Notable events of 1975 in comics. See also List of years in comics.
This is a list of comics-related events in 1975.
- 1 Events and publications
- 2 Deaths
- 3 Conventions
- 4 First issues by title
- 5 Canceled titles
- 6 Initial appearance by character name
- 7 References
Events and publications
- Following up their various Giant-Size series from 1974, Marvel publishes a number of one-shot Giant-Size annuals featuring reprints of "classic" Captain America, Captain Marvel, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Hulk, Invaders, Iron Man, Power Man, and Thor stories. In addition, the company publishes three Giant-Size issues (January, April, and July cover dates) of Kid Colt, and two Giant-Size issues (May and June cover dates) of the reprint title Marvel Triple Action. On the other hand, the company cancels 10 Giant-Size titles, including Giant-Size Avengers, Giant-Size Conan, Giant-Size Defenders, Giant-Size Fantastic Four, Giant-Size Man-Thing, Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu, Giant-Size Spider-Man, Giant-Size Super-Villain Team-Up, Giant-Size Werewolf, and Giant-Size X-Men.
- The horror/suspense comic resurgence ends, as publishers cancel titles in droves. Marvel and its black-and-white magazines are particularly hard hit, canceling Adventure Into Fear, Dead of Night, Dracula Lives!, Giant-Size Chillers, Giant-Size Werewolf, Haunt of Horror, both Man-Thing titles, Masters of Terror, Monsters Unleashed, Supernatural Thrillers, Tales of the Zombie, Vampire Tales, and Where Monsters Dwell. DC Comics cancels Black Magic, Secrets of Haunted House, Tales of Ghost Castle, and Weird Mystery Tales. Gold Key Comics cancels Mystery Comics Digest, and Archie Comics even cancels their title Red Circle Sorcery.
- Newspaper strip Cecil C. Addle by Ray Collins begins publication
- DC Comics raises the price of its typical comic book from 20 cents to 25 cents, keeping the page-count at 36.
- DC Special (1968 series) is revived with issue #16; the title had ceased publishing in 1971. (DC Comics)
- Adventure Comics #438: A "Seven Soldiers of Victory" script by Joseph Samachson written in the 1940s was serialized as a backup feature in Adventure Comics beginning with issue #438 and running through #443, with each chapter illustrated by a different artist including Dick Dillin, Howard Chaykin, Lee Elias, Mike Grell, Ernie Chan, and José Luis García-López.
- April 1: The first issue of the French satirical comics magazine Fluide Glacial is published.
- April 1: The first episode of Moebius' Arzach is prepublished in Métal Hurlant.
- Detective Comics, with issue #446, resumes a monthly schedule, after going bi-monthly in June/July 1973. (DC Comics)
First appearance of the new X-Men Colossus, Storm, Nightcrawler, and Thunderbird
- Canadian publisher Comely Comix, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, debuts with Captain Canuck #1.
- The Buyer's Guide to Comics Fandom switches to weekly publication.
- Uncanny X-Men #94 — first issue of title featuring the new X-Men. Written by Chris Claremont; he will write the title continuously for the next 17 years.
- Atlas/Seaboard Comics folds, after parts of two years in business, having published 23 comics titles and five comics magazines.
- September 12: Patty Klein and Jan Steeman's Noortje makes its debut in the Dutch girls' magazine Tina. It will run for 41 years, becoming the longest-running Dutch comic strip by the same creative team.
- The first issue of the Dutch alternative comics magazine De Vrije Balloen is published.
- October 3: The final issues Dutch comics magazines Sjors and Pep are published and both are merged into a new magazine which is first published on this date: Eppo. In 1985 it changes its name to Eppo Wordt Vervolgd, to tie in with the popular TV show Wordt Vervolgd about comics and cartoons.
- October 13 The first issue of the German children's comics magazine Yps is published and will run until 10 October 2000. It will be relaunched on 11 October 2012 as an adult magazine.
- October 24: The Nero story De Groene Gravin by Marc Sleen begins publication in the newspapers and introduces Clo-Clo, the moustached son of Madam Pheip and Meneer Pheip.
- Marvel debuts three new ongoing titles, The Champions, The Inhumans, and Marvel Presents. Simultaneously, it cancels six ongoing titles: Giant-Size Fantastic Four, Man-Thing, Outlaw Kid (vol. 2), Supernatural Thrillers, War is Hell, and Where Monsters Dwell.
- Skartaris introduced in 1st Issue Special #8. (DC Comics)
- Korak, Son of Tarzan, with issue #60, changes its name to Tarzan Family. (DC Comics)
- Secrets of Haunted House, with issue #5 (December 1975/January 1976 cover date), goes on hiatus (DC Comics).
Specific date unknown
- January 4: Bob Montana, American comics artist (Archie Comics), dies at age 54 of a heart attack.
- January 19: Marino Benejam Ferrer, Spanish comics artist (La Familia Ulises, Morcillón y Babalí, Los Grandes Inventos de TBO), passes away at age 84.
- February 9: Blanche Dumoulin, aka Davine, Belgian comics artist and writer (Spirou, Les Aventures de Zizette), passes away from cancer at age 80.
- February 20: Artie Simek, American comics letterer (Marvel Comics), dies at age 59.
- February 28: Robert Lips, Swiss comics artist (Globi), passes away at age 62.
- March 2: Salvador Mestres, Spanish animator and comics artist (Tom Relámpango, El Tresoro Maldito, Mae Blond la Mujer Fantasma, El Héroe Público No. 1 contra el Enemigo Público No. 1, Gong!, Guerra en la Estratosfera), dies at age 64 or 65.
- April 3: Otto Soglow, American comics artist (The Little King), dies at age 74.
- April 19: Jim Navoni, American comics artist (continued Have You Seen Alonso?), dies at age 87.
- May 1: José Peñarroya, Spanish comics artist (Don Pío, Calixto, Gordito Relleno, Don Berrinche, Pedrusco Brutote, La Familia Pi, Floripondia Piripi, Viborita, Pepe, el Hincha, Don José Calmoso, Pitagorín), dies at age 64 or 65.
- May 8: George Baker, American comics artist (The Sad Sack), dies at age 59.
- June 3: Victor Dancette, French playwright and comics writer (La Bête est Morte), passes away at age 74.
- July 11: Crockett Johnson, American comics artist (Barnaby) and illustrator (Harold and the Purple Crayon), dies at age 68.
- July 18: Vaughn Bodé, American comics artist (Cheech Wizard, Cobalt 60), dies of autoerotic asphyxiation at age 33.
- August 5: Bob Karp, American comics writer (The Donald Duck newspaper comic), dies at age 64.
- August 17: René Bastard, French comics artist (Yves Le Loup), dies at age 74.
- September 15: Carlos Conti, Spanish comics writer (Felipe Gafe, Superlópez), and artist (El Loco Carioco, Apolino Tarúguez, hombre de negocios, Mi tío Magdaleno, La vida adormilada de Morfeo Pérez, Don Fisgón, Don Alirón, El doctor No y su ayudante Sí), dies at age 59.
- October 2: Ton van Tast, Dutch illustrator, caricaturist, painter, lithographer and comics artist (De Daverende Dingen Dezer Dagen), dies at age 91.
- October 26: Asmo Alho, Finnish comics artist (Kieku ja Kaiku), dies at age 72. 
- November 1: Mel Graff, American comics artist (The Adventures of Patsy, assisted on Secret Agent X-9, continued Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy), dies at age 67 or 68.
- November 5: Sigurd Lybeck, Norwegian writer and comics writer (Jens von Bustenskjold), dies at age 80.
- December 13: John Millar Watt, British comics artist (Pop), dies at age 80.
- December 14: Ben Thompson, American comics artist (Listen to This One, The Masked Marvel, Hydroman, Rainbow Boy, The Music Master), passes away at age 69.
- December 24: Harold Mack, British animator and comics artist (Les Aventures des Deux Barbus), passes away at the age 67.
Specific date unknown
- Ray Bailey, American comics artist (Vesta West, Bruce Gentry, Space Cadet Tom Corbett), dies at age 61 or 62.
- Arturo Lanteri, Argentine comics artist and film director (Les Aventuras de Negro Raúl, Don Pancho Talero, Anacleto), passes away at age 93 or 94.
- Cosmicon IV (York University Winters College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) — final iteration of this multi-genre convention; official guests include Bernie Wrightson, Howard Chaykin, Joe Staton, Tom Sutton, Ralph Reese, Jeff Jones, Johnny Craig, Vincent Marchesano, Scott Edelman, and Marv Wolfman
- Multicon '75 (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) — produced by OAK (Oklahoma Alliance of Fans); guests include George Takei, George Pal, Spanky McFarland, Bret Morrison, Jim Bannon, Al Williamson, and Steve Barrington
- Ohiocon '75 (Youngstown, Ohio) — program booklet, edited by Joe Zabel, includes a history of the Youngstown Comic Art Association
- Pittcon '75 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
- January: Cincinnati Comic Convention (Netherland Hilton, Cincinnati, Ohio) — 1st annual show, produced by comics retailer the Yellow Kid Comics Shoppe
- March: Mid-America Comic Convention (Holiday Inn, Cincinnati, Ohio) — sponsored by Northern Kentucky’s only comic book shop, the Northern Kentucky Bookstore
- March 22–24: Mighty Marvel Comicon (Hotel Commodore, New York) — 1st annual show, produced by Marvel Comics
- Summer: Nostalgia '75, 4th Annual Chicago Comic and Nostalgia Convention (Chicago, Illinois) — produced by Nancy Warner
- June 25–29: Houstoncon '75 (Royal Coach Inn, Houston, Texas) — merged with the Houston Star Trek convention; guests include C. C. Beck, George Takei, Jock Mahoney, John Wooley, and Don "Red" Barry (Beck and Barry serve as judges for the costume contest)
- July 3–7: Comic Art Convention (Hotel Commodore, New York City)
- July 30–August 3: San Diego Comic-Con (El Cortez Hotel, San Diego, California) — 1,100 attendees; official guests: Robert Bloch, Will Eisner, Mark Evanier, Gil Kane, Jack Katz, Stan Lee, Dick Moores, Chuck Norris, Don Rico, Jerry Siegel, Jim Starlin, Jim Steranko, and Theodore Sturgeon
- August: Cleveland Comic Con (Sheraton Hotel, Cleveland, Ohio) — produced by Vladimir Swyrinsky; guests include Tony Isabella
- August 1–3: Toronto Triple Fan Fair a.k.a. "Fan Fair 3" (King Edward Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) — Guests of Honour: Lester del Rey and Cy Chauvin; 600 attendees
- August 2–3: Comicon '75 (British Comic Art Convention) (Regent Centre Hotel, London, England) — organized by Rob Barrow; guests include Frank Hampson and Paul Neary
- August 22–24: Atlanta Comics & Fantasy Fair (Ramada Inn, Atlanta, Georgia) — first iteration of this event; official guests include Stan Lee, Kenneth Smith, and collector Mike Curtis
- September: OrlandoCon '75 (Orlando, Florida) — guests include Harvey Kurtzman, Burne Hogarth, Roy Crane, and Hal Foster
- November 7–9: Famous Monsters Convention (Commodore Hotel, New York City) — guests include James Warren, Forrest J Ackerman, Peter Cushing, Verne Langdon, Ingrid Pitt, and Barbara Leigh
- December 18–21: MiamiCon I (Americana Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida) — 3,000 attendees; guests include Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, C. C. Beck, James Doohan; admission price: $3.50
First issues by title
- Release: October /November Writer: Gerry Conway. Artists: José Luis García-López and Wally Wood.
The Joker: arguably the first regular series to feature a villain.
- Release: April /May. Editor: Joe Orlando.
- Release: September /October Writers: Denny O'Neil (adaptation) and Arthur Conan Doyle (original story). Artists: E.R. Cruz.
- Release: May/June Editor: Tex Blaisdell.
- Release: February.
Marvel Feature vol. 2
- Release: November. Editor: Roy Thomas.
- Artist/Writer: Jean Giraud.
- The Demon Hunter
- Release: September by Atlas/Seaboard Comics. Writer: David Anthony Kraft Artist: Rich Buckler
- Black Magic, with issue #9 (April /May)
- Justice, Inc., with issue #4 (November /December )
- Rima, the Jungle Girl, with issue #7 (April /May)
- The Sandman, with issue #6 (December 1975/January 1976)
- Sherlock Holmes, with issue #1 (September )
- Stalker, with issue #4 (December 1975/January 1976)
- Tales of Ghost Castle, with issue #3 (September /October ).
- Young Romance, with issue #208 (November /December ) — generally considered the first romance comic
- Weird Mystery Tales, with issue #24 (November )
- Adventure into Fear, with issue #31 (December )
- Dead of Night, with issue #11 (August )
- The Frankenstein Monster, with issue #18 (September )
- Giant-Size Avengers, with issue #5 (December )
- Giant-Size Chillers, with issue #3 (August )
- Giant-Size Conan, with issue #5 (Fall)
- Giant-Size Defenders, with issue #5 (July)
- Giant-Size Fantastic Four, with issue #6 (October)
- Giant-Size Man-Thing, with issue #5 (August )
- Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu, with issue #4 (June)
- Giant-Size Spider-Man, with issue #6 (Fall)
- Giant-Size Super-Villain Team-Up, with issue #2 (June)
- Giant-Size Werewolf, with issue #5 (July)
- Giant-Size X-Men, with issue #2 (Fall) — reprinted "classic" Roy Thomas/Neal Adams X-Men stories
- Man-Thing, with issue #22 (October )
- Outlaw Kid (vol. 2), with issue #30 (October )
- Supernatural Thrillers, with issue #15 (October )
- Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction, with issue #6 (November )
- War is Hell, with issue #15 (October )
- Western Gunfighters (1970 series), with issue #33 (November )
- Where Monsters Dwell, with issue #38 (October )
- Dracula Lives!, with issue #13 (July)
- Haunt of Horror, with issue #5 (January )
- Kull and the Barbarians, with issue #3 (September )
- Masters of Terror, with issue #2 (September )
- Monsters Unleashed, with issue #11 (April )
- Savage Tales, with issue #11 (July)
- Tales of the Zombie, with issue #10 (March )
- Vampire Tales, with issue #11 (June)
- E-Man vol. 1, with issue #10 (Charlton, September )
- Mystery Comics Digest, with issue #26 (Gold Key, October )
- Red Circle Sorcery, with issue #11 (Red Circle Comics/Archie Comics, February )
Initial appearance by character name
- Atlas, in 1st Issue Special #01 (April)
- Bronze Tiger, in Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter #01 (April /May)
- Claw the Unconquered, in Claw the Unconquered #01 (June)
- Deimos, in 1st Issue Special #08 (November)
- Dingbats of Danger Street, in 1st Issue Special #06 (September)
- Esper Lass, in Superboy Starring the Legion of Super-Heroes #212 (October)
- Richard Dragon, in Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter #01 (April /May)
- Golden Eagle, in Justice League of America #116 (March)
- Green Team: Boy Millionaires, in 1st Issue Special #02 (May)
- Kong the Untamed, in Kong the Untamed #01 (June/July)
- Lady Cop, in 1st Issue Special #04 (July)
- Lady Shiva, in Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter #05 (December)
- Lucien, in Weird Mystery Tales #18 (May)
- Mark Shaw, in 1st Issue Special #05 (August)
- Sterling Silversmith, in Detective Comics #446 (April)
- Warlord, in 1st Issue Special #08 (November)
- Vance Astrovik, in Giant-Size Defenders #5 (July)
- Janice Foswell, in Marvel Team-Up #39 (November)
- Gloria Grant, in The Amazing Spider-Man #140 (January)
- Harold H. Harold, in Tomb of Dracula #37 (October)
- Korvac, in Giant-Size Defenders #3 (January)
- Stephen Lang, in X-Men #96 (December)
- Moira MacTaggert, in X-Men #96 (December)
- Jamie Madrox, in Giant-Size Fantastic Four #4 (February)
- Master Man, in Giant-Size Invaders #1
- Moon Knight, in Werewolf by Night #32 (August)
- Moses Magnum, in Giant-Size Spider-Man #4 (April)
- Nova, in Fantastic Four #164 (November)
- Illyana Nikolievna Rasputin, in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May)
- Razor Fist (William Young), in Master of Kung Fu #29 (June)
- Ben Reilly, in The Amazing Spider-Man #149 (October)
- Shroud, in Super-Villain Team-Up #5 (April)
- Straw Man, in Dead of Night #11 (August)
- U-Man, in Invaders #3 (November)
- White Tiger, in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #19 (December)
- new X-Men, in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May)
- McAvennie, Michael (2010). "1970s". In Dolan, Hannah (ed.). DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 162. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9.
An unpublished Seven Soldiers of Victory story finally saw print as a backup feature in Adventure Comics #438 - three decades after it was written. Noted scientist and author Joseph Samachson had penned his last Soldiers story in 1945, when the super hero team were a regular feature in Leading Comics.
- Cronin, Brian (February 18, 2010). "Comic Book Legends Revealed #248". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 1, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
An unpublished script starring the Seven Soldiers of Victory was published within five issues of Adventure Comics…Thirty years after the Seven Soldiers of Victory feature was canceled!
- Abramowitz, Jack (May 2013). "Seven Soldiers of Victory: Lost in Time Again". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (64): 33–37.
- Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura (2008). "1970s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 169. ISBN 978-0756641238.
[Editor Roy] Thomas realized that if X-Men was to be successfully revived, it needed an exciting new concept. Thomas came up with just such an idea: the X-Men would become an international team, with members from other countries as well as the United States. Writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum were assigned to the new project and the result was Giant-Size X-Men #1.
- "Minicon VIII Set for Nov. 23," The Rice Thresher vol. 62, #9 (October 10, 1974), p. 2.
- Skinn, Dez. "Early days of UK comics conventions and marts," Archived 2012-02-01 at the Wayback Machine DezSkinn.com. Accessed Mar. 3, 2013.
- Ashton, Bill. "POW! Comic Book Buffs Swoop Into Town for a 3-Day Bash," Miami Herald (1979).
- McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 164: "DC launched Batman Family with its memorable debut of the Batgirl-Robin team. Scribe Elliot S! Maggin and artist Mike Grell unleashed 'The Invader From Hell'."
- McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 165: "Scribe Michael Uslan and artist Ricardo Villamonte introduced the broadsword-bashing hero of Anglo-Saxon myth in May's Beowulf: Dragon Slayer #1."
- McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 163: "David Michelinie's pen and Ernie Chan's pencils and inks provided the magic for this fantasy series that introduced Claw the Unconquered, a barbaric outlander with a deformed claw-like right hand."
- McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 162: "Debuting with Atlas the Great, writer and artist Jack Kirby didn't shrug at the chance to put his spin on the well-known hero."
- McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 165: "Hercules Unbound featured powerful writing from Gerry Conway plus stellar artwork by José Luis García-López."
- Nolen-Weathington, Eric (2005). Modern Masters, Volume 5: José Luis García-López. TwoMorrows Publishing. pp. 27–28. ISBN 978-1893905443.
- McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 163: "It may have been an unusual idea at the time, but writer Denny'Oneil and artist Irv Novick decided to feature a villain in his own comic book. The Joker only lasted nine issues."
- McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 163: "DC again translated pulp fiction into comics with a revival of the icy-eyed 1930s hero, the Avenger. Writer Denny O'Neil and artist Al McWilliams adapted the novel Justice, Inc. by "Kenneth Robeson" (a.k.a. writer Paul Ernst)."
- McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 164: "Writer Jack Oleck and artist Alfredo Alcala focused on a primitive, powerful theme with which to depict the prehistoric warrior Kong in his debut issue: a growing son's bond with his mother."
- McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 168: "Thanks to his appearances in Detective Comics and Batman, Man-Bat's popularity soared to the point where writer Gerry Conway and artist Steve Ditko launched the [character] into his own series."
- McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 163: "Richard Dragon, Kung-Fu Fighter was based on the 1974 novel Dragon's Fists by 'Jim Dennis' (the shared pseudonym of comic book writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Jim Berry)."
- McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 164: "This sword and sorcery title by scripter Paul Levitz and artist Steve Ditko epitomized the credo 'Be careful what you wish for'. The series anti-hero was a nameless wanderer whose dreams of becoming a warrior brought him first slavery, then worse."
- Johnson, Dan (August 2013). "We Are (Super-Team) Family". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (66): 8–14.
- McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 163: "In conjunction with DC's launch of fantasy/adventure titles, writer and artist Joe Kubert revived Tor, the caveman whose legend began in the early 1950s...Kubert's revival of Tor lasted six issues."
- Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 171: "Created by writer Tony Isabella and artist Don Heck, the Champions consisted of Angel, Iceman, Hercules, the Black Widow, and Ghost Rider."
- Carson, Lex (August 2013). "Bring Together the Bad Guys: Super-Villain Team-Up". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (66): 38–42.
- Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 168: "After two giant-size issues, Super-Villain Team-Up switched to a thirty-two-page format in August ."
- Boney, Alex (July 2013). "Inhuman Nature: Genetics, Social Science, and Superhero Evolution". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (65): 61–68.
- Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 170: "In 1975, Thomas and adventure comic strip artist Frank Robbins created the Invaders."
- Gravity, Brian (September 7, 2011). "Archie's Foray Into the Horror Genre". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012. Retrieved March 25, 2011.