1972 in comics

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Notable events of 1972 in comics. See also List of years in comics.


Year overall[edit]











  • Date with Debbi, with issue #18 (October /November cover date), is cancelled by DC.
  • Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth #1: new series by writer/artist Jack Kirby is launched by DC Comics with an October/November cover date).
  • New Gods, with issue #11 (October /November cover date), is temporarily cancelled by DC (it is revived with issue #12 in 1977).
  • Silver Age inker Sid Greene dies at age 66.






Goethe Awards[edit]

Published in The Buyer's Guide to Comics Fandom (TBG) #38 (June 15, 1973) (for comics published in 1972). Ballots were printed in TBG, Comic Crusader, The Comic Reader, the Gazette Advertiser, The Menomonee Falls Gazette, and Rocket's Blast Comicollector. 1,011 fans cast their votes. Winners in each category are listed in boldface, along with other fan-selected nominees in order of finish.[23]

Shazam Awards[edit]

Presented in 1973 for comics published in 1972:

First issue by title[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

The Demon

Release: August /September Writer/Artist: Jack Kirby. Inker: Mike Royer.[25]

Kamandi, The Last Boy On Earth

Release: October /November Writer/Artist: Jack Kirby. Inker: Mike Royer.


Release: November. Editor: Dorothy Woolfolk.

Swamp Thing

Release: October /November Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Bernie Wrightson.

Weird Mystery Tales

Release: July/August Editor: E. Nelson Bridwell.

Weird Worlds

Release: September. Editor: Dennis O'Neil.

Marvel Comics[edit]

The Cat

Release: November. Writers: Roy Thomas and Linda Fite. Artists: Marie Severin and Wally Wood.

Chamber of Chills

Release: November Writer: Steve Englehart. Editor: Roy Thomas.

The Defenders

Release: August. Writer: Steve Englehart. Artists: Sal Buscema and Frank Giacoia.

Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze

Release: October. Writers: Roy Thomas (plot) and Steve Englehart (script). Artists: Ross Andru and Jim Mooney.

Hero for Hire

Release: June. Writers: Roy Thomas, John Romita, and Archie Goodwin. Artists: George Tuska and Billy Graham.

Journey into Mystery (vol. 2)

Release: October. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Jungle Action

Release: October. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Marvel Premiere

Release: April. Writer: Roy Thomas. Artists: Gil Kane and Dan Adkins.

Marvel Team-Up

Release: March. Writer: Roy Thomas. Artists: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito.

Marvel Triple Action

Release: February. Reprints early issues of The Avengers and Fantastic Four.

The Mighty World of Marvel

Release: October 7 (weekly) by Marvel UK.

Night Nurse

Release: November. Writer: Jean Thomas. Artist: Winslow Mortimer.

Shanna the She-Devil

Release: September. Writers: Carole Seuling and Steve Gerber. Artists: George Tuska and Vince Colletta.

Supernatural Thrillers

Release: December. Writers: Theodore Sturgeon (original story) and Roy Thomas (adaptation). Artists: Marie Severin and Frank Giacoia.

The Tomb of Dracula

Release: April. Writer: Gerry Conway. Artist: Gene Colan.

Werewolf by Night

Release: September. Writer: Gerry Conway. Artists: Mike Ploog and Frank Chiaramonte.

Other publishers[edit]

Archie at Riverdale High

Release: August by Archie Comics.

Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary

Release: March by Last Gasp. Writer/Artist: Justin Green.

Captain Paragon

Release: by Paragon Publications. Writer/Artist: Bill Black.

Death Rattle

Release: June by Kitchen Sink Press.

Midnight Tales

Release: December by Charlton. Artist: Wayne Howard.

Mystery Comics Digest

Release: March by Gold Key Comics.

The Rip Off Review of Western Culture

Release: June by Rip Off Press. Editor: J. David Moriaty.

The Rose of Versailles (Berusaiyu no Bara)

Release: May 21 by Margaret magazine (Shueisha). Writer/artist: Riyoko Ikeda.

Tits & Clits Comix

Release: July by Nanny Goat Productions. Writers/Artists/Editors: Joyce Farmer & Lyn Chevli

Wimmen's Comix

Release: November by Last Gasp.

Initial appearance by character name[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Independent publishers[edit]


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  21. ^ The Comic Reader #90 (October 1972).
  22. ^ The Buyer's Guide to Comics Fandom #23 (1972).
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