Notable events of 1982 in comics. See also List of years in comics.
Events and publications
- San Diego-based independent publisher Pacific Comics makes a strong push in the marketplace, following Jack Kirby's Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers with four new ongoing titles, Starslayer, Ms. Mystic, Twisted Tales, and Alien Worlds, featuring such established talents as Neal Adams and Mike Grell.
- To stem the flow of creators defecting to companies such as First Comics, Pacific Comics, and Eclipse Comics, DC Comics begins offering royalties to artists and writers of regular newsstand comics that sell more than 100,000 copies; Marvel soon follows suit with its creator-owned imprint Epic Comics. Launched by editor-in-chief Jim Shooter as a spin-off of the successful Epic Illustrated magazine, the Epic imprint allows creators to retain control and ownership of their properties. Co-edited by Al Milgrom and Archie Goodwin, the imprint also allows Marvel to publish a mature line of comics oriented toward an older audience. Epic titles are printed on higher quality paper than typical Marvel comics, and are only available via the direct market.
- Marvel debuts its Marvel Graphic Novels series, releasing five trade paperbacks over the course of the year: The Death of Captain Marvel, Elric: The Dreaming City, Dreadstar, The New Mutants, and X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills.
- After 41 years as a publisher, Harvey Comics ceases publishing.
- After ten years as a publisher, Spire Christian Comics ceases publishing original titles.
- Attempting to create synthesis for two Warner Communications subsidiaries, DC Comics teams up with Atari Inc. to publish Atari Force, storylines for Atari home console games. The comics are packed in with the games Defender, Berzerk, Star Raiders, Phoenix, and Galaxian.
- DC cancels its last three suspense/horror anthologies, The Unexpected, Ghosts, and Secrets of Haunted House.
- With the demise of New Media/Irjax, Steve Geppi takes over their warehouses and distribution centers and founds Diamond Comic Distributors; 14 years later the company would become the sole major comics distributor
- Warren Publishing suspends publication.
- DC Comics Presents #41 features an insert previewing the new Wonder Woman creative team of writer Roy Thomas and artist Gene Colan as well as an update of the character's costume.
- House of Mystery #300: "Special Thrill-Filled 300th Issue," edited by Karen Berger. (DC Comics)
- Phantom Zone #1 (of a four-issue limited series), by Steve Gerber, Gene Colan, and Tony DeZuniga; published by DC Comics.
- Marvel Super-Heroes (1967 series), with issue #105, cancelled by Marvel.
- "Apocalypse War" Judge Dredd storyline begins in 2000 AD. (continues through July)
- The Flash #306 began a Doctor Fate backup series by writer Martin Pasko and artist Keith Giffen which ran through issue #313.
- The New Teen Titans #16 features an insert previewing the upcoming Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! series by Roy Thomas and Scott Shaw.
- Savage She-Hulk, with issue #25, is cancelled by Marvel.
- The debut of Alan Moore's new, darker Marvelman in Warrior #1.
- The debut of Alan Moore and David Lloyd's V for Vendetta in Warrior #1.
- Justice League of America #200: 76-page anniversary issue, "A League Divided". The double-sized issue was a "jam" featuring a story written by Gerry Conway, a framing sequence drawn by George Pérez, and chapters drawn by Pat Broderick, Jim Aparo, Dick Giordano, Gil Kane, Carmine Infantino, Brian Bolland, and Joe Kubert. Bolland's chapter gave the artist his "first stab at drawing Batman."
- DC's horror-suspense anthology Secrets of Haunted House ceases publication with issue #46.
- Flash Gordon (1966 series), with issue #37, is cancelled by the Gold Key Comics imprint Whitman Comics.
- Underground cartoonist Dave Sheridan dies at age 39.
- March 27: Britain's weekly Eagle comic relaunched by IPC Media in a mostly photonovel format.
- Daredevil #181 — Bullseye fatally stabs Elektra.
- The long-running British series The Trigan Empire ceases publication with the cancellation of Look and Learn with issue #1042.
- To help raise money for his lawsuit against Marvel Comics for ownership of Howard the Duck, Steve Gerber brings out his own Destroyer Duck from Eclipse Comics.
- Fantastic Four Roast a one-shot written by Fred Hembeck is published by Marvel Comics.
- DC's long-running weird/horror anthology The Unexpected ceases publication with issue #222.
- Ghosts, with issue #112, is cancelled by DC.
- The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves, with issue #72, is cancelled for the second time by Charlton.
- Fantagraphics makes its first foray into comic book publishing with the Hernandez brothers (Jaime and Gilbert)'s Love & Rockets anthology.
- Marvel begins publishing the Hasbro-licenced series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, which would sell over 200,000 copies and out-sell Superman and the X-Men.
- The two-issue "Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut!" storyline by creative team Roger Stern, John Romita, Jr., and Jim Mooney begins in The Amazing Spider-Man #229.
- Silver Surfer one-shot scripted by Stan Lee, plotted and penciled by John Byrne, and inked by Tom Palmer is published by Marvel Comics.
- June 7: Warren Tufts dies at age 56.
- The New Teen Titans #21 features an insert previewing the upcoming Night Force series by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan.
- The Penguin Books imprint Plume releases Creepshow, a graphic novella based on the 1982 horror movie Creepshow.
- The Marvel UK storyline "Jaspers' Warp" (also known as "Crooked World") begins in Marvel Superheroes #387 (continuing through June 1984 in Mighty World of Marvel)
- The Legion of Super-Heroes storyline "The Great Darkness Saga" begins with issue #290 (runs through December).
- Marvel Superheroes, with issue #388, is cancelled by Marvel UK; it replaced in all but name by The Mighty World of Marvel.
- Marvel's Wolverine four-issue mini-series, by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, begins.
- The Marvel/DC intercompany crossover The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans, by Chris Claremont, Walt Simonson, and Terry Austin.
- September 13: Reed Crandall, Blackhawk and EC artist, dies at age 65.
- September 23: Gene Day dies at c. age 31.
- Norristown, Pennsylvania-based Comico Comics begins publishing with the release of the black-and-white anthology title Primer #1.
- With issue #251, DC again revives Blackhawk volume 1, which ran from 1944 to 1968, and then from 1976 to 1977.
- Josie and the Pussycats (1963 series) is cancelled by Archie Comics with issue #106.
- Justice League of America #207 and All-Star Squadron #14 feature the beginning of the "Crisis on Earth-Prime" crossover between the two titles. The storyline continues into Justice League of America #208 and All-Star Squadron #15 in November and concludes in Justice League of America #209 in December.
- October 10 - Illustrator Ben Krefta is born
- Jim Starlin's Dreadstar, the first title published by Marvel's creator-owned imprint Epic Comics, begins.
- Canadian publisher Vortex Comics makes its entrée into the comics world with its anthology Vortex
- DC publishes its first tailored direct market offering: the first of 12 issues of Camelot 3000, Mike W. Barr & Brian Bolland's future-set tale of King Arthur. It is widely recognized as the first "maxi-series".
- Detective Comics #521: Green Arrow becomes the backup feature.
- DC publishes the first issue of its three-issue Masters of the Universe mini-series
- Charlton Bullseye, with issue #10, canceled by Charlton.
- December 20: Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira debuts in Young Magazine
Exhibitions and shows
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- Katy-Kon 2 (Modesto, California) — 2nd convention dedicated to Katy Keene
- Minneapolis Comic-Con (Minneapolis, Minnesota) — guests include C. C. Beck
- March 27–28: Dimension Convention (Statler Hotel, New York City) — dedicated to the artists and writers who created EC Comics
- June: Heroes Convention (Charlotte, North Carolina) — First annual staging of the multigenre convention. Official guests: George Pérez, Marv Wolfman, Mike Zeck, Butch Guice, Romeo Tanghal
- June 5–6: Colorado Comic Art Convention II (Rocky Mountain School of Art, Denver, Colorado) — guests include Jim Payne, Michael Golden, and Bob Layton
- June 10–13: Fantasy Fair (Dallas, Texas) — guest: Philip José Farmer
- July 3–5: Comic Art Convention (Sheraton Hotel, New York City) — admission: $7/day; $15/weekend
- July 8–11: San Diego Comic-Con (Convention and Performing Arts Center and Hotel, San Diego, California) — 5,000 attendees; official guests: Carl Barks, Terry Beatty, Brian Bolland, Max Allan Collins, Will Eisner, Mike Grell, Chuck Jones, Hank Ketcham, Walter Koenig, Frank Miller, Arn Saba, Leonard Starr, Ken Steacy, Robert Williams
- July 16–18: Chicago Comicon (Americana-Congress Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois)
- September: OrlandoCon (Orlando, Florida) — guests include C. C. Beck
- October 23–24: Encounter 6 (Hilton Inn East, Wichita, Kansas)
Presented in 1983 for comics published in 1982:
- Best Story: V for Vendetta, by Alan Moore and David Lloyd (Warrior, Quality Communications)
- Best New Book: Teen Titans, by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez (DC Comics)
- Character Most Worthy of Own Title: Judge Anderson, 2000 AD (Fleetway)
- Best Comics Writer: Alan Moore, V For Vendetta (Warrior, Quality Communications)
- Favourite Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz
- Best UK Title: Warrior, edited by Dez Skinn
- Favourite Artist (UK): Brian Bolland
First issues by title
Daring New Adventures of Supergirl
The Fury of Firestorm
Saga of the Swamp Thing
- Release: March. Editor: Al Milgrom
- Release: January. Writer/Artist: Jim Starlin.
The Mighty World of Marvel vol. 2
- Release: September. Writer/Artist: Bob Layton.
- Release: December. Editor: Bruce Jones
- Release: October. Writer/Artist: Neal Adams
- Release: February. Writer/Artist: Mike Grell
- Release: November. Editor: Bruce Jones
- Release: October by Comico Comics.
Initial appearances by character name
- Ambush Bug in DC Comics Presents #52
- Arion in Warlord #55
- Blackfire in New Teen Titans #22
- Brother Blood in New Teen Titans #21
- Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! in New Teen Titans #16
- Ch'p in Green Lantern #148
- Firehawk in The Fury of Firestorm #1
- Global Guardians in DC Comics Presents #46
- Hamilton Hill, in Detective Comics #511 (February)
- Frances Kane in New Teen Titans #17(First appearance)
- Lyla (Harbinger), in New Teen Titans #21
- The Monitor, in New Teen Titans #21
- Plastique in The Fury of Firestorm #7
- The Psions in New Teen Titans #4
- Terra in New Teen Titans #26
- The Acanti in Uncanny X-Men #156
- Arcanna, in The Defenders #112 (October)
- The Brood in Uncanny X-Men #155
- Cloak and Dagger in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #64
- Luna, in Fantastic Four #240 (March)
- Marada, the She-Wolf, in Epic Illustrated #10 (Feb)
- New Mutants, in Marvel Graphic Novel #4: The New Mutants
- Nuke, in The Defenders #112 (October)
- Power Princess, in The Defenders #112 (October)
- Monica Rambeau in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16
- Sikorsky in Uncanny X-Men #156 (April)
- Obadiah Stane, in Iron Man #163 (October)
- William Stryker in X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills
- Varnae in Bizarre Adventures #33
- Vermin in Captain America #272
- Vertigo, in Marvel Fanfare #1 (March)
- Yukio in Wolverine #2
- Grendel in Primer #2, published by Comico Comics
- Groo the Wanderer in Destroyer Duck #1, published by Eclipse Comics
- Ms. Mystic in Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #3, published by Pacific Comics
- Rocketeer in Starslayer #2, published by Pacific Comics
- The Warpsmiths in Warrior Summer Special #4, published by Quality Communications
- "Two Men and their Comic Books," in San Diego Reader, by Jay Allen Sanford, August 19, 2004. Accessed via Web (Archive.org) March 31, 2008.
- Shooter, Jim. "Bullpen Bulletins: The Truth About the Epic Comics Group!" Marvel comics cover-dated November 1982.
- Sanderson, Peter (September/October 1981). "Thomas/Colan Premiere Wonder Woman's New Look". Comics Feature (12/13): 23. "The hotly-debated new Wonder Woman uniform will be bestowed on the Amazon Princess in her first adventure written and drawn by her new creative team: Roy Thomas and Gene Colan...This story will appear as an insert in DC Comics Presents #41."
- Riley, Shannon E. (May 2013). "A Matter of (Dr.) Fate Martin Pasko and Keith Giffen Discuss Their Magical Flash Backup Series". Back Issue (TwoMorrows Publishing) (64): 64–68.
- Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "In a sixteen-page bonus preview insert in the middle of The New Teen Titans...was the debut story of Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew."
- Bolland, Brian; Pruett, Joe ed. (2006). The Art of Brian Bolland. Image Comics. p. 130. ISBN 1-58240-603-0.
- Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 197: "[T]his issue...hid another dark secret: a sixteen-page preview comic featuring Marv Wolfman's newest team - Night Force. Chronicling the enterprise of the enigmatic Baron Winters and featuring the art of Gene Colan, Night Force spun out into an ongoing title of gothic mystery and horror the following month."
- Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 199: "The issue, written by longtime X-Men scribe Chris Claremont and drawn by Walter Simonson [was]...one of the most well-received crossovers of its time - or of any time for that matter - the team-up was a huge success."
- Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 198: "The Justice League of America teamed up with the Justice Society of America on a large-scale with 'Crisis on Earth-Prime', a five-part saga that crossed from the pages of Justice League of America into All-Star Squadron."
- Thomas, Roy (2000). "The Justice League-Justice Society Team-Ups". The All-Star Companion. TwoMorrows Publishing. pp. 191–192. ISBN 1-893905-05-5.
- Higgins, Steve. "A+ Graphic Novels: Camelot 3000, GrayHaven Magazine (July 1, 2003).
- Kingman, Jim (May 2013). "The Ballad of Ollie and Dinah". Back Issue (TwoMorrows Publishing) (64): 10–21.
- Blau, Eleanor. "Weekender Guide," New York Times (26 Mar 1982), p. C.1.
- "Happenings: Other Events," New York Magazine (July 5–12, 1982), p. 134.
- wordsandpictures.org. "Bill Sienkiewicz-Awards, Exhibits". http://www.wordsandpictures.org/Elektra/elektra19.html.
- Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 197: "The DCU's newest superhero team, the Global Guardians, was formed in this Superman tale by writer E. Nelson Bridwell and penciler Alex Saviuk."