1970 in comics

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This is a list of comics-related events in 1970.

Notable events of 1970 in comics. See also List of years in comics.



Events and publications[edit]

January[edit]

First appearance of the Losers
First appearance of Zodiac, as well as team members Aquarius, Aries, Cancer, Capricorn, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Pisces, Sagittarius, Taurus, and Virgo

February[edit]

  • February 14: The British comics magazine The Wizard, cancelled in 1963, is relaunched. It will run until 10 June 1978.
  • February 26: The first episode of François Walthéry's Natacha is published. [5]

March[edit]

First appearance of Mal Duncan, DC Comics' first black superhero.

April[edit]

June[edit]

First appearance of the Man-Bat.[13]

Summer[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • August 1-3: The first three-day San Diego Comic-Con is held. Five months earlier a first event was organized but just for one day.

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

  • November 16: The French satirical comics magazine Hara-Kiri mocks the death of President Charles de Gaulle on its cover. This leads to its third and definitive ban within one decade. To thwart the ban the publication changes its name to Charlie Hebdo.
  • November 23: The first issue of the French satirical comics magazine Charlie Hebdo is published.
  • Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (DC Comics)
First appearance of Darkseid

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

  • March: Lloyd Jacquet, American comics publisher (Funnies, Inc.), dies at age 71.
  • 18 March: Jacobus Grosman, Dutch comics artist (Gijsje Goochem), passes away at age 62. [24]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • June 6: Victor E. Pazmiño aka VEP, Ecuadorian-American comics artist (drew comics for Famous Funnies), dies at the age of 70. [29]
  • June 13: Hubuc, Belgian comics artist (Victor Sébastopol, Alertogas), dies from leukemia at the age of 42. [30]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

  • September 17: Cyril Gwyn Price, Welsh comics artist (PC Penny, Martha, Tricky Dicky), passes away at age 65. [34]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Specific date unknown[edit]

  • Harry Anderson, American comics artist (made comics for Fawcett Comics, Hillman Periodicals, Ace Periodicals, Feature Comics, etc.), dies at age 68 or 69. [37]
  • Helen Jacobs, British illustrator and comics artist, dies at age 89 or 90. [38]

Conventions[edit]

Awards[edit]

Goethe Awards[edit]

Published in a 1971 issue of Maggie Thompson's fanzine Newfangles for comics published in 1970.[45]

Shazam Awards[edit]

Presented in 1971 for comics published in 1970: (Award presentation: May 12, 1971, at the Statler Hilton Hotel's Terrace Ballroom.)

First Issue by title[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

All-Star Western vol. 2

Release: September. Editor: Dick Giordano.

Marvel Comics[edit]

Amazing Adventures vol. 2

Release: August. Editor: Stan Lee.

Astonishing Tales

Release: August. Editor: Stan Lee.

Conan the Barbarian

Release: October. Writer: Roy Thomas. Artist: Barry Smith and Dan Adkins.

Fear

Release: November. Editor: Stan Lee.

Ka-Zar

Release: January. Editor: Stan Lee.

Outlaw Kid (second series)

Release: August. Editor: Stan Lee.

Where Monsters Dwell

Release: August. Editor: Stan Lee.

Western Gunfighters (second series)

Release: August. Editor: Stan Lee.

Independent titles[edit]

Hulk: The Manga

Release: by Weekly Bokura Magazine. Writer: Kazuo Koike. Artists: Yoshihiro Moritou and Kosei Saigou.

It Ain't Me, Babe

Release: July by Last Gasp. Editors: Trina Robbins and Barbara "Willy" Mendes.

Oriental Heroes

Release: by Jade Dynasty. Writer/Artist: Wong Yuk Long.

San Francisco Comic Book

Release: January by San Francisco Comic Book Company. Publisher: Gary Arlington

Slow Death Funnies

Release: April by Last Gasp. Editor/Publisher: Ron Turner

Spider-Man: The Manga

Release: by Monthly Shōnen Magazine. Writer/Artist: Ryoichi Ikegami.

Young Lust

Release: October by Company & Sons. Editors: Bill Griffith and Jay Kinney

Initial appearance by character name[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Independent titles[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 143. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Artist Neal Adams and writer Denny O'Neil rescued Batman from the cozy, campy cul-de-sac he had been consigned to in the 1960s and returned the Dark Knight to his roots as a haunted crime fighter. The cover of their first collaboration, "The Secret of the Waiting Graves", was typical of Adams' edgy, spooky style. 
  4. ^ Greenberger, Robert; Manning, Matthew K. (2009). The Batman Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles from the Batcave. Running Press. p. 26. ISBN 0-7624-3663-8. Editor Julius Schwartz had decided to darken the character's world to further distance him from the camp environment created by the 1966 ABC show. Bringing in the talented O'Neil as well as the innovative Frank Robbins and showcasing the art of rising star Neal Adams...Schwartz pointed Batman in a new and darker direction, a path the character still continues on to this day. 
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  11. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 139: "Real-world politics have always gone hand-in-hand with comics and their creators' own personal perspectives. Yet this was never more creatively expressed than when writer Denny O'Neil and artist Neal Adams paired the liberal Green Arrow with the conservative Green Lantern."
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  13. ^ Greenberger and Manning, p. 177 "Adams helped darken Gotham City in the 1970s [and] the scene was set for a new host of major villains. One of the first was Man-Bat, who debuted in the pages of 1970's Detective Comics #400."
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  17. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 141 "Since no ongoing creative team had been slated to Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen, "King of Comics" Jack Kirby made the title his DC launch point, and the writer/artist's indelible energy and ideas permeated every panel and word balloon of the comic."
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