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GCD Comics Timeline

José Delbo (9 December 1933, Argentina) began his comics career at age 16 in the magazine “Poncho Negro”. He moved to Brazil in 1963 and then to the USA in 1965.

His earliest work in the USA included “Billy the Kid” at Charlton Comics. He drew many TV tie-in comic books for Dell Comics and Western Publishing’s Gold Key Comics. Delbo has cited “The Monkees”, “The Lone Ranger”, and an adaptation of the “Yellow Submarine” film as being among his favorite projects.

Delbo’s first work for DC Comics appeared in “The Spectre” (1969). He drew “Wonder Woman” from 1976 through 1981, where he and writer Gerry Conway introduced a new version of the Cheetah in 1980. He continued to work on a variety of titles at DC until 1986.

From 1986 to 1988 he drew “ThunderCats” at Marvel Comics, and from 1988 to 1990, “The Transformers”. He co-created “Brute Force” with Simon Furman in 1990. He drew “NFL SuperPro” in 1991 and 1992.

In the later 1990s he published at Acclaim / Valiant, Big Entertainment, and other publishers.

Delbo taught at The Kubert School from the 1990s until 2005. After moving to Florida, he taught at a ‘cartoon camp’ program for school aged children in Boca Raton. He received an Inkpot Award at San Diego in 2013.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Delbo
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/delbo_j.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/laDY306XspZ

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Alarico Gattia (born 9 December 1927, Italy) moved to comics after working as an advertising illustrator and industrial illustrator. In the late 1960s his stories appeared in magazines such as “Il Corriere dei Piccoli” and “Diabolik”.

He illustrated comic adaptations of literary works in the 1970s at Il Giornalino.

He joined Bonelli in 1977, creating two albums of the “Un Uomo, un'Avventura” series — “L’Uomo del Klondike” and “L’Uomo del Sud”. He also illustrated stories in ‘Tex’ comics.

Gattia was a founder and has been the president of the Associazione Illustratori professional group.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/g/gattia_alarico.htm (some explicit images)
At Wikipedia (in Italian) — https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alarico_Gattia
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/lmho306Xsdr

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E.C. Segar (Elzie Crisler Segar, 8 December 1894 – 13 October 1938, USA) is widely regarded as having been one of the most influential and talented cartoonists of all time, among the first to combine humor with long-running adventures.

Around age 20, he moved to Chicago and met Richard F. Outcault (creator of “The Yellow Kid”), who introduced him to the Chicago Herald. On 12 March 1916, the Herald published his first strip, “Charlie Chaplin’s Comedy Capers”. He published in Chicago through 1919, and then moved to New York City.

There, Segar went to work for King Features Syndicate. His most famous strip, “Thimble Theatre”, began in the New York Journal on 19 December 1919. Its lead characters were Olive Oyl, Castor Oyl, and Ham Gravy.

Nine years into the “Thimble Theatre” strip, he introduced a sailor named Popeye in the 17 January 1929 installment. Popeye soon took over the storyline and became the main character, and is now a global pop-culture icon.

In 1971, the National Cartoonists Society created the Elzie Segar Award for outstanding contributions to the profession, which was awarded by NCS and then by King Features until 1999.

Segar died of leukemia at age 43.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._C._Segar
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/segar.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/cb1c306VcWC
‘Popeye’ in the GCD — http://ow.ly/AoUn306VcVF

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Christian de Metter (born 8 December 1968, France) is a comic book creator. His career began in the 1980s in commercial art and in the music press.

His first graphic work was the three-album “Emma”, released in 2000 by Soleil. He created “Le Curé” with Laurent Lacoste for the same publisher in 2001 and 2003.

Casterman released De Metter’s well-received World War I book “Le Sang des Valentines” in 2004, with the scenario written by Catel (Catherine Muller).

De Metter has continued to publish at Casterman. His solo works include “Vers le Démon” (2006) and “L’Oeil était dans la tombe” (2008). He has adapted novels such as Dennis Lehane’s “Shutter Island” (2009) and Armitage Trail’s “Scarface” (2011).

He has been nominated for multiple awards at Angoulême. He and Catel received the Audience Award there in 2005 for “Le Sang des Valentines”.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/de-metter_christian.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_De_Metter
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/sqeq306VcrX

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Remembering Pearl Harbor.

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Lucky Luke is a humorous comics series created by Belgian cartoonist Morris in 1946. Various writers scripted the series starting in 1955, beginning with French writer René Goscinny. French artist Achdé has continued the series as artist since Morris's death in 2001.

The series takes place in the American Old West and features the titular Lucky Luke, a cowboy known as the "man who shoots faster than his shadow", accompanied by his horse Jolly Jumper and in many stories a dog named Rantanplan. Lucky Luke is charged with restoring justice to the Old West by chasing down bandits, the most famous of whom are the Dalton Brothers. The stories are filled with humorous elements parodying the Western genre.

Lucky Luke is one of the best-known and best-selling comics series in Europe and has been translated into numerous languages. 68 albums have appeared in the series as of 2014, at first published by Dupuis, then from 1968 by Dargaud, and from 1999 by Lucky Comics. Each story was first serialized in a magazine: in Spirou from 1946 ro 1967, in Pilote from 1967 to 1973, in Lucky Luke in 1974–75, in the French edition of Tintin in 1975–76, and in various other magazines since. The series has been adapted to various other media, such as animated films and television series, live-action films, video games, toys, and board games. About half of the series' adventures have been translated into English. Lucky Luke comics have been translated into 23 languages, including many European languages, some African and Asian languages.

Lucky Luke first appeared 70 years ago today.

Lucky Luke in the GCD: http://www.comics.org/series/name/lucky%20luke/sort/chrono/

more about Lucky Luke: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Luke

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Valarie Jones (born 6 December 1961, USA) is a comic-book editor and occasional writer/artist. She co-founded and edited the New Comics Group line from 1987 through 1990.

She edited some issues of “Classics Illustrated” at First Comics in 1991, and that year she produced and edited “Born to Be Wild” (Eclipse), a benefit for PETA. She continued to edit at Eclipse through 1993.

While at Eclipse, Jones also wrote “Robin Hood” (1991) and “The Retaliators” (1992). She drew and colored the covers of “Honey West & T.H.E. Cat” in 2013 (Moonstone).

In 1994 she edited the Verotik reprint of golden-age “Phantom Lady” stories and she edited the “Dinosaurs Attack!” mini-series (IDW) in 2013.

New Comics Group at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Comics_Group
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/LFJl306QwV5

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Régis Loisel (born 4 December 1951, France) is a French comics writer and artist, best known for the long running series “La Quête de l’oiseau du temps”, written by Serge Le Tendre. He worked with Walt Disney Studios on the animated films Atlantis and Mulan.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/loisel.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A9gis_Loisel
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/9ZEt306MM4 (some explicit images)

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John Warner (born 3 December 1952, USA) is a writer and editor who was active in USA comics in the 1970s. He is known for his stories of horror and the supernatural.

In 1973, his stories began appearing in “Dark Shadows”, “Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery”, “The Twilight Zone”, and other titles at Western’s Gold Key imprint.
From 1975 to 1977, Warner was an editor for Marvel’s black-and-white magazines. He worked on “Dracula Lives!”, “Savage Tales”, “Planet of the Apes”, and other titles.

His stories continued to appear in Marvel comics and magazines through 1977. He co-created ‘Ulysses Bloodstone’, which first appeared in “Marvel Presents” in 1975. He wrote the “Son of Satan” series that followed the character’s introductory run in “Marvel Spotlight”.

Warner returned to Gold Key from 1979 through 1982 to write the relaunched “Flash Gordon” title.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Warner_(comics)
Stories in the GCD — http://ow.ly/ynDs306LI2D
Editing in the GCD — http://ow.ly/xcfw306LI0W

(George Wilson painted the cover of “Dark Shadows” #18, February 1973.)

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Frank Sels was the pen-name of François Sels (3 December 1942 – 19 December 1986, Belgium), a comics artist. He joined Studio Vandersteen in 1963, working on features such as ‘Karl May’ and ‘De Rode Ridder’.

He specialized in historical, Viking, and western stories, including ‘Mister Grizzly’, ‘Abraham Lincoln’, and ‘Kleine Antilope’.

In the late 1960s, Sels and Edgard Gastmans produced stories of the wild-west feature ‘Bessy’ at Vandersteen for the German market. In 1969, Sels founded Studio Sels — there, he and Gastman continued to produce ‘Bessy’ for Bastei Verlag.

Through Studio Sels, he also created the feature ‘Silberpfeil, der Junge Häuptling’, which first appeared in the weekly “Felix” and then in its own weekly comic from 1971 until the late 1980s.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/sels_f.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/htjE306LHTe

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