1973 in comics

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Notable events of 1973 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

Events and publications[edit]

Year overall[edit]







  • Metal Men, with issue #44 (August /September cover date) goes on hiatus, to be revived in 1976. (DC Comics)
  • Shanna the She-Devil, with issue #5, is cancelled by Marvel.








Exhibitions and shows[edit]



Comic Fan Art Awards[edit]

(Formerly the Goethe Awards) For comics published in 1973. Presented at the 1974 Comic Art Convention,[25] held July 4–8, 1974, at the Commodore Hotel, New York City; and published in The Buyer's Guide to Comics Fandom #63 (Aug. 1, 1974).[26]

Shazam Awards[edit]

Presented in 1974 for comics published in 1973:

First issues by title[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Black Magic: selected reprints of 1950 Prize Comics series.

Release: October /November Writer: Joe Simon. Artist: Jack Kirby.


Release: September /October Editor: Joe Orlando.


Release: September. Writer: Joe Simon. Artist: Jerry Grandenetti.


Release: February. Artist: C.C. Beck. Editor: Julius Schwartz.

Marvel Comics[edit]

Crazy: precursor to Crazy Magazine

Release: January.

Crazy Magazine

Release: October. Editor: Marv Wolfman.

Dead of Night

Release: January.

Dracula Lives!

Release: by Curtis Magazines. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Ghost Rider vol. 2

Release: September. Writer: Gary Friedrich. Artist: Tom Sutton and Syd Shores.

Monster of Frankenstein

Release: January. Writer: Gary Friedrich. Artist: Mike Ploog.

Monsters Unleashed

Release: July by Curtis Magazines. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Spider-Man Comics Weekly

Release: February 10 by Marvel UK. Editor: Tony Isabella.

Tales of the Zombie

Release: July by Curtis Magazines. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Vampire Tales

Release: July by Curtis Magazines. Editor: Roy Thomas.

War is Hell

Release: January. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Worlds Unknown

Release: May. Editor: Stan Lee.

Independent titles[edit]

Release by Semic Press. Writer and Artist: Lars Mortimer

Cutie Honey

Release: October 1 by Akita Shoten. Writer/Artist: Go Nagai.


Release: October by Charlton Comics. Writer: Nicola Cuti. Artist: Joe Staton.

The Occult Files of Dr. Spektor

Release: May by Gold Key Comics. Writer: Don Glut. Artist: Jesse Santos.

Initial appearances by character name[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Independent titles[edit]


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