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1978 in comics
Notable events of
1978 in comics. See also List of years in comics.
This is a list of -related events in 1978. comics
DC suffers the
DC Implosion, the abrupt cancellation of more than two dozen ongoing and planned titles, including , All Star Comics , Aquaman , House of Secrets , Our Fighting Forces , and Showcase . The vast majority of the books leave uncompleted story lines (most of which are later wrapped up in other titles). The Witching Hour
Archie Goodwin resigns as Marvel Comics editor-in-chief, replaced by Jim Shooter (who will hold the post until mid- 1987). Underground publisher the
Print Mint stops publishing comics. "
The Korvac Saga" story arc, written by Jim Shooter and David Michelinie, with art by George Pérez and David Wenzel, runs through , beginning in issue #167 (February) and running through issue #177 (November) The Avengers "
The Cursed Earth" Judge Dredd storyline runs in (May – October) 2000 AD
Continuing the "DC Explosion," the company increases its titles' page counts to 25 story pages and increases the price of a typical comic from 35 cents to 50 cents.
#300: "The Last Batman Story—?", by Batman David V. Reed, Walt Simonson, and Dick Giordano.
, by Garfield Jim Davis is launched on June 19 in 41 newspapers.
Suffering from the
DC Implosion, the company cancels 8 ongoing titles, , All Star Comics Battle Classics, , Black Lightning , Doorway to Nightmare Dynamic Classics, , Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth , and Showcase . In addition, DC cuts back comic story pages to 17, and the typical cover price to 40 cents. Our Fighting Forces
Gold Key Comics, with issue #19, picks up ( Flash Gordon 1966 series) from Charlton Comics, which had stopped publishing the title in 1970. After many delays, DC releases
#C-56, featuring the story All-New Collectors' Edition . Superman vs. Muhammad Ali
January 1: Don Freeman, American comics artist, painter, illustrator and children's novelist ( ), passes away at age 61. Corduroy
February 2: Maurice Tillieux, Belgian comics artist ( Félix, ), dies in a car accident at the age of only 56. Gil Jourdan 
February 5: Frans Van Immerseel, Belgian painter, caricaturist, cartoonist, illustrator and comics artist ( De Lotgevallen van Janssens), dies at age 68. 
February 9: Woody Gelman, American comics artist, novelist and publisher (Co-creator of ), dies of a stroke at age c. 62. Bazooka Joe 
February 9: Warren King, American comics artist ( ), passes away at age 62. The Firefly 
February 28: Glenn Chaffin, American comics writer ( ), passes away at age 80. Tailspin Tommy 
May 11: Clinge Doorenbos, Dutch comedian, singer, songwriter, children's novelist, poet, journalist and comics writer ( Flippie Flink ), passes away at age 93. 
May 17: Mort Weisinger, American comics editor ( , co-creator of Superman , Aquaman and Green Arrow ), dies at age 63. Johnny Quick
October 4: Sezgin Burak, Turkish comics artist ( ), passes away at age 43. Tarkan 
October 10: J.R. Bray, American animator and comics artist ( Singing Sammy, Mr. O.U. Absentmind, ), dies at the age of 99. Colonel Heeza Liar 
Specific date unknown
Henry Le Monnier, French illustrator and comics artist (made various realistic adventure comics), dies at age 84 or 85.
Comicon '78 (British Comic Art Convention) (London, England) — "10th anniversary special;" guests include Don McGregor (guest of honor), George Pérez, Brian Bolland, John Bolton, and Dave Gibbons; 2nd annual presentation of the Eagle Awards
Summer: Atlanta Fantasy Fair (Dunfey's Royal Coach, Atlanta, Georgia) — official guests included Stan Lee, Jim Starlin, Howard Chaykin, Jim Steranko
June: Houstoncon (Houston, Texas) — guests include Frankie Thomas, Kirk Alyn, Ron Goulart, Gil Kane, Jenette Kahn, Frank Brunner, Ray Harryhausen, Greg Jein, Kerry Gammill, Jim Newsome, and Paula Crist
July 2–5: Comic Art Convention I (Americana Hotel, New York City)
July 8–9: Comic Art Convention II (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
July 14–16: Chicago Comicon (Pick-Congress Hotel, 520 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois) — 3rd annual convention under that name
July 26–30: San Diego Comic-Con (El Cortez Hotel, San Diego, California) — show reaches attendance mark of 5,000 for the first time. Official guests: John Buscema, Howard Chaykin, Shary Flenniken, Alan Dean Foster, Gardner Fox, Steve Gerber, Burne Hogarth, Greg Jein, Bob Kane, Gray Morrow, Clarence "Ducky" Nash, Grim Natwick, Wendy Pini, Frank Thorne, Boris Vallejo
September: OrlandoCon (Orlando, Florida) — guests include Will Eisner, Bob Clampett, Les Turner, Ralph Dunagin, C. C. Beck, Edmund Good, Bill Black, Morris Weiss, Ralph Kent, Bill Crooks, and Zack Mosley
November 13–15: OAF SF & Nostalgia Show 1978 (Tradewinds Show, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
November 17–19: Delaware Valley Comicart Consortium Convention Honoring Women in Comics (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
November 24–26: Creation '78 (Statler Hilton, New York City) — guests include  John Byrne, Howard Chaykin, Jim Steranko, Herb Trimpe, Gray Morrow, Bob Larkin, John Romita, Sr., John Romita, Jr., Gene Colan, Rudy Nebres, and Tom Yeates
December 1–3: Wintercon '78 (Tradewinds Hotel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
December 29: Albany Comic Con (Albany, New York)
Presented in 1979 for comics published in 1978:
First issues by title
Army at War
Release: November. Editor: Paul Levitz. (Immediately cancelled as a victim of the DC Implosion.)
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.
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.
Release: April. Writer/Artist: Jack Kirby.
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.
Release: June by Warren Publishing. Editor: Bill DuBay.
Release: by Last Gasp. Editor: Jay Kinney.
magazine À Suivre
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.
, with issue #74 (September/October) All Star Comics
, with issue #63 (August/September) Aquaman
Army at War, with issue #1 (November )
, with issue #20 (November ) — folded into the newly reformatted DC Batman Family Dollar Comic Detective Comics
Battle Classics, with issue #1 (September/October)
, with issue #11 (September/October) Black Lightning
, with issue #87 (June/July) Challengers of the Unknown
, with issue #12 (August/September) Claw the Unconquered
, with issue #18 (January /February ) DC Super Stars
, with issue #5 (September/October) — folded into the DC Doorway to Nightmare Dollar Comic The Unexpected
Dynamic Classics, with issue #1 (September/October)
, with issue #5 (October/November) Firestorm, the Nuclear Man
, with issue #15 (July/August) Freedom Fighters
, with issue #154 (October/November) House of Secrets
, with issue #59 (September/October) Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth
, with issue #15 (July/August) Karate Kid
, with issue #56 (February /March ) Metal Men
, with issue #25 (August ) Mister Miracle
, with issue #181 (September/October) Our Fighting Forces
, with issue #19 (July/August) — the numbering had continued from the Return of The New Gods 1971 series, which itself had been cancelled in New Gods 1972.
, with issue #15 (June/July) Secret Society of Super Villains
, with issue #14 (October/November) — revived a year later, however, with issue #15; the title continues until issue #46 in March Secrets of Haunted House 1982.
, with issue #9 (August/September) Shade, the Changing Man
, with issue #35 (May/June) — folded into the DC Shazam! Dollar Comic World's Finest
, with issue #104 (September ) — the numbering had continued from the first volume of Showcase Showcase, which itself had been cancelled in 1970.
Star Hunters, with issue #7 (October/November)
, with issue #5 (October/November) Steel: The Indestructible Man
, with issue #15 (March/April) — the basic concept is reborn a few months later with the July debut of Super-Team Family DC Comics Presents 
, with issue #53 (February ) Teen Titans
, with issue #10 (March/April) Welcome Back, Kotter
, with issue #85 (October ) — folded into the DC The Witching Hour Dollar Comic The Unexpected
, with issue #147 ( Bullet D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd, December ) — merged with Warlord
, with issue #58 (April, Charlton) Ghostly Haunts
, with issue #79 (IPC, April 15) — merged with Krazy Whizzer and Chips
, with issue #65 (Charlton, May) — the title picks up again with issue #66 in May The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves 1981
, with issue #22 ( Starlord IPC Media, October 7)
Initial appearances by character name
, in Air Wave (Harold Jordan) #48 (January) Green Lantern
, in Cinnamon #48 (September /October ) Weird Western Tales
, in Commander Steel #1 Steel, the Indestructible Man
, Count Vertigo #251 World's Finest Comics
, in Doctor Mist #12 Super Friends
, in The Elementals #14 (October) Super Friends
, in Fadeaway Man #479 Detective Comics
, in Firestorm #1 Firestorm, the Nuclear Man
, in Killer Frost #3 Firestorm, the Nuclear Man
, in Madame Xanadu #1 (February) Doorway to Nightmare
, in Madame Zodiac #17 Batman Family
, in Multiplex #2 Firestorm, the Nuclear Man
, in Ultraa #153 Justice League of America
, in Arcade #65 (January) Marvel Team-Up
, in Big Wheel #182 The Amazing Spider-Man
, in Bethany Cabe #117 Iron Man
, in Carrion #25 Spectacular Spider-Man
, in Devil Dinosaur #1 (April) Devil Dinosaur
(later Guardian), in Vindicator #109 Uncanny X-Men
, in Hoder #274 Thor
, in Hypno-Hustler #24 Spectacular Spider-Man
, in Kiber the Cruel #11 (September) Black Panther
, in Moon-Boy #1 (April) Devil Dinosaur
, in Moonstone #228 The Incredible Hulk
, in Mystique #16 Ms. Marvel
, Ben Urich #153 Daredevil
, in Virako #7 Thor Annual
, in Wendell Vaughn (Marvel Man) #217 (January) Captain America
^ 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.
^ at the Grand Comics Database DC Special Series #15
^ at the Grand Comics Database DC Special Series #16
^ Shenker, Israel. "Comic-Book Fans Gather for 'Creation '79': The Hand Is the Ticket," New York Times (25 November 1978), p. 26.
^ a b c Letters page, #119 (March 1979). Uncanny X-Men
^ Bolton profile, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.
^ Johnson, Dan (August 2013). "We Are (Super-Team) Family". . Back Issue! TwoMorrows Publishing (66): 8–14.