Notable events of 1972 in comics. See also List of years in comics.


Year overallEdit


  • January 2: Il corriere dei piccoli, doubles in two magazines: Il corriere dei piccoli (The little ones’ courier), aimed to the children, and Il corriere dei ragazzi (The boys’ courier) aimed to the teen-agers.
  • January 6: on Pif Gadget, Concert en O mineur pour harpe et nitroglycérine, by Hugo Pratt, with Corto Maltese; it is the first of four tales set in the Celtic countries (Ireland, England, Belgium and Brittany).
  • Korak, Son of Tarzan (1964 series), with issue #45, cancelled by Gold Key Comics. (The title is acquired and continued by DC in June.)
  • Primaggio Mantovi's Sacarrolha debuts. [2]
  • Hound of the Moaning Hills' and Storm dancers by Carl Barks and Kay Wright', on Huey, Dewey and Louie Junior Woodchucks.












Specific date unknownEdit

  • Carlos Enrique Figueroa creates the comics character Tricolín. [17]



  • January 5: Bud Counihan, American comics artist (Betty Boop comics, Henry Hasenpfeffer, The Big Little Family, Little Napoleon), dies at age 84. [18]
  • January 28: Dino Buzzati, Italian novelist, author also, as writer and illustrator, of the graphic novel Poem strip, dies at age 65.


  • March 4: Charles Biro, American comics artist (Airboy, Steel Sterling, Daredevil Comics), dies at age 60.[19]
  • March 5: Frans Meijer, also published under the name Jaap van Loon, Ko Koster, F.M., Piet Pion and Henk, Dutch comics artist (created various one-shot comics and continued Fred en Minet), dies at age 71. [20]
  • March 17: Antonio Rubio, Cuban cartoonist and comics artist (El Monguito, El Marcianito, Angelitos, Angeles de la Guardia), passes away at age 51. [21]
  • March 31: Aleksandar Denkov, Bulgarian illustrator, animator and comics artist (Hrabriat Eskimos, Zagovor v Dvoreca, Ban Ianuka), dies at age 47. [22]


  • May 5: Frank Tashlin, aka Tish Tash, aka Frank Tash, American animator, cartoonist, illustrator, screenwriter, film director and comics artist (Van Boring), dies at age 59. [23]
  • May 23: Louis Salvérius, Belgian comics artist (Les Tuniques Bleues), unexpectedly dies from a heart attack at the age of 38.[24]
  • May 23: Nino Pagot, Italian comics artist and animator (Calimero), dies at the age of 64.
  • May 26: Robert Dansler, aka Bob Dan, Bobby, Erdé or Hoberdon (Jim Mystère, Bill Tornade, Jack Sport, Tarou, Maxime), French comics artist, dies at age 71. [25]
  • May 28: Rea Irvin, American illustrator, graphic artist and comics artist (The Smythes, designed the mascot of The New Yorker: Eustace Tilley), dies at age 90 from a stroke.[26]


  • June 17: Frank Ellis, American comics artist (Jane Arden), dies at age 74. [27]
  • June 20: Johanna Bernardina Midderigh-Bokhorst, Dutch illustrator and comics artist (made text comics for the magazine Zonneschijn), passes away at age 92. [28]
  • June 22: Johan Jacob Voskuil, aka Jo Voskuil, Dutch illustrator, painter and comics artist (Klit, de Schoonzoon), dies at age 75. [29]


  • July 8: John Henry Gordon Freeman, aka Don Freeman, British comics writer (Buck Ryan, Jane, Garth, Belinda Blue Eyes) and novelist, dies at age 69. [30]
  • July 28: Fanny Cory, American illustrator and comics artist (Sonnysayings, Little Miss Muffet), dies at age 94. [31]


  • August 9: Noël Bissot, Belgian comics artist (Le Baron, Youk et Yak, Le Picrate, Croquemitron, Juju), passes away at age 55. [32]



  • October 31: John L. Jukes, British comics artist (Ben and Bert the Kid Cops, Popgun Pete, continued Alfie the Air Tramp and George the Jolly Gee-Gee), dies at age 71. [36]


Specific date unknownEdit



Goethe AwardsEdit

Published in The Buyer's Guide to Comics Fandom (TBG) #38 (June 15, 1973) (for comics published in 1972). Ballots were printed in TBG, Comic Crusader, The Comic Reader, the Gazette Advertiser, The Menomonee Falls Gazette, and Rocket's Blast Comicollector. 1,011 fans cast their votes. Winners in each category are listed in boldface, along with other fan-selected nominees in order of finish.[55]

Shazam AwardsEdit

Presented in 1973 for comics published in 1972:

First issue by titleEdit

DC ComicsEdit

The Demon

Release: August /September Writer/Artist: Jack Kirby. Inker: Mike Royer.[57]

Kamandi, The Last Boy On Earth

Release: October /November Writer/Artist: Jack Kirby. Inker: Mike Royer.


Release: November. Editor: Dorothy Woolfolk.

Swamp Thing

Release: October /November Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Bernie Wrightson.

Weird Mystery Tales

Release: July/August Editor: E. Nelson Bridwell.

Weird Worlds

Release: September. Editor: Dennis O'Neil.

Marvel ComicsEdit

The Cat

Release: November. Writers: Roy Thomas and Linda Fite. Artists: Marie Severin and Wally Wood.

Chamber of Chills

Release: November Writer: Steve Englehart. Editor: Roy Thomas.

The Defenders

Release: August. Writer: Steve Englehart. Artists: Sal Buscema and Frank Giacoia.

Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze

Release: October. Writers: Roy Thomas (plot) and Steve Englehart (script). Artists: Ross Andru and Jim Mooney.

Hero for Hire

Release: June. Writers: Roy Thomas, John Romita, and Archie Goodwin. Artists: George Tuska and Billy Graham.

Journey into Mystery (vol. 2)

Release: October. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Jungle Action

Release: October. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Marvel Premiere

Release: April. Writer: Roy Thomas. Artists: Gil Kane and Dan Adkins.

Marvel Team-Up

Release: March. Writer: Roy Thomas. Artists: Ross Andru and Mike Esposito.

Marvel Triple Action

Release: February. Reprints early issues of The Avengers and Fantastic Four.

The Mighty World of Marvel

Release: October 7 (weekly) by Marvel UK.

Night Nurse

Release: November. Writer: Jean Thomas. Artist: Winslow Mortimer.

Shanna the She-Devil

Release: September. Writers: Carole Seuling and Steve Gerber. Artists: George Tuska and Vince Colletta.

Supernatural Thrillers

Release: December. Writers: Theodore Sturgeon (original story) and Roy Thomas (adaptation). Artists: Marie Severin and Frank Giacoia.

The Tomb of Dracula

Release: April. Writer: Gerry Conway. Artist: Gene Colan.

Werewolf by Night

Release: September. Writer: Gerry Conway. Artists: Mike Ploog and Frank Chiaramonte.

Other publishersEdit

Archie at Riverdale High

Release: August by Archie Comics.

Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary

Release: March by Last Gasp. Writer/Artist: Justin Green.

Captain Paragon

Release: by Paragon Publications. Writer/Artist: Bill Black.

Death Rattle

Release: June by Kitchen Sink Press.

Midnight Tales

Release: December by Charlton. Artist: Wayne Howard.

The People's Comics

Release: September by Golden Gate Publishing Company. Artist/Writer: Robert Crumb.

Mystery Comics Digest

Release: March by Gold Key Comics.

The Rip Off Review of Western Culture

Release: June by Rip Off Press. Editor: J. David Moriaty.

The Rose of Versailles (Berusaiyu no Bara)

Release: May 21 by Margaret magazine (Shueisha). Writer/artist: Riyoko Ikeda.

Tits & Clits Comix

Release: July by Nanny Goat Productions. Writers/Artists/Editors: Joyce Farmer & Lyn Chevli

Wimmen's Comix

Release: November by Last Gasp.

Initial appearance by character nameEdit

DC ComicsEdit

Marvel ComicsEdit

Independent publishersEdit


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