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Notable events of 1971 in comics. See also List of years in comics.



This is a list of comics-related events in 1971.

EventsEdit

Year overallEdit

  • The Comics Code Authority revises the Code a number of times during the year. Initially "liberalized" on January 28, 1971, to allow for (among other things) the sometimes "sympathetic depiction of criminal behavior . . . [and] corruption among public officials" ("as long as it is portrayed as exceptional and the culprit is punished")[1] as well as permitting some criminal activities to kill law-enforcement officers and the "suggestion but not portrayal of seduction."[1] Also newly allowed were "vampires, ghouls and werewolves . . . when handled in the classic tradition such as Frankenstein, Dracula, and other high calibre literary works written by Edgar Allan Poe, Saki, Conan Doyle and other respected authors whose works are read in schools around the world." Zombies, lacking the requisite "literary" background, remain taboo.
  • Jack Kirby introduces his Fourth World series in a number of new DC titles — The Forever People, New Gods, and Mister Miracle — while continuing his run on Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen. Kirby writes and draws all four titles during the year.
  • Early in the year, DC Comics editorial director Carmine Infantino is promoted to publisher.
  • Bill Schanes and Steve Schanes co-found Pacific Comics, starting out as a mail-order company selling to consumers via ads in the Comics Buyer's Guide.

JanuaryEdit

FebruaryEdit

First appearances of Highfather, Kalibak, Lightray, and Orion

SpringEdit

MarchEdit

First appearance of the Squadron Supreme, as well as members Blue Eagle, Doctor Spectrum (Joseph Ledger), Golden Archer, Hyperion (Mark Milton), Lady Lark, Nighthawk (Kyle Richmond, Earth-712), Tom Thumb, and Whizzer (Stanley Stewart)

AprilEdit

First appearance of Mister Miracle

MayEdit

First appearance of Talia al Ghul
First appearance of Desaad
First appearance of Granny Goodness
First appearance of Man-Thing

JuneEdit

First appearance of Ra's al Ghul

JulyEdit

First appearance of Swamp Thing
First appearance of Doc Samson

AugustEdit

  • DC Comics raises the price of its typical comic book from 15 cents to 25 cents, and the page-count from 36 to 52 (mostly by adding reprints and new backup features).
  • The "Snowbirds Don't Fly" story-arc, written by Denny O'Neil and drawn by Neal Adams, begins in Green Lantern #85 (Aug./Sept. cover date) (concluding in issue #86). (DC Comics)

SeptemberEdit

OctoberEdit

First appearance of Big Barda
First appearance of Morbius, the Living Vampire

NovemberEdit

  • Marvel Comics, following rival DC's lead, raises the price of its typical comic book from 15 cents to 25 cents, and the page-count from 36 to 52.
  • The Avengers #93: Neal Adams begins his celebrated stint as Avengers artist, continuing the "Kree-Skrull War" story arc begun in issue #89 of the title.
  • DC Special (1968 series), with issue #15 (Nov./Dec. cover date), is cancelled by DC.

DecemberEdit

  • After a month-long experimentation with 25-cent comics, Marvel reduces the price of a typical comic to 20 cents, and returns the page-count from 52 to 36 pages.
  • The Avengers #94: First appearance of the Mandroid power armor.
  • Marvel Feature #1 (Marvel Comics)
First appearance of The Defenders
First appearance of John Stewart

ConventionsEdit

  • Independence Day weekend: Comic Art Convention, Statler Hilton Hotel, New York City — Credited by Will Eisner for his return to comics: "I came back into the field because of [convention organizer Phil Seuling]. I remember [him] calling me in New London, [Connecticut], where I was sitting there as chairman of the board of Croft Publishing Co. My secretary said, 'There's a Mr. Seuling on the phone and he's talking about a comics convention. What is that?' ... I came down and was stunned at the existence of the whole world. ... That was a world that I had left, and I found it very exciting, very stimulating".[2] Eisner later elaborated about meeting underground comics creators and publishers ... : "I went down to the convention, which was being held in one of the hotels in New York, and there was a group of guys with long hair and scraggly beards, who had been turning out what spun as literature, really popular 'gutter' literature if you will, but pure literature. And they were taking on illegal [sic] subject matter that no comics had ever dealt with before. ... I came away from that recognizing that a revolution had occurred then, a turning point in the history of this medium.[3]
  • August 6–8: Golden State Comic Con, Muir College, University of California, San Diego Campus, La Jolla, California — Official guests: Kirk Alyn, Leigh Brackett, Ray Bradbury, Edmund Hamilton, Jack Kirby

AwardsEdit

Shazam AwardsEdit

Presented in 1972 for comics published in 1971:

First issues by titleEdit

Charlton ComicsEdit

Ghost Manor vol. 2

Release: Oct. Editor: Sal Gentile.

Ghostly Haunts

Release: Sept. Editor: Sal Gentile.

Haunted

Release: Sept. Editor: Sal Gentile.

DC ComicsEdit

Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love

Release: Feb./Mar. Editor: Dorothy Woolfolk. Artist: Tony DeZuniga.

DC 100 Page Super Spectacular: debuts with issue #4

Release: Sept./Oct. Editor: Joe Orlando.

Forever People

Release: Feb./Mar. Writer/Artist: Jack Kirby.

Ghosts

Release: Sept./Oct. Editor: Murray Boltinoff.

Mister Miracle

Release: April. Writer/Artist: Jack Kirby.

New Gods

Release: Feb./Mar. Writer/Artist: Jack Kirby.

Weird War Tales

Release: Sept./Oct. Editor: Joe Kubert.

Marvel ComicsEdit

Kull the Conqueror

Release: June. Writer: Roy Thomas. Artists: Ross Andru and Wally Wood.

Marvel Feature

Release: December. Writer: Roy Thomas. Artists: Ross Andru and Bill Everett.

Marvel Spotlight

Release: November. Writer: Gardner Fox. Artists: Syd Shores and Wally Wood.

Savage Tales

Release: May by Curtis Magazines. Editor: Stan Lee.

Independent titlesEdit

Air Pirates Funnies

Release: July by Hell Comics.

Countdown

Release: February 20 by Polystyle Publications.

Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers

Release: February by Rip Off Press. Writer/Artist: Gilbert Shelton.

Tammy

Release: February 6 by IPC Magazines.

Initial appearance by character nameEdit

DC ComicsEdit

Marvel ComicsEdit

Independent titlesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Thompson, Don & Maggie, "Crack in the Code" in Newfangles #44 (February 1971).
  2. Eisner interview (excerpt), The Comics Journal #267 (May 1, 2005).
  3. Transcript, Will Eisner's keynote address, Will Eisner Symposium: The 2002 University of Florida Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels
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