1968 in comics

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Notable events of 1968 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

See also: 1968 in comics, 1969 in comics, 1960s in comics and the list of years in comics

Publications and events[edit]

Year overall[edit]

















  • January 1: Käthe Olshausen-Schönberger, Austrian illustrator and comics artist (Aus Thier und Menschenleben), dies at age 86.[26]
  • January 16: Vladmir Delac, Yugoslavian comics artist and animator (Svemirko, Viki and Niki, Marina, Tramvajko), dies at age 60 from cancer.[27]
  • January 22: Chaval, French cartoonist, commits suicide at age 52, after his wife's death.[28]






  • July 16: Enver Bongrani, Italian comics artist (Zeffirino), dies at age 54. [37]


  • August 3: Neil O'Keeffe, American comics artist and illustrator (Dick's Adventures in Dreamland, continued Inspector Wade), dies at age 77. [38]
  • August 17: Bruno Paul, German comics illustrator, architect and comics artist, dies at age 94. [39]


  • September 1: Gus Bofa, French comics artist and illustrator (Chez Les Toubibs), passes away at age 85.[40]
  • September 30: Alexander Bojinov, Bulgarian comics artist (Bulgaran, Azbuka za Malkite), dies at age 90. [41]


  • November 3: Étienne Le Rallic, aka Smile or Levesque, French illustrator and comics artist (various one-shot realistic comics), dies at age 78. [42]


Specific date unknown[edit]

  • Edgar Henry Banger, British comics artist (Koko the Pup), passes away at age 71. [43]
  • Don Flowers, American comics artist (Glamor Girls), dies at age 59 or 60.[44]
  • Frank Thomas, American comics artist (Dinky Doyle, All-American Football, Going West, Hossface Hank, continued Ferd'nand), dies at age 53 or 54.[45]



Alley Awards[edit]

Presented at the Comic Art Convention, July 1969

Comic Magazine Section

Professional Work

  • Best Editor - Stan Lee
  • Best Writer - Stan Lee
  • Best Pencil Artist - Jim Steranko
  • Best Inking Artist - Joe Sinnott
  • Best Cover - Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #6, by Jim Steranko  (Marvel Comics)
  • Best Full-Length Story - (tie) "Track of the Hook", by Bob Haney & Neal Adams, The Brave and the Bold #79  (DC Comics); "Origin of the Silver Surfer", by Stan Lee & John Buscema, The Silver Surfer #1  (Marvel Comics)
  • Best Feature Story - "Today Earth Died", by Jim Steranko, Strange Tales #168  (Marvel Comics)
  • Best Regular Short Feature - "Tales of the Inhumans", by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby, in The Mighty Thor (Marvel Comics)
  • Hall of Fame - Fantastic Four, by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby; Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., by Jim Steranko  (Marvel Comics)

Popularity Poll

Newspaper Strip Section

Fan Activity Section

  • Best Limited Reproduction Fanzine - Concussion
  • Best Unlimited Reproduction Fanzine - Graphic Story Magazine
  • Best Fan Artist - John Fantucchio
  • Best Comic Strip Writer - Larry Herndon
  • Best Fan Project - The Alley Awards

First issues by title[edit]

Charlton Comics[edit]

Ghost Manor

Release: July. Editor: Sal Gentile.

DC Comics[edit]

Bat Lash

Release: October /November Writers: Sergio Aragonés and Dennis O'Neil. Artist: Nick Cardy.

Beware the Creeper

Release: May/June. Writers: Steve Ditko and Dennis O'Neil. Artist: Steve Ditko.

Brother Power the Geek

Release: September /October Writer: Joe Simon. Artist: Al Bare.

DC Special

Release: October /December Editor: Julius Schwartz.

Secret Six

Release: April /May. Writer: E. Nelson Bridwell. Artist: Frank Springer.[54]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Marvel's Space-Born Superhero: Captain Marvel

Release: May. Writer: Roy Thomas. Artists: Gene Colan and Vince Colletta.

Iron Man

Release: May. Writer: Archie Goodwin. Artists: Gene Colan and Johnny Craig.

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Release: June. Writer/Artist: Jim Steranko.

Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner

Release: May. Writer: Roy Thomas. Artists: John Buscema and Frank Giacoia.

Silver Surfer

Release: August. Writer: Stan Lee. Artists: John Buscema and Joe Sinnott.

Independent titles[edit]

Bijou Funnies

Release: Summer by Bijou Publishing Empire. Editor: Jay Lynch.

Feds 'N' Heads

Release: Spring by Gilbert Shelton (self-published). Writer/Artist: Gilbert Shelton.

Walt Disney Comics Digest

Release: June by Gold Key Comics. Editor: Del Connell.

Zap Comix

Release: February by Apex Novelties. Writer/Artist: R. Crumb.


Big Comic

Release February by Shogakukan

Shōjo Comic

Release by Shogakukan

Weekly Shōnen Jump

Release July by Shueisha

Initial appearance by character name[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Independent titles[edit]


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  21. ^ McAvennie "1960s" in Dolan, p. 131 "Carmine Infantino wanted to rejuvenate what had been perceived as a tired Wonder Woman, so he assigned writer Denny O'Neil and artist Mike Sekowsky to convert the Amazon Princess into a secret agent. Wonder Woman was made over into an Emma Peel type and what followed was arguably the most controversial period in the hero's history."
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