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1980s

1985 Kirby Awards (for works published in 1984)
  • Best Single Issue: Swamp Thing Annual #2, by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and John Totleben (DC)
  • Best Continuing Series: Swamp Thing, by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and John Totleben (DC)
  • Best Black-and-White Series: Cerebus, by Dave Sim and Gerhard (Aardvark Vanaheim)
  • Best Finite Series: Crisis on Infinite Earths, by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez (DC)
  • Best New Series: Zot!, by Scott McCloud (Eclipse)
  • Best Graphic Album: Beowolf, by Jerry Bingham (First)
  • Best Writer: Alan Moore, Swamp Thing (DC)
  • Best Artist: Dave Stevens, Rocketeer (Comico)
  • Best Art Team: Steve Bissette and John Totleben, Swamp Thing (DC)
  • Best Cover: Swamp Thing #34, by Steve Bissette and John Totleben (DC)
  • Best Comics Publication: Comics Buyers Guide (Krause)
1986 Kirby Awards (for works published in 1985)
  • Best Single Issue: Daredevil #227, by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli (Marvel)
  • Best Continuing Series: Swamp Thing, by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and John Totleben (DC)
  • Best Black-and-White Comic: Love and Rockets, by Jaime Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
  • Best Finite Series: Crisis on Infinite Earths, by Marv Wolfman and George Perez (DC)
  • Best New Series: Miracleman, by Alan Moore and various artists (Eclipse)
  • Best Graphic Album: Rocketeer Graphic Album, by Dave Stevens (Eclipse)
  • Best Writer: Alan Moore, Swamp Thing (DC)
  • Best Writer/Artist (single or team): Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli, Daredevil (Marvel)
  • Best Artist: Steve Rude, Nexus (First)
  • Best Art Team: George Pérez and Jerry Ordway, for Crisis on Infinite Earths (DC)
1987 Kirby Awards (for works published in 1986)
  • Best Single Issue: Dark Knight #1, by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (DC)
  • Best Continuing Series: Swamp Thing, by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and John Totleben (DC)
  • Best Black-and-White Comic: Cerebus, by Dave Sim and Gerhard (Aardvark-Vanaheim)
  • Best Finite Series: Dark Knight, by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (DC)
  • Best New Series: Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC)
  • Best Graphic Album: Dark Knight, by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (DC)
  • Best Writer: Alan Moore, Watchmen (DC)
  • Best Writer/Artist (single or team): Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen (DC)
  • Best Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz, Elektra: Assassin (Marvel)
  • Best Art Team: Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley, Dark Knight (DC)
  • Hall of Fame: Carl Barks, Will Eisner, Jack Kirby

Note: In 1988 the Kirby Awards were disbanded and were replaced by two awards programs: the Harveys (named for Harvey Kurtzman) and the Eisners.


1988 Eisner Awards (for works published in 1987)
  • Best Single Issue: Gumby Summer Fun Special #1, by Bob Burden and Art Adams (Comico)
  • Best Continuing Series: Concrete, by Paul Chadwick (Dark Horse)
  • Best Black-and-White Series: Concrete, by Paul Chadwick (Dark Horse)
  • Best Finite Series: Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC)
  • Best New Series: Concrete, by Paul Chadwick (Dark Horse)
  • Best Graphic Album: Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (DC)
  • Best Writer: Alan Moore, Watchmen (DC)
  • Best Writer/Artist (single or team): Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen (DC)
  • Best Artist: Steve Rude, Nexus (First)
  • Best Art Team: Steve Rude, Willie Blyberg, and Ken Steacy, Space Ghost Special (Comico)
  • Hall of Fame: Milton Caniff
1989 Eisner Awards (for works published in 1988)
  • Best Single Issue: Kings In Disguise #1, by James Vance and Dan Burr (Kitchen Sink)
  • Best Continuing Series: Concrete, by Paul Chadwick (Dark Horse)
  • Best Black-and-White Series: Concrete, by Paul Chadwick (Dark Horse)
  • Best Finite Series: Silver Surfer, by Stan Lee and Jean "Moebius" Giraud (Marvel)
  • Best New Series: Kings In Disguise, by James Vance and Dan Burr (Kitchen Sink)
  • Best Graphic Album: Batman: The Killing Joke, by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland (DC)
  • Best Writer: Alan Moore, Batman: The Killing Joke (DC)
  • Best Writer/Artist: Paul Chadwick, Concrete (Dark Horse)
  • Best Artist: Brian Bolland, Batman: The Killing Joke (DC)
  • Best Art Team: Alan Davis and Paul Neary, Excalibur (Marvel)
  • Hall of Fame: Harvey Kurtzman