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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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A Christmas Carol is a novella by Charles Dickens. It was first published in London by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.

The book was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past as well as new customs such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees. Carol singing took a new lease on life during this time. Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.

Dickens' Carol was one of the greatest influences in rejuvenating the old Christmas traditions of England, but, while it brings to the reader images of light, joy, warmth and life, it also brings strong and unforgettable images of darkness, despair, coldness, sadness, and death. Scrooge himself is the embodiment of winter, and, just as winter is followed by spring and the renewal of life, so too is Scrooge's cold, pinched heart restored to the innocent goodwill he had known in his childhood and youth. A Christmas Carol remains popular—having never been out of print—and has been adapted many times to film, stage, opera, and other media.

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

A Christmas Carol in the Grand Comics Database:
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Thimble Theatre was created by King Features Syndicate cartoonist E.C. Segar, and was his third published strip. The strip first appeared in the New York Journal, a newspaper operated by King Features owner William Randolph Hearst, on December 19, 1919 before later expanding into more papers. In its early years, the strip featured characters acting out various stories and scenarios in theatrical style (hence the strip's name).

Thimble Theatre's first main characters/actors were the thin Olive Oyl and her boyfriend, Harold Hamgravy. After the strip moved away from its initial focus, it settled into a comedy-adventure style featuring Olive, Ham Gravy, and Olive's enterprising brother, Castor Oyl. Olive's parents, Cole and Nana Oyl, also made frequent appearances.

Popeye first appeared in the strip on January 17, 1929 as a minor character. He was initially hired by Castor Oyl and Ham to crew a ship for a voyage to Dice Island, the location of a casino owned by the crooked gambler Fadewell. Castor intended to break the bank at the casino using the unbeatable good luck conferred by stroking the hairs on the head of Bernice the Whiffle Hen. Weeks later, on the trip back, Popeye was shot many times by Jack Snork, a stooge of Fadewell's, but survived by rubbing Bernice's head. After the adventure, Popeye left the strip, but due to reader reaction, he was quickly brought back.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popeye#Thimble_Theatre_and_Popeye_comic_strips

Thimble Theater in the Grand Comics Database:
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25 Years Ago This Month: Walter Simonson commences his run on the Fantastic Four with issue #334 (http://www.comics.org/issue/47468/)! For issues 334-336, Simonson scripted while Rich Buckler and Ron Lim provided the interior pencil art. Starting with #337, Simonson assumed interior art duties on the book. Issue #337 was, probably not coincidentally, the same issue number he started as writer/artist of Thor.

Fantastic Four in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/issue/47468/


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Peter B. Gillis (born December 19, 1952) is an American comic book writer best known for his work at Marvel Comics and First Comics in the mid-1980s, including the series Strikeforce: Morituri and the digitally drawn comic series Shatter.

Gillis' first work in the comics industry was as a freelance writer for Marvel Comics, where he worked on such titles as Captain America, Marvel Two-In-One, and Super-Villain Team-Up from 1978 to 1980. The irregular publishing frequency of the final issues of Super-Villain Team-Up was due to a legal maneuver to prevent DC Comics from trademarking the term "supervillain". Gillis then worked as an editor for the Florida-based publisher New Media Publishing; he left that position in June 1981.

Gillis is best known for the digital comic Shatter (1985–1988) and First Comics' Warp (1983–1985). Gillis co-created Strikeforce: Morituri (1986–1988) with artist Brent Anderson. Gillis wrote the entire runs of Micronauts: The New Voyages (1984–1986) and Strange Tales vol. 2 (1987–1988); other Marvel work included numerous issues of What If (1980–1984), The Defenders (1984–1986), The Eternals vol. 2 (1985–1986), Doctor Strange vol. 2 #76–81 (1986–1987) and Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #1–4 (1988–1989).

His creations for other companies include Blaze Barlow and the Eternity Command and the Black Flame for First; and the gonzo post-holocaust comedy Gammarauders (a tie-in to the Gamma World role-playing game) for DC Comics' short-lived TSR Games line. For DC Comics, he also wrote the science-fiction miniseries Tailgunner Jo with art by Tom Artis.

Gillis returned to comics in 2010 when he wrote the six-issue comic adaptation of Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn for IDW Publishing.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_B._Gillis

Peter Gillis in the Grand Comics Database:
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10 Years Ago This Month: DC Comics publishes Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 (http://www.comics.org/issue/900822/)!

Green Lantern: Rebirth was a six-issue monthly American comic book limited series written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Ethan Van Sciver. Published by DC Comics between October 2004 and May 2005, the series featured characters from throughout the sixty year history of Green Lantern comics.

The storyline follows the "rebirth" of the Silver Age Green Lantern Hal Jordan as he overcomes fear itself in the form of the cosmic entity Parallax. The series starred various members of the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart and Guy Gardner. It revived elements of the Green Lantern mythos including the Guardians of the Universe, Kilowog and the villain Sinestro, while introducing new concepts such as the emotional spectrum. In addition, the GLC power ring's flaw of being unable to directly affect the color yellow is significantly weakened, allowing experienced Corps members to overcome it if they can conquer their fear.

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Lantern:_Rebirth

Green Lantern: Rebirth in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/11336/covers/


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25 Years Ago This Month: DC Comics publishes Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn #1 (http://www.comics.org/issue/47080/), cover by Mark Bright and Klaus Janson.

Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn is a 1989-1990 limited series comic book published by DC Comics. The series retold the origins of Hal Jordan and how he became a Green Lantern in post-Crisis continuity. It is created by Keith Giffen and Gerard Jones, with the first issue written by Jim Owsley.

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

Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/3795/covers/


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50 Years Ago This Month: The villainous Dr. Light is back in the spotlight again armed with an amazing array of light-beams that blast Green Lantern off his feet. It's "Wizard of the Light-Wave Weapons" in Green Lantern #33 (http://www.comics.org/issue/18795/), cover by Gil Kane and Murphy Anderson.

Green Lantern in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/1448/covers/


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75 Years Ago This Month: Superman faces "The Purple Plague" in the pages of Action Comics #19 (http://www.comics.org/issue/570/), cover by Joe Shuster!

Action Comics in the Grand Comics Database:
http://www.comics.org/series/97/covers/


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Matt Hollingsworth (born December 17, 1968, in California) is a comic book colorist.

Hollingsworth graduated from The Kubert School in 1991 and began getting regular work from Marvel Comics and DC Comics. In 1993, he was hired to the Dark Horse Comics staff as head of the painted art department. After a year, he returned to freelance work and helped launch the award-winning Preacher from DC's Vertigo imprint.

He has worked on many titles for DC/Vertigo, Marvel, and others, including Catwoman, Batman, Daredevil and Alias. He won an Eisner Award for Best Colorist/Coloring in 1997, for work on several comics including Death: The High Cost of Living. He was nominated in 2004 for Catwoman. In 2006, he provided the colors of the Eternals book written by Neil Gaiman and pencilled by John Romita, Jr. Hollingsworth signed an exclusive contract with Marvel in April 2010. In 2012, he teamed-up with writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja to publish a new ongoing series of the character Hawkeye.

In 2003, he enrolled in the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood to become a visual effects artist in the film industry. He began working as a texture painter and technical director on such films as Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Fantastic Four, Serenity, Superman Returns, among others.

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

Matt Hollingsworth in the Grand Comics Database:
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Phil Winslade is a British comic book artist.

Winslade was born in Surrey in 1965 and spent a lot of time indoors as a child because of a heart murmur. His main source of entertainment were Marvel like Howard the Duck and Deathlok. However, it wasn't until he attended Birmingham Polytechnic, to study art, that the idea of working in the industry was rekindled. Here he met Steve Pugh who was already active in comic art.

He produced commercial artwork after college before showing his portfolio to Garth Ennis at a comic convention in Coventry, where he got the job drawing Goddess. Before that project started he worked on Crisis and Revolver as well as inking Steve Dillon's work on Car Warriors for Epic. During this period he also worked on Elaine Lee's Skin Tight Orbit and was pencilled in as the artist for The Red Seas, with Ian Edginton when it was going to be run by Epic, but he was too busy with Goddess.

Since then he has worked for Marvel, DC and 2000 AD.

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

Phil Winslade in the Grand Comics Database:
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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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