1980 in comics

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Notable events of 1980 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

Events and publications[edit]

Year overall[edit]







  • 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).[5]
  • 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)[6] (DC Comics)
  • With issue #20, Marvel cancels Shogun Warriors.
  • September 20: The Tornado name is dropped from the 2000 AD comic book.



  • The 2000th issue of The Beano dated 15 November 1980.










Specific date unknown[edit]



Eagle Awards[edit]

Presented in 1981 for comics published in 1980:

First issues by title[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

New Teen Titans

Release: November. Writer: Marv Wolfman. Artist: George Pérez.

The New Adventures of Superboy

Release: January. Writer: Cary Bates. Artists: Kurt Schaffenberger and Dave Hunt.

Marvel Comics[edit]

Epic Illustrated

Release: Spring. Editor: Archie Goodwin.

Savage She-Hulk

Release: February. Writer: Stan Lee. Artist: John Buscema.

Moon Knight

Release: November. Writer: Doug Moench. Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz

Independent titles[edit]

Gay Comix

Release: September by Kitchen Sink Press. Editor: Howard Cruse.


Release: July by RAW Books. Editors: Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly.

Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman

Release: October by David Boswell. Writer/Artist: David Boswell.


Release: by Lombard Editions. Writer: Jean Van Hamme. Artist: Grzegorz Rosiński.


Release: April by India Book House. Editor: Anant Pai.

World War 3 Illustrated

Editors: Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper.

Queen Millennia

Release: January 28 by Sankei Shimbun and Nishinippon Sports. Writer/Artist: Leiji Matsumoto.


Release: 16 February by DC Thomson



Initial appearances by character name[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Independent titles[edit]


  1. ^ DC Special Series #21 at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ Superboy Spectacular #1 at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ "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
  4. ^ "Duck Squawk: Gerber vs. Marvel" Amazing Heroes #1 (June 1981) p. 18
  5. ^ Wells, John (May 2013). "Flashback: Whatever Happened to...?". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (64): 51–61. 
  6. ^ a b Trumbull, John (May 2013). "Nemesis Balancing the Scales". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (64): 69–75. 
  7. ^ a b c d Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (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. 
  8. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/dillin_dick.htm
  9. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/mingo_norman.htm
  10. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/j/jije.htm
  11. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/v/verschuere.htm
  12. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/a/avery_tex.htm
  13. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/e/ellsworth_whitney.htm
  14. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/briefer_dick.htm
  15. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/v/vermeer_al.htm
  16. ^ Press release. "Mid-Ohio Comic Con merges with Ohio Comic Con, launches new website," Comic Book Resources (May 19, 2008).
  17. ^ Duncan, Randy, and Smith, Matthew J., editors. Icons of the American Comic Book: From Captain America to Wonder Woman (ABC-CLIO, 2013), p. 396.
  18. ^ Bolland profile, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.
  19. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 189 "A battalion of horror icons created by the U.S. government to aid the American war effort made its debut in an off-beat story by writer J. M. DeMatteis and penciler Pat Broderick."
  20. ^ Isaacs, Deanna (December 23, 2004). "Nemesis vs. Politics as Usual - Gadfly, former actor, and superhero model Tom Tresser is back, calling on the creative class to claim their piece of the pie.". Chicago Reader. Archived from the original on January 22, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2012. Tom Tresser, the square-jawed, blond comic-book hero, was created in 1979, when Tom Tresser, the meeker, balder actor, was working at the Merrimack Valley Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire, and rooming with writer Cary Burkett. Burkett got an assignment from DC Comics to create a new character and came up with Nemesis, a master of martial arts and disguise, who needed a daytime alias. Burkett's Tom Tresser became a mild-mannered, Shakespeare-quoting former FBI agent.