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250,000 comics indexed!

Indexing milestone: TV Century 21 #89 (1 Oct 1966) is our 250,000th indexed comic on the site! Thanks to indexer Steve Jenner, and to all the indexers who preceded him and continue to contribute.

GCD Comics Timeline

Piet van Elk (30 June 1919 – 23 June 1994, The Netherlands) got his artistic education at the Kunstnijverheidschool in Amsterdam. In 1942, he and his brother John self-published the comic book ‘De avonturen van Drie Musketiers’ (‘The Adventures of the Three Musketeers’). Shortly afterwards, the brothers published another book, ‘De Avonturen van Ridder Rudolf’.

The Van Elk brothers began an animation studio in Amsterdam in 1942. They created the kitten ‘Bim’, initially for an animation project, but eventually for a newspaper comic. The character later became a human boy because of a possible resemblance to Marten Toonder’s ‘Tom Poes’.

‘De Avonturen van Bim’ was initially written by John van Elk, who died in the Neuengamme concentration camp after having written only three stories. Piet van Elk continued ‘Bim’ with scriptwriter Eddie Bayer, and when the series stopped in 1951, 28 stories had been published in various newspapers.

Continue reading about Piet van Elk at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/e/elk_van.htm

(The image shown is from the Comiclopedia page for van Elk.)

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Bobby London (born 29 June 1950, USA) was born in Brooklyn, and started his career as part of the underground comix movement. If the informal credo of the Air Pirates group of underground artists was to emulate the early newspaper comic strips, then Bobby London was an ideal member.

He was inspired by several masters of the medium, like E.C. Segar, Cliff Sterrett, Bud Fisher, Billy DeBeck and George Herriman. Herriman leaps to mind when viewing London’s ‘Dirty Duck’ pages of the early 1970s, but only for style, not for content.

Besides ‘Dirty Duck’, he also contributed to ‘Air Pirates’ # 1 and 2, ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’, ‘Left Field Funnies’, ‘Manhunt’ # 1, ‘San Francisco Comic Book’ # 4 and his autobiographic comic ‘Merton of the Movement’.

Continue reading about Bobby London at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/london_bobby.htm

Read about Bobby London at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_London

Explore items in the GCD with work by Bobby London — http://ow.ly/ui2W301K8eL

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Michael Whelan (born 29 June 1950, USA) is an artist of imaginative realism. For more than 30 years he worked as an illustrator specializing in science fiction and fantasy cover art. Since the mid-1990s he has pursued a fine art career, selling non-commissioned paintings through galleries in the United States and through his website.

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted Whelan in June 2009, the first living artist so honored.

Continue reading about Michael Whelan at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Whelan

Explore items in the GCD with work by Michael Whelan — http://ow.ly/ORaW301K7UA

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Bo Hampton (born 29 June 1954, USA) attended college at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he studied under Will Eisner. He went to work as Eisner’s assistant afterwards. In 1980 he started to work for Witching Hour.

In 1994, Hampton completed the painted art for ‘Batman: Castle of the Bat’, and a vampire graphic novel entitled ‘Verdilak’ followed, based on a short story by A.K. Tolstoy. Later on, he pencilled the final issues of ‘Batman and Robin Adventures’, as well as the mini-series ‘Batman Adventures: The Lost Year’.

Continue reading about Bo Hampton at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/hampton_bo.htm

Explore items in the GCD with work by Bo Hampton — http://ow.ly/teqF301K58Y

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Don Rosa (born 29 June 1951, USA) is one of the most original and conspicuous present-day Disney artists. In 1966, “Duck Man” Carl Barks retired, after twenty-five years of drawing and writing Duck family stories. Most the artists and writers that tried their hand on the Duck universe in the years that followed, took Barks’ oeuvre as starting point.

But it is Don Rosa who took the work of Carl Barks to a further extent. By elaborating on fragments of Barks stories, he assembled the big series ‘The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck’, in which he probed into the origins of Scrooge McDuck’s riches. Don Rosa’s fantastic stories and sometimes bizarre drawings, which are sometimes closer to underground than to mainstream Disney stories, gained him a loyal following of fans.

Continue reading about Don Rosa at Lambiek Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/r/rosa_don.htm

Read about Don Rosa at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Rosa

Explore items in the GCD with work by Don Rosa — http://ow.ly/qvzp301K4fN

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Cover for Laugh Parade (Marvel, 1961 series) #v5#6 http://ift.tt/293Sdfk #comics #beach #thebeach

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We now have 600,000 cover scans on the site!

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