1975 in comics

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Notable events of 1975 in comics. See also List of years in comics.



This is a list of comics-related events in 1975.

Events and publications[edit]

Year overall[edit]

January[edit]

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

Spring[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

  • Detective Comics, with issue #446, resumes a monthly schedule, after going bi-monthly in June/July 1973. (DC Comics)

May[edit]

First appearance of the new X-Men Colossus, Storm, Nightcrawler, and Thunderbird

July[edit]

August[edit]

  • Uncanny X-Men #94 — first issue of title featuring the new X-Men. Written by Chris Claremont; he will write the title continuously for the next 17 years.

Fall[edit]

  • Atlas/Seaboard Comics folds, after parts of two years in business, having published 23 comics titles and five comics magazines.

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

  • January 4: Bob Montana, creator of Archie and his pals, dies at age 54 of a heart attack.

February[edit]

  • February 20: Artie Simek, long-time letterer for Marvel Comics, dies at age 59.

May[edit]

July[edit]

Conventions[edit]

First issues by title[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Batman Family

Release: September /October Editor: Julius Schwartz.[8]

Beowulf

Release: April /May. Writer: Michael Uslan. Artist: Ricardo Villamonte.[9]

Claw the Unconquered

Release: May/June. Writer: David Michelinie. Artist: Ernie Chua.[10]

First Issue Special

Release: April. Writer/Artist: Jack Kirby.[11]

Hercules Unbound

Release: October /November Writer: Gerry Conway. Artists: José Luis García-López and Wally Wood.[12][13]

The Joker: arguably the first regular series to feature a villain.

Release: May. Writer: Dennis O'Neil. Artist: Irv Novick and Dick Giordano.[14]

Justice, Inc.

Release: May/June. Writer: Dennis O'Neil. Artist: Al McWilliams.[15]

Kong the Untamed

Release: June/July. Writer: Jack Oleck. Artist: Alfredo Alcala.[16]

Man-Bat

Release: December 1975/January 1976. Writer: Gerry Conway. Artists: Steve Ditko and Al Milgrom.[17]

Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter

Release: April /May. Writer: Jim Dennis. Artist: Leopoldo Duranona.[18]

Secrets of Haunted House

Release: April /May. Editor: Joe Orlando.

Sherlock Holmes

Release: September /October Writers: Denny O'Neil (adaptation) and Arthur Conan Doyle (original story). Artists: E.R. Cruz.

Stalker

Release: June/July. Writer: Paul Levitz. Artist: Steve Ditko.[19]

Super-Team Family

Release: October/November Editor: Gerry Conway.[20]

Tales of Ghost Castle

Release: May/June Editor: Tex Blaisdell.

Tor: first DC issue, featuring reprints of a Kubert character created in 1953.

Release: May/June Writer/Artist: Joe Kubert.[21]

Marvel Comics[edit]

The Champions

Release: October. Writer: Tony Isabella. Artists: Don Heck and Mike Esposito.[22]

Doc Savage: Man of Bronze

Release: August by Curtis Magazines. Writer: Doug Moench. Artists: John Buscema and Tony DeZuniga.

Giant-Size Chillers

Release: February.

Giant-Size Super-Villain Team-Up

Release: March. Editor: Roy Thomas.[23][24]

Giant-Size X-Men

Release: May. Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Dave Cockrum.[4]

The Inhumans

Release: October. Writer: Doug Moench. Artists: George Pérez and Frank Chiaramonte.[25]

The Invaders

Release: August. Writer: Roy Thomas. Artists: Frank Robbins and Vince Colletta.[26]

Kull and the Barbarians

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

Marvel Feature vol. 2

Release: November. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Marvel Presents

Release: October. Writer: John Warner. Artists: Mike Vosburg, Pat Boyette, and Bob McLeod.

Marvel Preview

Release: Winter by Magazine Management/Curtis Magazines. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Masters of Terror

Release: July by Curtis Magazines. Editor: Tony Isabella.

Skull the Slayer

Release: August. Writer: Marv Wolfman. Artist: Steve Gan.

Super-Villain Team-Up

Release: August. Writer: Tony Isabella.[23]

Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction

Release: January by Magazine Management/Curtis Magazines. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Other publishers[edit]

Arcade

Release: Spring by The Print Mint. Editors: Art Spiegelman and Bill Griffith.

Arzach

Artist/Writer: Jean Giraud.

Battle Picture Weekly

Release: March 8 by IPC Magazines. Editor: Pat Mills.

Big Apple Comix

Release: by Big Apple Productions. Editor: Flo Steinberg.

Captain Canuck

Release: July by Comely Comix. Writer/Artist: Richard Comely.
The Demon Hunter
Release: September by Atlas/Seaboard Comics. Writer: David Anthony Kraft Artist: Rich Buckler

Doomsday + 1

Release: July by Charlton Comics. Writer: Joe Gill. Artist: John Byrne.

Scary Tales

Release: August by Charlton Comics. Editor: George Wildman.

Zombie Hunter

Release: May by Kadokawa Shoten. Writer: Kazumasa Hirai. Artist: Yang Kyung-il

Canceled titles[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Curtis Magazines[edit]

Other publishers[edit]

Initial appearance by character name[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Other publishers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 162. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. An unpublished Seven Soldiers of Victory story finally saw print as a backup feature in Adventure Comics #438 - three decades after it was written. Noted scientist and author Joseph Samachson had penned his last Soldiers story in 1945, when the super hero team were a regular feature in Leading Comics. 
  2. ^ Cronin, Brian (February 18, 2010). "Comic Book Legends Revealed #248". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 1, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2013. An unpublished script starring the Seven Soldiers of Victory was published within five issues of Adventure Comics…Thirty years after the Seven Soldiers of Victory feature was canceled! 
  3. ^ Abramowitz, Jack (May 2013). "Seven Soldiers of Victory: Lost in Time Again". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (64): 33–37. 
  4. ^ a b Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1970s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 169. ISBN 978-0756641238. [Editor Roy] Thomas realized that if X-Men was to be successfully revived, it needed an exciting new concept. Thomas came up with just such an idea: the X-Men would become an international team, with members from other countries as well as the United States. Writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum were assigned to the new project and the result was Giant-Size X-Men #1. 
  5. ^ "Minicon VIII Set for Nov. 23," The Rice Thresher vol. 62, #9 (October 10, 1974), p. 2.
  6. ^ Skinn, Dez. "Early days of UK comics conventions and marts," DezSkinn.com. Accessed Mar. 3, 2013.
  7. ^ Ashton, Bill. "POW! Comic Book Buffs Swoop Into Town for a 3-Day Bash," Miami Herald (1979).
  8. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 164: "DC launched Batman Family with its memorable debut of the Batgirl-Robin team. Scribe Elliot S! Maggin and artist Mike Grell unleashed 'The Invader From Hell'."
  9. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 165: "Scribe Michael Uslan and artist Ricardo Villamonte introduced the broadsword-bashing hero of Anglo-Saxon myth in May's Beowulf: Dragon Slayer #1."
  10. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 163: "David Michelinie's pen and Ernie Chan's pencils and inks provided the magic for this fantasy series that introduced Claw the Unconquered, a barbaric outlander with a deformed claw-like right hand."
  11. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 162: "Debuting with Atlas the Great, writer and artist Jack Kirby didn't shrug at the chance to put his spin on the well-known hero."
  12. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 165: "Hercules Unbound featured powerful writing from Gerry Conway plus stellar artwork by José Luis García-López."
  13. ^ Nolen-Weathington, Eric (2005). Modern Masters, Volume 5: José Luis García-López. TwoMorrows Publishing. pp. 27–28. ISBN 978-1893905443. 
  14. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 163: "It may have been an unusual idea at the time, but writer Denny'Oneil and artist Irv Novick decided to feature a villain in his own comic book. The Joker only lasted nine issues."
  15. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 163: "DC again translated pulp fiction into comics with a revival of the icy-eyed 1930s hero, the Avenger. Writer Denny O'Neil and artist Al McWilliams adapted the novel Justice, Inc. by "Kenneth Robeson" (a.k.a. writer Paul Ernst)."
  16. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 164: "Writer Jack Oleck and artist Alfredo Alcala focused on a primitive, powerful theme with which to depict the prehistoric warrior Kong in his debut issue: a growing son's bond with his mother."
  17. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 168: "Thanks to his appearances in Detective Comics and Batman, Man-Bat's popularity soared to the point where writer Gerry Conway and artist Steve Ditko launched the [character] into his own series."
  18. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 163: "Richard Dragon, Kung-Fu Fighter was based on the 1974 novel Dragon's Fists by 'Jim Dennis' (the shared pseudonym of comic book writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Jim Berry)."
  19. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 164: "This sword and sorcery title by scripter Paul Levitz and artist Steve Ditko epitomized the credo 'Be careful what you wish for'. The series anti-hero was a nameless wanderer whose dreams of becoming a warrior brought him first slavery, then worse."
  20. ^ Johnson, Dan (August 2013). "We Are (Super-Team) Family". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (66): 8–14. 
  21. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 163: "In conjunction with DC's launch of fantasy/adventure titles, writer and artist Joe Kubert revived Tor, the caveman whose legend began in the early 1950s...Kubert's revival of Tor lasted six issues."
  22. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 171: "Created by writer Tony Isabella and artist Don Heck, the Champions consisted of Angel, Iceman, Hercules, the Black Widow, and Ghost Rider."
  23. ^ a b c d Carson, Lex (August 2013). "Bring Together the Bad Guys: Super-Villain Team-Up". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (66): 38–42. 
  24. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 168: "After two giant-size issues, Super-Villain Team-Up switched to a thirty-two-page format in August [1975]."
  25. ^ Boney, Alex (July 2013). "Inhuman Nature: Genetics, Social Science, and Superhero Evolution". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (65): 61–68. 
  26. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 170: "In 1975, Thomas and adventure comic strip artist Frank Robbins created the Invaders."
  27. ^ 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.