1976 in comics

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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.


Year overall[edit]




  • 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)


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










Eagle Awards[edit]

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[edit]

DC Comics[edit]


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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

Welcome Back, Kotter

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

Marvel Comics[edit]

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.


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.

Marvel Classics Comics

Release: Jan. Editor: Vincent Fago.


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[edit]


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

American Splendor

Release: by Harvey Pekar. Writer: Harvey Pekar.


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


Release: July by Hakusensha


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

Canceled titles[edit]

Charlton Comics[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Gold Key Comics[edit]

Harvey Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Other publishers[edit]

Initial appearance by character name[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Other publishers[edit]


  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. ^ a b c 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. ^ a b c Skinn, Dez. "Early days of UK comics conventions and marts," DezSkinn.com. Accessed Mar. 3, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g 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. ^ a b c d e f g "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."