TMNT#6 one of the first, if not thee first, black and white indy comics I bought.
Back in the first half of 1980s there was a small boom of independent comic book publishing with black and white comics. It really kicked off because of the success of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and spawned all sorts of creative and not so creative books from individuals and startup comic companies. Besides TMNT the biggest legacy of the Black and White boom would have to be Usagi Yojimbo and Dark Horse Comics (all of DHC’s initial output was black and white). It was a Wild and Wahoo time in comics and I was in the thick of it as a kid, reader, and collector. I bought a lot of it and still own most of the crazy crap I purchased. There were some real gems once in a while but most of it was quite disposable. Regardless, it was still fun to pick up some odd stuff because you never knew what you might find between the pages.
As a lark, I thought I would list all the black and white 80s comics off the top of my head I can remember without snooping around the net. Most the comics I’ll mention I actually own but some were just memorable because of their title. I did this exercise a few years ago on a thread someplace but I thought it might be enjoyable to revisit it again, so her goes:
(I’m excluding Manga and Magazines)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (of course)
Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters
Geriatric Gangrene Jujitsu Gerbils
Preteen Dirty Gene Kung-Fu Kangaroos
Tales of the Aniverse
Mildly Microwaved Kung-Fu Gophers
The New Humans
Dark Horse Presents
Boris the Bear
New York: Year Zero
Portia Prinz (sp?)
Tales of Beanworld
Cutie Rabbit (is this one?)
Samurai Penguins (is this one?)
Zooniverse (was that in b/w?)
Bratpack (was that in b/w?)
Logan’s Run (not the Marvel one)
The March Hare
Revolving Doors (was that b/w)?
Four Fisted Tales
Mister Monster (When he was at Dark Horse)
Adventures (I think)
War of the Worlds
Reid Fleming the world toughest MilkMan
Ms. Tree (was that b/w?)
That's all I got...
If I made mistakes oh well