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GCD Comics Timeline

Valarie Jones (born 6 December 1961, USA) is a comic-book editor and occasional writer/artist. She co-founded and edited the New Comics Group line from 1987 through 1990.

She edited some issues of “Classics Illustrated” at First Comics in 1991, and that year she produced and edited “Born to Be Wild” (Eclipse), a benefit for PETA. She continued to edit at Eclipse through 1993.

While at Eclipse, Jones also wrote “Robin Hood” (1991) and “The Retaliators” (1992). She drew and colored the covers of “Honey West & T.H.E. Cat” in 2013 (Moonstone).

In 1994 she edited the Verotik reprint of golden-age “Phantom Lady” stories and she edited the “Dinosaurs Attack!” mini-series (IDW) in 2013.

New Comics Group at Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Comics_Group
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/LFJl306QwV5

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Régis Loisel (born 4 December 1951, France) is a French comics writer and artist, best known for the long running series “La Quête de l’oiseau du temps”, written by Serge Le Tendre. He worked with Walt Disney Studios on the animated films Atlantis and Mulan.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/l/loisel.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A9gis_Loisel
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/9ZEt306MM4 (some explicit images)

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John Warner (born 3 December 1952, USA) is a writer and editor who was active in USA comics in the 1970s. He is known for his stories of horror and the supernatural.

In 1973, his stories began appearing in “Dark Shadows”, “Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery”, “The Twilight Zone”, and other titles at Western’s Gold Key imprint.
From 1975 to 1977, Warner was an editor for Marvel’s black-and-white magazines. He worked on “Dracula Lives!”, “Savage Tales”, “Planet of the Apes”, and other titles.

His stories continued to appear in Marvel comics and magazines through 1977. He co-created ‘Ulysses Bloodstone’, which first appeared in “Marvel Presents” in 1975. He wrote the “Son of Satan” series that followed the character’s introductory run in “Marvel Spotlight”.

Warner returned to Gold Key from 1979 through 1982 to write the relaunched “Flash Gordon” title.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Warner_(comics)
Stories in the GCD — http://ow.ly/ynDs306LI2D
Editing in the GCD — http://ow.ly/xcfw306LI0W

(George Wilson painted the cover of “Dark Shadows” #18, February 1973.)

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Frank Sels was the pen-name of François Sels (3 December 1942 – 19 December 1986, Belgium), a comics artist. He joined Studio Vandersteen in 1963, working on features such as ‘Karl May’ and ‘De Rode Ridder’.

He specialized in historical, Viking, and western stories, including ‘Mister Grizzly’, ‘Abraham Lincoln’, and ‘Kleine Antilope’.

In the late 1960s, Sels and Edgard Gastmans produced stories of the wild-west feature ‘Bessy’ at Vandersteen for the German market. In 1969, Sels founded Studio Sels — there, he and Gastman continued to produce ‘Bessy’ for Bastei Verlag.

Through Studio Sels, he also created the feature ‘Silberpfeil, der Junge Häuptling’, which first appeared in the weekly “Felix” and then in its own weekly comic from 1971 until the late 1980s.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/sels_f.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/htjE306LHTe

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Hans G. Kresse (3 December 1921 – 12 March 1992, The Netherlands) was a very prominent cartoonist and comic-book creator. He began his career with a ‘Tarzan’ strip in the Dutch Scouting magazine “De Verkenner” from 1938 to 1940.

During World War II, Kresse was an illustrator and also studied animation. He joined Toonder Studios in 1943 and participated in some of their illegal productions.

In 1946, he created his best-known feature, the newspaper strip ‘Eric de Noorman’. For this story, mixing historical and fantasy elements, he used the realistic style for which he remains famous. He continued the strip until 1964, and then created a spin-off feature in “Pep” from 1966 to 1974.

His second main series, ‘Les Peaux-Rouges’, depicting the history of the Native Americans during the Spanish conquests of North America, debuted in 1973. He produced it until 1982, when he had to retire due to failing eyesight.

Kresse received the 1976 Stripschapprijs, the lifetime-achievement award from the Dutch national organization for comics, Stripschap.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/k/kresse.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_G._Kresse
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/cdwy306LHxu

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Jack Davis (2 December 1924 – 27 July 2016, USA) was a cartoonist and illustrator, best known for his horror stories and covers at EC Comics and for his humor stories and art at “Mad Magazine”. He was also active in advertising art, magazine covers, film posters, and record-album art.

In the late 1940s he moved to New York City and worked as an assistant on strips at the Herald Tribune Syndicate. In 1950, he began publishing with EC Comics.

Davis was particularly known for his depiction of the Crypt-Keeper, host of stories in “Tales from the Crypt”. His story ‘Foul Play’ was cited in the anti-comics treatise “Seduction of the Innocent” (1954). He drew for the war books also, with an affinity for stories set in the USA Civil War.

He appeared in the first 30 issues of “Mad” (1952–1956), covering the title’s transition from comic to magazine. He appeared in every issue of “Panic” (1954–1956). He returned to “Mad” in the mid-1960s and appeared in every issue for decades.

Davis received the National Cartoonists Society’s Advertising Award in 1980, their Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996, and their Reuben Award in 2000. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2003.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Davis_(cartoonist)
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/d/davis.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/rsQk306JlER

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Sergio Bonelli (2 December 1932 – 26 September 2011, Italy) was a comic book writer and publisher. His father, Gian Luigi Bonelli, created the long-running cowboy feature “Tex Willer” and in 1940 founded the company that now bears his son’s name — Sergio Bonelli Editore, a premier publisher of Italian comics.

Sergio Bonelli became a writer in the late 1950s. He used the pen-name ‘Guido Nolitta’ to distinguish himself from his father. In 1961, he and artist Gallieno Ferri created “Zagor”. Bonelli wrote almost all Zagor stories until 1980.

In the late 1970s, he wrote numerous “Tex Willer” stories. In 1990 he created the mini-series “River Bill” with art by Francesco Gamba.

He became chairman of Sergio Bonelli Editore (at that time called Edizioni Araldo) in 1957. The present name of the company was adopted in 1990.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergio_Bonelli
Stories in the GCD — http://ow.ly/xF7G306JlsV
Editing in the GCD — http://ow.ly/mSM2306Jlsg

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Joe Quesada (born 1 December 1962, USA) is a comic book editor, writer, and artist.

His art career began in the early 1990s. He was the regular artist on “Spelljammer” at DC Comics in 1990 and 1991, and on “The Ray” mini-series in 1992. He also published at Marvel and Acclaim/Valiant.

He formed his own Event Comics in the late 1990s, publishing titles such as “Ash” and “Painkiller Jane”.

Quesada became the editor of the Marvel imprint Marvel Knights in 1998. He became editor-in-chief of Marvel in 2000, a position he held until 2011 — the longest tenure in that position other than Stan Lee’s.

He became the Chief Creative Officer of Marvel in 2010.

Quesada received a Diamond Gem Award for Best Cover in 1993, for “X-O Manowar” #0.

At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Quesada
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/q/quesada.htm
Stories in the GCD — http://ow.ly/wa7v306Gt3o
Editing in the GCD — http://ow.ly/bvro306GsYF

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Maurice De Bevere (1 December 1923 – 16 July 2001, Belgium) was the creator of “Lucky Luke”, the humorous cowboy whose adventures are the best-selling comics in Europe. He illustrated other stories, particularly in the 1940s and 1950s, but no other series. He signed his work ‘Morris’.

Morris began ‘Lucky Luke’ in “Spirou” (published by Dupuis, who also published the early albums). In 1955, his friend René Goscinny took over the writing, continuing on the series until his death in 1977.

Morris became one of "La bande des quatre" (Gang of 4), with Jijé (Joseph Gillain), André Franquin, and Will (Willy Maltaite). In the 1950s, these artists defined the ‘Marcinelle School’ that was prominent in “Spirou”. It is distinct from the ‘Clear Line’ (‘Ligne claire’) style that prevailed at “Tintin” (published by Lombard).

Goscinny helped to launch “Pilote” (published by Dargaud), and Morris brought ‘Lucky Luke’ to the magazine and the publisher. (Goscinny would also gain fame as the writer of ‘Asterix’.) He drew the series until his retirement in 2002.

Morris received the Grand Prix St. Michel at Brussels in 1972, and the Grand Prix de la ville d’Angoulême in 1992.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/m/morris.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_%28cartoonist%29In the GCD — http://ow.ly/v024306Gsyl

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Claude St. Aubin (born 30 November 1951, Canada) grew up ‘reading’ comics in English, French, Italian, and any other language he could find in addition to French. He began drawing and never stopped.

He began his comic-book career in the late 1970s and early 1980s as an inker, penciler, and colorist on stories in the original “Captain Canuck” comics. He used his full given name, Jean-Claude, on these comics.

St. Aubin spent the next decade in commercial graphic design, when he also became a husband and a father.

In the mid-1990s, he returned to comic books. He published stories at DC Comics and Topps. He inked “Punx” over pencils by Keith Giffen at Acclaim/Valiant in 1995. In 1997 and 1998 he drew stories in “Mars Attacks” and “Xena” comics at Topps.

From 2001 to 2008, St. Aubin drew “The Victorian” at Penny-Farthing Press. From 2009 to 2011, he drew almost the entire “R.E.B.E.L.S.” series at DC Comics.

He recently drew two graphic novels about Canadian history, “The Loxleys and the War of 1812” (2012) and “The Loxleys and Confederation” (2015), both written by Alan Grant.

St. Aubin was inducted into the Joe Shuster Awards Hall of Fame in 2010.

At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/s/st-aubin_jc.htm
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/zSMT306ELRp

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