Welcome to the Grand Comics Database!

We're a nonprofit, internet-based organization of international volunteers dedicated to building a database covering all printed comics throughout the world, and we're glad you're here! Give our search a try, or take a look at the menu to the left to see how you can help us improve the site.

Cover Image

550,000 uploaded covers!

The 550,000th cover was contributed to our database!

Check out the issue The Hornet #589 from D.C. Thomson, published December 1974.

GCD Comics Timeline

Jacob S. "Jack" Liebowitz (October 10, 1900 – December 11, 2000) was an American accountant and publisher, known primarily as the co-owner with Harry Donenfeld of National Allied Publications (later DC Comics).

In 1938, Liebowitz bought up Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson's National Allied Publications, and Harry Donenfeld and Liebowitz assumed control over the entire, growing comic-book publisher.

Liebowitz, now in control of the fledgling company, devised the title for what was to become National/DC's most important comic book: Action Comics. He asked editor Vin Sullivan to find material to fill the new title, and Sullivan, Liebowitz and Sheldon Mayer ultimately created comics history and kickstarted what historians and fans call the Golden Age of Comic Books by selecting writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster's character Superman to star in the new title.

In the 1950s the comics industry suffered a massive shrink in sales, credited by many to the newly introduced Comics Code Authority, which banned publications that printed scenes of what was described as of a horrific, violent or sexual nature. This not only affected the popular horror and crime comics, but even the teen romance market. Liebowitz, who had pushed for a moral code in his own publications earlier in his career, was made vice-president of the organization under John Goldwater, and unsurprisingly was least affected by the new code, as his own comics were in-line with the code before it was introduced.

In 1985, DC Comics named Liebowitz as one of the honorees in the company's 50th anniversary publication Fifty Who Made DC Great.

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

DC Comics in the Grand Comics Database:

comment on facebook google+ email

Ira R. Schnapp (October 10, 1892 – July 1969) was a logo designer and letterer who defined the DC Comics house style for thirty years.

in 1938, Schnapp was hired by comic book publisher DC Comics for his first job. It was an association that lasted for thirty years. Schnapp worked for DC from 1938 to 1968, creating scores of logos and lettering countless covers and interiors, yet ironically he only received a single in-print credit (in Inferior Five #6, published in 1966). Most of Schnapp's work was done on front covers, and "mere" cover letterers (or interior letterers, for that matter) were never credited in the era in which Schnapp worked.

In mid-1938, Schnapp created the iconic Action Comics logo for DC. He also refined and perfected the Superman logo in 1940. Over time, Schnapp designed scores of logos for the company's comic books, virtually defining DC's look for 30 years. In addition to the Action and Superman logos, some of the more celebrated logos Schnapp designed include Adventure Comics; The Atom; The Flash; Green Lantern; Hawkman; Justice League of America; Metal Men; Secret Origins; and Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane.

With Superman editor Mort Weisinger, Schnapp designed and hand-lettered the DC house ads "Coming... Super-Attractions!" which proliferated throughout the pages of the company's comics.

Among many other books, Schnapp was the original interior letterer on Superman and Green Lantern.

In 1955, with changes brought about by Dr. Fredric Wertham and the adoption of the Comics Code, Schnapp designed the Comics Code Authority seal, which became a fixture on comic book covers for over forty years.

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

Ira Schnapp in the Grand Comics Database:

comment on facebook google+ email

Andrew Cornell Robinson (born 1968 in New Jersey) is an American artist based in New York City.

Robinson's work spans various media from ceramics and painting to printmaking and sculptural installations. His work combines humor, history, and sculptural forms and transforms ceramics into a very contemporary medium.

Robinson's work is in private and public collections and has been exhibited widely at galleries and museums such as Anna Kustera Gallery and Paul Sharpe Projects in New York, Eyelevel BQE Gallery in Brooklyn, and the Baltimore Contemporary Museum and the Aldrich Museum of Art. His work has been featured in presentations by the Craft Council of the United Kingdom, Clay in the East at the Virginia Commonwealth University and the American Center for Design in Chicago. He has written art criticism and essays for Sculpture Magazine, ArtCat, and The Gay City News. He was a founding member of the board of directors of the Foucault Society in the United States. He has received awards from Cannes for digital media work and fellowships from The Edward Albee Foundation in 2010.

His work has been the subject of reviews and essays by Frank Holliday, Hrag Vartanian and Zane Wilson. Wilson wrote about Robinson's work "Andrew Robinson’s work overlaps themes of multiple cultures, sexual identity, absence of historical presence, political awareness executed through careful nods to art history through genuine invention of beautifully crafted objects."[10]

He teaches at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, where he is an Assistant Professor of Design.

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

Andrew Robinson in the Grand Comics Database:

comment on facebook google+ email

Matt Wagner (born October 9, 1961) is an American comic book writer and artist, known as the creator of the series Mage and Grendel.

Wagner's first published comic book work was Comico Primer #2 (1982), which was the first appearance of Grendel. In addition to his creator-owned series' Mage and Grendel, he has also worked on comics featuring The Demon and Batman as well as such titles as Sandman Mystery Theatre and Trinity, a DC Comics limited series featuring Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. In 1991, he illustrated part of the "Season of Mists" story arc in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series.

His other projects include Madame Xanadu for Vertigo, with artist Amy Reeder Hadley. He has also produced numerous comics covers, including painted ones for Green Arrow, and written a Green Hornet spin-off (one of several) for Dynamite Entertainment.

Outside comics, Wagner provided art for the 1984 Villains & Vigilantes adventure Battle Above the Earth written by Steven Crow.

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

Matt Wagner in the Grand Comics Database:

comment on facebook google+ email

Madeleine Joan "Maddie" Blaustein (formerly credited as Addie Blaustein; October 9, 1960 – December 11, 2008) was an American voice actress. She was known for her voice-actor work for 4Kids Entertainment and DuArt Film and Video.

Blaustein was born intersex and was assigned male at birth. She lived as male for many years before transitioning to female. Her experience as an activist in the transgender community helped her to organize and support groups of people in Second Life.

Until her death, Blaustein was the voice of Sartorius in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX. She was also best known as the voices of Meowth in Pokémon (Episodes 29-Season 8) and Solomon Muto (Sugoroku Mutou) from Yu-Gi-Oh! second series anime. She was also Chef Kawasaki from Kirby: Right Back At Ya!, Doctor Kureha in One Piece, and Arngrim, Lawfer, and Lezard in Valkyrie Profile. She was also a comic book writer and artist, having worked for both Marvel Comics and Milestone Comics, and an animation director. Later she served as Creative Director for the Weekly World News.

She provided Margarete's voice in the English version of the PlayStation 2 game Shadow Hearts. Most notable is her great variety of voices. In Valkyrie Profile, for example, she was able to perform a very "tough", deep masculine voice (Arngrim), as well as a high-class one (Lawfer) and a suitable and somewhat androgynous voice of a mad scientist/sorcerer (Lezard Valeth). In Shadow Hearts, Margarete is voiced in a deep, feminine, and seductive style. She was also the third English-speaking voice actor for E-123 Omega of the Sonic the Hedgehog series.

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

Adam Blaustein in the Grand Comics Database:

comment on facebook google+ email

Michael Netzer (born Michael Nasser on 9October 1955) is an American artist best known for his comic book work for DC Comics and Marvel Comics in the 1970s.

During high school, Netzer met Greg Theakston, who introduced him to the world of professional comics art. Theakston later introduced him to Neal Adams at the Detroit Triple Fan Fair comics convention in 1975. Adams took interest in Netzer's art and invited him to join Continuity Studios.

He began work producing storyboards and advertising art for the studio, while procuring his first comics assignment, a two-part back-up story in Kamandi: "Tales of the Great Disaster". He gained quick recognition as an illustrator at DC Comics and Marvel Comics, producing art for Kobra, Challengers of the Unknown, Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes and Wonder Woman at DC, as well as various covers for Marvel. Other characters he became known for were the Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow & Black Canary, Batman, Black Lightning and Spider-Man.

In November 1977, Netzer left his career in New York and hitchhiked across the United States. In September 1981, Netzer left the United States for Lebanon, and then settled in Israel in 1983.

In 1991, Netzer returned to New York and Continuity Comics, where he produced art for several issues of Megalith as well as work for DC Comics and Tekno Comix.

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

Michael Netzer in the Grand Comics Database:

Mike Netzer in the Grand Comics Database:

comment on facebook google+ email

Michael Catron (born October 9, 1954) is former publisher of Apple Comics and co-founder of Fantagraphics.

Catron met Gary Groth while they were both enrolled at the University of Maryland. In 1974, Catron and Groth put on a Washington, DC-area rock and roll convention that ended in financial failure. Nonetheless, he and Groth dabbled in music publishing with the short-lived magazine Sounds Fine, which they co-published until 1979. During this period, Catron also worked as a public relations assistant for Mike Gold, at the time employed by DC Comics.

In 1976 Catron and Groth co-founded Fantagraphics Books, at that point located in College Park, Maryland. They took over an adzine named The Nostalgia Journal, quickly renaming it The Comics Journal. Catron acted as Fantagraphics' co-publisher until 1985, also handling advertising and circulation for The Comics Journal from 1982 to 1985, when he left the company.

In 1986, Catron established Apple Comics, which began as a packager for Wendy & Richard Pini's WaRP Graphics but with its own financing structure. Soon, Apple branched out to publishing original titles, and became known for publishing war comics, particularly the long-running title Vietnam Journal (as well as many spin-offs and one-shots). Apple Comics went defunct in 1994.

From 2000 to 2008 he served as a board member for the Grand Comics Database.

Catron has been the agent for the estate of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster.

In early 2012, Catron relocated to Seattle and returned to Fantagraphics as editor with the publishing company he co-founded 36 years earlier.

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

Apple Press in the Grand Comics Database:

comment on facebook google+ email

James P. "Jim" Starlin (born October 9, 1949) is an American comic book writer and artist. With a career dating back to the early 1970s, he is best known for "cosmic" tales and space opera; for revamping the Marvel Comics characters Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock; and for creating or co-creating the Marvel characters Thanos, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora and Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu.

Starlin's first job for Marvel was as a finisher on pages of The Amazing Spider-Man. He then drew three issues of Iron Man, that introduced the characters Thanos and Drax the Destroyer. He was then given the chance to draw an issue (#25) of the "cosmic" title Captain Marvel. Starlin took over as plotter the following issue, and began developing an elaborate story arc centered on the villainous Thanos, and spread across a number of Marvel titles.

After working on Captain Marvel, Starlin and writer Steve Englehart co-created the character Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, though they only worked on the early issues of the series. Starlin then took over the title Warlock, starring a genetically engineered being created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the 1960s and re-imagined by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane in the 1970s as a Jesus Christ-like figure on an alternate Earth.

The new decade found Starlin creating an expansive story titled "the Metamorphosis Odyssey", which introduced the character of Vanth Dreadstar in Epic Illustrated #3. The storyline was further developed in The Price and Marvel Graphic Novel #3 and eventually the long-running Dreadstar comic book, published first by Epic Comics, and then by First Comics.

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

Jim Starlin in the Grand Comics Database:

comment on facebook google+ email

Michael Bartley Peters (born October 9, 1943), better known as Mike Peters, is an American cartoonist, who draws editorial cartoons and his popular, long-running comic strip Mother Goose and Grimm.

He worked for a year on the art staff of the Chicago Daily News before being drafted into the Army. He spent two years of service as an artist for the Seventh Psychological Operations Group in Okinawa. On his return, his mentor Bill Mauldin helped him get a job as an editorial cartoonist for the Dayton Daily News in Dayton, Ohio. As a joke, he once stood on the building ledge outside the Daily News building for 30 minutes wearing a Superman costume so that he could make an entrance to a meeting through the window in the manner of actor George Reeves entering Perry White's office on The Adventures of Superman.

When his animated editorial cartoons, Peters Postscripts, began on NBC Nightly News in 1981, it was the first time animated editorial cartoons appeared regularly on a prime-time network news program. Peters also hosted the 14-part interview series, The World of Cartooning with Mike Peters, for PBS.

In 1984, he launched Mother Goose and Grimm, distributed by King Features Syndicate. The strip is published in 500 newspapers, and according to King Features, it has a daily readership of 100 million. Peters' editorial cartoons and his comic strip are both distributed through King Features' DailyINK email service.

In 1981, Peters won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. He has received recognition for Mother Goose and Grimm with the National Cartoonists Society's 1991 Reuben Award and a nomination for their Newspaper Comic Strip Award in 2000.

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Peters_%28cartoonist%29

Mike Peters in the Grand Comics Database:

comment on facebook google+ email

Russell Myers (born 1938) is an American cartoonist best known for his newspaper comic strip Broom-Hilda.

Born in Pittsburg, Kansas, Myers was raised in Oklahoma where his father taught at the University of Tulsa. Myers was interested in cartooning from an early age. After his first submission for syndication failed, he began working for Hallmark Cards in 1960 as an illustrator of greeting cards. He continued to submit comic strip concepts in his free time.

The idea for Broom-Hilda originally came from writer Elliott Caplin, brother of cartoonist Al Capp, who described the character to Myers. Myers designed the characters and wrote the script. Caplin acted as Myers' business agent and submitted the strip to the Chicago Tribune Syndicate. The first strip was published on April 19, 1970.

He received the National Cartoonists Society's Best Humor Strip Award for 1975.

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

Russell Myers in the Grand Comics Database:

comment on facebook google+ email

How to help ?

There are several ways in which you can help us to improve our site and its content.
  • You can provide missing data, update existing data, or upload cover scans. Just register an account with us, and you can start contributing.
  • Donate for our ongoing costs, e.g. the server infrastructure. We are a non-profit organization and any funds will be used for our goal of documenting and indexing all comics.
  • We need volunteer web designers and programmers! Please contact the gcd-tech group or visit our technical documentation if you can help with any of these roles:
    • Web designer / front-end developer (HTML / CSS / JavaScript)
    • Python / Django programming
    • Elasticsearch search server together with Haystack
    • Web Services API
    • Database Performance (MySQL)
The Grand Comics Database Project (GCD) is a volunteer project with the goal of documenting and indexing all comics for the free use of scholars, historians, researchers, and fans.
The GCD acknowledges that the all-encompassing research nature of the project may result in the posting of cover scans for comics with images that some may find objectionable.
Viewer discretion is advised.
The Grand Comics Database Team
Comics Calendar
Last Updated Issues
8,749 publishers
5,839 brands
4,629 indicia publishers
88,599 series
1,195,447 issues
47,180 variant issues
227,484 issue indexes
551,507 covers
1,527,405 stories