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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!

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.

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Ron Garney is a comic book writer/artist, known for his work on books such as JLA,The Amazing Spider-Man, Silver Surfer, Hulk, Daredevil and Captain America.

Garney has worked on JLA,The Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, Ghost Rider volume 3, Wolverine, Captain America, X-Men, Silver Surfer and Hulk. He has also written for Hulk in collaboration with Jerry Ordway.

Garney's late 2000s projects include Skaar: Son of Hulk and Wolverine: Weapon X. Garney worked as the Costume illustrator on the 2007 Will Smith film I Am Legend, and the 2010 Nicolas Cage fantasy film, The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

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

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Sid Jacobson (born October 20, 1929) is an American writer, having worked in the fields of children's comic books, popular music, fiction, biography, and non-fiction comics. He was managing editor and editor in chief for Harvey Comics, where he created the comics Richie Rich, Hot Stuff, and Casper the Friendly Ghost. Jacobson is also known for his late-career collaborations with artist Ernie Colón, including such nonfiction graphic novels as The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation and Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography.

It was at Harvey that Jacobson met artist Ernie Colón, whose work he edited for many years, both there and, later, at Star Comics.

After his long stint at Harvey, Jacobson moved on to become an executive editor at Marvel Comics, where he helped create the children's imprint Star Comics. Jacobson was the writer for Marvel's ALF comic book series from 1987–1991.

Jacobson returned to Harvey Comics in the early 1990s, among other things creating a line of Hanna-Barbera comics, original stories based on the animated TV series characters.

In 2006, Jacobson and his old Harvey colleague Ernie Colón teamed up as writer and illustrator to create a graphic-novel version of the 9/11 Commission Report titled The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation. In 2008, they released a 160-page follow-up: After 9/11: America's War on Terror. Subsequent collaborations with Colón include A Graphic Biography: Che, released in 2009; and Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography, published in 2010 by Hill and Wang in the U.S. and Uitgeverij Luitingh in the Netherlands.

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

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Nicholas Viscardi (October 20, 1920 – November 3, 2013), known professionally as Nick Cardy or Nick Cardi, was an American comic book artist best known for his DC Comics work on Aquaman, the Teen Titans and other major characters. Cardy was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005.

As did many early comics professionals, Cardy entered the comics field working for Eisner and Iger Studio, a company founded by Will Eisner and Jerry Iger, which was one of a handful of comic book "packagers" that would create comics on demand for publishers testing the waters of the emerging medium. Joining the studio circa 1940, he worked on Fight Comics, Jungle Comics, Kaanga Comics, and Wings for Fiction House Publications and the Lady Luck back-up in Will Eisner's weekly Spirit Section.

In 1950, he began his decades-long association with DC Comics, starting with the comic book Gang Busters, based on the dramatic radio show. He began developing his breakout reputation with Tomahawk, his most prominent series at the time.

From 1962–1968, he drew the first 39 issues of Aquaman and all its covers through the final issue (#56, April 1971).

Cardy first drew the Teen Titans in The Brave and the Bold #60 (July 1965), wherein the superhero sidekicks Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad were joined by Wonder Woman's younger sister Wonder Girl in her first appearance. After next being featured in Showcase #59 (Dec. 1965), the team was spun off into their own series with Teen Titans #1 (Feb. 1966). From 1966-73, Cardy penciled or inked — sometimes both — all 43 issues of the series.

Cardy became the primary DC cover artist from the early to mid-1970s.

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

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Lyman W. Young (October 20, 1893 – February 12, 1984) was an American cartoonist who created the strip Tim Tyler's Luck. His younger brother, Chic Young, was the creator of Blondie.

Like his brother, Lyman Young was encouraged to do artwork by his mother, who was a painter. After Young studied at the Chicago Art Institute and served in World War I, he worked as a salesman. He began his career as a cartoonist in 1924 by stepping in to draw C. W. Kahles' comic strip The Kelly Kids. In 1927, he created his own strip, The Kid Sister, a spin-off of The Kelly Kids.

Young launched Tim Tyler's Luck in 1928, and in 1935, he added a topper strip Curley Harper. Young employed several artists, some of whom became famous and successful with their own strips. The illustrators included Alex Raymond, Burne Hogarth, Clark Haas, Nat Edson and Tom Massey. Tony DiPreta began his career doing lettering on the strip while Young played golf.

Young lived in Greenwich, Connecticut. During the 1950s, when his son Bob took over the daily strip, Young retired to Florida, where he lived near his brother, and then relocated to California. He was 90 when he died in 1984.

He received the National Cartoonists Society's Silver T-Square Award in 1977.

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

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Louis Scheimer (October 19, 1928 – October 17, 2013) was an American producer, one of the original founders of Filmation, an animation company, and also credited as an executive producer of many of its cartoons.

Scheimer played a significant role in the creation of the cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and Bravestarr. Aside from being the executive producer, he was also co-credited for the series' musical score under the pseudonym "Erika Lane" (which combined the names of his daughter Erika and son Lane), and became a voice actor for the show (as he had done for many of his company's previous productions), going under the pseudonym "Erik Gunden". Scheimer's contribution to the cast was in fact most notable as he voiced several supporting characters, including Orko (and other characters with a similar Smurfs-voice), Stratos, King Randor and others, due to severe budget restrictions. The animated series also pioneered a type of programming known as first-run syndication. Also a first was the storyline being based on an action figure toy; prior to this time, FCC regulations had prohibited any type of children's programming being based on a toy. Scheimer transformed He-Man from a graphically violent version of Conan the Barbarian into a pro-social character, who imparted a life lesson to impressionable viewers in each episode.

Scheimer's daughter, Erika, also did supporting female voices and occasional voice-acting for young boy characters. She would later star in the follow-up series She-Ra, which Scheimer also produced.

The Lou Scheimer Gallery at the ToonSeum, a museum of comic and cartoon art in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, is named in his honor.

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

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Giorgio Cavazzano (born October 19, 1947) is an Italian comic strip artist.

Cavazzano was born in Venice. He started his career at age 14, as an inker for Romano Scarpa. He produced stories about Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck and others.

Cavazzano's work is known for combining the traditional rubbery appearance of Disney characters with realistic illustration of technological gadgets and machinery. This style has had a big influence on many Disney illustrators of the new generation, especially the Italians. Recently, Cavazzano illustrated the epic Disney fantasy comic World of the Dragonlords, which was written by Byron Erickson.

He has received numerous awards for his work in comics. Apart from Disney, he has also been involved in drawing other, less known, comics and has done work in advertisement.

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

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Dick DeBartolo (born October 19, 1945) is an American writer, most famous for writing for Mad. He is occasionally referred to as "Mad's Maddest Writer," this being a twist on Don Martin's former status as "Mad's Maddest Artist." DeBartolo served as the magazine's "Creative Consultant" from 1984 to 2009.

Mad has long spaced out DeBartolo's articles to ensure that at least one appears in every issue. As of his byline in issue #502 in 2009, new DeBartolo material has appeared in 400 consecutive issues, dating back to 1966. This is the longest such streak, surpassing runner-up Sergio Aragonés by nine issues. (Aragonés would be 25 issues ahead of DeBartolo's run if not for a single missed issue, #111. Al Jaffee would also be 16 issues ahead of DeBartolo, had he appeared in issue #360. Other than these three, only Dave Berg (whose streak was halted by his death) appeared in as many as 300 consecutive issues. DeBartolo has written well over 250 television or film parodies for the magazine, easily the most by any Mad writer.

DeBartolo's book, Good Days and Mad: A Hysterical Tour Behind the Scenes at Mad Magazine, traces his first 30 years at Mad and details his friendship with publisher William Gaines. Featuring contributions from other Mad writers and artists, the book recounts memorable anecdotes, notably the ascent that DeBartolo, Gaines, and Gaines' wife Annie once made through the arm of the Statue of Liberty.

DeBartolo is also the author of numerous non-reprint Mad paperbacks, including MAD-vertising, MAD Murders the Movies, and The MAD Book of Sex, Violence, and Home Cooking. DeBartolo also scripted several of Don Martin's "Captain Klutz" adventures, which appeared in Martin's series of paperbacks.

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

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Michael ("Mike") Manley is an American comic book artist, inker and penciller. He is best known for co-creating (with writers Danny Fingeroth and Tom DeFalco) the Marvel Comics character Darkhawk in 1991. He would go on to serve as the regular penciller of the Darkhawk series for the first half of its run.

He has also contributed to titles such as Batman, Quasar, Captain America, Marvel Universe, and The Power of Shazam!. He filled in as artist on the serial newspaper comic strip Judge Parker for the four weeks beginning March 15, 2010, due to the ongoing illness of regular artist Eduardo Barreto, before becoming the strip's regular artist in 2011.

He has worked as an artist for major publishers such as Marvel, DC Comics, and Dark Horse. In his run on the Batman title, Manley was one of the artists of Batman #500 in which the character Azrael replaced Bruce Wayne as Batman. Manley works in animation as a storyboard and background designer and was part of the team of artists who produced the shows The New Batman/Superman Adventures and Batman Beyond.

In 1995, Manley formed Action Planet Inc. as a home to publish his own comics and ideas, starting with the anthology Action Planet Comics, featuring his character Monsterman. In early 1996 he founded ActionPlanet.com, which has grown to include Mike's award-winning on-line web comic, G.I.R.L. Patrol.

Jumping back and forth between comics and animation Manley created and edited Draw! Magazine, the twice Eisner-nominated "How-to" magazine published by TwoMorrows Publishing. The magazine features step-by-step demos and articles on artists working in comics, cartooning, and animation.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Manley_%28artist%29

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50 Years Ago This Month: Archie Comics publishes Archie and Me #1 (http://www.comics.org/issue/173823/)! Both the cover and interior work are currently unattributed in the Grand Comics Database. If you have documentation or resources that will help us fill this or any other gaps in comicological knowledge, please don't hesitate to contact us!

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25 Years Ago This Month: Viz publishes Crying Freeman #1 (http://www.comics.org/issue/46873/) for an English-reading audience.

Crying Freeman (クライング フリーマン Kuraingu Furīman) is a manga series written by Kazuo Koike and illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami. Crying Freeman follows an assassin, a Japanese man hypnotized and trained by the Chinese mafia (called the "108 Dragons") to serve as its agent, and covered in a vast and complex dragon tattoo. A quiet but complicated killer, Freeman reflexively sheds tears after every killing as a sign of regret.

The manga was originally serialized by Shogakukan on its magazine Big Comic Spirits from 1986 to 1998. It was first published in North America by Viz Media in comic book form. Viz later republished the series in graphic novel form in two versions: an initial set and longer volumes that combined the initial volumes together, dubbed "Perfect Collections." From 2006 to 2007, the manga was republished by Dark Horse Comics in five volumes.

The story was adapted into an anime OVA by Toei Animation, released from 1988 to 1994. Crying Freeman has also been adapted into three live-action films: two in Hong Kong in Cantonese and an English-language adaptation in Canada.

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

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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.

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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