1980 in comics

Notable events of 1980 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

Events and publications

Year overall







  • DC Comics Presents #25, the "Whatever Happened to...?" backup feature began and would appear in most issues for the next two years until its last installment in issue #48 (Aug. 1982).[7]
  • Mystery in Space revived by DC (after a 14-year hiatus), picking up with issue #111, continuing the old numbering.
  • The Brave and the Bold #166, featuring the first appearance of Nemesis (Tom Tresser)[8] (DC Comics)
  • With issue #20, Marvel cancels Shogun Warriors.
  • September 20: The Tornado name is dropped from the 2000 AD comic book.



  • The 2000th issue of The Beano dated 15 November 1980.





  • March 1: Leon A. Beroth, American painter and comics artist (Don Winslow of the Navy, Kitten Kaye, Tom, Dick & Harry), dies at age 85. [12]
  • March 1: Richard Allen "Dick" Dillin, American comics artist (Blackhawk, Justice League of America), dies at age 50.[13]
  • March 14: Arie Pleysier, Dutch journalist and comics writer (Snuffelgraag en Knagelijntje, Dikkie en Dirkie Durf), passes away at age 89. [14]
  • March 28: Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová, Czech illustrator, painter and comics artist (Z Mého Dětství (From my Childhood)), dies at age 85. [15]


  • April 17: Stig Cederholm, Swedish novelist and comics writer (Åsa-Nisse), passes away at the age of 75.
  • April 21: Leendert Jordaan, Dutch illustrator and comics artist (Het Leven in Karikatuur), passes away at age 94. [16]




  • July 18: Ger Sligte, Dutch illustrator and comics artist (Mieke Meijer, Bertje Branie), dies at age 65. [22]




  • November 29: John Putnam, American comics writer, artist and designer (Mad Magazine, created their running gags Arthur the potted plant and the Mad Zeppelin), dies from pneumonia at age 63.


Specific date unknown



Eagle Awards

Presented in 1981 for comics published in 1980:

First issues by title

DC Comics

New Teen Titans

Release: November. Writer: Marv Wolfman. Artist: George Pérez.

The New Adventures of Superboy

Release: January. Writer: Cary Bates. Artists: Kurt Schaffenberger and Dave Hunt.

Marvel Comics

Epic Illustrated

Release: Spring. Editor: Archie Goodwin.

Savage She-Hulk

Release: February. Writer: Stan Lee. Artist: John Buscema.

Moon Knight

Release: November. Writer: Doug Moench. Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz

Independent titles

Gay Comix

Release: September by Kitchen Sink Press. Editor: Howard Cruse.


Release: July by RAW Books. Editors: Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly.

Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman

Release: October by David Boswell. Writer/Artist: David Boswell.


Release: by Lombard Editions. Writer: Jean Van Hamme. Artist: Grzegorz Rosiński.


Release: April by India Book House. Editor: Anant Pai.

World War 3 Illustrated

Editors: Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper.

Queen Millennia

Release: January 28 by Sankei Shimbun and Nishinippon Sports. Writer/Artist: Leiji Matsumoto.


Release: 16 February by DC Thomson



Initial appearances by character name

DC Comics

Marvel Comics

Independent titles


  1. DC Special Series #21 at the Grand Comics Database
  2. "Het Stripschap - Het Stripschap". www.stripschap.nl. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  3. "My Life with Comic Books: the History of a Comic Shop.". Archived from the original on 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
  4. Superboy Spectacular #1 at the Grand Comics Database
  5. "In a further effort to find new distribution, a Superboy Spectacular was produced for Random House's in-school book club program and offered to comic shops but not newsstands." Levitz, Paul 75 Years of DC Comics The Art of Modern Mythmaking Taschen America, LLC 2010 ISBN 978-3-8365-1981-6 p. 454
  6. "Duck Squawk: Gerber vs. Marvel" Amazing Heroes #1 (June 1981) p. 18
  7. Wells, John (May 2013). "Flashback: Whatever Happened to...?". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (64): 51–61.
  8. Trumbull, John (May 2013). "Nemesis Balancing the Scales". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (64): 69–75.
  9. Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, eds. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 188. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. [The New Teen Titans] went on to become DC's most popular comic team of its day. Not only the springboard for the following month's The New Teen Titans #1, the preview's momentous story also featured the first appearance of future DC mainstays Cyborg, Starfire, and Raven.
  10. "Jean Giraud". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  11. "Norman Marsh". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  12. "Leon A. Beroth". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  13. "Dick Dillin". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  14. "PLEYSIER, Arie - BWSA". socialhistory.org. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  15. "Helena Bochoráková-Dittrichová". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  16. "Leendert Jordaan". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  17. "Carl Pfeufer". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  18. "Norman Mingo". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  19. "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VM2Y-X2D : accessed 19 Mar 2013), Joseph Samachson, June 1980.
  20. "Peter Kuch". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  21. "Jijé". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  22. "Ger Sligte". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  23. "Karel Verschuere". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  24. "Tex Avery". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  25. "Whitney Ellsworth". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  26. "Dick Briefer". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  27. "Al Vermeer". lambiek.net. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  28. Press release. "Mid-Ohio Comic Con merges with Ohio Comic Con, launches new website," Comic Book Resources (May 19, 2008).
  29. Duncan, Randy, and Smith, Matthew J., editors. Icons of the American Comic Book: From Captain America to Wonder Woman (ABC-CLIO, 2013), p. 396.
  30. Bolland profile, Who's Who of American Comic Books, 1928–1999.
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