1987 in comics

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Notable events of 1987 in comics. See also List of years in comics.

Events and publications

Year overall














  • January 13: Ed Kuekes, American cartoonist and comics artist (Alice in Wonderland, Do You Believe?), dies at age 85. [6]
  • January 23: E. Nelson Bridwell, American comics writer (DC Comics, Inferior Five), dies from lung cancer at age 55.
  • January 23: Dow O. Walling, American comics artist and TV presenter (Skeets, Jimmy's Jobs), dies at age 84. [7]
  • January 27: Rod Ruth, American illustrator and comics artist (The Toodles), passes away at age 74. [8]



  • March 22: Ib Steinaa, Danish animator and comics artist (Disney comics, assisted on Ferd'nand and Lisse og Lasse), dies at age 60. [17]



  • May 30: Al Shapiro, aka "A. Jay", American comics artist (Harry Chess), passes away at age 55 from AIDS. [19]




  • October 5: Ed Stevenson, American illustrator and comics artist (Ted Powers), dies at age 91. [25]
  • Specific date unknown: Radu Duldurescu, Romanian comics artist (Cutu si Miau, Mache Fantomas, Pestera Aurie, Fix Contra Vix, Muky si Mache), passes away from pancreatic cancer at age 60. [26]



Specific date unknown

  • Vicq, Belgian comics artist (Taka Takata, Korrigan, Les Frères Bross), passes away in a hospital at age 50 or 51, after having become a reclusive person the past years. His death is only noticed several years later. [34]

Exhibitions and shows



Eagle Awards

Presented in 1988 for comics published in 1987. Distributed on Saturday, September 24, 1988, at UKCAK88, The Institute of Education, London WC1.

American Section

British Section

Kirby Awards

Eisner Awards

Presented in 1988 for comics published in 1987:

Harvey Awards

Presented in 1988 at the Chicago Comicon for comics published in 1987:

First issues by title

DC Comics

Captain Atom

Release: March. Writer: Cary Bates. Artists: Pat Broderick and Bob Smith.

Doom Patrol vol 2.

Release: October. Writer: Paul Kupperberg. Artists: Steve Lightle and Gary Martin.[43]

The Flash vol. 2

Release: June. Writer: Mike Baron. Artists: Jackson Guice and Larry Mahlstedt.

Justice League

Release: May. Writers: Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis. Artists: Keith Giffen, Kevin Maguire, and Terry Austin.

The Question

Release: April. Writer: Dennis O'Neil. Artists: Denys Cowan and Rick Magyar.[44]

The Shadow

Release: August. Writer: Andrew Helfer. Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz.


Release: April. Writer: Doug Moench. Artists: Gene Colan and Steve Mitchell.

Suicide Squad

Release: May. Writer: John Ostrander. Artists: Luke McDonnell and Karl Kesel.[45]

Superman vol. 2

Release: January. Writer: John Byrne. Artists: John Byrne and Terry Austin.


Release: December. Writer: John Ostrander and Del Close. Artists: David Lloyd, William Messner-Loebs, and Don Simpson.

Wonder Woman vol. 2

Release: February. Writers: Greg Potter and George Pérez. Artists: George Pérez and Bruce Patterson.

Young All-Stars

Release: June. Writers: Roy Thomas and Dann Thomas. Artists: Michael Bair and Brian Murray.

Limited series

Doc Savage (4 issues)

Release: November. Writer: Dennis O'Neil. Artists: Adam Kubert and Andy Kubert.

Doctor Fate (4 issues)

Release: July. Writer: J. M. DeMatteis. Artists: Keith Giffen and Dave Hunt.

Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters (3 issues)

Release: August. Writer/Artist: Mike Grell.

Outcasts (12 issues)

Release: October. Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant. Artists: Cam Kennedy and Steve Montano.

Phantom Stranger (4 issues)

Release: October. Writer: Paul Kupperberg. Artists: Mike Mignola and P. Craig Russell.

Silverblade (12 issues)

Release: October. Writer: Cary Bates. Artists: Gene Colan and Klaus Janson.

Slash Maraud (6 issues)

Release: November. Writer: Doug Moench. Artist: Paul Gulacy and .

Sonic Disruptors (7 issues; originally solicited for 12)

Release: December. Writer: Mike Baron. Artists: Barry Crain and John Nyberg.

World of Krypton (4 issues)

Release: December. Writer: John Byrne. Artists: Mike Mignola and Rick Bryant.

Marvel Comics

Action Force

Release: March 8 by Marvel UK. Reprints of Marvel's G.I. Joe comic.


Release: August by Star Comics. Writer: Stephen Perry. Artists: Mike Witherby and James Sanders, III.

Silver Surfer

Release: July. Writer: Steve Englehart. Artists: Marshall Rogers and Joe Rubinstein.

Solo Avengers

Release: December. Writer: Tom DeFalco. Artists: Mark D. Bright and Joe Rubinstein.

Strange Tales vol. 2

Release: April. Writer: Bill Mantlo. Artist: Bret Blevins.

Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light

Release: November by Star Comics. Writer: Jim Salicrup. Artists: Mark Bagley and Romeo Tanghal.

Limited series

Comet Man (6 issues)

Release: February. Writers: Bill Mumy and Miguel Ferrer. Artists: Kelley Jones and Gerry Talaoc.

Fallen Angels (8 issues)

Release: April. Writer: Jo Duffy. Artist: Kerry Gammill.

Marshal Law (6 issues)

Release: October by Epic Comics. Writer: Pat Mills. Artist: Kevin O'Neill.

The Transformers: Headmasters (4 issues)

Release: July. Writer: Bob Budiansky. Artists: Frank Springer and Ian Akin & Brian Garvey.

The X-Men vs. The Avengers (4 issues)

Release: May. Writer: Roger Stern. Artists: Marc Silvestri and Joe Rubinstein.

Other publishers

The American

Release: June by Dark Horse Comics. Writer: Mark Verheiden. Artist: Chris Warner.

The Original Astro Boy

Release: September by Now Comics. Writer: Mike Dimpsey. Artist: Ken Steacy.

Betty and Veronica (vol. 2)

Release: June by Archie Comics. Artist: Dan DeCarlo.


Release: April by Dark Horse Comics. Writer/Artist: Paul Chadwick.


Release: January by Arrow Comics. Writer/Editor: Stuart Kerr.

Eddy Current (12-issue limited series)

Release: July by Mad Dog Graphics. Writer/Artist: Ted McKeever.


Release: January by Eclipse Comics. Writer: Steven Barnes. Artists: Lela Dowling and Steve Gallacci.

Good Girls

Release: April by Fantagraphics Books. Writer/Artist: Carol Lay.

Laugh (vol. 2)

Release: June by Archie Comics. Editor: Victor Gorelick.


Release: January by Hero Comics. Writer: Steve Perrin Artist: Pete McDonnell

Ninja High School

Release: January by Antarctic Press. Writer/Artist: Ben Dunn.

Savage Henry

Release: January by Vortex Comics. Writer/Artist: Matt Howarth.

Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Release: May by Mirage Studios. Writers: Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Artists: Jim Lawson and Ryan Brown.

The Trouble with Girls

Release: August by Eternity Comics. Writers: Will Jacobs and Gerard Jones. Artists: Tim Hamilton and Dave Garcia.


Release: by Israel Comics. Writer/Artist: Michael Netzer.

Usagi Yojimbo

Release: July by Fantagraphics. Writer/Artist: Stan Sakai.

Xenozoic Tales

Release: February by Kitchen Sink Press. Writer/Artist: Mark Schultz.

Initial appearances by character name

DC Comics

Marvel Comics

Independent titles


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