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The following creative talent are known to have been born in 1978:

The following creative talent passed away in the year 1978:


The following comic titles debuted with a 1978 cover date:

The following Comic titles were last published with a 1978 cover date:

The following One Shots were published with a 1978 cover date:

  • No One Shots were published in 1978.


The following characters debuted with a 1978 cover date:


The following teams debuted with a 1978 cover date:


The following events were published by DC Comics in the year 1978. This does not necessarily indicate that these storylines took place in the year 1978. The passage of time in the DC Universe is nebulous and subject to change and interpretation. Events from historical time periods are indexed under their corresponding years.

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Deformed scientist Preston Payne meets Matt Hagen and uses an extract of his blood in the hopes of curing his condition. The solution transforms Payne into another Clayface. Note: Takes place several months prior to his first appearance. Detective Comics #478 8.78
Alexander Burgess once again tries to communicate with the imprisoned Dream. Burgess blames Dream for the fact that he has not had a decent night's sleep in over sixty years. As before, Dream remains unresponsive. Sandman (Volume 2) #1 1.89


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Aquaman has a rematch with the Fisherman. During the fight, the Scavenger mysteriously appears and steals the sunken vessel that the Fisherman had been hired to purloin. Aquaman #59 1.78
Mera returns to Dimension Aqua and fights against the tyrannical ruler Leron. She defeats him in hard-water combat. Leron is left mindless. Aquaman #59 1.78


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The Joker poisons Gotham's rivers with his Joker Venom, creating mutated Joker Fish. He attempts to force the copyright commissioner to trademark the Joker Fish for him, but when the clerk fails to do so, the Joker murders him. Detective Comics #475 2.78


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Aquaman fights the Scavenger. Kobra intervenes and the Scavenger's Scorpion-Ship is destroyed. Aquaman #60 3.78
Mera returns from Dimension Aqua with a cure for Aquababy. She discovers to her horror however, that she is too late and that her son has already died. Aquaman #60 3.78
An explosion at the Hudson Nuclear Power Plant fuses high school student Ronnie Raymond and physicist Martin Stein into one body, creating the composite hero Firestorm. Firestorm #1 3.78


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Batman fails to prevent the Joker from murdering Thomas Jackson with his Joker Fish. The two finally come to blows atop a construction crane and the Joker falls seemingly to his doom. Detective Comics #476 4.78
Silver St. Cloud, unwilling to share Bruce Wayne's dual identity as Batman, decides to break up with him. Detective Comics #476 4.78
Firestorm battles Multiplex and meets Superman for the first time. Firestorm #2 4.78


Event Source Date
Kobra acquires a dangerous WMD from a naval ship and threatens to destroy the city of Lisbon. Aquaman, Batman and Green Lantern fight his terrorist cult and foil his plan, but Kobra escapes with the weapon. Aquaman #61 5.78




Event Source Date
Preston Payne becomes Clayface for the first time. He runs afoul of Batman while attempting to steal a device from S.T.A.R. Labs that could return him to normal. Detective Comics #478 8.78






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At age 21, Helena Wayne graduates as class valedictorian from Harvard University. Batman Family #18 7.78

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