Nostalgic San Diego Comic-Con Photos from the 1970s

Golden State Comic Con Logo

 

The first comic book convention to take place in San Diego was a small affair. The three day convention, Golden State Comic Con was founded by Shel Dorf, Richard Alf, Ken Krueger, Mike Towry, and Greg Bear and organized by Dorf, drew in 300 people in August 1970.

Over time, it grew in both attendance and notoriety. By 1980, attendance was up to 6,000 fans, a number that hit 31,000 in 1994, 95,000 in 2004, and well over 131,000 in 2013. The convention that once began as a place for fans, dealers, and pros to get together and share their love for the medium has ballooned into a full scale multi-media gathering.

Sometimes it’s hard to remember the humble and more intimate beginnings of such a large-scale gathering, but these photos from 1973-1975 will show you the difference between then and now.

 

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1973

 

Shel Dorf & June Foray

Shel Dorf & June Foray

 

David Cody Weiss (far left, background), Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, Mike Friedrich, Bernie Lansky, Ed Nizyborski, ?, Bill Lund David Cody Weiss (far left, background), Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, Mike Friedrich, Bernie Lansky, Ed Nizyborski, ?, Bill Lund

 

Carmine Infantino (left), June Foray, and Shel Dorf at Cabrillo National Monument

Carmine Infantino (left), June Foray, and Shel Dorf at Cabrillo National Monument

 

Carmine Infantino (left), Richard Butner

Carmine Infantino (left), Richard Butner

 

Mike Royer

Mike Royer

 

Steve Schanes

Steve Schanes

 

Neal Adams

Neal Adams

 

Brinke Stevens as Vampirella

Brinke Stevens as Vampirella


 

1974

 

The first meeting of F.O.O.M. (Friends Of Ol' Marvel) with Roy Thomas (front, 2nd from right), Dan Whitworth (front, 3rd from left), John McGeehan (3rd row back, behind Roy)

The first meeting of F.O.O.M. (Friends Of Ol’ Marvel) with Roy Thomas (front, 2nd from right), Dan Whitworth (front, 3rd from left), John McGeehan (3rd row back, behind Roy)

 

Russ Manning (with drawing of Tarzan)

Russ Manning (with drawing of Tarzan)

 

Brad Anderson (with drawing of Marmaduke)

Brad Anderson (with drawing of Marmaduke)

 

Star*Reach Panel - From left, Jim Harmon, Frank Brunner, and Mike Friedrich

Star*Reach Panel – From left, Jim Harmon, Frank Brunner, and Mike Friedrich

 

Star*Reach Panel - From left, Frank Brunner, Mike Friedrich, Don Glut, and Tom Orzechowski

Star*Reach Panel – From left, Frank Brunner, Mike Friedrich, Don Glut, and Tom Orzechowski

 

Don Newton and son

Don Newton and son

 

Masquerade - Roger Freedman as M.C. (standing); seated in front, from Roger's right, Forrest Ackerman, Roy Thomas, Jack Kirby, Bjo Trimble (behind Kirby), and Kirk Alyn; on the left, the white-haired woman looking up at Roger is Forrest's wife, Wendayne Ackerman. Walter Koenig is directly below the MC.

Masquerade – Roger Freedman as M.C. (standing); seated in front, from Roger’s right, Forrest Ackerman, Roy Thomas, Jack Kirby, Bjo Trimble (behind Kirby), and Kirk Alyn; on the left, the white-haired woman looking up at Roger is Forrest’s wife, Wendayne Ackerman. Walter Koenig is directly below the MC.

 

Dave Stevens

Dave Stevens

 

Charles Schulz

Charles Schulz


 

1975

 

Will Eisner & Gil Kane at Comic-Con’s Dealers Room at the El Cortez in 1975

Will Eisner & Gil Kane at Comic-Con’s Dealers Room at the El Cortez

 

Jim Steranko promoting his graphic novel - Chandler

Jim Steranko promoting his graphic novel – Chandler (via)

 

Chuck Norris & Stan Lee

Chuck Norris & Stan Lee (via)

 

Chuck Norris & Jack Kirby

Chuck Norris & Jack Kirby (via)

 

The many of the above photos are from Comic-Convention Memories. If you have any nostalgic photos or info from any San Diego Comic Con events from the past, please visit their site.