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Notable events of 1981 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

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Events and publicationsEdit

JanuaryEdit

FebruaryEdit

MarchEdit

MayEdit

JuneEdit

JulyEdit

AugustEdit

FallEdit

SeptemberEdit

OctoberEdit

NovemberEdit

DecemberEdit

DeathsEdit

FebruaryEdit

  • February 20: Enzo Magni, aka Ingam, Italian comics artist (Pantera Bionda), dies at age 76.[18]
  • February 22: Michael Maltese, American screenwriter and comics writer (Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera comics), dies at age 73 from cancer.[19]
  • February 25: Arne Ungerman, Danish painter and comics artist (Hanne Hansen), dies at age 78.[20]
  • February 29: Carlo Bisi, Italian comics artist (Sor Pampurio), passes away at age 91.[21]

MarchEdit

AprilEdit

MayEdit

JuneEdit

JulyEdit

  • July 17: Odd Harrong, Norwegian comedian, singer and comics artist (Bokholder Blidberg, Harrongs Komikk, Blidberg og Stribert, Kjakan, Jumbo, Samegutten Anti, Knokkelmannen, Den Usynlige Mannen), dies at age 68.[29]

SeptemberEdit

  • September 2: Andrija Maurović, Montenegrin-Croatian comics artist (Stari Macak, Dan, Old Tom-cat and Radoslav) passes away at age 80.[30]

OctoberEdit

  • October 12: Lawrence Lariar, American comics artist, writer, novelist, editor and cartoonist (Barry O'Neill, Best Cartoons of the Year series), dies at age 72.[31]
  • October 14: Jim Raymond, American comics artist (continued Blondie), dies at age 64.[32]

NovemberEdit

DecemberEdit

  • December 1: Russ Manning, American comics artist (Magnus, Robot Fighter), dies at age 52.[36]
  • Harry "A" Chesler, American comics entrepreneur (Chesler's Studio), dies at age 83.
  • George Swanson, American comics artist (Flop Family, Salesman Sam, High Pressure Pete, Officer 67/8, Elza Poppin' ), dies at age 93 or 94.[37]

Specific date unknownEdit

  • Ferdinand Bis, Croatian comics artist (comics for Mickey Strip), dies at age 70 or 71.[38]
  • Freddie Chaplain, British comics writer (Rupert Bear), dies at age 67 or 68.
  • Noel Cook, New Zealand-Australian comics artist (Roving Peter, Bobby and Betty, Kokey Koala), passes away at age 84 or 85.[39]
  • Ester Gill, Swedish comics artist (Lillans Morgongröt, Den Egenkära Gunilla, Sara), passes away at age 87 or 88.[40]
  • Sam Leff, American comics artist (continued Joe Jinks as Curly Kayoe), dies at age 64 or 65.[41]

Exhibitions and showsEdit

ConventionsEdit

AwardsEdit

Eagle AwardsEdit

Presented in 1982 for comics published in 1981:

First issues by titleEdit

DC ComicsEdit

Arak, Son of Thunder

Release: September Writer: Roy Thomas. Artists: Ernie Colón and Alfredo Alcala.

Marvel ComicsEdit

Dazzler

Release: March. Writer: Tom DeFalco. Artists: John Romita, Jr. and Alfredo Alcala.

Ka-Zar the Savage

Release: April. Writer: Bruce Jones. Artists: Brent Anderson and Carlos Garzon.

Other publishersEdit

Alien Encounters

Release: by FantaCo Enterprises. Editor: Catherine Yronwode.

Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers

Release: November by Pacific Comics. Writer/Artist: Jack Kirby.

Charlton Bullseye

Release: June by Charlton Comics. Editor: George Wildman.

Eclipse

Release: May by Eclipse Comics. Editors: Dean Mullaney and Jan Mullaney.

Hatsukoi Scandal

Release: in Shōnen Big Comic by Shogakukan. Author: Akira Oze.

Justice Machine

Release: June by Noble Comics. Writer/Artist: Michael Gustovich.

Love and Rockets

Release: Self-published by Los Bros Hernandez

Nexus

Release: January by Capital Comics. Writer: Mike Baron. Artist: Steve Rude.

Weirdo

Release: March by Last Gasp. Editor: Robert Crumb.

Initial appearances by character nameEdit

DC ComicsEdit

Marvel ComicsEdit

Other publishersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Executive Shifts at DC" Amazing Heroes #1 (June 1981) p. 25
  2. ^ "Harrison Retires from DC Presidency" Amazing Heroes #1 (June 1981) pp. 31-32
  3. ^ Manning, Matthew K. (2010). "1980s". In Dolan, Hannah (ed.). DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 192. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. Within a sixteen-page preview in Legion of Super-Heroes #272...was "Dial 'H' For Hero," a new feature that raised the bar on fan interaction in the creative process. The feature's story, written by Marv Wolfman, with art by Carmine Infantino, saw two high-school students find dials that turned them into super-heroes. Everything from the pair's civilian clothes to the heroes they became was created by fans writing in. This concept would continue in the feature's new regular spot within Adventure Comics.
  4. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/obituary-chang-chong-ren-1178701.html
  5. ^ http://www.bdoubliees.com/journalspirou/annees/1981.htm
  6. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 193: "The comic responsible for DC's name reached its 500th issue with the help of a variety of talented comic book icons...In a dimension-spanning story by writer Alan Brennert and fan-favorite artist Dick Giordano, Batman traveled to an alternate Earth to save the parents of a young Bruce Wayne...Writer of pulp icon the Shadow, Walter Gibson, spun a prose story of the Dark Knight, illustrated by Tom Yeates
  7. ^ The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, Ohio), June 15, 1981.
  8. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 194: "In an oversized treasury edition carrying a hefty $2.50 price tag, the Man of Steel paired for the second time with Marvel's iconic web-slinger...The issue came together thanks to the script of writer Jim Shooter, a bit of plotting assistance by Marv Wolfman, the pencils of longtime Marvel luminary John Buscema, and a veritable fleet of inkers."
  9. ^ "All-Star Squadron, DC's new World War II-era superhero series debuts in May in a 16-page preview insert in Justice League of America #193." as noted in "Thomas Revives WWII Superheroes" Catron, Michael Amazing Heroes #1 June 1981 pp. 28-29
  10. ^ "Arak, Son of Thunder, described as an 'Indian/Viking,' makes his debut in a preview insert in Warlord #48, on sale in May." as noted in "Thomas's Indian/Viking to Roam Medieval Europe" Catron, Michael Amazing Heroes #1 June 1981 pp. 29-30
  11. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 195 "Written by Len Wein and illustrated by José Luis García-López, the comic saw...Batman and the Hulk doing battle with both the Joker and Marvel's ultra-powerful Shaper of Worlds."
  12. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/gilchrist_guy.htm
  13. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/seele.htm
  14. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/bell_steve.htm
  15. ^ http://www.bdoubliees.com/journalspirou/annees/1981.htm
  16. ^ https://books.google.be/books?id=RgVlCwAAQBAJ&pg=PR6&lpg=PR6&dq=pacific+comics+1981&source=bl&ots=Uek68V1bNC&sig=D9D8abw-IWiNjMd25dBKXmd7MMA&hl=nl&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi6tdeTu8TeAhXFJlAKHc2jCs84ChDoATAEegQIBRAB#v=onepage&q=pacific%20comics%201981&f=false
  17. ^ https://books.google.be/books?id=_G6qDgAAQBAJ&pg=PA43&lpg=PA43&dq=pacific+comics+1981&source=bl&ots=EMRj_L4gCt&sig=abkVGbS9AA-whkSWmHGha9ZGPU0&hl=nl&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwil5tCCu8TeAhXSalAKHX2ZCLcQ6AEwEHoECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=pacific%20comics%201981&f=false
  18. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/i/ingam.htm
  19. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0540789/
  20. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/u/ungerman_arne.htm
  21. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/bisi-carlo.htm
  22. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/risto_vivie.htm
  23. ^ "Howard Purcell Dies" Amazing Heroes #3 (August 1981) p. 23
  24. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/purcell_howard.htm?lan=dutch
  25. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/f/formhals_henry.htm
  26. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/clark_george.htm
  27. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/doeve_eppo.htm
  28. ^ Schönfeld, Christiane (2006). Practicing Modernity: Female Creativity in the Weimar Republic. Konigshausen & Neumann. p. 174.
  29. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/harrong_odd.htm
  30. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/maurovic_a.htm
  31. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/lariar_lawrence.htm
  32. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/raymond_jim.htm
  33. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/w/wood_wallace.htm
  34. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/heimdahl_ralph.htm
  35. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/comics/wertham_fredric.htm
  36. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/manning_r.htm
  37. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/swanson_george.htm
  38. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/b/bis_ferdinand.htm
  39. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/c/cook_noel.htm
  40. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/gill_ester.htm
  41. ^ https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/leff_sam.htm
  42. ^ Mastrangelo, Joseph P. "Browsing for Comic Books," Washington Post (June 29, 1981).
  43. ^ Hamerlinck, P.C., "I'll Never Forget C. C. Beck: C. C. Beck, Captain Marvel's Chief Artist," Fawcett Companion: The Best of FCA, Fawcett Collectors of America (TwoMorrows Publishing, 2001), p. 137.
  44. ^ wordsandpictures.org. "Bill Sienkiewicz-Awards, Exhibits".
  45. ^ Austin profile, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.