Academy of Comic Book Arts

The Academy of Comic Book Arts (ACBA) was an American professional organization of the 1970s that was designed to be the comic book industry analog of such groups as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Composed of comic-book professionals and initially formed as an honorary society focused on discussing the comic-book craft[2] and hosting an annual awards banquet, the ACBA evolved into an advocacy organization focused on creators' rights.

Academy of Comic Book Arts
ACBA Sketchbook (1975).
Cover art by Bernie Wrightson.
Formation1970
Dissolved1977
TypeComics professionals organization
Legal statusDefunct
HeadquartersSociety of Illustrators
Location
Region served
United States of America
Membership
Comic book professionals
President
Stan Lee (1970)
Dick Giordano (c. 1971)
Neal Adams
AffiliationsShazam Award
ACBA Sketchbook

The ACBA award, the Shazam, was a statuette in the shape of a lightning bolt. In addition to the creative awards, the ACBA also established the Academy of Comic Book Arts Hall of Fame award, inducting Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster as its initial honorees.


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