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Notable events of 1980 in comics. See also List of years in comics.




Events and publications

Year overall

January

February

March

July

August

September

October

November

  • The 2000th issue of The Beano dated 15 November 1980.

December

  • Marvel Team-Up #100: Double-size anniversary issue, "And Introducing — Karma! She Possesses People!," by Chris Claremont, Frank Miller, and Bob Wiacek. The issue also contains a backup story featuring the Black Panther and Storm, from the X-Men, by Claremont and John Byrne, with inks by McLeod. (Marvel Comics)
  • The first chapter of Art Spiegelman's Maus appears in Raw #2
  • Necdet Sen begins publishing his cartoon, Hizli Gazeteci in the Turkish magazine "Hey".

Deaths

March

September

December

Conventions

Awards

Eagle Awards

Presented in 1981 for comics published in 1980:

First issues by title

DC Comics

New Teen Titans

Release: November. Writer: Marv Wolfman. Artist: George Pérez.

The New Adventures of Superboy

Release: January. Writer: Cary Bates. Artists: Kurt Schaffenberger and Dave Hunt.

Marvel Comics

Epic Illustrated

Release: Spring. Editor: Archie Goodwin.

Savage She-Hulk

Release: February. Writer: Stan Lee. Artist: John Buscema.

Independent titles

Gay Comix

Release: September by Kitchen Sink Press. Editor: Howard Cruse.

RAW

Release: July by RAW Books. Editors: Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly.

Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman

Release: October by David Boswell. Writer/Artist: David Boswell.

Thorgal

Release: by Lombard Editions. Writer: Jean Van Hamme. Artist: Grzegorz Rosiński.

Tinkle

Release: April by India Book House. Editor: Anant Pai.

World War 3 Illustrated

Editors: Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper.

Queen Millennia

Release: January 28 by Sankei Shimbun and Nishinippon Sports. Writer/Artist: Leiji Matsumoto.

Shueisha

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Initial appearances by character name

DC Comics

Marvel Comics

Independent titles

  • Judge Anderson, in 2000 AD #150 (Fleetway)
  • Reid Fleming, in Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman (David Boswell)

References

  1. DC Special Series #21 at the Grand Comics Database
  2. Superboy Spectacular #1 at the Grand Comics Database
  3. "In a further effort to find new distribution, a Superboy Spectacular was produced for Random House's in-school book club program and offered to comic shops but not newsstands." Levitz, Paul 75 Years of DC Comics The Art of Modern Mythmaking Taschen America, LLC 2010 ISBN 978-3-8365-1981-6 p. 454
  4. "Duck Squawk: Gerber vs. Marvel" Amazing Heroes #1 (June 1981) p. 18
  5. Wells, John (May 2013). "Flashback: Whatever Happened to...?". Back Issue (TwoMorrows Publishing) (64): 51–61. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Trumbull, John (May 2013). "Nemesis Balancing the Scales". Back Issue (TwoMorrows Publishing) (64): 69–75. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 188. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "[The New Teen Titans] went on to become DC's most popular comic team of its day. Not only the springboard for the following month's The New Teen Titans #1, the preview's momentous story also featured the first appearance of future DC mainstays Cyborg, Starfire, and Raven." 
  8. Duncan, Randy, and Smith, Matthew J., editors. Icons of the American Comic Book: From Captain America to Wonder Woman (ABC-CLIO, 2013), p. 396.
  9. Bolland profile, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.
  10. Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 189 "A battalion of horror icons created by the U.S. government to aid the American war effort made its debut in an off-beat story by writer J. M. DeMatteis and penciler Pat Broderick."
  11. Isaacs, Deanna (December 23, 2004). "Nemesis vs. Politics as Usual - Gadfly, former actor, and superhero model Tom Tresser is back, calling on the creative class to claim their piece of the pie.". Chicago Reader. Archived from the original on January 22, 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/64tDXYXJ0. Retrieved January 22, 2012. "Tom Tresser, the square-jawed, blond comic-book hero, was created in 1979, when Tom Tresser, the meeker, balder actor, was working at the Merrimack Valley Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire, and rooming with writer Cary Burkett. Burkett got an assignment from DC Comics to create a new character and came up with Nemesis, a master of martial arts and disguise, who needed a daytime alias. Burkett's Tom Tresser became a mild-mannered, Shakespeare-quoting former FBI agent." 
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