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


Events and publicationsEdit

Year overallEdit







  • 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.





  • October 4: The final episode of Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun's Charley's War is prepublished in Battle Picture Weekly.
  • October 18: The Dutch comics store Lambiek in Amsterdam opens their art gallery. The first exhibition centers around the comics magazine RAW. In the following years the store will host several other exhibitions, inviting national and international comics artists over to exhibit their drawings and sign their work. It will make the store internationally famous in comics circles. [8]
  • Marvel Comics launches the New Universe, an imprint created in celebration of Marvel's 25th anniversary. Comics published by New Universe are in a distinctly separate world, fully divorced from the mainstream continuity of the Marvel Universe, consisting of its own continuing characters and stories in a more realistic setting. The New Universe's first titles are Spitfire and The Troubleshooters and Star Brand.
  • Batman #400: 68-page anniversary issue, "Resurrection Night," by Doug Moench and an all-star roster of artists, including Bill Sienkiewicz, John Byrne, George Pérez, Art Adams, and Brian Bolland. (DC Comics)[9]






  • February 21: Derek Chittock, aka Droc, aka Lucian, British art critic, painter and cartoonist (Bennie, Barley Bottom), dies at age 64. [16]
  • 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.[17]




  • June 23: Lex Metz, Dutch illustrator and comics artist (De Kabouterboekjes, Pukkel en de Blauwe Ogen van Jan Beilder), dies at age 73. [21]



  • October 4: Mike Butterworth, British comics writer (Wulf the Briton, The Trigan Empire, Storm), passes away at age 62.
  • 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. [23]



Specific date unknownEdit

Exhibitions and showsEdit



Eagle AwardsEdit

Presented in 1987 for comics published in 1986:

American SectionEdit

UK SectionEdit

Kirby AwardsEdit

First issues by titleEdit

DC ComicsEdit

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.[45]

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 seriesEdit

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 ComicsEdit

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 UniverseEdit

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 seriesEdit

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 titlesEdit

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 seriesEdit

Rip in Time

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

Akita ShotenEdit

For Mrs.


Young You

Initial appearances by character nameEdit

DC ComicsEdit

Marvel ComicsEdit

Independent titlesEdit


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