1970 in comics

This is a list of comics-related events in 1970.

Notable events of 1970 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

Events and publicationsEdit

JanuaryEdit

First appearance of the Losers
First appearance of Zodiac, as well as team members Aquarius, Aries, Cancer, Capricorn, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Pisces, Sagittarius, Taurus, and Virgo

FebruaryEdit

MarchEdit

First appearance of Mal Duncan, DC Comics' first black superhero.

AprilEdit

MayEdit

  • The British underground magazine Oz releases a special issue, Schoolkids Oz, made by high school pupils. The issue features a pornographic parody of the children's comic Rupert Bear made by a 16-year old pupil named Vivian Berger. The issue and particularly this specific comic will lead to a highly mediatized trial, accusing the publishers of Oz of obscenity.[23]

JuneEdit

First appearance of the Man-Bat.[26]

SummerEdit

JulyEdit

AugustEdit

SeptemberEdit

OctoberEdit

NovemberEdit

First appearance of Darkseid

DecemberEdit

BirthsEdit

DeathsEdit

JanuaryEdit

  • January 16: Dave Breger, American comics artist (Private Breger, aka G.I. Joe), dies at age 69.[38]
  • January 17: Norman E. Jennett, American illustrator and comics artist (The Monkey Shines of Marseleen), dies at age 92.[39]
  • Specific date unknown: Munson Paddock, aka Pad, American comics artist (Mr. Bluff, The Wisdom of Wiseheimer, Little Miss Thoughtful, Naughty Ned, Angelic Angelina, worked for DC Comics, Harvey Comics, Fawcett Comics), dies at age 86.[40]

FebruaryEdit

MarchEdit

  • March: Lloyd Jacquet, American comics publisher (Funnies, Inc.), dies at age 71.
  • 18 March: Jacobus Grosman, Dutch comics artist (Gijsje Goochem), passes away at age 62.[45]

AprilEdit

MayEdit

  • May 3: Ken Kling, American comics artist (Hank and Pete, Buzz and Snooze, Katinka, Those Folks, Joe & Asbestos, Windy Riley, assisted on Mutt and Jeff), dies at age 74.[47]
  • May 19: Martin Branner, American comics artist (Winnie Winkle, Perry and the Rinkey-Dinks), dies at age 81.[48]
  • May 21: R.B. Clark, Australian comics artist (Boofhead), passes away at age 59 or 60.[49]
  • May 30: Heinz Ludwig, German comics artist (Mecki), dies at age 63.[50]

JuneEdit

  • June 5: Jay Irving, American comics artist (Pottsy), dies at age 69 from a heart attack.[51]
  • June 6: Victor E. Pazmiño aka VEP, Ecuadorian-American comics artist (drew comics for Famous Funnies), dies at the age of 70.[52]
  • June 13: Hubuc, Belgian comics artist (Victor Sébastopol, Alertogas), dies from leukemia at the age of 42.[53]
  • June 15: José Sobral De Almada Negreiros, Portuguese comics artist (O Velho, o Rapaz e o Burro, Os Dois Irmãos Muito Unidos, O Sonho do Pechalin), dies at age 67.[54]

JulyEdit

  • July 9: Elov Persson, Swedish comics artist (Kronblom, Agust och Lotta), dies at age 75.[55]
  • July 11: George Wilson, American illustrator and comics artist (made comics for Fiction House, Centaur Comics and Ace Magazines), dies at age 67.[56]
  • July 24: James McIsaac, Canadian caricaturist, illustrator and comics artist (Contes Historiques, Catholic text comics), dies at age 81.[57]
  • Specific date unknown: Harry Kuwada, American cartoonist (Pete 'n' Zeke, Alec), dies at age 46.[58]

AugustEdit

SeptemberEdit

  • September 11: Pál Pusztai, Hungarian graphic artist and illustrator (Jucika, Iván és Joe), dies at age 51.[62]
  • September 17: Cyril Gwyn Price, Welsh comics artist (PC Penny, Martha, Tricky Dicky), passes away at age 65.[63]
  • September 25: Erich Maria Remarque, German novelist and comic writer (Der Contibuben[64]), dies at age 72. [65]

OctoberEdit

  • October 24: Job Denijs, Dutch designer, architect, advertising illustrator and comics artist (Pietjes Wonderbare Reizen), dies at age 77.[66]

NovemberEdit

DecemberEdit

  • December 7: Rube Goldberg, American comics artist and cartoonist (Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), Boob McNutt), passes away at age 87.[70]
  • December 9: Harrison Cady, American illustrator and comics artist (Peter Rabbit), dies at age 93.[71]
  • December 14: Malcolm Kildale, American illustrator and comics artist, passes away at age 57.[72]
  • December 30: Clifford David Vormelker, American comics writer (wrote the script for a 1937 comic strip adaptation of A Christmas Carol, illustrated by Alfred J. Buescher,[73] and the 1938 comic Dickens The Chimes - A New Year's Fantasy, illustrated by William Sherb), passes away at age 64.[74]

Specific date unknownEdit

  • Harry Anderson, American comics artist (made comics for Fawcett Comics, Hillman Periodicals, Ace Periodicals, Feature Comics, etc.), dies at age 68 or 69.[75]
  • R.B. Clark, Australian comics artist (Boofhead), dies at age 59 or 60.[28]
  • John Henry Crosman, American painter, illustrator and comics artist (comics of novels for King Features' Book-of-the-Month Club), dies at age 72 or 73.[76]
  • Helen Jacobs, British illustrator and comics artist, dies at age 89 or 90.[77]
  • Raquel Roque Gameiro, Portuguese illustrator and comics artist, dies at age 81.[78]
  • Julius Macon, German cartoonist, caricaturist and illustrator, dies at age 86 or 87.[79]
  • Dick Wood, American comics writer and short stories writer (wrote for The Claw, Crime Does Not Pay, Little Dynamite, Batman & Robin, Green Arrow, Tomahawk, Our Army At War, House of Mystery, Airboy, Spyman, Mandrake the Magician, The Phantom,...), dies at age 50 or 51.[80]

ExhibitionsEdit

ConventionsEdit

AwardsEdit

Goethe AwardsEdit

Published in a 1971 issue of Maggie Thompson's fanzine Newfangles for comics published in 1970.[88]

Shazam AwardsEdit

Presented in 1971 for comics published in 1970: (Award presentation: May 12, 1971, at the Statler Hilton Hotel's Terrace Ballroom.)

First issue by titleEdit

DC ComicsEdit

All-Star Western vol. 2

Release: September. Editor: Dick Giordano.

Marvel ComicsEdit

Amazing Adventures vol. 2

Release: August. Editor: Stan Lee.

Astonishing Tales

Release: August. Editor: Stan Lee.

Conan the Barbarian

Release: October. Writer: Roy Thomas. Artist: Barry Smith and Dan Adkins.

Fear

Release: November. Editor: Stan Lee.

Ka-Zar

Release: January. Editor: Stan Lee.

Outlaw Kid (second series)

Release: August. Editor: Stan Lee.

Where Monsters Dwell

Release: August. Editor: Stan Lee.

Western Gunfighters (second series)

Release: August. Editor: Stan Lee.

Independent titlesEdit

Hulk: The Manga

Release: by Weekly Bokura Magazine. Writer: Kazuo Koike. Artists: Yoshihiro Moritou and Kosei Saigou.

It Ain't Me, Babe

Release: July by Last Gasp. Editors: Trina Robbins and Barbara "Willy" Mendes.

Oriental Heroes

Release: by Jade Dynasty. Writer/Artist: Wong Yuk Long.

San Francisco Comic Book

Release: January by San Francisco Comic Book Company. Publisher: Gary Arlington

Slow Death Funnies

Release: April by Last Gasp. Editor/Publisher: Ron Turner

Spider-Man: The Manga

Release: by Monthly Shōnen Magazine. Writer/Artist: Ryoichi Ikegami.

Young Lust

Release: October by Company & Sons. Editors: Bill Griffith and Jay Kinney

Initial appearance by character nameEdit

DC ComicsEdit

Marvel ComicsEdit

Independent titlesEdit

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