This is my 400th blog. Not a big deal to people who blog everyday – they would hit 400 by the second month of their second year. My 300th blog was two years ago.
The 400th issue (or any anniversary issue) was a big deal in comic books, too. It’s a chance to celebrate an anniversary with a special issue (and increased sales) featuring the end of an epic story arc – or the beginning of one. It could be the final issue and/or debut – or a new creative team or character.
Note I say “was”. The last #400 was seven years ago; and in this age of reboots and renumberings we may not see another #400 for decades!
Getting to #400 takes time. If published monthly, a comic book would reach its 400th issue in 33 years.
I honestly believed I found all of them – American comics only of course … let me know if I missed any. Enjoy!
As with my 300th blog, the only golden age comic to reach #400 was 4 Color Comics, from 1952.
4 Color printed several comics per month, sometimes weekly and at times even six per month! #300 was published in 1950, #400 in 1952. One hundred issues in two years…
The Silver Age (roughly 1955 – 1970) had NO 400th issue of any comic!
The Bronze Age (1970 – 1986) had its share of 400th issues. By this time the most popular comics were reaching their 30+ years of existence … starting with two of the longest-running comics at the time …
Adventure Comics from 1970 – the Legion of Super-Heroes long gone and the comic dedicated to solo Supergirl stories.
Detective Comics also from 1970 with superb art by Neal Adams and this issue featuring the debut of Man-Bat!
The Man of Steel book-ended the Bronze Age with two of his starring comics …
Action Comics was from 1971 and Superman was published in 1984.
The other 400s from DC in the late-Bronze Age were …
Batman (nor surprisingly) from 1986 and Sgt. Rock (not surprisingly to Silver or Bronze Age fans – DC’s war comics were very popular) in 1985.
The only other Bronze Age #400 was not from the Big Two nor was it a superhero comic: It was from 1974 …
The rest of the 400s belong to the Modern Age (or whatever one wishes to call the period(s) after 1986.
Speaking of Disney, other than WDC&S, only Uncle Scrooge reached #400, not Mickey Mouse, not Donald Duck… Most Disney comics were published by multiple companies over the years, but only Uncle Scrooge kept its numbering intact.
Only two other publishers (other than DC or Marvel) had comics reaching #400, including one of the longest running series of all time … from 1990.
The other was Archie Comics …
Pep from 1985, Laugh from 1987 and Archie from 1992
This was Laugh’s last issue … he who Laugh’s last … and Pep Comics would only have 11 more issues to go before cancellation.
The rest of the 400s belong to Marvel.
Uncanny X-Men – 2001, Thor – 1989, Amazing Spider-Man – 1995, Incredible Hulk – 1992, Fantastic Four – 1995, Captain America – 1992, Avengers – 1996
See you at 500!
Special thanks to Lone Star Comics for searching their data base and using their photos!