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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!


Beta Search Capabilty!

We have a new search capability in beta right now, and we need your help to run it through its paces. This cool new feature searches the different data objects at the same time and allows easier combination of different search terms. We already identified (and starting working through) some aspects that are not quite behaving as we would like, but we still need to hear from you. Please use on of the contact points on the left or join our mailing lists to share your comments, ask questions or provide suggestions. We can't do this without volunteers like you.


GCD Convention Scene

Join us as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary at several comic conventions. Volunteers will be running GCD booths at the following shows: 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.


GCD Comics Timeline


Barbarella is a fictional heroine in a French science fiction comic book created by Jean-Claude Forest. He created the character for serialization in the French magazine V-Magazine in spring 1962, and in 1964 Eric Losfeld later published these strips as a stand-alone book, under the title Barbarella. The stand-alone version caused a scandal and became known as the first "adult" comic-book, despite its eroticism being slight and the existence of the Tijuana bibles well before this date.

Although published by a traditional company, the book anticipated the sexual revolution. For her creator, the character embodied the modern emancipated woman in the era of sexual liberation. This work is associated with the sexual revolution. The struggle for sexual freedom in comics was most prominently conducted in France through emancipated female characters like Barbarella (1962), Jodelle (1966), Pravda (1968), Scarlet Dream (1981), Saga de Xam (1967), Wolinski's Paulette (1971). Notable works in this trend outside of France have been Phoebe Zeit-Geist (1965) and Vampirella (1969) in USA, Modesty Blaise (1963) in the UK, Valentina (1965) and Angiolini's Isabella (1966) in Italy.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbarella_(comics)

Barbarella in the Grand Comics Database:
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50 Years Ago This Month: Giant-Man learns that his huge size may cause his doom! He's surrounded by deadly enemies...and he has no place to turn! Only the Wasp can save Giant-Man! But she is the captive of the evil El Toro! Who is El Toro? Giant-Man and the Wasp have "No Place to Hide" in Tales to Astonish #54 (http://www.comics.org/issue/18344/), script by Stan Lee, art by Don Heck, and cover by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers!

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Ben Dunn (born April 17, 1964 in Taiwan) is an American comic book artist. Although born in Taiwan, he grew up in Kentucky, Taiwan and San Antonio, Texas. It was in Taiwan that he was first exposed to Japanese manga. In 1984 he founded Antarctic Press, an American comic book company specializing in Manga-style titles. In 2003, he sold Antarctic to start his own development company, Sentai Studios. Dunn was also one of the primary artists involved in the short-lived Marvel Mangaverse project. In 2006, Dunn worked as an animator for the science-fiction film "A Scanner Darkly." His most notable creations for Antarctic are the comic book series Ninja High School and Warrior Nun Areala.

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

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Earl Norem (b. April 17, 1924), often credited simply as Norem, is an American artist primarily known for his painted covers for Marvel Comics books and magazines. Over his five-decade career, Norem also brought his colorful, expressive, and dynamic style to covers for novels, gaming books, movie posters, baseball programs, and trading cards.

Norem worked on such Marvel projects as Savage Sword of Conan, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Magazine, Marvel Preview, Tales of the Zombie, Monsters Unleashed, Planet of the Apes, Rampaging Hulk, The Silver Surfer, and storybooks featuring Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.

Norem's Transformers work consisted of four Marvel Big Looker storybooks (published 1984–1986), some of which were later adapted into "read along" storybooks.

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

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Jean-Pierre Gibrat is a French comic artist and scriptwriter. Born on the 14th of April 1954 in Paris, France. His first complete stories were published in the French magazine Pilote. With Jackie Berroyer, he took on le petit Goudard in 1978, a series which he continued in the same year in Charlie Mensuel, then in Fluide Glacial in 1980. During this time, some of his artwork was also published in the press : l'Evénement du jeudi, le Nouvel Obs, Sciences et Avenir and he also produced work for Okapi and Je bouquine. In late 1982, he pencilled La Parisienne in Pilote, again on a script by Berroyer. In 1985, on Saval's texts, Gibrat drew, in Télé Poche, l'Empire sous la mer, an adventure starring the canine character Zaza, created by Dany Saval and Michel Drucker.

In October 1997, the graphic novel Le sursis was released, followed by volume 2 in September 1999, Le vol du Corbeau in 2002 and its second volume in 2005; all of which were published by Dupuis.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Pierre_Gibrat

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10 Years Ago This Month: DC and Marvel publish the final issue (http://www.comics.org/issue/209317/) of their long-anticipated crossover JLA/Avengers by Kurt Busiek and George Perez!

In 1979, DC and Marvel agreed to co-publish a crossover series involving the two teams, to be written by Gerry Conway and drawn by George Pérez. The plot of the original crossover was a time travel story involving Marvel's Kang the Conqueror and DC's Lord of Time. Writer/editor Roy Thomas was hired to script the book based on Conway's plot and, although work had begun on the series in 1981 (Pérez had penciled 21 pages by mid-1983) and it was scheduled for publication in May 1983, editorial disputes - reportedly instigated by Marvel Editor-In-Chief Jim Shooter - prevented the story from being completed.

An agreement was reached between the two companies in 2002 with a new story to be written by Kurt Busiek and drawn by George Pérez. In a joint panel at WonderCon 2000, Busiek (then writer of the Avengers title) and Mark Waid (then writer of the JLA title) stated they had nearly come to an agreement to begin the crossover within the regular issues of the respective titles but the two companies could not come to a business arrangement. When the series was approved, however, Waid was unavailable due to an exclusive commitment with company CrossGen, and Busiek became the sole writer on the project. Perez also had an exclusive commitment with CrossGen, but had had a clause written into his contract allowing him to do the series if and when it was approved.

The series was reprinted by DC Comics in 2004 as a two-volume collector's edition hardcover (which included for the first time the original 1983 Pérez penciled pages), and then re-released as a trade paperback in November 2008.

As of present, it is the last crossover between DC and Marvel.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JLA/Avengers

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25 Years Ago This Month: Malibu Comics publishes Charlie Chan #1!

Charlie Chan is a fictive U.S. Chinese detective created by Earl Derr Biggers. Loosely basing Chan on Honolulu detective Chang Apana, Biggers conceived of the benevolent and heroic Chan as an alternative to Yellow Peril stereotypes, villains like Fu Manchu. Chan is a detective for the Honolulu police though many stories feature Chan traveling the world as he investigates mysteries and solves crimes.

Interpretations of Chan by twenty-first century critics are split, especially regarding his ethnicity. Positive assessors of Chan argue that he is portrayed as intelligent, heroic, benevolent and honorable — in contrast to the adverse depictions of evil or conniving Chinese people then current in print and on screen. Others state that Chan, despite his good qualities, reinforces certain East Asian stereotypes, such as an alleged incapacity to speak fluent English and the possession of an overly tradition-bound and subservient nature. The Chan films of the 1930s and 1940s were shown successfully in China where the character was popular and respected and not seen as sinophobic.

A Charlie Chan comic strip, drawn by Alfred Andriola, was distributed by the McNaught Syndicate beginning October 24, 1938. Andriola was chosen by Biggers to draw the character. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the strip was dropped in May 1942.

Over decades, other Charlie Chan comic books have been published: Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created Prize Comics' Charlie Chan (1948) which ran for five issues. It was followed by a Charlton Comics title (four issues, 1955). DC Comics published The New Adventures of Charlie Chan, a 1958 tie-in with the TV series; the DC series lasted for six issues. Dell Comics did the title for two issues in 1965. In the 1970s, Gold Key Comics published a short-lived series of Chan comics based on the Hanna-Barbera animated series.

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

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Joan Alexander (April 16, 1915 – May 21, 2009) was an American actress known for her role as Lois Lane on radio's The Adventures of Superman from the early 1940s to 1951. Joan Alexander portrayed newspaper reporter Lois Lane in the superhero radio program The Adventures of Superman for more than 1,600 episodes. The series began in 1940, two years after Superman's debut in the modern-day DC Comics' Action Comics #1 (June 1938), with Lane first appearing in the seventh episode. Though most sources indicate she was not the first actress cast, Alexander was cast early in the series' run and became the radio role's signature performer. Alexander additionally provided Lois Lane's voice in the 1940s Fleischer Studios/Paramount Pictures (Famous Studios) animated Superman shorts. She reprised the role of Lois Lane for one season of the 1966 Filmation animated series The New Adventures of Superman.

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

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75 Years Ago This Month: It's hungry, hungry hippos on John Richard Flanagan's cover to DC's Adventure Comics #37! This issue also featured work by Gardner Fox, Jerry Siegel, Bob Kane, and several other Golden Age pioneers.

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50 Years Ago This Month: The Metal Men are transformed into an incredible threat to their own inventor! It's "The Living Gun" in Metal Men #7 (http://www.comics.org/issue/18320/), script by Robert Kanigher with cover and interior art by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito!

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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.

New Features for Brands

We recently deployed changes in our handling of brands. Like before we store for each issue which emblem of a brand is used. New is the grouping of different emblems together into one brand group. For example, see the brand group for DC, which collects all the different emblems used over time by DC.

Publisher's Age Guidelines

At the same time we also introduced a new field recording any age designations or ratings that are supplied by the publisher on a comic.
Cover Image

450,000 covers uploaded!

The 450,000th cover was uploaded recently to the GCD!

Check out the cover which is from Pocket Chiller Library #9 (Thorpe & Porter, 1971 Series), a series from the United Kingdom.

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

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