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GCD Comics Timeline


Keith Pollard (born 20 January 1950, USA) is an American comic book artist. Originally from the Detroit area, Pollard is best known for his simultaneous work on the Marvel Comics titles Fantastic Four, Thor, and The Amazing Spider-Man in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Pollard
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/p/pollard_keith.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/GKRG308bfXq

(Pollard penciled and inked the cover of “Avengers Spotlight” #26, December 1989, the first comic in the ‘Acts of Vengeance’ cross-over event.)

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Bill Griffith (born 20 January 1944, USA) is a cartoonist who is best known for his daily comic strip ‘Zippy’. The popular catchphrase “Are we having fun yet?” is credited to Griffith in “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations” (16th edition, 1992).

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Griffith
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/griffith.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/tTLg308bft5 (some explicit images)

(Griffith created the cover of “Zippy Stories” #1, December 1977.)

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Norman Mingo (20 January 1896 – 8 May 1980, USA) was a successful commercial artist and illustrator. He is known in the comics field for being commissioned to create the definitive image of Alfred E. Neuman for “Mad” and then becoming a regular cover artist on the magazine in the 1960s and 1970s.

The character the magazine had been using was in the public domain, with a history stretching back to the 19th Century. Mingo’s cover for “Mad” #30, December 1956, became the distinctive (and trademarkable) rendition.

Mingo painted nearly all the “Mad” covers through 1976 except for a short break in the early 1960s and many after, with his final cover appearing at the end of 1980.

From 1975, he included an ichthys with his signature, honoring his born-again Christianity.

Semi-retired when he took the first “Mad” cover assignment, Norman Mingo was the only veteran of the First World War ever to write or draw for the magazine.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Mingo
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/mingo_norman.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/9xSv308beYK

(Mingo painted the cover of “Mad” #218, October 1980.)

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Harold Gray (20 January 1894 – 9 May 1968, USA) was an early newspaper strip cartoonist, best known as the creator of ‘Little Orphan Annie’, which he worked on for 45 years. He is considered the first USA cartoonist to express a political philosophy in a story strip.

‘Annie’ began in 1924 and became popular for its morality plays and plucky survivors. Gray refined his art and his storytelling and in the 1930s he was producing stories about the harm the New Deal was doing to the country.

Over the decades, Gray expressed a clear and deeply conservative view on topics from Communism to juvenile delinquency. ‘Annie’ has been adapted to radio plays, the 1977 stage play, and films, and remains popular.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Gray
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/gray_h.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/Y83j308beGs

(Gray drew the art on the cover of “Little Orphan Annie” #[1], June 1926.)

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Didier Tarquin (born 20 January 1967, France) is an artist and writer. His family moved to Algeria shortly after he was born and he grew up living in the desert.

At age 10 he moved back to France and discovered comics. He later studied fine art and then focused on creating comics. His first publication was “Les Maléfices d’Orient” (Soleil, 1990).

In 1994, he and writer Christophe Arleston created ‘Lanfeust de Troy’, a high-fantasy series in a science fiction universe that has had multiple series titles, spin-offs, sequels, and prequels, and is still being created.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Didier_Tarquin
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/t/tarquin_didier.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/i97B308bezR

(This is the cover of the Polish edition of “Lanfeust van Troy” #3, July 2002.)

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John McLusky (20 January 1923 – 5 September 2006, UK) was a bomber artist during World War II and freelance artist after the war.

When The Daily Express secured a license for a ‘James Bond’ newspaper strip, they tapped McLusky as the artist. During his tenure (1958–1966), he adapted 13 of the Ian Fleming novels.

He had done some work in “Eagle” earlier in the decade, and from 1966 he drew ‘Secret Agent 13’ in “June”. For 15 years, he drew adaptations for “TV Comic” such as ‘The Pink Panther’.

McLusky returned to ‘James Bond’ in 1982 with writer Jim Lawrence — they created 4 original stories.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McLusky
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/mclusky_john.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/zws9308bekl

(This cover of “The Menomonee Falls Gazette” #31, 17 July 1972, uses art from the ‘James Bond’ strip, which the paper was reprinting.)

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Gerry Alanguilan (born 20 January 1968, The Philippines) was a young architect when he was inspired by fellow Filipino artist Whilce Portacio’s work on “The X-Men” to turn to comics art in 1992. He self-published his first work, “Wasted”, from 1994 to 1996. He also published in magazines such as “Johnny Balbona” and “Timawa”.

In the mid-1990s, he was hired by Portacio himself for a new studio producing comics for the USA market. Alanguilan has inked covers and stories for Image, Marvel, DC Comics, and other publishers.

He has worked on series such as “Wetworks”, “Superman: Birthright”, and “Fantastic Four”.

He is best known in Asia by his stage name ‘Komikero’.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Alanguilan
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/a/alanguilan.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/sIZo308be5N

(Leinel Francis Yu penciled and Alanguilan inked this variant cover of “Miracleman” #1, March 2014.)

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Jay Leisten (born 19 January 1976, USA) is a comics artist whose career began in 2000, inking at Top Cow (Image). He worked on titles such as “Tombraider” and “Witchblade”.

He moved to CrossGen in 2003 to ink over his friend Greg Land’s pencils on “Sojourn”. After CrossGen closed, Leisten worked for Marvel and DC Comics on both covers and stories, often working with Land.

He has worked on series such as “Black Panther”, “Uncanny X-Men”, and “Moon Knight” at Marvel. At DC his projects include “Ion”, “Wonder Woman” and “Nightwing” at DC.

He is currently working on the 2016 reboot of “Uncanny X-Men” and Marvel and the 2016 series “Green Lanterns” at DC.

In the GCD — http://ow.ly/GJiz30892o0

(Greg Land penciled and Leisten inked the cover of “Squadron Supreme” #1, September 2008.)

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Sherm Cohen (born 19 January 1965, USA) is a comics and storyboard artist and a writer. From 1996 to 2009 he produced comic strips and covers for “Nickelodeon Magazine”, featuring Nicktoons characters.

From 1998 to 2006, he worked on the “SpongeBob SquarePants” show and movie. He has continued to work on shows such as “Phineas and Ferb” and “Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil” (for which he was nominated for an Emmy for direction in 2011).

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherm_Cohen
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/cCrU308929a
In the IMDb — http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1095881/

(Cohen created the cover of “SpongeBob Comics” #1, February 2011.)

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Thomas Yeates (born 19 January 1955, USA) is a comic book and comic strip artist who first published in underground comics, was in the first graduating class at the Joe Kubert School, and sold his first story in 1978.

His style is well-suited to fantasy, jungle, and other lush settings. In 1982, he and writer Martin Pasko revived Swamp Thing in the new series “Saga of the Swamp Thing”.

He created “Tarzan: The Beckoning” at Malibu (1992–1993). He adapted Burroughs’ “The Return of Tarzan” (1997), and penciled Timothy Truman’s ‘Tarzan vs. The Moon Men’ story, inked by Al Williamson, for “Tarzan” (1998), both at Dark Horse.

From 2012, Yeates has drawn the ‘Prince Valiant’ Sunday syndicated strip, which is written by Mark Schultz.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Yeates
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/y/yeates_thomas.htm
Thomas Yeates in the GCD — http://ow.ly/ITIU30891X3
Tom Yeates in the GCD — http://ow.ly/etFK30891VT

(Yeates painted the cover of “Dark Horse Presents” #143, May 1999.)

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