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On Monday, August 25th, Mexican indexer Ruben Cortes added the monumental one millionth issue to the database. It is the second issue of John Constantine Hellblazer from publisher Editorial Televisa. As we have two hundred thousand issues indexed, there is still plenty for us to do!
The next milestone? The soon to be reached 500,000th cover scan!
New Search Technology!Our new search technology is now the default search option in the search box, while all others are still supported. This search behaves similar to a google or bing search, it searches the content of most of our data and allows easy combination of different search terms in the different data fields. By adding other relevant search terms one can then easily filter down the results. Also sorting by several criteria is possible.
The easiest way to find a specific issue should now be the third option 'Series Name & Issue #', where you enter the series name followed by the issue number, e.g. X-Men 12.
GCD Convention SceneThe GCD has been celebrating our 20th Anniversary with comic convention appearances. Join our volunteers at the Baltimore Comic-Con Baltimore, MD (5-7 September).
We also have members wearing their t-shirts and handing out flyers at a few more shows across the US and Europe. Check out our Facebook Events Page for a full list, and let us know which show we will see you at.
475,000 covers uploaded!
Check out the cover which is from Una Criada Estupenda #15 (Editorial Novaro, 1968 Series), a series from Mexico.
Take a look at our international statistics to see what else the GCD's been up to.
GCD Comics Timeline
A letter from Steve Gerber of "7014 Roberts Court, University City 30, Mo." was published in Fantastic Four #19 (Oct. 1963). After corresponding with fellow youthful comics fans Roy Thomas and Jerry Bails, and starting one of the first comics fanzines, Headline, at age 13 or 14, Gerber attended college at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, and St. Louis University, where he finished his communications degree.
Gerber began work as a copywriter for a St. Louis advertising agency. During this time he wrote short stories, some of which, such as "And the Birds Hummed Dirges," later appeared in Crazy Magazine.
In early 1972, Gerber asked Thomas, by this time Marvel editor-in-chief, about writing comics; Thomas sent him a writer's test — six pages of a Daredevil car-chase scene drawn by Gene Colan — which Gerber passed. He accepted a position as an associate editor and writer at Marvel Comics.
Gerber's comics writing career at Marvel began with three comic books cover dated December 1972: Adventure into Fear #11, The Incredible Hulk #158, and a collaboration with writer Carole Seuling on Shanna the She-Devil.
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He studied briefly at Pratt Institute and the Art Students League. Edson was a sports cartoonist with the New York Evening Graphic from 1925 to 1928, followed by a year with the Paul Block Chain of Newspapers and a year at the New York Evening Post.
Along with his freelance work, he was a standby ghost for King Features Syndicate, eventually arriving at the Daily News as a sports cartoonist (1931–35). In 1933, while at the Daily News, he created his first daily comic strip, Streaky, which he wrote until 1935.
When Sidney Smith, creator of The Gumps, died suddenly in 1935, Edson took over Smith's strip. Edson wrote and drew The Gumps for 24 years. His assistant on The Gumps in the early 1950s was the actor Martin Landau. Cousin Juniper was a topper strip which Edson also drew for his Sunday page. Edson helped sell war bonds during World War II, and he traveled around the world entertaining troops with his amusing chalk talks.
In the early 1950s, Edson was one of several National Cartoonists Society members who participated in European USO Tours. After a visit to Germany, he created Dondi in 1955 with Irwin Hasen.
Edson's strips were collected in several books, including Andy Gump in Radioland (1937) and The Gumps (1952). Whitman Publishing collected his Streaky strips in the 158-page book, Streaky and the Football Signals.
In addition to his savings bond drives, Edson volunteered for various causes and fundraising campaigns. The Treasury Department recognized his efforts by awarding him a Distinguished Service Award in 1954.
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Until 1950, the Sunday strip and the daily strip both told the same story, following the adventures of Casey Ruggles and his companions on a wagon train to the gold fields of California.
Some early dailies were ghosted by Al Plastino. Some later strips were ghosted by Alex Toth and Ruben Moreira. Tufts did not write or draw the Sunday strip between 31 August 1953 and 30 January 1954. The last Tufts' daily was 3 April 1954, and his last Sunday was on 5 September 1954.
The strip continued for a short while with Al Carreño as artist and writer.
All of the daily stories except for one week have been reprinted by Pacific Comics Club or Comics Revue. The first few Sunday stories were reprinted in color in Comics Revue.
Casey Ruggles in the Grand Comics Database:
Martin's clean lines and strong sense of movement during action scenes set her apart from other Star Wars artists of the time. Her work displayed the influence of Japanese manga long before it became common in American comics.
The first comic Martin worked on was the Ms. Victory Special #1 (AC Comics, 1985). She then got the Star Wars assignment, where she did the covers for issues 92 and 93, and then the pencils for most of the issues between 94 and 107. Besides AC and Marvel, Martin has worked for DC Comics, Eclipse Comics, First Comics, Topps Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and a number of other small presses.
In recent years, Martin has been illustrating early-reader "graphic biographies" for Capstone Press. She also illustrated Edge Books: How to Draw Comic Heroes ISBN 978-1-4296-0074-3. According to her bio on Silver Phoenix Entertainment, Martin's currents projects include books for ABDO Publications and the graphic novel Shadowflight.
On May 1, 2010, Cynthia was inducted as an Honorary Member of the 501st Legion international costuming organization in recognition of her contributions to the Star Wars saga.
Cynthia Martin in the Grand Comics Database:
Garry Leach was first noted for his early work for 2000 AD, which was mainly on one-off stories featuring Dan Dare and M.A.C.H. 1. He then became a fan-favourite for his work on the series The VCs.
In 1981 he joined Dez Skinn's company, Quality Communications. where he workedd as art director and was the first artist on Alan Moore's revival of Marvelman in Warrior. His work on Marvelman proved highly popular but due to his slow pace of working, he left art duties to be replaced by Alan Davis. For Davis' first few stories Leach worked as inker to allow Davis to settle into the strip. Leach's work on Marvelman remained the prototype, as Davis has insisted that "my ‘style’ on the series was simply a bargain-basement attempt to imitate what Garry had done".
Leach and Alan Moore also created Warpsmith for Warrior together; Warpsmith featured in its own strip and eventually became a supporting character in Marvelman. With Dave Elliott, Leach set up Atomeka Press in 1988. Their first title was the anthology title, A1, which included new Warpsmith material by Moore and Leach.
After Atomeka and A1 finished in the mid-1990s, Leach worked mainly in advertising, but returned to comics in the late 1990s as John McCrea's inker on Hitman. He also drew the first issue of Warren Ellis's series Global Frequency, and designed many of that title's characters. He continues to contribute inking work to 2000AD, most recently on Future Shorts with Rufus Dayglo.
He has returned to publishing and restarted Atomeka Press with Dave Elliott. A1 is being published again with a mix of old and new material, including new work by Leach.
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Garvey met Akin in San Francisco in the late 1970s, through the community around Gary Arlington's San Francisco Comic Book Company. Joining Akin's small studio, the pair began working together. Their first professional job was on ROM Spaceknight #34 (Sept. 1982), inking over Sal Buscema's pencils. Akin & Garvey became the regular ROM inkers for almost two years, until 1984. During that time, they also provided the inks for the 1982 Marvel mini-series Vision and the Scarlet Witch. Also in 1984, the pair inked the four-issue mini-series Starriors for Marvel. Moving over to DC Comics in 1985, the inking team worked on Firestorm for five consecutive issues. Back at Marvel, Akin & Garvey inked issues #190–209 of Iron Man, and then worked on The Transformers for two years, until 1988. For the next three years, Akin & Garvey worked sporadically, for clients ranging from Marvel to DC to Continuity Comics.
As a solo freelancer, Garvey worked steadily through the 1990s, for DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse Comics; most notably as the inker on the entire run of DC's Gunfire from 1994–1995, and inker for DC's The New Gods in 1995–1996. Since the 1990s, Garvey has no significant published comics credits.
Fromm 1998–2002, Garvey worked with DreamWorks Animation on such films as The Prince of Egypt, The Road to El Dorado, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
In the early 2010s, Akin & Garvey reunited to do commercial illustration and comics work.
Brian Garvey in the Grand Comics Database:
His first comic work was published in 1958. During the 1960s, he drew Superman, Batman, and erotic comics. He made his first Disney comic using the Mickey Mouse character in 1971. He would go on, however, to work primarily with Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck stories. His most well-known Disney-related work is Andold "Wild Duck" Temerary, Donald's dark age Scottish alter ego; as well as the story From Egg To Duck (1984), Donald's biography.
In addition to working with established characters, Rota also does original work. He currently works for the Danish publisher Egmont.
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New GCD LogoWe have a new logo to help mark our 20th Anniversary! It is our first major design change since 1999 and will be seen on our t-shirts and convention gear throughout the year. We would like to thank Brian Saner Lamken for submitting his winning design and HippieBoy Design for applying those finishing touches. We hope you like it as much as we do!
1 million English storiesWhile our international content is steadily growing, we reached for English language stories an even big number: 1 million story sequences!
100,000 Norwegian storiesNorwegian is the second language to reach 100,000 stories!
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