1976 in comics

Notable events of 1976 in comics. See also List of years in comics. This is a list of comics-related events in 1976.


Year overallEdit







  • July 29: The first episode of Phil Collins' Leonardo is published.[6]
  • July 31: Lank Leonard's Mickey Finn comes to a close after 40 years of syndication.[7]









  • February 27: Lieuwe Brolsma, Dutch novelist and comics writer (scripted Kopkewoartel, drawn by Nico Oeloff [18]), dies at age 63.
  • February: Willy Murphy, American comics artist (Flamed-Out Funnies), dies of pneumonia at around age 38.[19]



  • April 1: Max Ernst, German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, poet and comics artist (Une Semaine de Bonté), dies at age 84.
  • April 9: Emilio Boix, Spanish comics artist, passes away at age 67. [22]


  • May: Cecil Jensen, American cartoonist and comics artist (Little Debbie), passes away at age 74.[23]


  • June 5: Henk Backer, Dutch comics artist (Yoebje en Achmed, Tripje en Liezebertha), passes away at age 77.[24]
  • June 19: Mike Arens, American animator and comics artist (Disney comics, continued Scamp), dies at age 60.[25]
  • June 21: Albert Dubout, French illustrator, caricaturist, sculptor, cartoonist and comics artist, passes away at age 71.[26]
  • June 25: Mike Hubbard, Irish-British comics artist (Jane Bond, Secret Agent, continued Jane), dies at age 74.[27]



  • September 6: Hans Ducro, Dutch comics artist (created the spin-off comic Sjors en de Verschrikkelijke Sneeuwman), passes away at age 52.[29]


  • November 6: Guus Hens, Dutch painter, illustrator and comics artist (Jim en Sim, Professor Bertini), dies at age 68. [30]


  • December 5: Tack Knight, American animator and comics artist (My Big Brudder, Baby Sister, Li'l Folks), dies at age 81.[31]
  • December 6: Pierre Donga, aka Pierre Duffourc, French comics artist and illustrator, dies at age 68. [32]
  • December 27: André Daix, French animator and comics artist (Professeur Nimbus), dies at age 75.[33]

Specific date unknownEdit

  • Gérard Dorville, French comics artist (Alfred, Auguste et Popaul), passes away at age 42 or 43.[34]
  • Clyde Lewis, American comics artist (Hold Everything, Herky, Snickeroos (Pvt. Buck)), passes away at age 65/75 or 66/76.[35]
  • Jack Monk, British comics artist (Buck Ryan), passes away at age 71 or 72.[36]
  • Frank Roberge, American comics artist (Noodnik, Mr. Fitz's Flats), may have died in this year. If so he would have been 59 or 60 years old.[37]
  • Tom Schroeder, American comics artist (Adam and Steve), dies at age 90 or 91. [38]
  • George Storm, American comics artist (Bobby Thatcher), dies at age 82 or 83.[39]
  • Ed Verdier, American comics artist (Little Annie Rooney), dies at age 88 or 89.[40]



Eagle AwardsEdit

Two British comics fans, Mike Conroy and Richard Burton, create the Eagle Awards, named after the long-running Brish comic title Eagle. The first set of awards are presented in 1977 at Comicon '77 for comics published in 1976:

First issues by titleEdit

DC ComicsEdit


Release: January/February. Writer: Robert Kanigher. Artist: Ric Estrada.[49]

DC Super Stars: mostly reprint title.

Release: March. Editor: E. Nelson Bridwell.

Four Star Spectacular: reprint title.

Release: March/April. Editor: E. Nelson Bridwell.

Freedom Fighters

Release: March/April. Writers: Gerry Conway and Martin Pasko. Artists: Ric Estrada and Mike Royer.


Release: October /November Writer: Denny O'Neil. Artists: Ric Estrada and Wally Wood.

Karate Kid

Release: March/April. Writers: Paul Levitz. Artists: Ric Estrada and Joe Staton.[50]


Release: February/March. Writers: Jack Kirby, Steve Sherman, and Martin Pasko. Artists: Jack Kirby and Pablo Marcos.


Release: August/September. Writers: Bob Kanigher. Artists: Joe Kubert and the Redondo Studio.[51]

Secret Society of Super Villains

Release: May/June. Writers: Gerry Conway. Artists: Pablo Marcos and Bob Smith.[52]


Release: August. Writer: David Michelinie. Artist: Mike Vosburg.

Super Friends

Release: November. Writer: E. Nelson Bridwell. Artists: Ric Estrada,[53] Joe Orlando, and Vince Colletta.

The Warlord

Release: January/February. Writer/Artist: Mike Grell.[54]

Welcome Back, Kotter

Release: November. Writer: Elliot Maggin. Artists: Jack Sparling and Bob Oksner.[55]

Marvel ComicsEdit

2001: A Space Odyssey

Release: December. Writer: Jack Kirby. Artists: Jack Kirby and Mike Royer.

Captain Britain Weekly

Release: October 13 by Marvel UK. Editor: Larry Lieber.


Release: July. Writer: Jack Kirby. Artists: Jack Kirby and John Verpoorten.[56]

Haunt of Horror

Release: May by Curtis Magazines. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Howard the Duck

Release: January. Writer: Steve Gerber. Artists: Frank Brunner and Steve Leialoha.[57]

Marvel Classics Comics

Release: Jan. Editor: Vincent Fago.


Release: September. Writers: Marv Wolfman. Artists: John Buscema and Joe Sinnott.[58]

Omega the Unknown

Release: March. Writers: Mary Skrenes and Steve Gerber. Artist: Jim Mooney.[59]

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man

Release: December. Writer: Gerry Conway. Artists: Sal Buscema, Mike Esposito, and Dave Hunt.[60]

Other publishersEdit


Release: February 14 by IPC Magazines. Editor: Pat Mills.


Release: June. Editor: Edizioni Altamira (Sergio Bonelli)

American Splendor

Release: by Harvey Pekar. Writer: Harvey Pekar.


Release: February by D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd.
Cole Black Comix
Release by Rocky Hartberg Productions Writer and Artist: Rocky Hartberg


Release: July by Hakusensha

Nick Carter

Release: March.by Edizioni Cenisio (Italy).


Release: Big Balloon (Dutch). Artist: Don Lawrence.

Super Almanacco Paperino

Release: December by Mondadori. Reprint of classic Donald Duck’s stories.

Twisted Sisters

Release: June by Last Gasp. Writers/Artists: Aline Kominsky & Diane Noomin.

Canceled titlesEdit

Charlton ComicsEdit

DC ComicsEdit

Gold Key ComicsEdit

Harvey ComicsEdit

Marvel ComicsEdit

Other publishersEdit

Initial appearance by character nameEdit

DC ComicsEdit

Marvel ComicsEdit

Other publishersEdit


  1. ^ Bloodstar. (The Morning Star Press Ltd., 1976): "BLOODSTAR is a new, revolutionary concept — a graphic novel, which combines all the imagination and visual power of comic strip art with the richness of the traditional novel."
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  50. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 170: "Writer Paul Levitz and artist Ric Estrada kicked Karate Kid out of the Legion of Super-Heroes - and the Thirtieth century - so that he could headline his own series."
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  52. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 170: "Scribe Gerry Conway and artist Pablo Marcos assembled a group of DC's most wanted for an ongoing series.
  53. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 171: "Hanna-Barbera's animated Super Friends proved so successful that DC brought the concept full circle, adapting the show into a comic. Scribe E. Nelson Bridwell and artist Ric Estrada crafted the inaugural issue."
  54. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 169: "Writer/artist Mike Grell returned to Skartaris, the land of eternal light, and unveiled the first of the Warlord's exploits in his own series."
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  58. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 176: "Seeking to create a new teenage Marvel super hero in the tradition of Spider-Man, writer Marv Wolfman and artist John Buscema presented Richard Rider, alias Nova."
  59. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 175: "In March [1976], a new super hero series began called Omega the Unknown, created by writers Steve Gerber and Mary Skrenes and artist Jim Mooney. The title character was an alien humanoid, who rarely spoke and served as protector to an eerily precocious young boy."
  60. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 177: "Spider-Man already starred in two monthly series: The Amazing Spider-Man and Marvel Team-Up. Now Marvel added a third, Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man, initially written by Gerry Conway with art by Sal Buscema and Mike Esposito."
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