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Notable events of 1979 in comics. See also List of years in comics.



Events

Year overall

January

March

  • IPC Magazines launches Tornado, a short-lived weekly British comic published for 22 issues.
  • The Human Fly, with issue #19, is cancelled by Marvel.

April

  • Kid Colt Outlaw (1949 series), with issue #225, canceled by Marvel.
  • The reprint title Marvel Triple Action, with issue #47, is cancelled by Marvel.

May

June

Summer

July

  • World of Krypton – #1 of 3, by DC Comics. The first official limited series, this three-issue "mini-series" was originally slated for Showcase #104-106 to coincide with the premiere of Superman: The Movie. The storyline was rescheduled for Showcase #110-112 when the film's release date was delayed; but ultimately, Showcase was cancelled after issue #104. Finally, the material is revised and released as a limited series by Paul Kupperberg and Howard Chaykin.[2]
  • With issue #24, Marvel cancels Godzilla, King of the Monsters.
  • July 25: Marvel UK publishes the final weekly issue (#352) of Marvel Comic.

August

September

October

December

Conventions

Awards

Eagle Awards

Presented in 1980 for comics published in 1979:

First issues by title

DC Comics

The Best of DCDigest size title

Release: September /October

All Out WarDollar Comics title

Release: September /October Editor: Murray Boltinoff

Time WarpDollar Comics title

Release: October /November Editor: Jack C. Harris

Marvel Comics

Amazing Adventures vol. 3

Release: December. Reprinting the original X-Men title.[4]

Doctor Who Magazine

Release: October 11 by Marvel UK.

Hulk Comic

Release: March 7 by Marvel UK. Editor: Dez Skinn.

Man-Thing vol. 2

Release: November. Writer: Michael Fleisher. Artists: Jim Mooney and Bob Wiacek.

Marvel Spotlight vol. 2

Release: July. Editor: Roger Stern.

Micronauts

Release: January. Writer: Bill Mantlo. Artist: Michael Golden.

Rom: Spaceknight

Release: December. Writer: Bill Mantlo. Artist: Sal Buscema.

Shogun Warriors

Release: February. Writer: Doug Moench. Artist: Herb Trimpe.

Tales to Astonish vol. 2

Release: December. Reprinting edited versions of the 1968 Sub-Mariner title.[4]

Independent titles

Battle of the Planets
Release: June by Gold Key Comics. Writer: Gary Poole. Artist: Win Mortimer.
Best Buy Comics
Release February by Apex Novelties. Writers and Artists: Robert Crumb and Aline Kominsky
Starblazer
Release: April by D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd..

Initial appearances by character name

DC Comics

Marvel Comics

Notes

  1. Dr Scarabeus profile
  2. McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "The worldwide success of Superman: The Movie motivated [DC] to publish more Superman-related titles. With that, editor E. Nelson Bridwell oversaw a project that evolved into comics' first official limited series - World of Krypton...Featuring out-of-this-world artwork from Howard Chaykin, [Paul] Kupperberg's three-issue limited series explored Superman's homeworld." 
  3. Shenker, Israel. "Comic-Book Fans Gather for 'Creation '79'; The Hand Is the Ticket," New York Times (Nov. 25, 1978).
  4. 4.0 4.1 During this period, Marvel published a number of reprint titles.
  5. McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 180 "Batman #307 (January 1979) Writer Len Wein and artist John Calnan introduced Bruce Wayne's new executive, Lucius Fox, in this issue of Batman."
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