1978 in comics

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Notable events of 1978 in comics. See also List of years in comics. This is a list of comics-related events in 1978.


Year overall[edit]















  • February 2: Maurice Tillieux, Belgian comics artist (Félix, Gil Jourdan), dies in a car accident at age 56.[6]
  • February 5: Frans Van Immerseel, Belgian painter, caricaturist, cartoonist, illustrator and comics artist (De Lotgevallen van Janssens), dies at age 68. [7]
  • February 9: Woody Gelman, American comics artist, novelist and publisher (Co-creator of Bazooka Joe), dies of a stroke at age c. 62.[8]
  • February 9: Warren King, American comics artist (The Firefly), passes away at age 62. [9]
  • February 19: Gisela Zimmermann, German comics artist (continued Digedags and Abrafaxe), dies at age 65 of heart failure. [10]
  • February 28: Glenn Chaffin, American comics writer (Tailspin Tommy), passes away at age 80. [11]


  • March 8: Tjeerd Bottema, Dutch illustrator and comics artist (Er Was Eens Een Oud Vrouwtje), dies at age 94.[12]




  • June 22: William Reusswig, American illustrator and comics artist (made comic adaptations of novels), dies at age 75. [15]



  • September 9: Barbara Shermund, American cartoonist (Shermund's Sallies), dies at age 79. [17]




Specific date unknown[edit]

  • Aldo De Amicis, Italian comics artist (worked for Il Vittorioso), dies at age 74 or 75. [26]
  • Al Fago, American comics artist (Atomic Mouse, Atomic Rabbit, Timmy the Timid Ghost), dies at age 73 or 74. [27]
  • Henry Le Monnier, French illustrator and comics artist (made various realistic adventure comics), dies at age 84 or 85. [28]



Eagle Awards[edit]

Presented in 1979 for comics published in 1978:

American section[edit]

U.K. section[edit]

First issues by title[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Army at War

Release: November. Editor: Paul Levitz. (Immediately cancelled as a victim of the DC Implosion.)

Battle Classics

Release: September/October. Writer: Robert Kanigher. Artist: Joe Kubert. (Immediately cancelled as a victim of the DC Implosion.)

DC Comics Presents

Release: July. Writer: Martin Pasko. Artists: José Luis García-López and Dan Adkins.

Doorway to Nightmare

Release: January/February. Writer: David Michelinie. Artist: Val Mayerik.

Dynamic Classics

Release: September/October. Editor: Cary Burkett. (Reprint title immediately cancelled as a victim of the DC Implosion.)

Firestorm, the Nuclear Man

Release: March. Writer: Gerry Conway. Artist: Al Milgrom.

Steel: The Indestructible Man

Release: March. Writer: Gerry Conway. Artists: Don Heck and Joe Giella.

Marvel Comics[edit]

Devil Dinosaur

Release: April. Writer/Artist: Jack Kirby.

Machine Man

Release: April. Writer/Artist: Jack Kirby.

Man From Atlantis

Release: February. Writer: Bill Mantlo. Artists: Tom Sutton and Sonny Trinidad.


Release: April. Writer: Marv Wolfman. Artists: Carmine Infantino and Tony DeZuniga.

Other publishers[edit]


Release: June by Warren Publishing. Editor: Bill DuBay.

Anarchy Comics

Release: by Last Gasp. Editor: Jay Kinney.

À Suivre magazine

Release: February by Casterman.


Release: August by WaRP Graphics. Writers: Wendy Pini and Richard Pini. Artist: Wendy Pini.


Release: February 4 by Fleetway.


Release: May 13 by IPC Media.

Canceled titles[edit]

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Marvel Comics[edit]

Other publishers[edit]

Initial appearances by character name[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]


  1. ^ Greenberger, Robert; Manning, Matthew K. (2009). The Batman Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles from the Batcave. Running Press. p. 163. ISBN 0-7624-3663-8. In this fondly remembered tale that was later adapted into an episode of the 1990s cartoon Batman: The Animated Series, the Joker poisoned the harbors of Gotham so that the fish would all bear his signature grin, a look the Joker then tried to trademark in order to collect royalties.
  2. ^ DC Special Series #15 at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ DC Special Series #16 at the Grand Comics Database
  4. ^ "The History of Lambiek (1975-1980)".
  5. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/haas_clark.htm
  6. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/tilleux.htm
  7. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/v/van-immerseel_frans.htm
  8. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/gelman_woody.htm
  9. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/k/king_warren.htm
  10. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/z/zimmermann_gisela.htm
  11. ^ https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/107129801
  12. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/bottema_tjeerd.htm
  13. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/woggon_elmer.htm
  14. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/raemaekers_robert_louis.htm
  15. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/reusswig_william.htm
  16. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/cuvelier.htm
  17. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/shermund_barbara.htm
  18. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/burak_sezgin.htm
  19. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/bray_jr.htm
  20. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/rockwell_norman.htm
  21. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/lewis_brian.htm
  22. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/dreux_dick.htm
  23. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/mankin_hi.htm
  24. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/brivot_arsene.htm
  25. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/wolverton.htm
  26. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/de-amicis_aldo.htm
  27. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/f/fago_al.htm
  28. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/le-monnier_h.htm
  29. ^ Shenker, Israel. "Comic-Book Fans Gather for 'Creation '79': The Hand Is the Ticket," New York Times (25 November 1978), p. 26.
  30. ^ a b c Letters page, Uncanny X-Men #119 (March 1979).
  31. ^ Bolton profile, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.
  32. ^ Johnson, Dan (August 2013). "We Are (Super-Team) Family". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (66): 8–14.