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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 second option 'Series #', where you enter the series name followed by the issue number, e.g. X-Men 12.

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200,000 comics indexed!

The GCD volunteers have been hard at work continuously adding more comics to the database reaching a monumental goal of 200,000 issues indexed!

Great job to everybody who has contributed from the first indexed issue to this impressive milestone. Keep up the great work!

GCD Convention Scene

The 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.

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475,000 covers uploaded!

The 475,000th cover was uploaded recently to the GCD!

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

Will Shetterly (born 1955) is an American writer of fantasy and science fiction best known for his novel Dogland (1997). The novel is inspired by his childhood at the tourist attraction Dog Land owned by his parents. He won the Minnesota Book Award for Fantasy & Science Fiction for his novel Elsewhere (1991), and was a finalist with Nevernever (1993); both books are set in Terri Windling's The Borderland Series shared universe. He has also written short stories for various Borderland anthologies.

Together with his wife Emma Bull, he created and edited the Liavek shared universe anthologies. There are five Liavek books extant.

Shetterly created the comic book character Captain Confederacy, played a small role in the film Toxic Zombies, and ran for governor of Minnesota in 1994 on the Grassroots Party ticket. He placed third out of six candidates.

He was a member of the writing group The Scribblies, which included Emma Bull, Pamela Dean, Kara Dalkey, Nate Bucklin, Patricia Wrede and Steven Brust.

In 2009, he donated his archive to the department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University.

He won the Minnesota Book Award for Fantasy & Science Fiction for his novel Elsewhere, and was nominated for the 2008 World Fantasy Award for his novel, The Gospel of the Knife.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Shetterly

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Samuel Maxwell "Jerry" Iger (August 22, 1903 – September 5, 1990) was an American cartoonist. With business partner Will Eisner he co-founded Eisner & Iger, a comic book packager that produced comics on demand for new publishers during the late-1930s and 1940s period known to fans and historians as the Golden Age of Comic Books.

Iger was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2009.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Iger

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Ray Douglas Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction writer. He was an autodidact. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951), Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers. He wrote and consulted on many screenplays and television scripts, most notably It Came from Outer Space, and many of his works have been adapted into comic books, television shows, and films.

Several comic book writers have adapted Bradbury's stories. Particularly noted among these were EC Comics' line of horror and science-fiction comics. Initially, the writers plagiarized his stories, but a diplomatic letter from Bradbury about it led to the company paying him and negotiating properly licensed adaptations of his work. The comics featuring Bradbury's stories included Tales from the Crypt, Weird Science, Weird Fantasy, Crime Suspenstories, Haunt of Fear and others.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_bradbury

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George Joseph Herriman (August 22, 1880 – April 25, 1944) was an American cartoonist best known for the comic strip Krazy Kat (1913–1944). More influential than popular, Krazy Kat had an appreciative audience among people in the arts. The Comics Journal placed the strip first on its list of the greatest comics of the 20th century.

After he graduated from high school in 1897, he was employed in the newspaper industry as an illustrator and engraver. He moved on to cartooning and comic strips—a medium then in its infancy—and drew a variety of strips until he introduced his most famous character, Krazy Kat, in his strip The Dingbat Family in 1910. A Krazy Kat daily strip began in 1913, and from 1916 also appeared on Sundays. The strip was noted for its poetic, dialect-heavy dialogue; its fantastic, shifting backgrounds; and its bold, experimental page layouts. In the strip's main motif, Ignatz Mouse would pelt Krazy with bricks, which the naïve, androgynous Kat would interpret as symbols of love. As the strip progressed, a love triangle developed between Krazy, Ignatz and Offisa Pupp.

Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst was a proponent of Herriman and gave him a lifetime contract with King Features Syndicate, guaranteeing Herriman a comfortable living and an outlet for his work despite its lack of popularity.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Herriman

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Brick Bradford debuted on this day in 1933!

Brick Bradford was a science fiction comic strip created by writer William Ritt, a journalist based in Cleveland, and artist Clarence Gray. It was first distributed in 1933 by Central Press Association, a subsidiary of King Features Syndicate.

Brick Bradford was a space opera/adventure story, resembling such comics as Skyroads, Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon with its tales of dinosaurs, intergalactic villains, robots and subatomic worlds. By 1935, Brick Bradford's popularity had greatly increased, and it arrived in the Sunday comics sections of major newspapers in 1933, followed by a weekend edition that began November 24, 1934. In France, he was known as "Luc Bradefer" (Luke Ironarm), and was published in many newspapers.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brick_Bradford

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50 Years Ago This Month: Honey, I shrunk the Blackhawks! It's "The Attack of the Mummy Insects" in Blackhawk #199 (http://www.comics.org/issue/18527/), cover by Dick Dillin and Sheldon Moldoff!

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Marie Severin (born August 21, 1929) is an American comic book artist and colorist best known for her work for Marvel Comics and the 1950s' EC Comics.

Her brother John Severin is also an artist who worked for EC and Marvel. Severin was working on Wall Street when her brother John, then an artist for EC Comics, needed a colorist for his work there. Marie Severin's earliest recorded comic-book work is coloring EC Comics' A Moon, a Girl... Romance #9 (Oct. 1949).

Severin won the Best Penciller (Humor Division) Shazam Award in 1974. The following year, she was nominated for both Best Inker (Humor Division) and Best Colorist.

Severin won an Inkpot Award at the San Diego Comic Con in 1988. She was inducted into the Will Eisner Comics Hall of Fame in 2001.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Severin

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Gary Friedrich (born August 21, 1943, Jackson, Missouri). is an American comic book writer best known for his Silver Age stories for Marvel Comics' Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, and for the following era's Monster of Frankenstein series and co-creating the supernatural motorcyclist the Ghost Rider and the supernatural hero Son of Satan.

Friedrich — no relation to fellow comics writer Mike Friedrich — was the first successful new writer brought into the burgeoning 1960s Marvel after fellow Missourian Roy Thomas. Succeeding Thomas on Sgt. Fury, Friedrich and the art team of Dick Ayers and John Severin produced a World War II series for the Vietnam years, combining militaristic camaraderie and gung ho humor with a regretful sense of war as a terrible last resort. The humanistic military drama was noted for its semi-anthological "The" stories, such as "The Medic" and "The Deserter".

Friedrich went on to write a smattering of superhero stories for Marvel, Atlas/Seaboard Comics and Topps Comics, and eventually left the comics industry. In 2011, he lost a federal lawsuit over a claim of ownership in the character Ghost Rider, but three months after an appellate court reversed that decision, the parties said they had reached a settlement.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Friedrich

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50 Years Ago This Month: A strange compulsion drives a scientist to seek an incredible creature in the forbidding mountains of Tibet! It's "Hamilton's Creature" in the pages of The Twilight Zone #8 (http://www.comics.org/issue/18558/), script by Dick Wood, art by Fred Fredericks with a great but unattributed painted cover.

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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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Last Updated Issues
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