1977 in comics

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Notable events of 1977 in comics. See also List of years in comics.


Year overall[edit]










  • With issue #94 (August /September cover date), DC revives Showcase, continuing the numbering from the 1956 series, which ceased publishing in 1970.
  • With issue #57, DC revives Aquaman, continuing the numbering from the 1962 series, which ceased publishing in 1971.
  • With issue #230, DC cancels Superboy (at this point titled Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes).
  • With issue #29, DC cancels DC Special (1968 series).
  • With issue #12 (August /September cover date), DC cancels Hercules Unbound.
  • With issue #12, Marvel cancels The Inhumans.
  • With issue #12, Marvel cancels the anthology title Marvel Presents.














  • September 5: Tatsuo Yoshida, Japanese manga artist and animator (Speed Racer), dies at age 45 from liver cancer. [14]
  • September 7: Alexis, French comics artist (Al Crane, Cinémastock, Superdupont, Le Transperceneige), dies at age 30 of a ruptured aneurysm.[15]
  • September 16: Rie Cramer, Dutch illustrator, novelist and comics artist (published text comics in Zonneschijn and Doe Mee), passes away at age 89.[16]


  • October 5: Jotie T'Hooft, Belgian poet and comics artist (Jesus Superstar), commits suicide by a drug overdose at age 21.[17]



Specific date unknown[edit]

Exhibitions and shows[edit]

There were many TV shows based on comics in 1977, featuring Spider-Man, Captain America, Doctor Strange, and Wonder Woman.



Eagle Awards[edit]

Presented in 1978 for comics published in 1977:

First issues by title[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Black Lightning

Release: April. Writer: Tony Isabella. Artist: Trevor Von Eeden.

DC Special Series: catch-all series primarily for one-shots of different formats, released on an irregular schedule

Release: September. Editor: Paul Levitz.

Jonah Hex

Release: March/April. Writer: Michael Fleisher. Artist: José Luis García-López.

Men of War

Release: August. Editor: Paul Levitz.

Shade, the Changing Man

Release: June/July. Writers: Steve Ditko and Michael Fleisher. Artist: Steve Ditko.

Star Hunters

Release: October /November Writer: David Michelinie. Artists: Don Newton and Bob Layton.

Marvel Comics[edit]

Black Panther

Release: January. Writer/Artist: Jack Kirby.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Release: August. Writer: Doug Moench. Artists: Herb Trimpe and Jim Mooney.

John Carter, Warlord of Mars

Release: June. Writer: Marv Wolfman. Artists: Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum.

Human Fly

Release: September. Writer: Bill Mantlo. Artists: Lee Elias.

Logan's Run

Release: January. Writer: Gerry Conway. Artists: George Pérez and Klaus Janson.

Marvel Super Action

Release: May. Reprints classic Captain America stories.

Marvel Super Special

Premiere issues features the rock band Kiss in a 40-page fictional adventure written by Steve Gerber, penciled by Alan Weiss, John Buscema, Rich Buckler, and Sal Buscema.

The Rampaging Hulk

Release: January by Curtis Magazines. Editor: John Warner.

Star Wars

Release: July. Writer: Roy Thomas. Artist: Howard Chaykin.

What If

Release: February. Writer/Editor: Roy Thomas.

Independent publishers[edit]

2000 AD

Release: February 26 by IPC Media. Editor: Tharg the Mighty.

Cerebus the Aardvark

Release: December by Aardvark-Vanaheim. Writer/Artist: Dave Sim.

Heavy Metal

Release: April by HM Communications, Inc.. Editor: Sean Kelly and Valerie Marchant.

La Compagnia della Forca

Writer & Artist: Magnus

Rip Off Comix

Release: April by Rip Off Press.


Bessatsu Hana to Yume

Release: July

Initial appearance by character name[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Other titles[edit]


  1. ^ Saffel, Steve (2007). "An Adventure Each Day". Spider-Man the Icon: The Life and Times of a Pop Culture Phenomenon. Titan Books. p. 116. ISBN 978-1-84576-324-4. On Monday January 3, 1977, The Amazing Spider-Man comic strip made its debut in newspapers nationwide, reuniting writer Stan Lee and artist John Romita. 
  2. ^ Spider-Man: Newspaper Strips, Volume 1, Stan Lee and John Romita, Collection Editor Mark D. Beazley, First printing 2009, ISBN 978-0-7851-3793-1, published by Marvel Publishing Inc.
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  4. ^ Kingman, Jim (May 2013). "The Ballad of Ollie and Dinah". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (64): 10–21. 
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  6. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/childress_james.htm
  7. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/gustafson_paul.htm
  8. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/cezard_j.htm
  9. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/n/nicholls_sydney_w.htm
  10. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/cross_stan.htm
  11. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/stein_milt.htm
  12. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/f/funke_kupper_t.htm
  13. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/crane_r.htm
  14. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/y/yoshida_tatsuo.htm
  15. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/a/alexis.htm
  16. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/cramer_rie.htm
  17. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/t_hooft_jotie.htm
  18. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/goscinny.htm
  19. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/rupe.htm
  20. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/o/oesterheld_hg.htm
  21. ^ Detroit Free Press (May 26, 1977).
  22. ^ "Swords and Scrolls," Savage Sword of Conan vol. 1, #27 (Mar. 1978).
  23. ^ Sarno, Joe. "The Captain's Veranda by Joe Sarno," C.B. Weekly (Comic Book Collectors Bulletin), vol. 3, #91 (Sept. 26, 2001). Archived at InterFan.org.
  24. ^ "Comic Art Event," Chicago Tribune (July 31, 1977).
  25. ^ Skinn, Dez. "Early days of UK comics conventions and marts," DezSkinn.com. Accessed Mar. 3, 2013.
  26. ^ Cummings, Judith. "Comic Book Collectors Take Funnies Seriously," New York Times (Nov. 26, 1977).
  27. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 175. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. DC Super Stars #17 (November–December 1977) While writer Paul Levitz and artist Joe Staton introduced the Huntress to the JSA in this month's All Star Comics #69, they concurrently shaped her origin in DC Super Stars. 
  28. ^ DC Super Stars #17 (November-December 1977) at the Grand Comics Database "Origin and first appearance of the Helena Wayne Huntress, who simultaneously first appears in this issue and All-Star Comics (DC, 1976 series) #69, both released August 24, 1977."