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1986 in comics

Comics-related events during 1986

Notable events of 1986 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

Overview of "List of years in comics" article

Events and publications

Year overall







  • With issue #201, DC changes the title of the Green Lantern comic book to The Green Lantern Corps.
  • The Thing, with issue #36, is cancelled by Marvel.










  • February 21: Derek Chittock, aka Droc, aka Lucian, British art critic, painter and cartoonist (Bennie, Barley Bottom), dies at age 64.[25]
  • February 22: Ernest Shaw, British comics artist (The Gay Goblins, Mr. and Mrs. Dillwater, Dr. Gnome of Gnomansland, The Dingbats), dies at the age of 95.[26]


  • March 4: Maurice Julhès, French illustrator and comics artist (Monsieur Lezognard), dies at age 89.[27]
  • March 19: Stephen P. Dowling, British comics artist (Garth, Ruggles, Belinda), passes away at the age of 82, coincidentally his birthday.[28]
  • Specific date unknown: Unk White, Australian comics artist, illustrator and painter (Freckles), dies at age 85 or 86.[29]



  • May 15: Virginia Krausmann, American comics artist (continued Annibelle, Marianne), dies at age 73.[33]


  • June 21: Gaston Martineau, aka Aldé, French journalist, writer and comics artist (Mistouflet), dies at age 61.[34]
  • June 23:
    • Lex Metz, Dutch illustrator and comics artist (De Kabouterboekjes, Pukkel en de Blauwe Ogen van Jan Beilder), dies at age 73.[35]
    • Bela Szepes, Hungarian swimmer, skier, journalist sculptor and comics artist, dies at age 82. [36]




  • October 4: Mike Butterworth, British comics writer (Wulf the Briton, The Trigan Empire, Storm), passes away at age 62.
  • October 10: Frank O'Neal, American comics artist (Short Ribs), dies at age 64.[39]
  • October 11: David Hand, American animator and film director (Walt Disney Company, Gaumont), dies at age 86.
  • October 22: Bert Hill, British comics artist (Charlie Chuckle, Barnacle Ben, the Breezy Buccaneer, Freddie Freewheel the Tramp Cyclist, Sammy Spry, Frolics in the Far West, Tommy Trot the Tudor Tramp, Harry Coe, P.C. Copperclock the Desert Cop, Willie Scribble the Pavement Artist, Lil and Lena), dies at age 84.[40]



Specific date unknown

  • Joaquin Blázquez, Spanish comics artist, painter and sculptor dies at age 39 or 40. [50]
  • Les Callan, Canadian cartoonist and comics artist (Monty and Johnny), dies at age 80 or 81.[51]
  • Joe Certa, American comics artist (Martian Manhunter, Zook, continued Joe Palooka), dies at age 66 or 67.[52]
  • Edgardo Dell'Acqua, Italian comics artist (Gim Toro), passes away at age 63 or 64.[53]
  • Renaat Demoen, Belgian comics artist and illustrator (Zonneland), dies at the age of 71 or 72.[54]
  • Zvonimir Furtinger, Croatian comics writer (Herlock Sholmes), dies at age 83 or 84.
  • Ed Kressy, American comics artist (The Lone Ranger), dies at age 84.[55]
  • Bernard Segal, American painter and comics artist (Honey and Hank aka Elsworth), dies at age 78 or 79.[56]

Exhibitions and shows

  • July 15-November 16: Jewish Museum, New York City — "Jewish Themes / Contemporary American Artists II", featuring original drawings and sketches from Art Spiegelman's Maus[57]



Eagle Awards

Presented in 1987 for comics published in 1986:

American Section

UK Section

Kirby Awards

1986 in comics Events and publications articles: 49

First issues by title

DC Comics

Angel Love

Release: August. Writer/Artist: Barbara Slate.

Blue Beetle

Release: June. Writer: Len Wein. Artists: Paris Cullins and Bruce Patterson.

Booster Gold

Release: February. Writer/Artist: Dan Jurgens.[70]

Electric Warrior

Release: May. Writer: Doug Moench. Artist: Jim Baikie.


Release: August. Writer: Tony Isabella. Artists: Richard Howell and Don Heck.

'Mazing Man

Release: January. Writer: Bob Rozakis. Artist: Stephen DeStefano.

Secret Origins

Release: April. Editor: Roy Thomas.

Teen Titans Spotlight

Release: August. Writer: Marv Wolfman. Artists: Denys Cowan and Dick Giordano.

Limited series

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (4 issues)

Release: February. Writer/Artist: Frank Miller.

Cosmic Boy (4 issues)

Release: December. Writer: Paul Levitz. Artists: Keith Giffen, Ernie Colón, and Bob Smith.

The Legend of Wonder Woman

Release: May. Writers: Trina Robbins and Kurt Busiek. Artist: Trina Robbins.

Legends (6 issues)

Release: November. Writers: John Ostrander and Len Wein. Artists: John Byrne and Karl Kesel.

Legionnaires 3

Release: February. Writers: Keith Giffen and Mindy Newell. Artist: Ernie Colón.

Lords of the Ultra-Realm

Release: June. Writer: Doug Moench. Artist: Pat Broderick.

The Man of Steel (6 issues)

Release: July. Writer/Artist: John Byrne.

Watchmen (12 issues)

Release: September. Writer: Alan Moore. Artist: Dave Gibbons.


Les Femmes en Blanc (32 volumes)

Artist: Philippe Bercovici. Writer: Raoul Cauvin.

Marvel Comics

Acorn Green

Release: October

Classic X-Men

Release: September. Editor: Ann Nocenti.

G.I. Joe Special Missions

Release: October. Writer: Larry Hama. Artist: Herb Trimpe.

Master of the Universe

Release: May by Star Comics. Writer: Mike Carlin. Artists: Ron Wilson and Dennis Janke.

The 'Nam

Release: December. Writer: Doug Murray. Artist: Michael Golden and Armando Gil.

Spider-Man and Zoids

Release: March by Marvel UK. Writer: Ian Rimmer. Artist: Kev Hopgood.

Strikeforce: Morituri

Release: December. Writer: Peter B. Gillis. Artist: Brent Anderson.


Release: February. Writer: Bob Layton. Artist: Jackson Guice.

New Universe

D.P. 7

Release: November. Writer: Mark Gruenwald. Artists: Paul Ryan and Romeo Tanghal.


Release: November. Writer: Archie Goodwin. Artists: Geof Isherwood, Joe DelBeato, and Jack Fury.

Kickers, Inc.

Release: November. Writer: Tom DeFalco. Artists: Ron Frenz and Sal Buscema.

Mark Hazzard: Merc

Release: November. Writer: Peter David. Artist: Gray Morrow.


Release: November. Writer: Archie Goodwin. Artists: Tony Salmons and Bret Blevins.


Release: November. Writer: Steve Perry. Artists: Mark Texeira and Kyle Baker.

Spitfire and The Troubleshooters

Release: October. Writers: Eliot R. Brown, John Morelli, and Gerry Conway. Artists: Herb Trimpe, Joe Sinnott, and Tom Morgan.

Star Brand

Release: October. Writer: Jim Shooter. Artists: John Romita, Jr. and Al Williamson.

Limited series

Dakota North (5 issues)

Release: November. Writer: Martha Thomases. Artist: Tony Salmons.

Elektra: Assassin (8 issues)

Release: August by Epic Comics. Writer: Frank Miller. Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz.

The Punisher (5 issues)

Release: January. Writer: Steven Grant. Artists: Mike Zeck and John Beatty.

Steelgrip Starkey (6 issues)

Release: July by Epic Comics. Writer/Artist: Alan Weiss. Inker: James Sherman.

Independent titles

Dark Horse Presents

Release: July by Dark Horse Comics. Editor: Randy Stradley.

Dice Man

Release: by IPC Media. Editor: Pat Mills.

Dylan Dog

Release: October by Sergio Bonelli Editore. Writer: Tiziano Sclavi.

Dynamo Joe

Release: May by First Comics. Writer: John Ostrander. Artist: Doug Rice.

Elric: The Weird of the White Wolf

Release: October by First Comics. Writer: Roy Thomas. Artists: Michael T. Gilbert and George Freeman.

Hamster Vice

Release: June by Blackthorne Publishing. Writer/Artist: Dwayne Ferguson.

Jonny Quest

Release: June by Comico. Editor: Diana Schutz


Release: February by ¡Ka-Boom! Estudio. Writer/Artist: Oscar González Loyo.

night life

Release: by Strawberry Jam Comics. Writer: Derek McCulloch. Artist: Simon Tristam.

Omaha the Cat Dancer

Release: October by Kitchen Sink Press. Writer/Artist: Reed Waller.

The Puma Blues

Release: October by Aardvark One International. Writer: Stephen Murphy. Artist: Michael Zulli.

Reagan's Raiders

Release: October by Solson Publications: Writer: Monroe Arnold. Artists: Dick Ayers and Rich Buckler.

Samurai Penguin

Release: June by Slave Labor Graphics: Writer: Dan Vado. Artists: Dan Buck and Mark Buck.

Yummy Fur

Release: December by Vortex Comics. Cartoonist: Chester Brown

Limited series

Rip in Time

Release: by Fantagor Press. Writer: Bruce Jones. Artist: Richard Corben.

Akita Shoten

For Mrs.


Young You

1986 in comics First issues by title articles: 148

Initial appearances by character name

DC Comics

Marvel Comics

Independent titles


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