1976 in comics

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Notable events of 1976 in comics. See also List of years in comics. This is a list of comics-related events in 1976.


Year overall[edit]







  • July 29: The first episode of Phil Collins' Leonardo is published.[6]
  • July 31: Lank Leonard's Mickey Finn comes to a close after 40 years of syndication.[7]









  • February: Willy Murphy, American comics artist (Flamed-Out Funnies), dies of pneumonia at around age 38.[16]




  • May: Cecil Jensen, American cartoonist and comics artist (Little Debbie), passes away at age 74.[19]


  • June 5: Henk Backer, Dutch comics artist (Yoebje en Achmed, Tripje en Liezebertha), passes away at age 77.[20]
  • June 19: Mike Arens, American animator and comics artist (Disney comics, continued Scamp), dies at age 60.[21]
  • June 21: Albert Dubout, French illustrator, caricaturist, sculptor, cartoonist and comics artist, passes away at age 71.[22]
  • June 25: Mike Hubbard, Irish-British comics artist (Jane Bond, Secret Agent, continued Jane), dies at age 74.[23]



  • September 6: Hans Ducro, Dutch comics artist (created the spin-off comic Sjors en de Verschrikkelijke Sneeuwman), passes away at age 52.[25]


  • December 5: Tack Knight, American animator and comics artist (My Big Brudder, Baby Sister, Li'l Folks), dies at age 81.[26]
  • December 27: André Daix, French animator and comics artist (Professeur Nimbus), dies at age 75.[27]

Specific date unknown[edit]

  • Gérard Dorville, French comics artist (Alfred, Auguste et Popaul), passes away at age 42 or 43.[28]
  • Clyde Lewis, American comics artist (Hold Everything, Herky, Snickeroos (Pvt. Buck)), passes away at age 65/75 or 66/76.[29]
  • Jack Monk, British comics artist (Buck Ryan), passes away at age 71 or 72.[30]
  • Frank Roberge, American comics artist (Noodnik, Mr. Fitz's Flats), may have died in this year. If so he would have been 59 or 60 years old.[31]
  • George Storm, American comics artist (Bobby Thatcher), dies at age 82 or 83.[32]
  • Ed Verdier, American comics artist (Little Annie Rooney), dies at age 88 or 89.[33]



Eagle Awards[edit]

Two British comics fans, Mike Conroy and Richard Burton, create the Eagle Awards, named after the long-running Brish comic title Eagle. The first set of awards are presented in 1977 at Comicon '77 for comics published in 1976:

First issues by title[edit]

DC Comics[edit]


Release: January/February. Writer: Robert Kanigher. Artist: Ric Estrada.[41]

DC Super Stars: mostly reprint title.

Release: March. Editor: E. Nelson Bridwell.

Four Star Spectacular: reprint title.

Release: March/April. Editor: E. Nelson Bridwell.

Freedom Fighters

Release: March/April. Writers: Gerry Conway and Martin Pasko. Artists: Ric Estrada and Mike Royer.


Release: October /November Writer: Denny O'Neil. Artists: Ric Estrada and Wally Wood.

Karate Kid

Release: March/April. Writers: Paul Levitz. Artists: Ric Estrada and Joe Staton.[42]


Release: February/March. Writers: Jack Kirby, Steve Sherman, and Martin Pasko. Artists: Jack Kirby and Pablo Marcos.


Release: August/September. Writers: Bob Kanigher. Artists: Joe Kubert and the Redondo Studio.[43]

Secret Society of Super Villains

Release: May/June. Writers: Gerry Conway. Artists: Pablo Marcos and Bob Smith.[44]


Release: August. Writer: David Michelinie. Artist: Mike Vosburg.

Super Friends

Release: November. Writer: E. Nelson Bridwell. Artists: Ric Estrada,[45] Joe Orlando, and Vince Colletta.

The Warlord

Release: January/February. Writer/Artist: Mike Grell.[46]

Welcome Back, Kotter

Release: November. Writer: Elliot Maggin. Artists: Jack Sparling and Bob Oksner.[47]

Marvel Comics[edit]

2001: A Space Odyssey

Release: December. Writer: Jack Kirby. Artists: Jack Kirby and Mike Royer.

Captain Britain Weekly

Release: October 13 by Marvel UK. Editor: Larry Lieber.


Release: July. Writer: Jack Kirby. Artists: Jack Kirby and John Verpoorten.[48]

Haunt of Horror

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

Howard the Duck

Release: January. Writer: Steve Gerber. Artists: Frank Brunner and Steve Leialoha.[49]

Marvel Classics Comics

Release: Jan. Editor: Vincent Fago.


Release: September. Writers: Marv Wolfman. Artists: John Buscema and Joe Sinnott.[50]

Omega the Unknown

Release: March. Writers: Mary Skrenes and Steve Gerber. Artist: Jim Mooney.[51]

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man

Release: December. Writer: Gerry Conway. Artists: Sal Buscema, Mike Esposito, and Dave Hunt.[52]

Other publishers[edit]


Release: February 14 by IPC Magazines. Editor: Pat Mills.


Release: June. Editor: Edizioni Altamira (Sergio Bonelli)

American Splendor

Release: by Harvey Pekar. Writer: Harvey Pekar.


Release: February by D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.
Cole Black Comix
Release by Rocky Hartberg Productions Writer and Artist: Rocky Hartberg


Release: July by Hakusensha

Nick Carter

Release: March.by Edizioni Cenisio (Italy).


Release: Big Balloon (Dutch). Artist: Don Lawrence.

Super Almanacco Paperino

Release: December by Mondadori. Reprint of classic Donald Duck’s stories.

Twisted Sisters

Release: June by Last Gasp. Writers/Artists: Aline Kominsky & Diane Noomin.

Canceled titles[edit]

Charlton Comics[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Gold Key Comics[edit]

Harvey Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Other publishers[edit]

Initial appearance by character name[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Other publishers[edit]


  1. ^ Bloodstar. (The Morning Star Press Ltd., 1976): "BLOODSTAR is a new, revolutionary concept — a graphic novel, which combines all the imagination and visual power of comic strip art with the richness of the traditional novel."
  2. ^ a b McAvennie, Michael (2010). "1970s". In Dolan, Hannah (ed.). DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 169. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Along with artist Ric Estrada, [Gerry] Conway also introduced the DC Universe to the cousin of Earth-2's Superman, Kara Zor-L a.k.a. Power Girl.
  3. ^ http://www.bdoubliees.com/metalhurlant/annees/1976.htm
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  5. ^ Daniels, Les Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1991 ISBN 0-8109-3821-9 p. 176
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  7. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/leonard_lank.htm
  8. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 170: "For the first time since 1947, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's names were back in Superman comics, and listed as the Man of Steel's co-creators."
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  16. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/murphy_willy.htm
  17. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0340671/
  18. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/shepard_e-h.htm
  19. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/j/jensen_cecil.htm
  20. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/backer.htm
  21. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/a/arens_mike.htm
  22. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/dubout_albert.htm
  23. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/hubbard_michael.htm
  24. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/bellamy_frank.htm
  25. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/ducro_hans.htm
  26. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/k/knight_tack.htm
  27. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/daix_andre.htm
  28. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/dorville_g.htm
  29. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/lewis_clyde.htm
  30. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/monk_jack.htm
  31. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/roberge_frank.htm
  32. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/storm_g.htm
  33. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/v/verdier_ed.htm
  34. ^ a b c Grimes, Paul. "Fantasy Boom: The Profits Are Real; Fantasy Boom: $50,000 a Weekend, $2 Million a Year," New York Times (May 30, 1976).
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  36. ^ a b c d e f g Fratz, Doug. "TNJ Listings," The New Nostalgia Journal #28 (Aug. 1976), p. 39.
  37. ^ 1/2-page ad for the fair, The Buyer's Guide to Comics Fandom #152 (October 15, 1976).
  38. ^ Lopez, Rosemary. "Red Sonja, Star Of the Comics Fans," New York Times (Nov. 14, 1976).
  39. ^ Grimes, Paul. "2 Collegians Get an 'A' In Comic Books," New York Times (Nov. 26, 1976),
  40. ^ a b c d e f g "Marvel Bullpen Bulletins," Marvel Team-Up #69 (May 1978).
  41. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 171: "In February [1976], editor and cover artist Joe Kubert helmed Blitzkrieg #1, a unique anthology about World War II as seen through the eyes of the enemy. The first issue featured stories by writer Robert Kanigher, artist Ric Estrada, and storyteller Sam Glanzman."
  42. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 170: "Writer Paul Levitz and artist Ric Estrada kicked Karate Kid out of the Legion of Super-Heroes - and the Thirtieth century - so that he could headline his own series."
  43. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 171: "Writer Robert Kanigher's origin of the frayed hero was pieced together into moody, coarse segments by Joe Kubert and Nestor, Frank, and Quico Redondo."
  44. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 170: "Scribe Gerry Conway and artist Pablo Marcos assembled a group of DC's most wanted for an ongoing series.
  45. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 171: "Hanna-Barbera's animated Super Friends proved so successful that DC brought the concept full circle, adapting the show into a comic. Scribe E. Nelson Bridwell and artist Ric Estrada crafted the inaugural issue."
  46. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 169: "Writer/artist Mike Grell returned to Skartaris, the land of eternal light, and unveiled the first of the Warlord's exploits in his own series."
  47. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 171: "The first issue [was] written by Elliot S! Maggin with spot-on likenesses rendered by Jack Sparling."
  48. ^ Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura (2008). "1970s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 175. ISBN 978-0756641238. Jack Kirby's most important creation for Marvel during his return in the 1970s was his epic series The Eternals.
  49. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 174 "[Steve] Gerber and artist Frank Brunner quickly brought Howard back...in his own comic book."
  50. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 176: "Seeking to create a new teenage Marvel super hero in the tradition of Spider-Man, writer Marv Wolfman and artist John Buscema presented Richard Rider, alias Nova."
  51. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 175: "In March [1976], a new super hero series began called Omega the Unknown, created by writers Steve Gerber and Mary Skrenes and artist Jim Mooney. The title character was an alien humanoid, who rarely spoke and served as protector to an eerily precocious young boy."
  52. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 177: "Spider-Man already starred in two monthly series: The Amazing Spider-Man and Marvel Team-Up. Now Marvel added a third, Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man, initially written by Gerry Conway with art by Sal Buscema and Mike Esposito."
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