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500,000 covers uploaded!

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The 500,000th cover was uploaded in October to the GCD!

Check out the cover which is from the issue Boom! Studios Halloween Fright Fest.


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.

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Gasoline Alley is a comic strip created by Frank King and currently distributed by Tribune Media Services. First published November 24, 1918, it is the second longest running comic strip in the US (after The Katzenjammer Kids) and has received critical accolades for its influential innovations. In addition to inventive color and page design concepts, King introduced real-time continuity to comic strips by showing his characters as they grew to maturity and aged over generations.

The strip originated on the Chicago Tribune's black-and-white Sunday page. One corner introduced King's Gasoline Alley, where characters Walt, Doc, Avery, and Bill held weekly conversations about automobiles. This panel slowly gained recognition, and the daily comic strip began August 24, 1919 in the New York Daily News.

The strip is still published in newspapers in the 21st century. Walt Wallet is now well over a century old (114, as of January 5, 2014), while Skeezix has become a nonagenarian. Walt Wallet appeared as a guest at Blondie and Dagwood's anniversary party, and on Gasoline Alley's 90th anniversary Blondie, Beetle Bailey, Dennis the Menace, and Snuffy Smith each acknowledged the Gasoline Alley anniversary in their dialogue. Snuffy Smith presented a character crossover with Walt in the doorway of Snuffy's house where he was being welcomed and invited in by Snuffy. In May 2013 at the Cartoon retirement home Walt is at a dinner when Maggie's (of Bringing Up Father) pearl broach is stolen; Fearless Fosdick is his usual incompetent self trying to catch the thief; cameos include "retired" cartoons such as Lil' Abner; Smokey Stover; Pogo and Albert. There is even the appearance of an active cartoon character, Rex Morgan M.D.

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

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25 Years Ago This Month: Jim Steranko provides a pulp-inspired cover painting for Now Comics' The Green Hornet #1 (http://www.comics.org/issue/46991/)!

In 1989, NOW Comics introduced a line of Green Hornet comics, initially written by Ron Fortier and illustrated by Jeff Butler. It attempted to reconcile the different versions of the character into a multigenerational epic. This took into account the character's ancestral connection to The Lone Ranger, though due to the legal separation of the two properties, his mask covered his entire face (as in the Republic serials) and he could not be called by name. In this interpretation, the Britt of the radio series had fought crime as the Hornet in the 1930s and 1940s before retiring. In NOW's first story, in Green Hornet #1 (November 1989), set in 1945, the nationality of the original Kato (named in this comic series Ikano Kato) is given as Japanese, but because of the American policy regarding the Japanese minority during World War II, Reid referred to Kato as Filipino in order to prevent Kato's being sent to an American internment camp.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Hornet#NOW_Comics

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William Henry Pratt (23 November 1887 – 2 February 1969), better known by his stage name Boris Karloff, was an English actor.

Karloff is best remembered for his roles in horror films and especially for his portrayal of Frankenstein's monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939), which resulted in his immense popularity. His best-known non-horror role is as the Grinch, as well as the narrator, in the animated television special of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966). He also had a memorable role in the original Scarface (1932). For his contribution to film and television, Boris Karloff was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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

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Carl Gafford (born November 23, 1953) is a colorist (and occasional editor) who has worked for several decades in the comics industry. His spanned several publishers, including Marvel Comics, DC Comics and Topps Comics.

Gafford began his professional career at DC Comics as a proofreader. Gafford started coloring feature pages in the production department, eventually doing regular freelance coloring. He was promoted to assistant production manager in August 1974 and began work on DC's in-house fanzine, The Amazing World of DC Comics, doing editing, writing, production work and color separations.

Gafford moved to Los Angeles in 1977 to color and write for the Hanna-Barbera comics produced for Marvel Comics. During this time, Gafford also worked in Hanna-Barbera's layout department on such TV shows as Godzilla and Super Friends before returning to New York City in August 1978. Gafford went to work in Marvel Comics' production department, first as a freelancer then as the staff typesetter.

Gafford left Marvel in January 1981 and began freelancing for both DC and Marvel, one of the few colorists to work at both companies at the same time. He returned to staff at DC in the summer of 1981 as the proofreader, then by year's end had become Len Wein's assistant editor.

Gafford returned to freelance coloring for DC and Marvel in summer 1982.

In June 1990, Gafford began working for Disney Comics. He freelanced for Dark Horse Comics and Innovation while at Disney.

In March 1993, Gafford moved back to New York to help Jim Shooter launch his new Defiant Comics line.

In June 1993, Gafford was hired by former Marvel editor Jim Salicrup for the new line of Topps Comics, produced by the sports trading card publisher The Topps.

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

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Masamune Shirow (士郎 正宗 Shirō Masamune) is a manga artist. He was born on November 23, 1961.

Masamune Shirow is the pen name of Masanori Ota, based on a famous swordsmith, Masamune. He is best known for the manga Ghost in the Shell, which has since been turned into two theatrical anime movies, two anime TV series, an anime TV movie, and several video games. Shirow is also known for creating erotic art.

Born in the Hyōgo Prefecture capital city of Kobe, he studied oil painting at Osaka University of Arts. While in college, he developed an interest in manga, which led him to create his own complete work, Black Magic, which was published in the manga fanzine Atlas. His work caught the eye of Seishinsha President Harumichi Aoki, who offered to publish him.

The result was best-selling manga Appleseed, a full volume of densely plotted drama taking place in an ambiguous future. The story was a sensation, and won the 1986 Seiun Award for Best Manga. After a professional reprint of Black Magic and a second volume of Appleseed, he released Dominion in 1986. Two more volumes of Appleseed followed before he began work on Ghost in the Shell.

In 2007, he collaborated again with Production I.G to co-create the original concept for the anime television series Shinreigari/Ghost Hound, Production I.G's 20th year anniversary project. A further original collaboration with Production I.G began airing in April, 2008, titled Real Drive.

Shirow is a world-famous illustrator. Indeed, for a time, he was more popular outside of Japan than inside. He was chosen as an early author to bring to the West because of many stylistic similarities between his work and traditional American comics.

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

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Walter Berndt (November 22, 1899, Brooklyn, New York - August 15, 1979, Port Jefferson, New York) was a cartoonist known for his long-run comic strip, Smitty, which he drew for 50 years.

Bernt's job as an office boy at the New York Journal put him in contact with leading cartoonists, as he recalled, "When I was 16, I worked as office boy for Tad, Herriman, Hershfield, Tom McNamara, also Hoban, McCay, Gross, T. E. Powers, C. D. Batchelor, Sterrett and Segar. Not much money but a million dollars worth of experience! Stayed with the New York Journal for five years, sweeping floors, running errands, drawing strips, sport cartoons and what have you. Then one year with World Telegram. From there to the Daily News in 1922 where Smitty and Herby work for me!"

Berndt's first strip, That's Different, drawn for the Bell Syndicate, lasted less than a year. In 1922, he created Smitty, which he continued until 1973, working with his assistant Charles Mueller. Berndt won the Reuben Award for 1969 for Smitty. He also produced the comic strip Herby from 1938 through 1960.

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

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Ron Randall (born November 22, 1956) is an American comic book artist best known as the creator of the character Trekker.

A graduate of The Kubert School Ron Randall's first published comic book work was a two-page backup story titled "Killers Above -- Killers Below!" which was written by Robert Kanigher and appeared in Unknown Soldier #243 (September 1980). Randall then drew several stories for the Sgt. Rock title with Joe Kubert, as well as for many of DC's mystery titles. He and writer Gary Cohn co-created the "Barren Earth" feature as a backup in The Warlord #63 (November 1982) and it was spun off into a four-issue limited series in 1985. Randall became the artist on the Arak, Son of Thunder series with issue #26 (October 1983). He collaborated with writer Greg Potter on the "Me & Joe Priest" graphic novel and drew a few issues of Alan Moore's Swamp Thing run. Randall introduced his creation Trekker, a 23rd-century female bounty hunter named Mercy St. Clair, in Dark Horse Presents #4 (January 1987). In 1992, he and writer Gerard Jones became the creative team on the Justice League Europe title.

He is a member of Periscope Studio in Portland, Oregon. In September 2011, Randall launched Trekkkercomic.com, a website collecting all of the previously published Trekker material. Upon completion of the posting of older material, Randall began to present new Trekker stories on the site. Trekker appeared in print again beginning with the story "The Train to Avalon Bay Part 1" in Dark Horse Presents vol. 2 #24 published in May 2013. The Trekker Omnibus collecting the character's appearances was published by Dark Horse in August 2013.

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Kim Yale (November 22, 1953 – March 7, 1997) was an American writer and editor of comic books for several comic book companies, including DC Comics, Eclipse Comics, First Comics, Marvel Comics, and Warp Graphics.

Yale was born in Evanston, Illinois, to the Reverend Richard A. Yale and Theresa Yale. Her father was a Navy chaplain which meant that for many years she and her family moved to various locations in the United States and abroad before resettling in Evanston during her teenage years.

Yale's first published comics work appeared in 1987 in the New America limited series, a spin off of Timothy Truman's Scout series published by Eclipse Comics. She married a fellow comics creator, and frequent collaborator, John Ostrander the same year. Yale and Ostrander developed the character of Barbara Gordon into Oracle, and wrote her origin story in the short story "Oracle: Year One" published in The Batman Chronicles #5 (Summer 1996).

The two also co-wrote Manhunter, a series which DC launched in the wake of the Millennium crossover. Their collaboration on Suicide Squad included the "Janus Directive" storyline in issues #27-30 and the creation of the character Dybbuk in issue #45 (Sept. 1990). Yale served as an editor for DC from 1991–1993 and oversaw licensed titles such as Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

She was also heavily involved with the Friends of Lulu, an organization promoting women in comics, working as a member of the board. Yale wrote an ongoing column in the Comics Buyer's Guide, in which she detailed her battle against breast cancer. The Kimberly Yale Award for Best New Talent has been named in her honor. Yale died of breast cancer in 1997, aged 43.

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David T. Wenzel (born November 22, 1950) is an illustrator and children's book artist. He is best known for his graphic novel adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Wenzel's first ambition had been to work for one of the big animation houses in California, but his early career path led him instead to work at an advertising agency and as a penciler in the mainstream comic book industry. From the mid-1970s to the early 1980s he worked on such Marvel Comics titles as Avengers and Savage Sword of Conan. He penciled part of The Avengers story arc which won a 1979 Eagle Award for Best Continued Story.

A recommendation from college classmate Larry Marder was key to Wenzel's landing his next major project. Marder was working with the people who had secured the rights to adapt The Hobbit to comics, and he knew firsthand that Wenzel had devoted his senior year in college to drawing Tolkien's characters. And so Wenzel provided the fully painted art for The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic, a three-part adaptation of The Hobbit, written by Chuck Dixon and Sean Deming. The work was originally published by Eclipse Comics in 1989. Published in a collected edition by Ballantine in 1990, The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic is one of the most successful graphic format adaptations of a piece of classic literature.

Another graphic novel project in a similar vein was Wenzel and writer Douglas Wheeler's adaptation of some of the Brothers Grimm's fairytales for NBM in 1995. In 1998 Wenzel teamed with comics writer Kurt Busiek on The Wizard’s Tale, the story of Evernight, a land ruled by a consortium of evil wizards who discover that one of their kind harbors a "dangerous" glimmer of good.

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

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Dan Brereton (born November 22, 1965, in the San Francisco Bay Area) is an American professional writer and illustrator who has produced notable work in the comic book field.

Brereton is known for his skills as a painter and his distinctive character designs. He gained attention for his work on "Batman: Thrillkiller," "Superman and Batman: Legends of the World's Finest," and "JLA: Seven Caskets." His most famous work is his own series "The Nocturnals."

Outside the comic book field, Brereton's work includes the package illustration for a video game called "Machine Head," billboard and advertising art for Rawhide (a Wild West park in Scottdale), concept art for Pressman Films, the television show Numb3rs, development for Disney Television Animation and album covers for the bands Toto, Fireball Ministry, Sote, Ghoultown, and Rob Zombie's Hellbilly Deluxe.

Image Comics published "Dan Brereton: The Goddess & The Monster," a collection of his best work, in August 2010.

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1,000,000 issues!

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!

New GCD Logo

We 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 stories

While our international content is steadily growing, we reached for English language stories an even big number: 1 million story sequences!

100,000 Norwegian stories

Norwegian is the second language to reach 100,000 stories!

Take a look at our international statistics to see what else the GCD's been up to.

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