1974 in comics

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Notable events of 1974 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

Events and publications[edit]

Year overall[edit]






  • Marvel Comics raises the price of its typical comic book from 20 cents to 25 cents, keeping the page-count at 36.







Specific date unknown[edit]

  • The final issue of the Flemish comics magazine/fanzine CISO-Magazine is published by Danny De Laet. It changes its name into Stripgids and receive a new chief editor, Jan Smet. Under its new name it will continue until 1985.





  • March 4: Paul Gordeaux, French journalist, historian, playwright, novelist, comedian and comics writer (L' Histoire du Demi-Siècle, Le Crime Ne Paie Pas, Les Amours Célèbres), dies at age 82.[8]
  • March 21: Eric Parker, British comics artist and illustrator (worked for Knockout, Buster and Ranger, Pepys' Diary, Tommy Walls), passes away at age 76.[9]


  • April 22: Tjalie Robinson, Dutch comics artist (Taaie en Neut), dies at age 63. [10]


  • May 3: Ray Hoppman, American comics artist (Going Down!, This is the Life, Types of Humanity, Morals of Young Mister Wise, Make-A-Comic, Ma, Twinkling Stars, continued Assorted Nuts, Hank and Pete, Famous Fans), dies at age 87. [11]
  • May: Gene Bilbrew, American cartoonist and fetish artist, dies at age 50.[12]






  • November 9: Charles W. Winter, American comics artist (Thorny the Cactus, Hank and His Whale, Jit Jones, Diggy the Derrick, Justin Thyme, Lady De Van), dies at age 56. [21]


Specific date unknown[edit]

  • Specific date unknown: Bertie Brown, British comics artist (Homeless Hector, The Brownie Boys, Pa Perkins and Percy, Dad Walker and his Son Wally, Constable Cuddlecook, Smiler and Smudge, Pinhead and Pete, Jumbo Jim and Brother Tim, celebrity comics based on Charlie Chaplin among others), dies at age 86 or 87.[23]
  • Specific date unknown: Germán Butze, Mexican comics artist (Los Supersabios, Super Whiz Kids) dies at age 61 or 62.[24]



Comic Fan Art Awards[edit]

(Formerly the Goethe Awards) Announced in The Buyer's Guide to Comics Fandom #123 (March 26, 1976) (for comics published in 1974).[33] Awards co-administered by Ken Gale.[34]

Shazam Awards[edit]

Presented in 1975 for comics published in 1974:

First issues by title[edit]

DC Comics[edit]


Release: September /October Writer/Artist: Jack Kirby.[35]

Rima, the Jungle Girl

Release: April /May. Editor: Joe Kubert.

The Sandman

Release: Winter. Writer: Joe Simon. Artists: Jack Kirby and Mike Royer.[36]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Comix Book

Release: October by Magazine Management Co.. Editor: Denis Kitchen.

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu

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

Doctor Strange

Release: June. Writer: Steve Englehart (co-plot; script), Frank Brunner (co-plot). Artists: Frank Brunner and Dick Giordano.

Giant-Size Avengers

Release: August. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Giant-Size Chillers

Release: June. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Giant-Size Conan

Release: September. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Giant-Size Creatures

Release: July. Writer: Tony Isabella. Artists: Don Perlin and Vince Colletta.

Giant-Size Defenders

Release: July. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Giant-Size Man-Thing

Release: August. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu

Release: September. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Giant-Size Spider-Man

Release: July. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Giant-Size Super-Stars

Release: May. Writer: Gerry Conway. Artists: Rich Buckler and Joe Sinnott.

Haunt of Horror

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

Ka-Zar vol. 2

Release: January Writer: Mike Friedrich. Artists: Paul Reinman and Mike Royer.


Release: January. Writer: Steve Gerber. Artists: Val Mayerik and Sal Trapani.

Marvel Two-in-One

Release: January. Writer: Steve Gerber. Artists: Gil Kane and Joe Sinnott.[37]

Planet of the Apes

Release: August by Curtis Magazines. Writers: Gerry Conway and Doug Moench. Artist: Mike Ploog.

Savage Sword of Conan

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

Independent titles and manga[edit]

Hana to Yume

Release: May by Hakusensha.


Release: November 5 by Fleetway.

Métal Hurlant

Release: December by Les Humanoïdes Associés.


Release: by Akita Shoten


Release: April by Star*Reach. Editor: Mike Friedrich.


Release: September 28 by D.C. Thomson.

The First Kingdom

Release: by Comics and Comix

Initial appearance by character name[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Independent titles[edit]


  1. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. The Spectre re-materialized in the pages of Adventure Comics. This time, however, he brought along an all-out wrathful disposition, delivering punishments that not only fit the crimes, but arguably exceeded them." "[Michael] Fleisher and [Jim] Aparo's run lasted only ten issues, yet it was widely regarded as some of their finest work, and the character's seminal period. 
  2. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/aanvang/aloha.htm
  3. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 159 "DC's 100-page Super Spectaculars were proving popular, so DC said goodbye to Supergirl, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane, and housed the characters together in Superman Family. Continuing the numbering from where Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen ended, the series featured classic reprints with new tales in the lead spot."
  4. ^ Gravity, Brian (September 7, 2011). "Archie's Foray Into the Horror Genre". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Wells, John (October 24, 1997), "'Lost' DC: 1971-1975", Comics Buyer's Guide (1249), p. 125, In the wake of a nationwide paper shortage, DC canceled several of its lower-selling titles in late 1973...[Supergirl #10] and three other completed comic books slated for release in November 1973 (Secret Origins #7, Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #137, and Weird Worlds #10) were put on hold until the summer of 1974. 
  6. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/giraud.htm
  7. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/mazure_alfred.htm
  8. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/gordeaux_paul.htm
  9. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/parker_eric.htm
  10. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/robinson_tjalie.htm
  11. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/hoppman_ray.htm
  12. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/e/eneg.htm
  13. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/saintogan_a.htm
  14. ^ https://www.lambiek.https[permanent dead link]://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/glenn_bill.htmnet/artists/g/glenn_bill.htm
  15. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/sciotti_antonio.htm
  16. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/byrnes_g.htm
  17. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/swinnerton.htm
  18. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/a/alexandre_gerard.htm
  19. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/robinson_paul.htm
  20. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/binder_otto.htm
  21. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/winter_charles_w.htm
  22. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/herschfield_h.htm
  23. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/brown-bertie.htm
  24. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/butze_german.htm
  25. ^ Jennings, Dana. "The Angouleme Convention," The Comics Journal #89 (Mar. 1984), p. 100.
  26. ^ "On Tap," Pro Tem vol. 13, #16 (Jan. 24, 1974).
  27. ^ Kasman, Ron. "York University’s Cosmicon: one of Canada’s earliest comics conventions," The Joe Shuster Awards official website (Jan. 19, 2015).
  28. ^ Fox, M. Steven. "Tales from the Berkeley Con," ComixJoint. Accessed Dec. 8, 2016.
  29. ^ a b Skinn, Dez. "Early days of UK comics conventions and marts," Archived 2012-02-01 at the Wayback Machine. DezSkinn.com. Accessed Mar. 3, 2013.
  30. ^ "Texas Entertainment: Texas Grinds Nostalgia," Variety vol. 275, #4 (June 5, 1974), p. 27.
  31. ^ Weisman, Steven R. "Going Out Guide," New York Times (July 4, 1974 ).
  32. ^ "Motor City Con," Monster Times #38 (Jan. 1975).
  33. ^ Miller, John Jackson. "GOETHE/COMIC FAN ART AWARD WINNERS, 1971-74," Comics Buyer's Guide (July 19, 2005). Archived September 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  34. ^ Gale entry, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999. Accessed Feb. 4, 2016.
  35. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 161 "In OMAC's first issue, editor/writer/artist Jack Kirby warned readers of "The World That's Coming!", a future world containing wild concepts that are almost frighteningly real today."
  36. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 158 "The legendary tandem of writer Joe Simon and artist/editor Jack Kirby reunited for a one-shot starring the Sandman...Despite the issue's popularity, it would be Simon and Kirby's last collaboration."
  37. ^ Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1970s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 164. ISBN 978-0756641238. The Thing got his own comic book with the first issue of Marvel Two-in-One, a series that teamed him up with other super heroes. 
  38. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 161: "Fans of John Boorman's 1974 sci-fi film Zardoz, starring Sean Connery in revealing red spandex, could appreciate writer Cary Bates and artist Curt Swan's inspiration for Vartox of Valeron."