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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.
- 1 Events and publications
- 2 Deaths
- 3 Conventions
- 4 Awards
- 5 First Issue by title
- 6 Initial appearance by character name
- 7 References
Events and publications
- January 10: The first issue of the British football comics magazine Scorcher is published. In its first issue Fred Baker and John Gillatt's comic strip Billy's Boots makes its debut. 
- January 18: Jim Lawrence and Jorge Longaron's Friday Foster makes its debut and will run until 1974. 
- Detective Comics #395: "The Secret of the Waiting Graves", the first collaboration between Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams. (DC Comics)
- Our Fighting Forces #123 (January/February cover date) (DC Comics)
- First appearance of the Losers
- Avengers #72 (Marvel Comics)
- First appearance of Zodiac, as well as team members Aquarius, Aries, Cancer, Capricorn, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Pisces, Sagittarius, Taurus, and Virgo
- The Amazing Spider-Man #80: "On the trail of... the Chameleon!" (Marvel Comics)
- Charlton Comics, with issue #18, publishes its final issue of Flash Gordon (1966 series).
- 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. 
- March 2: James Childress' Conchy is first published. It will until 1977. 
- March 21: The first San Diego Comic-Con is organized. A few months later it will be held again as a three-day event.
- March 26: Berck's Sammy makes his debut. 
- Teen Titans #26 (March/April cover date) (DC Comics)
- April 15: The first issue of the underground comix magazine Slow Death is published. The first issue was copyrighted by the "Visual Yoyo Tribe," a Berkeley-based collective of which Turner was a member.
- April 19: Russell Myers' Broom-Hilda makes its debut. 
- Green Lantern #76, Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams became the creative team and rechristen the title as Green Lantern/Green Arrow. This begins a long story arc in which the characters undertook a social-commentary journey across America.
- Ron Turner founds Last Gasp in San Francisco
- June 6: The first issue of the British comics magazine Cor!! is published. In its first issue Reg Parlett's Ivor Lott and Tony Broke makes its debut. 
- June 17: The first episode of Ted Shearer's Quincy is published.
- Detective Comics #400: "Challenge of the Man-Bat", by Frank Robbins, Neal Adams, and Dick Giordano. (DC Comics)
- John Bagley founds Company & Sons in San Francisco.
- Fantastic Four #100: "The Long Journey Home", by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Joe Sinnott. (Marvel Comics).
- The one-shot feminist comics magazine It Ain't Me Babe is published.
- The first issue of the British adult comics magazine Cyclops is published. It will run for only three months.
- 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 24: Roger Leloup's Yoko Tsuno makes its debut. 
- Denis Kitchen founds Krupp Comic Works (more commonly known as Kitchen Sink Press) in Princeton, Wisconsin.
- The Flash #200: "Count 200 — and Die", by Robert Kanigher, Irv Novick, and Murphy Anderson. (DC Comics)
- Showcase (1956 series), with issue #93, is cancelled by DC Comics.
- Fantastic Four #102: After 102 consecutive issues written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby, Kirby's final issue as Fantastic Four artist (and his temporary departure from Marvel Comics).
- Silver Surfer, with issue #18, cancelled by Marvel.
- October 26: Garry Trudeau's long-running satirical newspaper comic Doonesbury is first published. 
- October 26: The first episode of Mell Lazarus' Momma is published. 
- Jack Kirby, with issue #133, debuts as writer/artist on Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, introducing the concepts and characters of his Fourth World epic. In his first issue alone, Kirby creates the characters Morgan Edge and Intergang, as well as Project Cadmus, a fictional government genetic engineering project.
- The first issue of Young Lust is published and will run until 1993.
- 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
- Robert M. Overstreet publishes the first edition of his Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, soon to become the primary authority on the subject of American comic book grading and pricing.
- December 12: Jan Kruis' Jan, Jans en de Kinderen (Jack, Jacky and the Juniors) makes its debut. 
- Adventure Comics #400: 35th anniversary issue, "Return of the Black Flame!", by Mike Sekowsky.
- Challengers of the Unknown (1958 series), with issue #77 (December 1970/January 1971 cover date), is canceled by DC Comics.
- Metal Men (1963 series), with issue #41 (December 1970/January 1971 cover date), is canceled by DC.
- Fantastic Four #105: "Monster in the Streets", drawn by John Romita, Sr.
- 2 February: William Donahey, American comics artist (The Teenie Weenies), dies at age 87.
- 11 February: Lee W. Stanley, American comics artist (The Old Home Town), passes away at age 84. 
- 13 February: H.M. Bateman, Australian-British comics artist and cartoonist, dies at age 83. 
- 18 February: Jim Holdaway, British comics artist (Romeo Brown, Modesty Blaise), dies at age 42 from a heart attack. 
- 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. 
- April 17: Rudolf Petersson, Swedish comics artist (91:an), dies at age 73. 
- April 30: Sam Milai, African-American cartoonist (Pittsburgh Courier, Don Powers), dies at age 62
- May 3: Ken Kling, American comics artist (Hank and Pete, Buzz and Snooze, Katinka, Those Folks, Joe & Asbestos, Windy Riley, assisted on Mutt and Jeff), dies at age 74. 
- May 19: Martin Branner, American comics artist (Winnie Winkle, Perry and the Rinkey-Dinks), dies at age 81. 
- May 30: Heinz Ludwig, German comics artist (Mecki), dies at age 63. 
- June 6: Victor E. Pazmiño aka VEP, Ecuadorian-American comics artist (drew comics for Famous Funnies), dies at the age of 70. 
- June 13: Hubuc, Belgian comics artist (Victor Sébastopol, Alertogas), dies from leukemia at the age of 42. 
- August 2: Lank Leonard, American comics artist (Mickey Finn), dies at age 74. 
- August 28: Bud Neill, Scottish comics artist (Lobey Dosser), passes away at age 58. 
- September 17: Cyril Gwyn Price, Welsh comics artist (PC Penny, Martha, Tricky Dicky), passes away at age 65. 
- December 7: Rube Goldberg, American comics artist and cartoonist (Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), Boob McNutt), passes away at age 87. 
- December 9: Harrison Cady, American illustrator and comics artist (Peter Rabbit), dies at age 93. 
Specific date unknown
- Harry Anderson, American comics artist (made comics for Fawcett Comics, Hillman Periodicals, Ace Periodicals, Feature Comics, etc.), dies at age 68 or 69. 
- Helen Jacobs, British illustrator and comics artist, dies at age 89 or 90. 
- Comicon '70 (British Comic Art Convention) (Rutland Hotel, Sheffield, England) — organized by Sam Plumb
- Disneyland Hotel Comicon (Anaheim, California) — one and only event of its kind
- Phoenixcon (Phoenix, Arizona) — produced by Bruce Hamilton
- March 21: Golden State Comic-Minicon (U.S. Grant Hotel, San Diego, California) — Shel Dorf organizes a one-day convention "as a kind of 'dry run' for the larger convention he hope[s] to stage." Official guests: Forrest J. Ackerman, Mike Royer
- June 18–20: Multicon 70 (Skirvan Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) — first iteration of this show; guest speaker: Reed Crandall
- July 3–5: Metro Comic Art Convention (Statler Hilton Hotel, New York City)
- August 1–3: Golden State Comic-Con (U.S. Grant Hotel, San Diego) — Dorf's first three-day San Diego comics convention, it draws 300 people. Official guests: Forrest J. Ackerman, Ray Bradbury, Jack Kirby, Bob Stevens, A. E. van Vogt
- August 23–24: Toronto Triple Fan Fair a.k.a. "Fan Fair 2" (King Edward Hotel, Toronto, ON, Canada) — Guests of Honour: Isaac Asimov and Anne McCaffrey; 450 attendees
- September 5–7: Detroit Triple Fan Fair (Howard Johnson New Center Motor Lodge, Detroit, Michigan) — Program dedicated to Jack Kirby. Western-themed cover by Jim Steranko and interior art pages by Neal Adams and Bernie Wrightson.
- Favorite Pro Artist: Neal Adams
- Favorite Pro Writer: tie
- Favorite Pro Editor: Dick Giordano
- Favorite Pro Comic Book: Green Lantern/Green Arrow
- Favorite Underground Comic: Captain George Presents
- Favorite Comic-Book Story: "No Evil Shall Escape My Sight" by Denny O'Neil/Neal Adams in Green Lantern/Green Arrow #76 (DC)
- Favorite Comic-Book Character: Deadman (DC)
- Favorite Fanzine: Newfangles
- Favorite Fan Writer: Jan Strnad
- Favorite Fan Artist: Robert Kline
- Best Story: "No Evil Shall Escape My Sight", by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams, Green Lantern/Green Arrow #76 (DC Comics)
- Best Continuing Feature: Green Lantern/Green Arrow (DC Comics)
- Best Drama Writer: Dennis O'Neil
- Best Drama Penciller: Neal Adams
- Best Drama Inker: Dick Giordano
- Best Letterer: Sam Rosen
- Best Colorist: Jack Adler
- Best Humor Penciller: Bob Oksner
- Best Humor Inker: Henry Scarpelli
- Best Humor Writer: Carl Barks, The Junior Woodchucks (Gold Key Comics)
- Best New Talent: Barry Smith
- Outstanding Achievement by an Individual: Jim Steranko, for The Steranko History of Comics
- Best Foreign Title: Legionarios del Espacio (writer-artist Esteban Maroto, Spain)
- Special Recognition Outside the Field: Nostalgia Press (for comic strip reprints)
- Hall of Fame: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
- Special Plaque: Stan Lee ("for forming ACBA")
First Issue by title
All-Star Western vol. 2
- Release: September. Editor: Dick Giordano.
Amazing Adventures vol. 2
- Release: August. Editor: Stan Lee.
- Release: August. Editor: Stan Lee.
- Release: November. Editor: Stan Lee.
- Release: January. Editor: Stan Lee.
Outlaw Kid (second series)
- Release: August. Editor: Stan Lee.
- Release: August. Editor: Stan Lee.
Western Gunfighters (second series)
- Release: August. Editor: Stan Lee.
- Release: by Weekly Bokura Magazine. Writer: Kazuo Koike. Artists: Yoshihiro Moritou and Kosei Saigou.
Initial appearance by character name
- Appa Ali Apsa, in Green Lantern vol. 2 #76 (April)
- Darkseid, in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (November)
- El Diablo, in All-Star Western #2 (October)
- Mal Duncan, in Teen Titans #26 (March/April)
- Morgan Edge, in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #133 (October)
- Intergang, in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #133 (October)
- Lilith, in Teen Titans #25 (January/February)
- Losers, in Our Fighting Forces #123 (January/February)
- Man-Bat, in Detective Comics #400 (June)
- Rose and the Thorn in Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #105
- Ten-Eyed Man, in Batman #226 (November)
- Arkon, in Avengers #76 (April)
- Firebrand, in Iron Man #27 (July)
- Richard Fisk, in The Amazing Spider-Man #83 (April)
- Freak (Eddie March), in Iron Man #21 (January)
- Garokk, in Astonishing Tales #2 (November)
- Guardsman, in Iron Man #31 (November)
- Kangaroo, in The Amazing Spider-Man #81 (February)
- Llyra, in Sub-Mariner #32 (December)
- Starr the Slayer, in Chamber of Darkness #4 (April)
- Sunfire, in X-Men #64 (January)
- Valkyrie (Brunnhilde), in The Avengers #83 (December)
- Jim Wilson, in The Incredible Hulk #131 (September)
- Zodiac, in Avengers #72 (January)
- 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.
- 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.
- Fox, M. Steven. Slow Death, Comixjoint. Accessed Sept. 22, 2016.
- indicia, Slow Death Funnies #1 (April 1970).
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- Skinn, Dez. "Early days of UK comics conventions and marts," Archived 2012-02-01 at the Wayback Machine. DezSkinn.com. Accessed Mar. 3, 2013.
- Beerbohm, Robert. "Update to Comics Dealer Extraordinaire Robert Beerbohm: In His Own Words," Comic-Convention Memories (June 24, 2010).
- Evanier, Mark. POV Online: "Shel Dorf, R.I.P." Archived 2011-06-04 at the Wayback Machine. (column of November 3, 2009).
- Hanerfeld, Mark. "Comicon News," The Comic Reader #77 (Jan. 1970).
- Comic-Con Souvenir Book #40 p.61 (2009).
- Sloane, Leonard. "Nostalgia for Extinct Pop Culture Creates Industry," New York Times (Mar. 22, 1970)
- Thompson, Maggie. "Comics Fan Awards 1961-1970" Comics Buyer's Guide (August 19, 2005). Archived September 14, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
- Adams entry, Who's Who in Comic Books: 1928–1999. Accessed Feb. 3, 2016.
- O'Neil entry, Who's Who in Comic Books: 1928–1999. Accessed Feb. 3, 2016.
- Thomas entry, Who's Who in Comic Books: 1928–1999. Accessed Feb. 3, 2016.
- McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 141 "The second feature uncovered the roots of Rose Forrest/Thorn's identity, as told by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Ross Andru."
- Cassell, Dewey (May 2013). "A Rose By Any Other Name...Would Be Thorn". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (64): 28–32.