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Notable events of 1980 in comics. See also List of years in comics.
- 1 Events and publications
- 2 Deaths
- 3 Conventions
- 4 Awards
- 5 First issues by title
- 6 Initial appearances by character name
- 7 References
Events and publications
- Big Rapids Distribution, a major Midwestern comics distributor, goes under, and two former employees (John Davis and Milton Griepp), form Capital City Distribution, headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin.
- Notable alternative titles RAW, World War 3 Illustrated, and Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman, all make their debuts.
- "The Dark Phoenix Saga" runs in X-Men #129–138 (January–October), by Chris Claremont, John Byrne, and Terry Austin (Marvel Comics).
- "Wanted: Santa Claus – Dead or Alive!" the first Batman story drawn by Frank Miller is published in DC Special Series #21 (Spring 1980)
- "Metamorphosis Odyssey", a long-running storyline by Jim Starlin, runs in Epic Illustrated.
- Marvel Comics phases out Curtis Magazines, its black-and-white magazine imprint.
- FantaCo Enterprises, which began as a retailer in 1978, begins publishing comics, starting with Fred Hembeck's The Hembeck Series.
- In the Netherlands the first edition of the comics festival Stripdagen is organized by the Dutch comics appreciation society Het Stripschap. 
- In Worcester, Massachusetts, Paul Howley opens the comics store That's Entertainment. 
- The Amazing Spider-Man #200: "The Spider and the Burglar," by Marv Wolfman, Stan Lee (script, page 47), Keith Pollard, and Jim Mooney. (Marvel Comics)
- Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 1 debuts, starting with issue #259, picking up the numbering from Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (1949 series) (originally titled Superboy).
- "Fiends of the Eastern Front," a 2000 AD storyline runs in issues #152–161, February–April, by Gerry Finley-Day and Carlos Ezquerra (IPC Media)
- Detective Comics, with issue #488, resumes monthly publication. (DC Comics)
- With issue #26, DC cancels Men of War (1977 series).
- Superboy Spectacular #1, DC's first direct sales-only title.
- The Unexpected #200: Edited by Jack C. Harris. (DC Comics)
- The Untold Legend of the Batman #1, debut of three-issue mini-series and John Byrne's first work for DC Comics. (DC Comics)
- John Byrne's first issue as writer/artist of Fantastic Four is #220. While this is his first issue with those credits, his long, five-year run begins with issue 232.
- Raw #1, debut of comix and graphics magazine edited by Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly
- August 29: Writer Steve Gerber sues Marvel Comics over rights to his character, Howard the Duck in a lawsuit filed in the U. S. District Court for Los Angeles.
- Weird Western Tales, with issue #70, canceled by DC.
- DC Comics Presents #25, the "Whatever Happened to...?" backup feature began and would appear in most issues for the next two years until its last installment in issue #48 (Aug. 1982).
- Mystery in Space revived by DC (after a 14-year hiatus), picking up with issue #111, continuing the old numbering.
- The Brave and the Bold #166, featuring the first appearance of Nemesis (Tom Tresser) (DC Comics)
- With issue #20, Marvel cancels Shogun Warriors.
- September 20: The Tornado name is dropped from the 2000 AD comic book.
- David Boswell self-publishes Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman, a title later published by Eclipse Comics and Deep Sea Comics.
- Thor #300: Double-sized anniversary issue, by Mark Gruenwald, Ralph Macchio, Keith Pollard, and Gene Day. (Marvel Comics)
- The Avengers #200: "The Child is Father to...?" by Jim Shooter (plot), George Pérez (plot), Bob Layton (plot), David Michelinie (plot; script), George Pérez (breakdowns), and Dan Green (finished art). (Marvel Comics)
- DC Comics Presents #26: features an insert previewing the upcoming New Teen Titans series by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez.
- The 2000th issue of The Beano dated 15 November 1980.
- The first episode of Moebius and Alejandro Jodorowsky's L'Incal is published in Métal Hurlant. 
- Marvel Team-Up #100: Double-size anniversary issue, "And Introducing — Karma! She Possesses People!," by Chris Claremont, Frank Miller, and Bob Wiacek. The issue also contains a backup story featuring the Black Panther and Storm, from the X-Men, by Claremont and John Byrne, with inks by McLeod. (Marvel Comics)
- The first chapter of Art Spiegelman's Maus appears in Raw #2
- Necdet Sen begins publishing his cartoon, Hizli Gazeteci in the Turkish magazine "Hey".
Specific date unknown
- February 10: Norman W. Marsh, American comics artist (Dan Dunn, Danny Hale), dies at age 81 or 82. 
- March 1: Leon A. Beroth, American painter and comics artist (Don Winslow of the Navy, Kitten Kaye, Tom, Dick & Harry), dies at age 85. 
- March 1: Richard Allen "Dick" Dillin, American comics artist (Blackhawk, Justice League of America), dies at age 50.
- March 14: Arie Pleysier, Dutch journalist and comics writer (Snuffelgraag en Knagelijntje, Dikkie en Dirkie Durf ), passes away at age 89. 
- March 28: Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová, Czech illustrator, painter and comics artist (Z Mého Dětství (From my Childhood)), dies at age 85. 
- April 17: Stig Cederholm, Swedish novelist and comics writer (Åsa-Nisse), passes away at the age of 75.
- April 21: Leendert Jordaan, Dutch illustrator and comics artist (Het Leven in Karikatuur), passes away at age 94. 
- May 5: Carl Pfeufer, American sculptor, illustrator, comics artist (Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire, Chisholm Kid, celebrity comics based on Tom Mix, continued Sub-Mariner), dies at age 69. 
- May 9: Norman Mingo, American illustrator who designed many covers for Mad Magazine, including their mascot Alfred E. Neuman, dies at the age of 84.
- June 2: Joseph Samachson, American biochemist, novelist, TV script writer and comics writer (DC Comics, co-creator of Martian Manhunter and Tomahawk), dies of Parkinson's disease at age 73. 
- June 14: Peter Kuch, Canadian comics artist (Sally Brown), dies at age 62. 
- June 19: Jijé, Belgian comics artist (Blondin et Cirage, Jerry Spring and who continued Spirou et Fantasio), dies age 66.
- July 18: Ger Sligte, Dutch illustrator and comics artist (Mieke Meijer, Bertje Branie), dies at age 65. 
- August 10: Karel Verschuere, Belgian comics artist (Studio Vandersteen, Bessy, De Rode Ridder), dies from cancer at age 55.
- August 26: Tex Avery, American animator, comics artist and film director (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Droopy), dies at age 72.
- September 7: Whitney Ellsworth, American comics editor, artist and writer (Batman, Little Linda), passes away at age 71.
- November 19: Huib de Ru, Dutch painter, glass artist and comics artist (comics for magazine Kleine Wij), dies at age 78. 
- November 29: John Putnam, American comics writer, artist and designer (Mad Magazine, created their running gags Arthur the potted plant and the Mad Zeppelin), dies from pneumonia at age 63.
Specific date unknown
- Charlotte Mini-Con (Charlotte, North Carolina) — one-day event held at local mall by Shelton Drum, owner of the comics retailer Heroes Aren't Hard To Find (and future founder of HeroesCon)
- FantaCon 2 (Albany, New York) — official guests include Berni Wrightson, Raoul Vezina, John Caldwell, Jeff Jones, Richard & Wendy Pini, Joe Staton, and Fred Hembeck
- March 15–16: Long Island Comic Book Convention (Holiday Inn, Rockville Center, New York)
- June 20–22: Houstoncon (Houston, Texas) — official guests include George Pérez
- July 4–6: Comic Art Convention (Statler Hilton Hotel, New York City) — special guests Boris Vallejo and Michael Kaluta; other guests: Bob Kane, Fred Hembeck, Wendy and Richard Pini, John Caldwell Norman Mingo, Harlan Ellison, Bob Boze Bell, and Dave Simons
- July 18–20: Chicago Comicon (Pick-Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois) — guest of honor: Roy Thomas; other guests: Frank Brunner, Dave Manak, Frank Miller, Josef Rubinstein, Roger Stern, Laurie S. Sutton, Chris Claremont, Jack C. Harris, Paul Kupperberg, Paul Levitz, Al Milgrom, Steve Mitchell, Joe Staton, Len Wein, and Marv Wolfman
- July 25–27: Atlanta Fantasy Fair VI (Dunfey's Royal Coach, Atlanta, Georgia) — official guests include Robert Bloch
- July 30 – August 3: San Diego Comic-Con (Convention and Performing Arts Center and U.S. Grant Hotel, San Diego, California) — 5,000 attendees; official guests: John Byrne, Chris Claremont, Mike Grell, Paul Gulacy, Larry Niven, Joe Orlando, Richard Pini, Wendy Pini, Jerry Pournelle, Osamu Tezuka, Adam West, Wally Wood
- August: Atlanta Fantasy Fair VI (Dunfey's Royal Coach, Atlanta, Georgia) — official guests include Robert Bloch; Gil Kane is a scheduled guest, but doesn't make it
- August 23: Denver Minicon (Ground Round Restaurant, Denver, Colorado)
- September: OrlandoCon (Orlando, Florida) — guests include Gil Kane, Jock Mahoney and Autumn Russell
- October 18–19: Marvel Comics Film & Fantasy Convention (Lawrence Hall, London, U.K.) — sponsored by Starburst magazine (at that point owned by Marvel Comics); presentation of the Starburst Awards; Guest of Honor: Ray Harryhausen; other guests include Barry Morse, Paul Darrow, Jacqueline Pearce, Ingrid Pitt, Caroline Munro, Dana Gillespie, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Milton Subotsky, Roy Ashton, Martin Bower, Harley Cokeliss, Mat Irvine, Brian Johnson, Terrance Dicks, David Maloney, Dick Mills, and Richard O'Brien
- November: Mid-Ohio Con (Mansfield, Ohio) — first staging of this annual event, produced by Roger A. Price
- December: Katy-Kon (Santa Barbara, California) — first convention dedicated to Katy Keene
Presented in 1981 for comics published in 1980:
First issues by title
- Release: Spring. Editor: Archie Goodwin.
- Release: 16 February by DC Thomson
Initial appearances by character name
- Creature Commandos, in Weird War Tales #93
- Deathstroke, in The New Teen Titans #02 (December)
- Mister E, in Secrets of Haunted House #31 (December)
- Mongul, in DC Comics Presents #27
- Nemesis in The Brave and the Bold #166 (September)
- New Teen Titans, in DC Comics Presents #26
- Shakira, in The Warlord #32
- Squid, in Detective Comics #497 (December)
- Wintergreen, in New Teen Titans #02 (December)
- Ravenger, in The New Teen Titans #01 (December)
- Rainbow Raider, in The Flash #286 (June)
- Prince Gavyn, in Adventure Comics] #467 (January)
- Silas Stone, in DC Comics Presents #26 (October)
- Deborah Domaine, in Wonder Woman #274 (December)
- Alvin Desmond, in The Flash #287 (July)
- Insect Queen, in Superman Family #203 (October)
- Darryl Frye, in The Flash #285 (May)
- Vincent Velcoro, in Weird War Tales #93 (November)
- Warren Griffith , in Weird War Tales #93 (November)
- Tharok, in Legion of Super-Heroes #269 (November)
- Anaconda, in Marvel Two-in-One #64
- Sunset Bain, in Machine Man #17
- Beep the Meep, in Doctor Who Weekly #19 (Marvel UK)
- Bushman, in Moon Knight #1 (November)
- Calypso, in The Amazing Spider-Man #209
- Abslom Daak, in Doctor Who Weekly #17 (Marvel UK)
- Dazzler, in Uncanny X-Men #130
- Dragon Lord (Tako Shamora), in Marvel Spotlight (vol. 2) #5 (March)
- Vanth Dreadstar, in Epic Illustrated #1 (Spring)
- Fusion (Twin Terror), in The Amazing Spider-Man #208 (September )
- Caleb Hammer, in Marvel Premiere #54 (June)
- Hellfire Club, in Uncanny X-Men #129 (January)
- Hobgoblin, in The Amazing Spider-Man #238
- Imperial Guard members, in Uncanny X-Men #137 (September)
- Karma, in Marvel Team-Up #100 (December)
- Robert Kelly, in Uncanny X-Men #135 (July)
- Dansen Macabre, in Marvel Team-Up #93 (May)
- Mauler, in Daredevil #167 (November)
- Mister Fear (Alan Fagan), in Marvel Team-Up #92 (April)
- Kitty Pryde, in Uncanny X-Men #129
- Bernie Rosenthal, in Captain America #248 (August)
- She-Hulk, in Savage She-Hulk #1
- Margali Szardos, in Uncanny X-Men Annual #4
- Taskmaster, in Avengers #195
- U-Foes, in The Incredible Hulk #254
- Heather MacNeil Hudson, in Uncanny X-Men #139 (November)
- Judge Anderson, in 2000 AD #150 (Fleetway)
- Reid Fleming, in Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman (David Boswell)
- DC Special Series #21 at the Grand Comics Database
- "Het Stripschap - Het Stripschap". www.stripschap.nl. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
- "My Life with Comic Books: the History of a Comic Shop.". Archived from the original on 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
- Superboy Spectacular #1 at the Grand Comics Database
- "In a further effort to find new distribution, a Superboy Spectacular was produced for Random House's in-school book club program and offered to comic shops but not newsstands." Levitz, Paul 75 Years of DC Comics The Art of Modern Mythmaking Taschen America, LLC 2010 ISBN 978-3-8365-1981-6 p. 454
- "Duck Squawk: Gerber vs. Marvel" Amazing Heroes #1 (June 1981) p. 18
- Wells, John (May 2013). "Flashback: Whatever Happened to...?". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (64): 51–61.
- Trumbull, John (May 2013). "Nemesis Balancing the Scales". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (64): 69–75.
- Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, eds. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 188. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9.
[The New Teen Titans] went on to become DC's most popular comic team of its day. Not only the springboard for the following month's The New Teen Titans #1, the preview's momentous story also featured the first appearance of future DC mainstays Cyborg, Starfire, and Raven.
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- "Carl Pfeufer". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
- "Norman Mingo". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
- "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VM2Y-X2D : accessed 19 Mar 2013), Joseph Samachson, June 1980.
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- "Ger Sligte". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
- "Karel Verschuere". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
- "Tex Avery". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
- "Whitney Ellsworth". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
- "Dick Briefer". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
- "Al Vermeer". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
- Starburst 029 (Marvel UK, Jan. 1981).
- Press release. "Mid-Ohio Comic Con merges with Ohio Comic Con, launches new website," Comic Book Resources (May 19, 2008).
- Duncan, Randy, and Smith, Matthew J., editors. Icons of the American Comic Book: From Captain America to Wonder Woman (ABC-CLIO, 2013), p. 396.
- Bolland profile, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.