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.

Events[edit]

Year overall[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

Summer[edit]

July[edit]

  • 4 July : in Tintin, the first chapter of L'Espace bleu entre les nuages (The blue space amongst the clouds) by Cosey, fifth episode of the series Jonathan, is published.

August[edit]

September[edit]

Fall[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

  • February 2: Maurice Tillieux, Belgian comics artist (Félix, Gil Jourdan), dies in a car accident at age 56.[2]
  • February 5: Frans Van Immerseel, Belgian painter, caricaturist, cartoonist, illustrator and comics artist (De Lotgevallen van Janssens), dies at age 68.[16]
  • February 7: Enrique Rapela, Argentine comics artist (Cirilo El Audaz), dies at age 67. [17]
  • February 9: Woody Gelman, American comics artist, novelist and publisher (Co-creator of Bazooka Joe), dies of a stroke at age c. 62.[18]
  • February 9: Warren King, American comics artist (The Firefly), passes away at age 62.[19]
  • February 19: Gisela Zimmermann, German comics artist (continued Digedags and Abrafaxe), dies at age 65 of heart failure.[20]
  • February 28: Glenn Chaffin, American comics writer (Tailspin Tommy), passes away at age 80.

March[edit]

  • March 3: Frank Fogarty, American comics artist (Mr. & Mrs., continued Clarence), dies at age 80. [21]
  • March 8: Tjeerd Bottema, Dutch illustrator and comics artist (Er Was Eens Een Oud Vrouwtje), dies at age 94.[22]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

  • June 22: William Reusswig, American illustrator and comics artist (made comic adaptations of novels), dies at age 75.[26]

July[edit]

August 1[edit]

  • August 1: Geoffrey William Backhouse, British illustrator and comics artist, dies at age 74.[28]

September[edit]

  • September 9: Barbara Shermund, American cartoonist (Shermund's Sallies), dies at age 79.[29]

October[edit]

November[edit]

  • November 8: Norman Rockwell, American painter and illustrator, dies at the age of 84.[32]
  • November 21: Orhan Ural, Turkish comics artist (Pazar Ola Hasan Bey), dies at age 64 or 65.[33]

December[edit]

Specific date unknown[edit]

  • Aldo De Amicis, Italian comics artist (worked for Il Vittorioso), dies at age 74 or 75.[40]
  • Al Fago, American comics artist (Atomic Mouse, Atomic Rabbit, Timmy the Timid Ghost), dies at age 73 or 74.[41]
  • Frank Fogarty, American comics artist (Mr. & Mrs., continued Clarence), dies at age 90 or 91.[21]
  • Henry Le Monnier, French illustrator and comics artist (made various realistic adventure comics), dies at age 84 or 85.[42]

Conventions[edit]

Awards[edit]

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.

Spider-Woman

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

Other publishers[edit]

1984

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

Anarchy Comics

Release: by Last Gasp. Editor: Jay Kinney.

À Suivre magazine

Release: February by Casterman.

Elfquest

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

Il Male

Release: February 7, Director : Vincino.

Misty

Release: February 4 by Fleetway.

Starlord

Release: May 13 by IPC Media.

Canceled titles[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Other publishers[edit]

Initial appearances by character name[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Maurice Tillieux". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "News Features Services Merge As United Media". United Press International. May 19, 1978. Retrieved 2015-02-23.
  5. ^ "United Features consolidates," The Comics Journal #44 (Jan. 1979), p. 17.
  6. ^ "Jim Davis (II)". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  7. ^ "Tanino Liberatore". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  8. ^ DC Special Series #15 at the Grand Comics Database
  9. ^ DC Special Series #16 at the Grand Comics Database
  10. ^ "Nieuwe Leidsche Courant | 2 oktober 1978 | pagina 3". Historische Kranten, Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  11. ^ "Will Eisner". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
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  14. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/spiegelman.htm
  15. ^ "Clark Haas". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  16. ^ "Frans Van Immerseel". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  17. ^ "Enrique Rapela". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  18. ^ "Woody Gelman". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  19. ^ "Warren King". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  20. ^ "Gisela Zimmermann". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  21. ^ a b "Frank Fogarty". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  22. ^ "Tjeerd Bottema". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  23. ^ "Elmer Woggon". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  24. ^ "Robert Louis Raemaekers Jr". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  25. ^ "Jo Spier". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  26. ^ "William Reusswig". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  27. ^ "Paul Cuvelier". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  28. ^ "Geoffrey William Backhouse". lambiek.net. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  29. ^ "Barbara Shermund". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  30. ^ "Sezgin Burak". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  31. ^ "J.R. Bray". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  32. ^ "Norman Rockwell". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  33. ^ "Orhan Ural". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  34. ^ "Brian Lewis". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  35. ^ "Dick Dreux". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  36. ^ "Hi Mankin". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  37. ^ "Arsène Brivot". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  38. ^ "Basil Wolverton". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  39. ^ "Jacques Gagnier". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  40. ^ "Aldo De Amicis". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  41. ^ "Al Fago". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  42. ^ "Henry Le Monnier". lambiek.net. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  43. ^ Bethke, Marilyn. "The Fanny Awards: Saluting the Best and Worst in Fandom," The Comics Journal #44 (Jan. 1979).
  44. ^ Shenker, Israel. "Comic-Book Fans Gather for 'Creation '79': The Hand Is the Ticket," New York Times (25 November 1978), p. 26.
  45. ^ a b c Letters page, Uncanny X-Men #119 (March 1979).
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  47. ^ Johnson, Dan (August 2013). "We Are (Super-Team) Family". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (66): 8–14.