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525,000 covers uploaded!


The 525,000th cover cover was uploaded in April to the GCD!

Check out the cover which is from the issue Aventura #491 from Mexican publisher Editorial Novaro.


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Action Comics debuted on this day in 1938!

Action Comics #1 (http://www.comics.org/issue/293/) is the first issue of the comic book series Action Comics. It features the first appearance of several comic book heroes, most notably the Jerry Siegel/Joe Shuster creation Superman.

Published on April 18, 1938 (cover-dated June), by National Allied Publications, a corporate predecessor of DC Comics, it is considered the first true superhero comic; and though today Action Comics is a monthly title devoted to Superman, it began, like many early comics, as an anthology.

The first issue had a print run of 200,000 copies, although sales of the series would soon approach 1,000,000 a month.

Action Comics in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/97/covers/


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25 Years Ago This Month: Earl Norem provides the cover to The Destroyer #7 (http://www.comics.org/issue/210505/cover/4/)!

The Destroyer is a series of paperback novels about a U.S. government operative named Remo Williams originally by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir. The first novel was published in 1971, although the manuscript was completed on June 25, 1963. The main characters were adapted to film in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985).

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Destroyer_%28fiction%29

The Destroyer in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/3835/covers/


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Earl Norem (b. April 17, 1924) often credited simply as Norem, is an American artist primarily known for his painted covers for men's-adventure magazines published by Martin Goodman's Magazine Management Company and for Goodman's line of black-and-white comics magazines affiliated with his Marvel Comics division. Over his long career, Norem also illustrated covers for novels and gaming books, as well as movie posters, baseball programs, and trading cards.

Norem worked on such Marvel projects as Savage Sword of Conan, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Magazine, Marvel Preview, Tales of the Zombie, Monsters Unleashed, Planet of the Apes, Rampaging Hulk, The Silver Surfer, and storybooks featuring Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.

Norem's Transformers work consisted of four Marvel Big Looker storybooks (published 1984–1986), some of which were later adapted into "read along" storybooks.

In addition to his work for Marvel, Norem has painted illustrations and covers for the Worlds of Power Wizards & Warriors book series, Mars Attacks comics and trading cards, and Charlton Comics' The Six Million Dollar Man. The U.S. release of the Wizards & Warriors series illustrated by Norem included covers in color.

Norem has produced illustrations for magazines such as Reader's Digest, Field and Stream, Ski, Real West, and Discover. He has also painted movie posters for Conforte Graphics; package designs and artwork for Mego Toys, Mattel, and Hasbro; murals for the Military Museum of Southern New England; and even two New York Yankees program covers.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Norem

Earl Norem in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/search/advanced/process/?target=cover&method=i...


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Ben Dunn (born April 17, 1964 in Taiwan) is an American comic book artist. Although born in Taiwan, he grew up in Taiwan, Kentucky, and San Antonio, Texas, where he graduated from Central Catholic Marianist High School. It was in Taiwan that he was first exposed to Japanese manga. In 1984 he founded Antarctic Press, an American comic book company specializing in Manga-style titles. In 2003, he sold Antarctic to start his own development company, Sentai Studios.

Dunn was also one of the primary artists involved in the short-lived Marvel Mangaverse project. In 2006, Dunn worked as an animator for the science-fiction film "A Scanner Darkly." His most notable creations for Antarctic are the comic book series Ninja High School and Warrior Nun Areala.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Dunn

Ben Dunn in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/search/advanced/process/?target=cover&method=i...


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50 Years Ago This Month: The city crumples before the "Raid of the Skyscraper Robot!" It's Metal Men #13, cover by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito!

Metal Men in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/1554/covers/


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50 Years Ago This Month: Can the Amazon teenager stop herself from becoming a titanic threat to everyone? Thrill to the incredible surprises in..."Wonder Girl's Stolen Face" in Wonder Woman #153 (http://www.comics.org/issue/19088/), cover by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito!

Wonder Woman in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/277/covers/?page=4


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50 Years Ago This Month: You'll go "ape" for the cover to Mad #94 (http://www.comics.org/issue/93894/) by Norman Mingo!

Mad in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/10092/covers/?page=3


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William Morgan DeBeck (April 15, 1890 – November 11, 1942), better known as Billy DeBeck, was an American cartoonist. He is most famous as the creator of the comic strip Barney Google, later retitled Barney Google and Snuffy Smith. The strip was especially popular in the 1920s and 1930s, and featured a number of well-known characters, including the title character, Bunky, Snuffy Smith, and Spark Plug the race horse. Spark Plug was a merchandising phenomenon, and has been called the Snoopy of the 1920s.

DeBeck drew with a scratchy line in a "big-foot" style, in which characters had giant feet and bulbous noses. His strips often reflected his love of sports. In 1946, the National Cartoonists Society inaugurated the Billy DeBeck Memorial Awards (or the Barney Awards), which became the Reuben Award in 1954.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_DeBeck

Barney Google and Snuffy Smith in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/search/advanced/process/?target=issue_cover&me...


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Thomas F. "Tom" Sutton (April 15, 1937 – May 1, 2002) was an American comic book artist who sometimes used the pseudonyms Sean Todd and Dementia. He is best known for his contributions to Marvel Comics and Warren Publishing's line of black-and-white horror-comics magazines, particularly as the first story-artist of the popular character Vampirella.

Sutton's first two comic-book stories appeared the same month. His first sale, "The Monster from One Billion B.C.", was published in Warren Publishing's black-and-white horror-comics magazine Eerie #11 (Sept. 1967), though it was originally commissioned for Famous Monsters of Filmland (where it was reprinted four months later). He also illustrated the five-page anthological Western story "The Wild Ones", written by Sol Brodsky, in Marvel's Kid Colt, Outlaw #137 (Sept. 1967). It was one of many Westerns he drew for the company, including the introduction of the short-lived feature "Renegades"—The Fugitive times four, in the Old West—in Western Gunfighters #1 (Aug. 1970).

As Sutton recalled his breaking into Marvel, editor-in-chief Stan Lee "...looked at the stuff that I had brought in, [which was] stuff that I had done in the service for Stars and Stripes in Tokyo. I think he was rather impressed by the fact that I had actually done a daily comic strip for two years. He didn’t get many people who had done that. ... He just reached over and he pulled off this huge pile of blank paper. And he said, 'OK, do me a couple of Westerns and I'll see you next week. Have fun.' I remember that very well. 'Have fun.'"

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Sutton

Tom Sutton in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/search/advanced/process/?target=cover&method=i...


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