1974 in comics

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Notable events of 1974 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

This is a list of comics-related events in 1974.

Events and publications

Year overall






  • Marvel Comics raises the price of its typical comic book from 20 cents to 25 cents, keeping the page-count at 36.














Shazam Awards

Presented in 1975 for comics published in 1974:

First issues by title

DC Comics


Release: September /October Writer/Artist: Jack Kirby.[9]

Rima, the Jungle Girl

Release: April /May. Editor: Joe Kubert.

The Sandman

Release: Winter. Writer: Joe Simon. Artists: Jack Kirby and Mike Royer.[10]

Marvel Comics

Comix Book

Release: October by Magazine Management Co.. Editor: Denis Kitchen.

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu

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

Doctor Strange

Release: June. Writer: Steve Englehart (co-plot; script), Frank Brunner (co-plot). Artists: Frank Brunner and Dick Giordano.

Giant-Size Avengers

Release: August. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Giant-Size Chillers

Release: June. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Giant-Size Conan

Release: September. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Giant-Size Creatures

Release: July. Writer: Tony Isabella. Artists: Don Perlin and Vince Colletta.

Giant-Size Defenders

Release: July. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Giant-Size Man-Thing

Release: August. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Giant-Size Master of Kung Fu

Release: September. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Giant-Size Spider-Man

Release: July. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Giant-Size Super-Stars

Release: May. Writer: Gerry Conway. Artists: Rich Buckler and Joe Sinnott.

Haunt of Horror

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

Ka-Zar vol. 2

Release: January Writer: Mike Friedrich. Artists: Paul Reinman and Mike Royer.


Release: January. Writer: Steve Gerber. Artists: Val Mayerik and Sal Trapani.

Marvel Two-in-One

Release: January. Writer: Steve Gerber. Artists: Gil Kane and Joe Sinnott.[11]

Planet of the Apes

Release: August by Curtis Magazines. Writers: Gerry Conway and Doug Moench. Artist: Mike Ploog.

Savage Sword of Conan

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

Independent titles and manga

Hana to Yume

Release: May by Hakusensha.


Release: November 5 by Fleetway.

Métal Hurlant

Release: December by Les Humanoïdes Associés.


Release: by Akita Shoten


Release: April by Star*Reach. Editor: Mike Friedrich.


Release: September 28 by D.C. Thomson.

Initial appearance by character name

DC Comics

Marvel Comics

Independent titles


  1. McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. The Spectre re-materialized in the pages of Adventure Comics. This time, however, he brought along an all-out wrathful disposition, delivering punishments that not only fit the crimes, but arguably exceeded them." "[Michael] Fleisher and [Jim] Aparo's run lasted only ten issues, yet it was widely regarded as some of their finest work, and the character's seminal period. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 159 "DC's 100-page Super Spectaculars were proving popular, so DC said goodbye to Supergirl, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane, and housed the characters together in Superman Family. Continuing the numbering from where Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen ended, the series featured classic reprints with new tales in the lead spot."
  3. Gravity, Brian (September 7, 2011). "Archie's Foray Into the Horror Genre". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on March 25, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wells, John (October 24, 1997), "'Lost' DC: 1971-1975", Comics Buyer's Guide (1249), p. 125, In the wake of a nationwide paper shortage, DC canceled several of its lower-selling titles in late 1973...[Supergirl #10] and three other completed comic books slated for release in November 1973 (Secret Origins #7, Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #137, and Weird Worlds #10) were put on hold until the summer of 1974.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Jennings, Dana. "The Angouleme Convention," The Comics Journal #89 (Mar. 1984), p. 100.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Skinn, Dez. "Early days of UK comics conventions and marts," DezSkinn.com. Accessed Mar. 3, 2013.
  7. "Texas Entertainment: Texas Grinds Nostalgia," Variety vol. 275, #4 (June 5, 1974), p. 27.
  8. Weisman, Steven R. "Going Out Guide," New York Times (July 4, 1974 ).
  9. McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 161 "In OMAC's first issue, editor/writer/artist Jack Kirby warned readers of "The World That's Coming!", a future world containing wild concepts that are almost frighteningly real today."
  10. McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 158 "The legendary tandem of writer Joe Simon and artist/editor Jack Kirby reunited for a one-shot starring the Sandman...Despite the issue's popularity, it would be Simon and Kirby's last collaboration."
  11. Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1970s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 164. ISBN 978-0756641238. The Thing got his own comic book with the first issue of Marvel Two-in-One, a series that teamed him up with other super heroes. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 161: "Fans of John Boorman's 1974 sci-fi film Zardoz, starring Sean Connery in revealing red spandex, could appreciate writer Cary Bates and artist Curt Swan's inspiration for Vartox of Valeron."