1978 in comics

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Notable events of 1978 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

This is a list of comics-related events in 1978.


Year overall[edit]













  • December 4: British illustrator Brian Lewis dies at age 49.
  • December 31: Basil Wolverton, "Producer of Preposterous Pictures of Peculiar People who Prowl this Perplexing Planet," dies at age 69.



Eagle Awards[edit]

Presented in 1979 for comics published in 1978:

American section[edit]

U.K. section[edit]

First issues by title[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Army at War

Release: November. Editor: Paul Levitz. (Immediately cancelled as a victim of the DC Implosion.)

Battle Classics

Release: September/October. Writer: Robert Kanigher. Artist: Joe Kubert. (Immediately cancelled as a victim of the DC Implosion.)

DC Comics Presents

Release: July. Writer: Martin Pasko. Artists: José Luis García-López and Dan Adkins.

Doorway to Nightmare

Release: January/February. Writer: David Michelinie. Artist: Val Mayerik.

Dynamic Classics

Release: September/October. Editor: Cary Burkett. (Reprint title immediately cancelled as a victim of the DC Implosion.)

Firestorm, the Nuclear Man

Release: March. Writer: Gerry Conway. Artist: Al Milgrom.

Steel: The Indestructible Man

Release: March. Writer: Gerry Conway. Artists: Don Heck and Joe Giella.

Marvel Comics[edit]

Devil Dinosaur

Release: April. Writer/Artist: Jack Kirby.

Machine Man

Release: April. Writer/Artist: Jack Kirby.

Man From Atlantis

Release: February. Writer: Bill Mantlo. Artists: Tom Sutton and Sonny Trinidad.


Release: April. Writer: Marv Wolfman. Artists: Carmine Infantino and Tony DeZuniga.

Other publishers[edit]


Release: June by Warren Publishing. Editor: Bill DuBay.

À Suivre magazine

Release: February by Casterman.


Release: August by WaRP Graphics. Writers: Wendy Pini and Richard Pini. Artist: Wendy Pini.


Release: February 4 by Fleetway.


Release: May 13 by IPC Media.

Canceled titles[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Other publishers[edit]

Initial appearances by character name[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]


  1. ^ Greenberger, Robert; Manning, Matthew K. (2009). The Batman Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles from the Batcave. Running Press. p. 163. ISBN 0-7624-3663-8. In this fondly remembered tale that was later adapted into an episode of the 1990s cartoon Batman: The Animated Series, the Joker poisoned the harbors of Gotham so that the fish would all bear his signature grin, a look the Joker then tried to trademark in order to collect royalties. 
  2. ^ DC Special Series #15 at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ DC Special Series #16 at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ Shenker, Israel. "Comic-Book Fans Gather for 'Creation '79': The Hand Is the Ticket," New York Times (25 November 1978), p. 26.
  5. ^ a b c Letters page, Uncanny X-Men #119 (March 1979).
  6. ^ Bolton profile, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.
  7. ^ Johnson, Dan (August 2013). "We Are (Super-Team) Family". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (66): 8–14.