guests include Sergio Aragonés, Mel Blanc, Milton Caniff, Rick Griffin, Dale Messick, Joe Shuster, Noel Sickles, Don Thompson, Maggie Thompson
- August 6–8: Chicago Comicon (Playboy Towers Hotel, Chicago, Illinois) — produced by Joe Sarno and Mike Gold. Special guests: Stan Lee, Jenette Kahn, Harvey Kurtzman, Mike Grell, and Tim Conrad
- August 21–22: Comicon '76 (British Comic Art Convention) (Regent Centre Hotel, London, England) — organized by Rob Barrow; guests include Paul Neary and Tony Weare; convention booklet features artwork by Dave Gibbons, John Bolton, Kevin O'Neill, Paul Neary, Brian Bolland, Ron Embleton, John M. Burns, Brian Lewis, Martin Asbury, Frank Hampson, John Romita, Sr., Bryan Talbot, and Hunt Emerson
- September 3–5: Spectrum Con 76 (Dunffey's Royal Coach Inn, Sugarland, Texas) — guests include Jim Steranko and Pat Boyette
- September 12: Comic Rama Con (Bergenfield/Dumont Jewish Center, Bergenfield, New Jersey) — guests include Jerry Iger
- September 18–19: OrlandoCon '76 (International Inn, Orlando, Florida) — Central Florida Comic Art Convention and Early TV/Film Festival produced by Jim Ivey & Charlie Roberts; guests include Jack Davis, Harvey Kurtzman, and Floyd Gottfredson
- October 1–3: Fourth Dimension Con (Kent State University, Kent, Ohio) — guests include Frederick Pohl, Will Eisner, Val Mayerik, Paul Gulacy, and Harlan Ellison
- October 22–24: Newcon '76 (Howard Johnson's 57 Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts) — guests include Jim Steranko, Michael Kaluta, Dick Giordano, Harvey Kurtzman, Gil Kane, and Carl Barks
- November 20–21: Sonjacon (Travel Lodge, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey) — two-day convention dedicated to Red Sonja, produced by Delaware Valley Comic's Art Convention; official guests include Frank Thorne, Dave Cockrum, and Gene Colan
- November 26–28: Big Comicon Creation Convention (Stater Hilton Hotel, New York City) — 4,500 attendees; official guests include Ralph Bakshi, Jenette Kahn, Michael Kaluta, Jeff Jones, Gil Kane, Steve Gerber, Nicola Cuti, Bob Smith, Alex Niño, Martin Pasko, Marv Wolfman, Jim Steranko, Howard Chaykin, Joe Staton, Jerry Iger, and Len Wein
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:
- Favourite Comic Book (Dramatic): Uncanny X-Men
- Favourite Comic Magazine (Dramatic): Savage Sword of Conan
- Favourite Team: Uncanny X-Men
- Favourite Comic Book (Humor): Howard the Duck, by Steve Gerber'
- Favourite New Comic: Howard the Duck, by Steve Gerber'
- Favourite Single Comic Book Story: "Four Feathers of Death! : or Enter the Duck," Howard the Duck #3, by Steve Gerber and John Buscema'
- Favourite Continued Comic Story: Master of Kung Fu #48-51 by Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy
- Favourite Comic Book Character: Conan the Barbarian'
- Favourite Comicbook Writer: Roy Thomas
- Favourite Comics Writer (UK): Chris Claremont'
- Favourite UK Title: House of Hammer
- Roll of Honor: Stan Lee
First issues by title
DC Super Stars: mostly reprint title.
- Release: March. Editor: E. Nelson Bridwell.
Four Star Spectacular: reprint title.
- Release: March/April. Editor: E. Nelson Bridwell.
- Release: February/March. Writers: Jack Kirby, Steve Sherman, and Martin Pasko. Artists: Jack Kirby and Pablo Marcos.
- Release: November. Writer: E. Nelson Bridwell. Artists: Ric Estrada, Joe Orlando, and Vince Colletta.
- Release: January/February. Writer/Artist: Mike Grell.
- Release: February by D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.
- Release: July by Hakusensha
- Doomsday + 1, with issue #6 (May) — revived in 1978 as a reprint title
- Midnight Tales, with issue #18 (May)
- 1st Issue Special, with issue #13 (April )
- Beowulf, Dragon Slayer, with issue #6 (March )
- Blitzkrieg, with issue #5 (September /October )
- The Joker, with issue #9 (September /October )
- Kong the Untamed, with issue #5 (February/March)
- Man-Bat, with issue #2 (February/March)
- Phantom Stranger vol. 2, with issue #41 (February/March)
- Plop!, with issue #24 (November /December )
- Swamp Thing, with issue #24 (August /September )
- Tarzan Family, with issue #66 (November /December )
- Tor, with issue #6 (March/April)
Gold Key Comics
- Golden Comics Digest, with issue #48 (January )
- Walt Disney Comics Digest, with issue #57 (February )
- Little Dot, with issue #164 (April )
- Little Lotta, with issue #120 (May)
- Playful Little Audrey, with issue #121 (April )
- Amazing Adventures vol. 2, with issue #39, Marvel cancels the anthology title (November )
- Astonishing Tales, with issue #36 (July)
- Chamber of Chills, with issue #25 (November )
- Jungle Action, with issue #24 (November )
- Marvel Feature vol. 2, with issue #7 (November )
- Skull the Slayer, with issue #8 (November )
- Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction, with issue #6 (Curtis Magazines, November )
Initial appearance by character name
- Atomic Skull (Albert Michael), in Superman #303 (September)
- Black Spider, in Detective Comics #463 (September)
- Blackrock, in Action Comics #458 (April)
- Bumblebee (Karen Beecher), in Teen Titans #45 (December)
- Calculator, in Detective Comics #463 (September)
- Captain Stingaree, in Detective Comics #460 (June)
- Codename: Assassin, in 1st Issue Special #11 (February)
- Deborah Camille Darnell, in Secret Society of Super Villains #1 (May/June)
- Duela Dent, in Batman Family #6 (July/August )
- Grimbor the Chainsman, in Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #221 (November)
- Isis, in Isis #1 (October /November )
- Kirt Niedrigh (Absorbency Boy), in Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #218 (July)
- Kobra, in Kobra #1 (February)
- Machiste, in Warlord #2 (March)
- Outsiders, in 1st Issue Special #10 (January)
- Power Girl, in All Star Comics #58 (January /February )
- Ragman, in Ragman #1 (August /September )
- SKULL, in Superman #301 (July)
- Leslie Thompkins, in Detective Comics #457 (March)
- Tyroc, in Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #216 (April)
- Wendy and Marvin, in Super Friends #1 (November)
- Tobias Whale, in Black Lightning #1 (April)
- Amphibian, in Avengers #145 (March)
- Aron, in Captain Marvel #39 (July)
- Black Talon (Samuel Barone), in Avengers #152 (October)
- Black Tom Cassidy, in Uncanny X-Men #101 (October)
- Blizzard (Gregor Shapanka), in Iron Man #86 (May)
- Jamie Braddock, in Captain Britain Weekly #9 (September)
- Dmitri Bukharin, in Iron Man #109 (April)
- Bullseye, in Daredevil #131 (March)
- Captain Britain, in Captain Britain Weekly #1 (October 13)
- Captain Ultra, in Fantastic Four #177 (December)
- Condor, in Nova #2 (October)
- Corruptor, in Nova #4 in (December)
- Darkstar, in Champions #7 (August)
- Jean DeWolff, in Marvel Team-Up #48 (August)
- The Eternals, in The Eternals #1 (July)
- Guardsman (Michael O'Brien), in Iron Man #82 (January)
- Hellcat, in The Avengers #144 (February )
- Human Fly (Richard Deacon), in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #10
- Hurricane (Albert Potter), in Captain Britain #3 (October 27)
- Jigsaw, in The Amazing Spider-Man #162 (November)
- Shen Kuei, in Master of Kung Fu #38 (March)
- Mirage, in The Amazing Spider-Man #156 (May)
- Lilandra Neramani, in X-Men #97 (February)
- Nova, in Nova #1 (September)
- Psylocke, in Captain Britain #8 (December)
- Rampage, in Champions #5 (April)
- Amanda Sefton, in Uncanny X-Men #98 (April)
- Star-Lord, in Marvel Preview #4 (January)
- 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."
- Daniels, Les Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1991 ISBN 0-8109-3821-9 p. 176
- 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."
- Dahlen, Chris (July 23, 2009). "Interview: Steve Bissette". The A.V. Club. http://www.avclub.com/articles/steve-bissette,30751/. Retrieved April 10, 2010.
- Grimes, Paul. "Fantasy Boom: The Profits Are Real; Fantasy Boom: $50,000 a Weekend, $2 Million a Year," New York Times (May 30, 1976).
- Skinn, Dez. "Early days of UK comics conventions and marts," DezSkinn.com. Accessed Mar. 3, 2013.
- Fratz, Doug. "TNJ Listings," The New Nostalgia Journal #28 (Aug. 1976), p. 39.
- Lopez, Rosemary. "Red Sonja, Star Of the Comics Fans," New York TImes (Nov. 14, 1976).
- Grimes, Paul. "2 Collegians Get an 'A' In Comic Books," New York Times (Nov. 26, 1976),
- "Marvel Bullpen Bulletins," Marvel Team-Up #69 (May 1978).
- 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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