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Notable events of 1987 in comics. See also List of years in comics.
- 1 Events and publications
- 2 Deaths
- 3 Exhibitions and shows
- 4 Conventions
- 5 Awards
- 6 First issues by title
- 7 Initial appearances by character name
- 8 References
Events and publications
- Independent publishers continue to enter the comics arena, including Amazing, CFW Enterprises, Imperial Comics, Matrix Graphic Series, New Comics Group, and Rebel Studios. Conversely, ACE Comics, Mad Dog Graphics, Silverwolf Comics, Solson Publications, Spotlight Comics, and Wonder Comics all cease publishing.
- Formation of the Independent Comic Publishers Association (ICPA), to promote excellence in and further public awareness of this growing segment of the comic book industry. The appearance of the ICPA logo on a comic is meant as a symbol of quality in the small press, black-and-white market.
- DC Comics reboots three of its core characters and titles, with the introduction of The Flash vol. 2, Superman vol. 2, and Wonder Woman vol. 2.
- The "British Invasion" begins. Following the success of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen, DC Comics recruits British creators such as Alan Grant, Cam Kennedy, David Lloyd, and John Wagner. Meanwhile, Marvel's Epic Comics imprint hires Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill to create their Marshal Law limited series.
- Archie Comics cancels four long-running titles, Archie and Me, Archie at Riverdale High, Laugh Comics, and Pep Comics; immediately relaunching Laugh vol. 2 and Betty and Veronica vol. 2.
- Peter Parker marries Mary Jane Watson in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21, written by Jim Shooter and David Michelinie, with art by Paul Ryan and Vince Colletta.
- Quest for Dreams Lost, an anthology of short comics by independent publishers featuring such characters and titles as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Trollords, Silent Invasion, and Tales From The Aniverse. Published by the Literacy Volunteers of Chicago.
- Violent Cases, by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, published by Escape Books.
- The Pitt, a Marvel Graphic Novel taking place in Marvel Comics' New Universe.
- Lords of the Ultra-Realm Special, by Doug Moench and Pat Broderick, published by DC Comics.
- Sam & Max: Freelance Police Special Edition, by Steve Purcell, published by Fishwrap Productions.
- IPC's comic assets were sold to Robert Maxwell and renamed it to Fleetway.
- January 2: The first episode of René Windig and Eddie de Jong's Heinz is published. It will run until 2000, then return for a brief period between 2004 and 2006.
- With issue #424, DC Comics' Adventures of Superman debuts, continuing the numbering of Superman.
- "Batman: Year One" begins in DC Comics' Batman #404 (continuing through Batman #407). Written by Frank Miller, with art by David Mazzucchelli, "Batman: Year One" recounts the beginning of Bruce Wayne's career as Batman and Jim Gordon's with the Gotham City Police Department. It is one of the first examples of the "limited series within a series" format that is now prevalent in American comic books.
- The "Gods and Mortals" story arc begins in DC Comics' Wonder Woman vol. 2, the first arc featuring the rebooted incarnation of Wonder Woman following Crisis on Infinite Earths. Written by Greg Potter and George Pérez, drawn by Pérez and Bruce Patterson.
- Doctor Strange vol. 2, with issue #87, cancelled by Marvel.
- With issue #161, Archie cancels Archie and Me.
- With issue #113, Archie cancels Archie at Riverdale High.
- Aristocratic Xtraterrestrial Time-Traveling Thieves (ongoing) #1 (Comics Interview), by Henry Vogel and Mark Propst.
- "The Universo Project" story arc begins in DC Comics' Legion of Super-Heroes #32. Written by Paul Levitz and pencilled by Greg LaRocque, the story arc concludes in Legion of Super-Heroes #35.
- Fantastic Four #300: Johnny Storm marries "Alicia Masters" — actually Lyja, a female member of the shapeshifting alien race the Skrulls, who had abducted and replaced Masters to serve as a spy. (Marvel Comics)
- Pep Comics, with issue #411, is cancelled by Archie Comics.
- With issue #288, DC cancels G.I. Combat.
- Swords of the Swashbucklers, with issue #12, is cancelled by Epic Comics.
- Thundercats #1. (Marvel UK)
- On the Italian magazine Corto Maltese, first chapter of Isola gentile (The gentle island), by Sergio Toppi, adventure set in the Malay Archipelago; and of The secret rose, by Hugo Pratt, a Corto Maltese’s adventure inspired by the alchemy and the esotericism, where the hero meets Herman Hesse.
- With issue #400, Archie cancels Laugh Comics (vol. 1).
- With issue #347, Archie cancels Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica (vol. 1).
- The son of the sun, by Don Rosa, on Uncle Scrooge; debut of the author in the Disney comics.
- April 15: After nine years at the helm, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Jim Shooter is fired, succeeded by Tom DeFalco.
- Nobody’s business, by Don Rosa, on Uncle Scrooge.
- "Batman: Year Two" begins in DC Comics' Detective Comics #575 (continuing through Detective Comics #578). Written by Mike W. Barr, with art by (among others) Todd McFarlane, "Batman: Year Two" follows on the success of "Batman: Year One".
- Gumby's Summer Fun Special #1, by Bob Burden and Art Adams, published by Comico.
- After 13 years of quarterly publication, Métal Hurlant is cancelled.
- Mythological menagerie, by Don Rosa, on Walt Disney's Comics and Stories.
- The Greatest Hero of Them All" story arc begins in DC Comics' Superman (vol. 2) #8, Action Comics #591 and Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. 3) #37. Written by Paul Levitz and John Byrne, and pencilled by Byrne, Greg LaRocque, and Mike DeCarlo, the story arc is DC’s first attempt to correct the inconsistencies in Legion history created when Byrne removed the original Superboy from mainstream DC continuity in the Man of Steel limited series. (Continues in September's Legion of Super-Heroes #38.)
- With issue #14, Eclipse cancels Alien Encounters.
- The egg of darkness, written by Serge Le Tendre and drawn by Régis Loisel, published by Dargaud; fourth and last episode of The quest for the time-bird.
- August 9: on 'Topolino', 'L’inferno di Paperino (Donald’s inferno)', by Giulio Chierchini, parody of the Dante’s inferno; it’s an ideal follow-up to the legendary Mickey’s inferno, by Guido Martina.
- The "Challenge of the Gods" story arc begins in DC Comics' Wonder Woman #8, written by George Pérez and Len Wein, and drawn by Pérez. (It continues through issue #15.)
- The Spider-Man storyline "Kraven's Last Hunt" (also known as "Fearful Symmetry") begins in Web of Spider-Man #31, The Amazing Spider-Man #293, and Spectacular Spider-Man #131. Written by J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Zeck, the storyline concludes in the November issues Web of Spider-Man #32, Amazing Spider-Man #294, and Spectacular Spider-Man #132.
- With issue #18, DC cancels Electric Warrior.
- With issue #12, Marvel cancels the New Universe title Kickers, Inc.
- With issue #24, Eclipse cancels Scout.
- On the Italian magazine Comic art, first chapter of Alias, adventure series set in the Amsterdam of the Seventeenth Century, written by Renato Queirolo and drawn by Anna Brandoli.
- Asterix and the magic carpet, by Uderzo.
- October 24: The Judge Dredd storyline "Oz", written by John Wagner and Alan Grant, begins in Fleetway's 2000 AD (running for 26 episodes to April 16, 1988).
- With issue #7, DC's Justice League becomes Justice League International.
- Fit to be pied and Recalled wreck, by Don Rosa, on Walt Disney's Comics and Stories.
- Tales of the Legion of Super-Heroes, with issue #354, is cancelled by DC.
- With issue #17, DC cancels Hawkman vol. 2.
- Cash flow, by Don Rosa, on Uncle Scrooge.
- January 2: Jacques Laplaine, aka J. Lap, French comics artist (Le Petit President, Monsieur Cloche, the Tintin parody Tintin à la recherche du veau d'or), dies at age 65. 
- January 13: Ed Kuekes, American cartoonist and comics artist (Alice in Wonderland, Do You Believe?), dies at age 85.
- January 23: E. Nelson Bridwell, American comics writer (DC Comics, Inferior Five), dies from lung cancer at age 55.
- January 23: Dow O. Walling, American comics artist and TV presenter (Skeets, Jimmy's Jobs), dies at age 84.
- January 27: Rod Ruth, American illustrator and comics artist (The Toodles), passes away at age 74.
- February 2: Ken Reid, British comics artist (Fudge the Elf, Roger the Dodger, Jonah, Faceache), passes away at age 67.
- February 12: Angela Giussani, Italian comics writer (Diabolik), passes away at age 64.
- February 20: Wayne Boring, American comics artist (worked on Superman), dies at age 81.
- February 20: Edgar P. Jacobs, Belgian comics artist (Le Rayon U, Blake and Mortimer) dies at age 82.
- February 22: Andy Warhol, American painter, music producer and film director (made sequential and occasional comics-inspired art), dies at age 58.
- February 27: Bill Holman, American comics artist (Smokey Stover), dies at age 83.
- February 27: Darrell McClure, American comics artist (continued Little Annie Rooney and Room and Board), dies at age 84.
- February 28: Roland Moisan, French caricaturist, journalist and comics artist (worked on Zoé, Enfant Terrible), passes away at age 79.
- March 22: Ib Steinaa, Danish animator and comics artist (Disney comics, assisted on Ferd'nand and Lisse og Lasse), dies at age 60.
- April 13: Joe Colquhoun, British comics artist (Charley's War, Johnny Red, Kid Chameleon, worked on Roy of the Rovers), dies of a heart attack at age 60.
- April 19: Milt Kahl, American animator (Walt Disney Company), passes away at age 78.
- May 30: Al Shapiro, aka "A. Jay", American comics artist (Harry Chess), passes away at age 55 from AIDS.
- June 12: Carlo Boscarato, Italian comics artist (Larry Yuma), dies at age 61.
- June 12: Eugen Semitjov, Swedish comics artist, journalist and writer (Allan Kämpe), dies at age 64.
- June 25: Bram Ohm, Dutch illustrator and comics artist (Dikkie Dapper, Miepie), passes away at age 81.
- September 30: Alfred Bester, American novelist and comics writer (wrote The Phantom, Mandrake the Magician, Superman, Green Lantern during the mid 1940s), dies at age 73.
- October 5: Ed Stevenson, American illustrator and comics artist (Ted Powers), dies at age 91.
- Specific date unknown: Radu Duldurescu, Romanian comics artist (Cutu si Miau, Mache Fantomas, Pestera Aurie, Fix Contra Vix, Muky si Mache), passes away from pancreatic cancer at age 60.
- November 10: Arthur R. "Pop" Momand, aka Pop, American comics artist (Keeping Up with the Joneses), passes away at age 101.
- November 11: John N. Carey, American animator and comics artist (Disney comics, Hanna-Barbera comics, Woody Woodpecker comics), passes away at age 72.
- November 24: Anton Pieck, Dutch illustrator, painter and comics artist (published in Zonneschijn), passes away at age 92.
- December 13: George Wunder, American comics artist (continued Terry and the Pirates), dies at age 75.
- December 14: Copi, Argentinean-French comics artist (La Femme Assise), dies at age 48 from AIDS.
- December 26: Angelo Bioletto, Italian comics artist (Disney comics, L' Inferno di Topolino), dies at age 81.
- December 29: Raeburn Van Buren, American comics artist (Abbie an' Slats), dies at age 96.
Specific date unknown
- Lenn Redman, American caricaturist, animator, novelist, poet, illustrator, comics artist, cartoonist and activist (worked on Mary Worth), dies at age 74 or 75. 
- Vicq, Belgian comics artist (Taka Takata, Korrigan, Les Frères Bross), passes away in a hospital at age 50 or 51, after having become a reclusive person the past years. His death is only noticed several years later.
Exhibitions and shows
- Summer: Psychedelic Solution Gallery (New York City): "Zap Comix #12" — featuring the work of Gilbert Shelton, Robert Crumb, Robert Williams, S. Clay Wilson, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, and Rick Griffin
- January 29–February 1: Angoulême International Comics Festival (Angoulême, France) — 14th annual festival
- February 22: Great Eastern Conventions (Budget Motor Lodge, Route 73, Mount Laurel, New Jersey) — c. 175 attendees; five dealers and about 25 exhibitor tables
- May 2–3: Wonderful World of Comics Convention (Oakland Convention Center, Oakland, California) — First annual staging of the convention (later to be known as WonderCon), founded by San Jose native John Barrett, co-owner of the retail chain Comics and Comix
- June: Heroes Convention (Charlotte, North Carolina)
- June 27–28: Creation Convention '87 I (Roosevelt Hotel, New York City)
- July 3–5: Chicago Comicon (Ramada O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois)
- July 31–August 2: Atlanta Fantasy Fair (Omni Hotel & Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia) — official guests include Adam West, Caroline Munro, Robert Bloch, Boris Vallejo, Kelly Freas, Jennifer Roberson, and Tom Savini
- August 6–9: San Diego Comic-Con (Convention and Performing Arts Center and Holiday Inn, San Diego, California) — 5,000 attendees; official guests: Harlan Ellison, Miguel Ferrer, Ward Kimball, B. Kliban, Françoise Mouly, Bill Mumy, Mike Peters, Robert Silverberg, Art Spiegelman, and Bernie Wrightson
- September 5–6: UKCAC87 (The Institute of Education, London, England) — guests include Will Eisner, Gil Kane, John Byrne, John Totleben, Steve Bissette, Wendy Pini, Richard Pini, Ron Smith, John Totleben, Steve Bissette, Alan Grant, Dave Gibbons, Bill Sienkiewicz, Dave Sim, Paul Duncan, Martin Crocknell, and Carlos Ezquerra; presentation of the Eagle Awards
- September 5–6: Dragon*Con (Pierremont Plaza Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia) — first annual staging of the multigenre convention. 1,400 attendees; Official guests: Michael Moorcock (his first convention appearance in twelve years), Robert Asprin, Lynn Abbey, Robert Adams, Richard "Lord British" Garriott, Gary Gygax, and Toastmaster Brad Strickland
- September 25–27: OrlandoCon (International Inn, Orlando, Florida)
- November: Mid-Ohio Con (Ohio) — guest of honor: Dave Sim; other guests: Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, John Ostrander, Denys Cowan, Mike Grell, Carol Kalish
- November 27–29: Creation '87 II (New York Penta Hotel, New York City)
- November 27–29: Dallas Fantasy Fair (Marriott Park Central, Dallas, Texas) — guests include Harvey Kurtzman, Jaime Hernandez, Denis Kitchen, Gilbert Hernandez, Don Simpson, Steve Rude, Kenneth Smith, Brad W. Foster, and Doug Potter
Presented in 1988 for comics published in 1987. Distributed on Saturday, September 24, 1988, at UKCAK88, The Institute of Education, London WC1.
- Roll of Honour: Pat Mills
- Favourite Writer: Alan Moore
- Favourite Artist (Penciler): Bill Sienkiewicz
- Favourite Inker: Terry Austin
- Favourite Comicbook: Watchmen (DC)
- Favourite Graphic Novel: Daredevil: Love and War (Marvel)
- Favourite Character: Batman (DC)
- Favourite Group or Team: Justice League International (DC)
- Favourite Villain: The Joker (DC)
- Favourite Supporting Character: Abigail Arcane Cable, from Swamp Thing (DC)
- Character Most Worthy of Own Title: Rorschach, from Watchmen (DC)
- Favourite Single or Continued Story: Batman #404-407: Year One (DC)
- Favourite New Comic Title: Marshal Law (Epic)
- Favourite Comic Cover: Wonder Woman #10, by George Pérez
- Favourite Specialist Comics Publication: Amazing Heroes
- Favourite Artist: Bryan Talbot
- Favourite Writer: Pat Mills
- Favourite Comic: 2000 AD
- Favourite Comic Album: Violent Cases, by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean (Escape Books)
- Favourite Character: Luther Arkwright
- Favourite Villain: Torquemada, from Nemesis the Warlock
- Favourite Supporting Character: Ukko the Dwarf (from Sláine)
- Character Most Worthy of Own Title: Halo Jones
- Favourite Single or Continued Story: 2000 AD #535-550: Zenith
- Favourite New Comic: The Adventures of Luther Arkwright (Valkyrie Press)
- Favourite Comic Cover: The Adventures of Luther Arkwright #1, by Bryan Talbot
- Favourite Specialist Comics Publication: Speakeasy
- Best Single Issue: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1, by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, and Lynn Varley (DC Comics)
- Best Continuing Series: Swamp Thing, by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and John Totleben (DC)
- Best Black & White Series: Cerebus by Dave Sim (Aardvark-Vanaheim)
- Best Finite Series: Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC)
- Best New Series: Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC)
- Best Graphic Album: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (DC)
- Best Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz, for Elektra: Assassin (Marvel Comics)
- Best Writer: Alan Moore, for Watchmen (DC)
- Best Writer/Artist: Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, for Watchmen (DC)
- Best Art Team: Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, and Lynn Varley, for Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (DC)
- Hall of Fame:
Presented in 1988 for comics published in 1987:
- Best Single Issue/Single Story: Gumby's Summer Fun Special #1, by Bob Burden and Art Adams (Comico)
- Best Black-and-White Series: Concrete, by Paul Chadwick (Dark Horse Comics)
- Best Finite Series/Limited Series: Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC Comics)
- Best New Series: Concrete, by Paul Chadwick (Dark Horse)
- Best Graphic Album: Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC)
- Best Writer: Alan Moore, Watchmen (DC)
- Best Writer/Artist: Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen (DC)
- Best Artist/Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team: Steve Rude, Nexus (First Comics)
- Best Art Team: Steve Rude, Willie Blyberg and Ken Steacy, Space Ghost Special (Comico)
- Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: June Foray
- Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame: Milton Caniff
- Best Writer: Alan Moore, for Watchmen (DC Comics)
- Best Artist or Penciller: Dave Gibbons, for Watchmen (DC)
- Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Paul Chadwick, for Concrete (Dark Horse Comics)
- Best Inker: Al Williamson, for Daredevil (Marvel Comics)
- Best Letterer: Ken Bruzenak, for American Flagg (First Comics)
- Best Colorist: John Higgins, for Watchmen (DC)
- Special Award for Excellence in Production/Presentation: Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, (DC)
- Best New Series: Concrete, by Paul Chadwick (Dark Horse Comics)
- Best Continuing or Limited Series: Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC)
- Best Single Issue or Story: Watchmen #9: "The Darkness of Mere Being", by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC)
- Best Graphic Album: Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC)
- Best American Edition of Foreign Material: Moebius album series, by Jean "Moebius" Giraud (Marvel Comics)
- Best Domestic Reprint Project: The Spirit, by Will Eisner (Kitchen Sink Press)
First issues by title
Doom Patrol vol 2.
The Flash vol. 2
- Release: May. Writers: Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis. Artists: Keith Giffen, Kevin Maguire, and Terry Austin.
Superman vol. 2
- Release: December. Writer: John Ostrander and Del Close. Artists: David Lloyd, William Messner-Loebs, and Don Simpson.
Wonder Woman vol. 2
- Release: February. Writers: Greg Potter and George Pérez. Artists: George Pérez and Bruce Patterson.
Doc Savage (4 issues)
Doctor Fate (4 issues)
Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters (3 issues)
- Release: August. Writer/Artist: Mike Grell.
Outcasts (12 issues)
Phantom Stranger (4 issues)
Silverblade (12 issues)
Slash Maraud (6 issues)
Sonic Disruptors (7 issues; originally solicited for 12)
World of Krypton (4 issues)
- Release: August by Star Comics. Writer: Stephen Perry. Artists: Mike Witherby and James Sanders, III.
Strange Tales vol. 2
Comet Man (6 issues)
Fallen Angels (8 issues)
Marshal Law (6 issues)
The Transformers: Headmasters (4 issues)
The X-Men vs. The Avengers (4 issues)
Betty and Veronica (vol. 2)
Eddy Current (12-issue limited series)
- Release: January by Eclipse Comics. Writer: Steven Barnes. Artists: Lela Dowling and Steve Gallacci.
Laugh (vol. 2)
- Release: January by Hero Comics. Writer: Steve Perrin Artist: Pete McDonnell
- Release: May by Mirage Studios. Writers: Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Artists: Jim Lawson and Ryan Brown.
- Release: August by Eternity Comics. Writers: Will Jacobs and Gerard Jones. Artists: Tim Hamilton and Dave Garcia.
- Release: June by Sergio Bonelli editore; reprints of the classic Italian Western comics, written in the Fifties and the Sixties by Gian Luigi and Sergio Bonelli.
Initial appearances by character name
- Amazing Grace, in Superman #03 (March)
- Atmos, in Legion of Super-Heroes #32 (March)
- Axis Amerika, in Young All-Stars #01 (June)
- Bibbo Bibbowski, in Adventures of Superman #428 (May)
- Bloodsport, in Superman #04 (April)
- Captain Atom, in Captain Atom #01 (March)
- Sondra Fuller, in Outsiders #21 (July)
- Deuce and Charger, in Adventures of Superman #430 (July)
- Carmine Falcone, in Batman #404 (March)
- Eddie Fyers, in Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #03 (October)
- General Wade Eiling, in Captain Atom #01 (March)
- Sarah Essen Gordon, in Batman #404 (March)
- Arnold John Flass, in Batman #404 (March)
- Fleur-de-Lis, in Infinity, Inc. #34 (January)
- Flodo Span, in Green Lantern #217 (October)
- Gangbuster, in Adventures of Superman #428 (May)
- Cat Grant, in Adventures of Superman #424 (January)
- Hades, in Wonder Woman #01 (February)
- Professor Hamilton, in Adventures of Superman #424 (January)
- Icicle, in Infinity, Inc. #34 (January)
- Rhea Jones, in Doom Patrol #03.
- Gillian B. Loeb, in Batman #404 (March)
- Maxwell Lord, in Justice League #01 (May)
- Tina McGee, in Flash #03 (August)
- 'Helena Kosmatos in Secret Origins #12 (March)
- Rampage, in Superman #07 (July)
- Reaper, in Detective Comics #575 (June)
- Red Trinity, in Flash #06 (November)
- Holly Robinson, in Batman #404 (February)
- Rocket Red, in Justice League #03 (July)
- Rocket Red Brigade, in Green Lantern Corps #208 (January)
- Maggie Sawyer, in Superman #04 (April)
- Shado, in Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #01 (August)
- Silver Banshee, in Action Comics #595 (December)
- Sleez, in Action Comics #592 (September)
- Sprout, in Swamp Thing #65 (October)
- Zebra-Man II, in Outsiders #21 (July)
- James Gordon Jr. in Batman #407 (May)
- Artemis Crock in Infinity Inc. #34 (January)
- Christina Alexandrova in Flash #07 (December)
- Hazaerd in Infinity Inc. #34 (January)
- Pozhar in Firestorm #64 (October)
- Danny Chase in New Teen Titans Annual #03 (1987)
- Wild Dog in Wild Dog #01 (September)
- Cameron Mahkent in Infinity, Inc. #34 (January)
- Iron Munro in Young All-Stars #01 (June)
- Professor Hamilton in Adventures of Superman #424 (January)
- Vanessa Kapatelis in Wonder Woman#03 (April)
- Eddie Fyers in Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #03 (October)
- Eric Strauss in Doctor Fate #01 (July)
- Linda Strauss in Doctor Fate #01 (July)
- Flying Fox in Young All-Stars #01 (June)
- Neptune Perkins in Young All-Stars #01 (June)
- Tsunami in Young All-Stars #01 (June)
- Tina McGee in The Flash #03 (August)
- Speed Demon in The Flash #03 (August)
- Godiva (comics) in Infinity Inc. #34 (January)
- Rhea Jones in Doom Patrol #03 (December)
- Gray Man in Justice League #02 (June)
- Twilight Lady in Watchmen #07 (March)
- White Dragon in Suicide Squad #04 (August)
- Robert DuBois in Superman #04 (April)
- Wild Huntsman in Infinity Inc. #34 (January)
- Mime in Batman #412 (October)
- Qayin in Batman: Son of the Demon (1987)
- Myra Fermin in Question #01 (February)
- Martin Allard in Captain Atom #01 (March)
- Godiva in New Teen Titans Annual #03 (1987)
- Silver Scarab in Infinity Inc. #42 (September)
- Touch-N-Go in New Teen Titans #24 (October)
- Pteradon in New Teen Titans #24 (October)
- Gorgon in New Teen Titans #24 (October)
- Harpi in New Teen Titans #24 (October)
- Behemoth in New Teen Titans #24 (October)
- Scirocco in Blue Beetle #09 (February)
- Prometheus (DC Comics) in New Teen Titans #24 (October)
- Gregor Gregorovich in Flash #07 (December)
- Black Thorn in Vigilante #45 (September)
- Kamikaze, in Young All-Stars #04 (September)
- Touch-N-Go, in Blue Beetle #10 (March)
- Sea Wolf, in Young All-Stars #01 (June)
- Boleslaw Uminski in Flash #07 (December)
- Anatole in Flash #06 (November)
- Fledermaus, in Young All-Stars #01 (June)
- Rocket Red in Justice League International #07 (November)
- Bebeck in Flash #06 (November)
- Cassiopeia in Flash #06 (November)
- Doctor Megala in Captain Atom #01 (March)
- Overthrow in Blue Beetle #15 (August)
- Ubermensch, in Young All-Stars #01 (June)
- Aries (Zodiac), in West Coast Avengers #26 (November)
- Bird-Brain, in New Mutants #55 (September)
- Blizzard (Donnie Gill), in Iron Man #223 (October)
- Bushwacker, in Daredevil #248 (November)
- Lourdes Chantel, in Classic X-Men #7 (March)
- Combat Colin, in Action Force #5 (Marvel UK)
- Comet Man, in Comet Man #1 (February)
- Fallen Angels, in Fallen Angels #1 (April)
- Ghost, in Iron Man #219 (June)
- Goblyn, in Alpha Flight #48 (July)
- Malice, in Uncanny X-Men #214 (February)
- Manikin, in Alpha Flight #44 (March)
- Mercy, in The Incredible Hulk #338 (December)
- Microchip, in The Punisher #4 (November)
- Philippus, in Wonder Woman #1 (February)
- Rictor, in X-Factor #17 (June)
- Mister Sinister, in Uncanny X-Men #221 (September)
- Trick Shot, in Solo Avengers #1 (December)
- Sam & Max, in Sam & Max: Freelance Police Special Edition (Fishwrap Productions)
- Super Commando Dhruva in GENL #74 Pratishodh Ki Jwala created by Anupam Sinha, published by Raj comics
- La bionda (the blonde woman), in the Italian magazine Comic art, created by Franco Saudelli (March); female thief protagonist of adventures mixing mystery, science-fiction and bondage eroticism.
- Zenith, in 2000 AD #536 (August 22, Fleetway)
- Manning, Matthew K. (2010). "1980s". In Dolan, Hannah (ed.). DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 226. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9.
The original Superman title had adopted the new title The Adventures of Superman but continued the original numbering of its long and storied history. Popular writer Marv Wolfman and artist Jerry Ordway handled the creative chores.
- Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 227 "Melding Miller's noir sensibilities, realistic characterization, and gritty action with Mazzucchelli's brilliant iconic imagery, "Year One" thrilled readers and critics alike...as well as being one of the influences for the 2005 film Batman Begins.
- Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 227 "With the help of Pérez's meticulous pencils, as well as his guidance as co-plotter, Wonder Woman was thrust further into the realm of Greek mythology than she'd ever been before."
- Fryer, Kim (July 1987). "Jim Shooter Fired". The Comics Journal. Fantagraphics Books (116): 13–14.
- "Tome 4 : L'Oeuf des Ténèbres". regisloisel.com. Retrieved 2019-10-07.
- "Superman artist Wayne Boring dead" The Comics Journal #116 (July 1987) p. 23.
- Jacobs entry, Lambiek's Comiclopedia. Accessed Dec. 4, 2106.
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